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Solved: Microsoft updates= disconnected automatic updates & am leary, now !

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Esteban32696, Oct 3, 2007.

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  1. Esteban32696

    Esteban32696 Thread Starter

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    W=2000XP.IE6,, About 2 months ago, I { && many, many others } had problems with MS automatic updates.Seems a couple of the updates did more damage than anything else. I had to go into Safe Mode to restore my computer to an earlier date. All is running very well, now, with automatic updates turned off. I do get the pop-up at the bottom telling me this alert, but I ignore. ONLY thing is, I am NOT updating anything right now !! I am unsure of what I need & what I don't need, or what may damage my computer. I am fairly computer experienced & don't know the best way to custom install a few updates, here & there, as are best for my system. What is the BEST way for me to keep the system safe , as far as updates go ??
     
  2. stantley

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    Go to the Microsoft update site and click on 'Custom'. It will show you what updates you need and you can choose which ones you want to install. You should get the critical updates and security updates, but most of the others are optional.
     
  3. Esteban32696

    Esteban32696 Thread Starter

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    I just don't want to download an update that messed my computer up, like last time. I had to go thru " safe mode " to restore everything to an earlier date, to get it to do anything.
     
  4. stantley

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    Well don't download the update that caused the problem again, keep track of the KB numbers. What you can do is download one update at a time, if you have a problem with an update uninstall it.
     
  5. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    What I do is setup Windows Update to notify me when updates are available, but not automatically install them. I let them sit for about a week and if I don't see posts here like "update KBxxxxxx crashes my system", then I install them.
     
  6. Esteban32696

    Esteban32696 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice. I am going to keep track of the downloads, I need, & do them one at a time. Thanks again !!
     
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