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Old 05-02-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Had to replace the modem as the old one died, but this still worries me.

The other night I shut off my computer to go to bed. It was late and I was tired. It went into update status and this isn't unusual. But then it said it was downloading 82 updates??????

One or two sure. But 82? I hate going to bed with it on. I read about three chapters of a book and watched. One was short. two was huge and took many minutes. I was getting nervous.

I went to bed on 62. I was tired and forgot to turn it off. Woke up and it was still on 62.

I shut it off. It loaded and came up, and started installing things. I had all my data backed up that couldn't be reloaded so I checked when it was done. It was all security updates. There was a whole security pack update which was the largest.

Everything LOOKS fine.

I ran a full system scan with Norton. It found four tracking cookies and nothing else it already hadn't dealt with.

Should I worry? Why would such an enormous glob of updates happen? Or should they at all? Nothing seems amiss at all except the modem worked on an off but the new one is fine. This was about the 27th I think.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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Perhaps the file that keeps track of what's been installed got damaged so Windows Update started from scratch. The only time I see update numbers that big is when I reload from an old CD. Even with SP3 installed, an otherwise fresh copy of XP will download around 100 updates I believe. I'm not positive since its been a while since I've had to install XP.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Perhaps the file that keeps track of what's been installed got damaged so Windows Update started from scratch. The only time I see update numbers that big is when I reload from an old CD. Even with SP3 installed, an otherwise fresh copy of XP will download around 100 updates I believe. I'm not positive since its been a while since I've had to install XP.
This was win 7 and I've never seen anything that size. And it never got to the last batch since I shut it off before it got them down loaded. I'm keeping my personal data backed up though.

It was after that the modem started shutting itself off, I suspect getting too warm. It seems to work when its brrrr like now at thrity something degrees outside. The cable people verified the signel was coming in fine. New one should be here tomorrow!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22 PM
 
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This was win 7 and I've never seen anything that size. And it never got to the last batch since I shut it off before it got them down loaded. I'm keeping my personal data backed up though.
Even Win7 SP1 will still download 100 updates when you first connect to the Internet. So my original guess would stand.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Even Win7 SP1 will still download 100 updates when you first connect to the Internet. So my original guess would stand.
But this isn't the first time. It is used daily. I've *never* except the first time I turned it on had to download so much. It frequently downloads less than ten short files, not hour plus long files.

The downloads happened on shutdown and installation on start up, or at least the ones that I had let download. There were still a bunch more that hadn't gotten downloaded hours later. That is the part that seems very very questionable.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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What did you mean when you said you had to replace the modem? What does your modem look like?
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