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Unwanted Updates

by Jamfan55 / October 24, 2008 9:57 PM PDT

How do I remove an automatic update that's been downloaded but not installed, and block it from being downloaded again in the future?
I had installed SP3 for IE6, but it caused problems, interfered with my burners, etc., so I restored to just prior to the instalation.
But now it's been downloaded again, and although I unchecked it under "custom install", I now find it's trying to install it everytime I go to turn off or reboot

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Short answer: You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / October 25, 2008 12:13 AM PDT
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Short answer: You can't. Microsoft is going to keep pushing SP3 on account of it being chock full of security fix goodness.

If you installed it, and it caused problems, it's most likely due to malware damage. Since you use IE, and IE6 at that, it's practically a given that your system is crawling with malware. That would be probably the single biggest cause of problems with service packs.

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How to remove a pending install.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 25, 2008 12:16 AM PDT
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Look at using the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility from

That takes care of an install that is pending that you want to dismiss.

As to configuring Windows Update that's Windows 101 and is very doable. I'm not going to duplicate ready web content or write the step by step.

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unwanted SP3
by hrlow2 / October 25, 2008 9:47 PM PDT

hello jamfan. There is no troubles waiting for you in SP3. I received it preinstalled on an OEM disk I purchased. Have seen no problems. I would wait for IE8 though. Still in Beta and has some bugs.

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Why wait?
by Jimmy Greystone / October 26, 2008 1:52 AM PDT
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Why wait for what is likely just going to be another iteration of the same insecure browser? Especially when the bulk of the new features are already in Firefox, which also happens to be quite a bit more secure. Not perfect, but you're comparing total system compromise with IE to just the one app being compromised with Firefox. IE also tends to deal in bulk when it comes to security issues. Doesn't really seem like much of a choice. You can get the majority of the benefits today with Firefox, and virtually none of the drawbacks.

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Not compatible
by Jamfan55 / October 26, 2008 6:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Why wait?

Unfortunately, my ISP's software only works with IE. Otherwise, I already have and use Firefox whenever possible.

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IE vs FF
by hrlow2 / October 26, 2008 8:01 PM PDT
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hello Jimmy Greystone. Yes, IE does have more concerns than Firefox, but its also a bigger target. Firefox is good,no doubt. But there are a lot of sites that don't play very nice with it. Those you need IE6 or 7

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No Thanks
by Jamfan55 / October 26, 2008 6:53 AM PDT
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Everything works just fine with IE6. Why screw things up with "improvements" that make things worse? I don't have time to deal with it - Better to not try to fix what isn't broken. I don't need extra user accounts I'll never use, proprietary BS, or being serepticiously forced to upgrade.

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I'm in sympathy with this problem
by rochemp / October 26, 2008 8:59 AM PDT
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I looaded SP-3 Beta then Sp-3. had odd problems to the point that I reloaded my computer and also SP-3. More problems. Next time, I Formatted, with XP then loaded SP-2, SP-3 before anything else. Problems still. This time I formatted, loaded SP-2 and have SP-3 downloaded but I will NOT install it.So far, no problems.

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by hrlow2 / October 31, 2008 8:49 AM PDT

hello jamfan. Just back fro trip and saw recent responses. When I said "Wait for IE8", I did NOT mean that you should get it. I did try it and immediately rolled back to IE7. With IE8, I could not even access Windows Update page. Would get to page, address and toolbar at top, but rest of page plain white(no text or graphics). Same with some other sites. IE8 still has some BIG bugs.Sorry if you misunderstood.Should have worded response a little better.

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