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Old 09-03-2008, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My computer was set to automatically download updates at 3:00 AM. All of a sudden, at 10-pm, my yellow sheild comes on in my notification section of my task bar, saying "downloading updates xx%". Everything slowed to about 1/10 normal speed. It went to 33% and stopped downloading, but still ran slow. I went to control panel and turned off automatic updates (which took forever). The update stopped loading, but my computer still ran slow. I tried to shut down, but the start-button process was so slow, I powered down. When I rebooted, the yellow sheild came back on, saying "downloading updates 00%" It started over! I verified that automatic updates was still turned off. The counter moved up to 33%, and then stopped. It will not continue to download, and will not let me work while it is stopped. Is Windows sending me a virus that I cannot control?

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Old 09-04-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Update:
Windows has know completed the process, and is asking me if I want to install Service Pak3. How do I know that installing Service Pak3 is not a devious scheme to convert everybody's XP operating system to Vista, which would render the few remaining functional computers into piecs of useless junk?
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Update:
Windows has know completed the process, and is asking me if I want to install Service Pak3. How do I know that installing Service Pak3 is not a devious scheme to convert everybody's XP operating system to Vista, which would render the few remaining functional computers into piecs of useless junk?
Don't worry about it. I already downloaded SP3 and my laptop is fine, and no it didn't turn XP into Vista!
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:45 AM
 
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You should be OK to install SP3. Also, the only real way to stop auto update is to click
START>RUN and type "services.msc." This will open a window of all services that run on your system. Look for "Windows Update." Right click on it and select "Properties." You can then set the service to "Disable."

This will turn off the auto update feature until you go back in and turn it on. So, if you disable it, be sure to manually check for updates periodically.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Windows has know completed the process, and is asking me if I want to install Service Pak3. How do I know that installing Service Pak3 is not a devious scheme to convert everybody's XP operating system to Vista, which would render the few remaining functional computers into piecs of useless junk?
1. that is imposible you would need an update of at least 8-9gb or more to incorporate new features, code etc seeing as vista is 15gb install xp roughly 2-3 gb

2. updates sometimes force themselves to the user when deemed critical, that is beacuse alot people i know do not install updates and wonder why the pc was comprised from Program X er something along the lines of that microsoft has to apeall to a general market, so you dont like updates turn them off. Better yet switch to another OS.


you can have your computer run top notch by tweaking the system. MY SYSTEM IS CIRCA MID 2004 i have vista running like a beast on my PREVIOUSLY WINDOWS XP PRO SP3
INTEL PENTIUM 4 HT 2.6GHZ
WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE SP1 32BIT
DESKTOP BOARD D865GBF
800MHZ FSB
2X 256 MB 533MHZ DDR2 STICKS MIRROR EACHOTHER AND 1 512MB 533MHZ DDR2= 1GB GUNNA UPGRADE TO 2GB'S
160GB HDD
128MB RADEON 9200SE
5.1 AUDIO CREATIVE SOUNDBLASTER AUDIGY
STANDARD SYSTEM COOLING
THIS THING RUN'S LIKE A BEAST WHEN I TWEAKED IT TO THE MAXIMUM
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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how do i know that installing service pak3 is not a devious scheme to convert everybody's xp operating system to vista
lol
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:32 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Went recently discussed this on another thread. SP3 is not a virus or any other kind of mal-ware. Most people here recommend installing it.

Vista actually ships on a DVD, but only uses about 1.5 Gigabytes of space on the disk. Installed it is larger that that, but it is not 15 gigs, although that much space is often used after Office, virus scan, Acrobat Reader, Spyware protection, etc. are installed.

Most people experiencing problems with Vista upgraded to it vs. buying a machine with Vista pre-installed. Advice I've seen on here recommends 2 GB minimum RAM for Vista to work well.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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jtr88, you might do a little computer maintenance before doing anything else -- run CCleaner, defrag, stuff like that, and reboot.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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Went recently discussed this on another thread. SP3 is not a virus or any other kind of mal-ware. Most people here recommend installing it.

Vista actually ships on a DVD, but only uses about 1.5 Gigabytes of space on the disk. Installed it is larger that that, but it is not 15 gigs, although that much space is often used after Office, virus scan, Acrobat Reader, Spyware protection, etc. are installed.

Most people experiencing problems with Vista upgraded to it vs. buying a machine with Vista pre-installed. Advice I've seen on here recommends 2 GB minimum RAM for Vista to work well.
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...rade_clean.asp

Stay legal, play fair. Have a copy of XP that will not be used on another PC when you do this. Read the Is This Legal? portion of the article.

It works.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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When my wife bought her computer, she got one that had XP on it, but also gave the user the option to switch to Vista whenever they wanted to. Apparently Vista is also on the HD in some form.
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