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Is my windows auto update broken?


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I'm the kind of computer guy that likes to do everything manually, but using dial-up can create some problems. I try to manually update my computer, but that has failed many times. So now I try to use auto-update, but that seems to be troublesome as well. I know with dial-up it can take a LONG time to download stuff. And there are updates out there that are fairly big. But here's what gets me:

My auto update appears when I connect, says it is downloading updates and is at 6%, but then after about 1 minute, it disappears. It returns 10 minutes later and says it is still at 6%. This has been happening for about 1 week. Before that it did pretty much the same thing, except it got up to 12%. For some reason it is down to 6% and will not change. This is annoying, however, my method of connection to the internet could be the cause:

My dad's computer connects to the internet with dial-up. Mine connects to the internet through his. We are linked with a network wire. However, because of the complications of dial-up (meaning the internet sharing settings are lost after disconnecting, and setting it up won't take effect until reconnection) I have to use a proxy program on my dad's computer to connect. I know the dangers of using a proxy, but we haven't experienced any problems and it makes it convinient for me to connect to the internet. We have a firewall, anti-virus, and spyware removal, so I'm not too worried about the dangers.


Any suggestions to improve our connection (without buying something :tazz: ) or to fix my auto-update would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks. :)
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Windows Update on a dial-up connection, especially auto-update, is never going to be satisfactory except for small patches under 1MB at a time. For anything bigger you need to ask a friend on broadband to download updates for your OS.
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How do I download updates for my OS on an different computer and then transfer them to mine?
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