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Question: Windows Automatic Updates


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teatime

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Hi! I've just reformatted my computer to Windows XP (Version 2002), and my mom told me that the guy who did it said to turn off automatic updates. And like, to not update Windows at all. The guy said that over time it could slow down your computer or make your computer more susceptible to viruses.

THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE, RIGHT?? You're supposed to update windows to PREVENT security leaks?

I don't want to screw up my computer again, so please, I would appreciate help. >_<
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Neil Jones

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Turn it on.
While Windows updates do tend to slow a computer down in the long term, the problem only occurs when they go on a system that's, for want of a better word, very worn in with various issues and what not. This varies from system to system so if you do all the updates now while it's new, you should be good to go.
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teatime

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Okay thanks for the help =)

Err is there a way to close this topic now?

Edited by teatime, 06 March 2009 - 06:28 PM.

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the safe way is to set updates so it lets you know there are updates available but NOT to download or install them until you decide its safe...we get a couple of updates per year that cause issues...DON'T be a early adopter...let other people do the testing for MS...that way if there is a problem it won't screw your system up...the early adopters will be all over MS because their system is somehow borked after updating and MS WILL figure it out in a few days and fix the update...let your updates age for 2 or 3 days and then create a restore point and then update...
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That's a good tip. Thanks a lot! (:
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Thanks happyrock I just installed a new Hard Drive and finished setting up XP home edition. That's a great idea about changing the Windows update settings. :)
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your welcome... :)
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