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pulling hair out
09-08-2004, 02:37 AM
Hi
I've just read an article at www dot usatoday dot com re the release of WindowsXP Service Pack 2.

Microsoft want everyone to switch to option of allowing Automatic Updates.

From article at the above site ".......With automatic updates, Microsoft will slowly download SP2 and future security fixes using a technique that reduces disruption to normal work, e-mail or Web surfing......"

There is also mention in article by a comment by someone else who says that although he advises people to use this option, he also give the warning that this lets MS put things other than security updates etc in your computer. Excuse wording in this last paragraph as haven't got the article to check with. But did copy/paste in the previous paragraph.

Are many of you on "Automatic Updates" ?

Marg.

Vince
09-08-2004, 04:01 AM
I am, but haven't received one yet. Have you? I figure the conspiracy theory believers and the lawyers will keep Microsoft honest. You know the guys who read the whole E.U.L.A. "End User Licensing Agreement". Vince

pulling hair out
09-08-2004, 04:12 AM
Hi Vince,
>haven't received one yet. Have you?

No, not yet. I've got it set for notifying me and asking if I want it downloaded.
I say no, then go to Windows Update later on.

Should be interesting to see how things turn out.

Regards Marg

Vince
09-08-2004, 04:56 AM
>I've got it set for notifying me and
> asking if I want it downloaded.
> I say no, then go to Windows Update later on

I went to Windows Update the other day. There was a link to a page about how to make sure that I got XP SP2. I thought I would be downloading some new version of 'Download Manager', but it set win updater to work automatically in the background instead. I don't remember where, to change it so I decided to let it stay rather than hunt for it. It will ease anyway what is I hear a LARGE download.
I see that you are in Chch too Marg. Vince

pulling hair out
09-08-2004, 07:21 AM
Hi Vince

>but it set win updater to work automatically in the background instead.
>I don't remember where, to change it so I decided to let it stay rather
>than hunt for it.

Go- Start>Control Panel>System>Automatic Updates Tab
3 Options:
1.Notify before downloading any updates & notify me again before installing
on the computer.
2.Download updates automatically & notify me when they are ready.
3.Automatically download the updates & install them on the schedule I
specify. [Enter the day and time in boxes provided.]

By the time I make up my mind, most people will have downloaded it and then I might let it through. Wish I hadn't seen that article re: some applications may not work afterwards, esp the older ones.

??Can use System restore to go back to SP1 if there's a problem?? ?:|
Or, will the update wipe out previous Restore points and start again? :-(

ChCh is Home. Moved around a lot when in the Airforce, overseas for a bit, then back here for good. Its rural here and lambing has started.
Best place in NZ,
regards Marg.

Vince
10-08-2004, 02:51 AM
Thanks for that Marg, I am still getting used to my new XP computer. I chose option
> 2.Download updates automatically & notify me when
> they are ready.
>
> ??Can use System restore to go back to SP1 if there's
> a problem?? ?:|
> Or, will the update wipe out previous Restore points
> and start again? :-(
I don't know if system restore will, or not, but I think it should still work.
I hope it doesn't disable my old programs.

> ChCh is Home. Moved around a lot when in the
> Airforce, overseas for a bit, then back here for
> good. Its rural here and lambing has started.
> Best place in NZ,
> regards Marg.
I have lived here since I came over from Canada in 1968. Christchurch is the best place in the world if you ask me. Vince