Auto updates for Aug & Sept

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Groundhog Gus, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Did anybody else have problems with both these updates? Aug update had I
    believe 10. After insalling them, my desktop screen was changed & my
    colors were changed. All of these have now been hidden cause I do not
    intend to fix all my sounds and colors and desktop screen. Then along came
    Sept updates and then my sounds were gone. They too have been hidden and
    auto updates has been changed by me not to run automatically anymore. I'll
    install what I want. As far as I know, there was never any warning that
    all my preferences were about to be changed. It would be nice to be warned
    ahead of time that changes will be made without my approval. Anybody else
    have problems with them ??
     
    Groundhog Gus, Sep 13, 2013
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  2. If you had bothered to have read the last news group post then you would already have your
    answer.
     
    David H. Lipman, Sep 14, 2013
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  3. Groundhog Gus

    Bob F Guest

    This looks like a significantly different problem.
     
    Bob F, Sep 16, 2013
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  4. Groundhog Gus

    Paul Guest

    I agree with Bob F ("significantly different problem").

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    Copies of the registry are stored in System Restore.
    Perhaps using a restore point will back out the damage.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-vista-system-restore-guide/

    Before doing anything, you'd want to do a complete backup
    of the system, so no "experiment" can make things worse.
    Then restore from your backup, if you're unhappy
    with the progress achieved. Any time I'm doing something
    dangerous, I do a backup first. I have a 2TB and 3TB drive
    for storing backups of my OSes.

    Since System Restore can be disabled, there might not be
    any restore points, in which case that option is lost
    to you.

    During malware cleanup, restore points would normally get
    trashed, to prevent malware staged in there from coming back

    The lost settings could be related to a damaged profile,
    but I don't know anything about that. And System Restore
    is the only trick up my sleeve.

    The problem might even be related to some recent changes
    you made in Accounts. (I.e. You're no longer "you" any more.)

    If the computer has buried malware, sometimes a Windows Update
    conflicts with that, and trouble ensues. (Machines infected with
    TDSS were bricked, when Microsoft updated atapi.sys in one
    of their updates.) Do an occasional scan of the system, to look
    for that.

    If you're thinking "Microsoft trashed my settings and colors
    on purpose", no, that's not a common symptom. What you're
    seeing is a side effect of something else, unexpected.
    Microsoft has no way of predicting what infected systems
    will do, when updates are received.

    I'm not saying the problem is malware, but when a problem
    is not shared with a lot of other users, you have to
    look further than obviously botched updates. The updates
    that kept installing themselves, hundred of people posted
    about those. And that's a clue Microsoft screwed up, in
    that many users seem the same symptoms. In this case,
    losing your settings, sounds like more of a problem
    with your machine and system state, just before the
    Windows Updates were installed.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Sep 18, 2013
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  5. 1st, I have hod no problems with updates trying to install themselves
    again. That was somebody else's probem not mine. I have Bitdefender and
    it finds no malware. And to get rid of the updates I referred to, they
    are now hidden. I just did a system restore before the updates were
    installed and everything is running normally. I just wondered if anybody
    else had their settings changed with whese updates. I now have auto
    updates blocked and I will look at them myself and select the ones I
    want. Since nobody else has had the problem, it must be me and sometime
    when I get the chance, I look into it further. Thanks for your reply.
     
    Groundhog Gus, Sep 18, 2013
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  6. Please accept my apology for failing to properly and fully read your post.
     
    David H. Lipman, Sep 18, 2013
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