Automatic Updates

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Hey all, A friend of mine has been having problems with Windows Automatic Update, and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas? Basically, he is running an AMD 64-bit processor at 3Ghz, with 512Mb RAM and Windows XP. His computer was really slow when I had a look at it, and found out that Automatic Update was constantly taking up 99% of the CPU, according to the task manager. After some difficulty I turned off Automatic Updates in services.msc, and set it to disabled, so it wouldn't start when Windows loaded. Unfortunately, if my friend now tries to do windows update manually, it won't allow him to do it due to the fact that Automatic Update has been disabled. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can fix Automatic Update, or disable it but still have the ability to update Windows? Thanks all, Godspeed

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try disabling windows firewall as well.

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  • Stevesz
    Hie thyself back into services and set the automatic updates service to manual. He should then be abl eto kick it off when he likes. Unless you know that you will not need a service, always set the properties to manual when taking it off automatic, so the service is still available if needed by another process. It may also help to check the MSKB to see if there is an answer to the problem. If it continues to happen, it may be worth a call to PSS for a solution. Steve//
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  • Cptrelentless
    Remember that Microsoft Update uses the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer) 2.0 service. Ensure that this is working as well.
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  • Poppaman2
    Further to cptrelentless ' posting - there is a recent update for BITS: make sure it's applied. Have you run MBSA2? It might find something worth looking at... You can also run SFC (System File Checker) with the /enable switch if you feel that your friend needs to be "protected from him/herself" so to speak...
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