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3-6 updates from MS for Win XP Pro EVERY DAY?

by bobbiev / March 18, 2009 5:16 AM PDT

I just bought a built to suit computer running Win XP Pro. Every evening when I shut it down, I am told to wait while it installs updates. There are at least 3 and sometimes 6 updates. This has happened every day for the past 3 weeks. Is this normal or is there something wrong that I need to address?

Thanks, Bobbie

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by Darton Fury / March 18, 2009 6:20 AM PDT

Your version of XP may not have come with any service packs. Tell more about it.

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3-6 updates from MS for Win XP Pro EVERY DAY?
by bobbiev / March 18, 2009 8:23 AM PDT
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The tech who built my computer installed from a master disk. My System Properties tell me:
Microsoft Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU
E4600 @2.40Gz
2.39GHz, 3.25 GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension

I have a partitioned 500 g hard drive partitioned into a C with 80 G and a D with 420 G.

What else do you need?


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What I would try.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 18, 2009 8:47 AM PDT

You don't have to install those updates at closedown. It has been happening to me lately where I can see the update icon in the System Tray, (where the clock is), then it disappears and doesn't tell me there are updates waiting to be installed.

The updates then appear on the closedown screen. I refuse to update from there generally as I prefer to see what I am installing, and de-select any I choose not to install. On that closedown screen there is a link below the normal icons where you can click to closedown normally. What I find is that, after a couple of days or so, my update icon returns and tells me updates are available. I can then see what updates I am installing.

On your machine you have SP3 and that is the latest Service Pack. You can try my method, and I would also visit the Windows Update site using the link in your Start menu > All programs, near the top. Let the site scan and validate your system, and see what updates it says are available. If your system is is reasonably up to date there should not be many system or critical updates listed.

Waiting for the update icon to reappear allows you to make a note of what updates are being offered. If you have Windows Defender installed, (Microsoft's anti-spyware), you may well be getting regular updates. I seem to be getting them every 2 days or so. But the others you can list, and then compare that with the list of updates shown on the web site. If any updates seem to continuously appear to be downloaded and offered, you could try installing from the web site, and see what happens afterwards.

I hope that helps.


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3-6 updates from MS for Win XP Pro EVERY DAY?
by bobbiev / March 18, 2009 9:24 AM PDT
In reply to: What I would try.

Thanks, Mark, I will give that a try. I appreciate the help. Bobbie

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