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Window Security Updates

by dewmanc / July 17, 2006 2:07 PM PDT

Hi guys. After just reformating the hard drive on my Dell Dimension 8300 due to virus problems i was trying to get on top of security by downloading all the updates from microsoft. I was under the impression these would make my computer run more smoothly and be more protected from threats.

Unfortunately after doing so my computer would not start windows and i ended up having to reformat again.

This time i'm thinking about ignoring windows updates all together and just sticking with a non-Microsoft virus protection software and hope that it does the job in terms of security.

Is this a wise move? Are there ways of gaining good security updates from microsoft that don't crash my system?

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NOT a wise move.....
by Marianna Schmudlach / July 17, 2006 4:15 PM PDT

All critical updates are a MUST ! Otherwise you will be very vulnerable !

After you downloaded and installed ALL critical updates, revisit Windows Update again and have a look, if there are still critical updates you need.

You always could download the FREE AVG Anti-virus:

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

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Agreed! Critical Updates SHOULD Be Installed
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 18, 2006 1:19 AM PDT

On Windows XP, there are simply too many vulnerabilities and fixes in those updates to ignore.. If the computer crashed after the updates, then there may be a problem with the computer..

You didn't mentioned whether the computer was already at Service Pack 2? If not, then there is a manual download for installing SP2 which tends to me a little more reliable. If you need it, download the full installer file and follow the instructions from the link below. (It's a large download -266 MB-so you'll need a broadband connection.) Once it's downloaded to your computer, burn a copy to a CD for later use if necessary.

Preparing Your Windows XP Computer For SP2

And instead of installing all of the Critical Updates at one time, you might consider doing a few updates at a time. For example, do ten at a time, then restart the computer, then do ten more. Repeat until you're finished.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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