downloaded update files location?

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Guest, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    XP Home SP3,

    This hasn't occurred to me before but I don't know where downloaded Windows
    Updates go before they are installed, or how to start them off manually
    without the prompt.

    Usually the prompt is a minor irritant, but today a lot of updates came
    down, and when I selected 'custom' to get a proper look, the 'next' button
    sent it into install instead. So I 'cancelled', and now the prompt has gone
    and I don't know where the update files are. I expect it will prompt again
    on a restart, but I would like to know where these files are, so that I can
    start them when I like.

    Cheers,

    S
     
    Guest, Oct 13, 2010
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Jo-Anne, Oct 13, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    Has microsoft update been cured of its cpu hogging tendencies then? I
    stick with WU which only uses about 12k, for now.

    But this does not answer my question: where are the uninstalled updates that
    have been downloaded?

    Cheers,

    S
     
    Guest, Oct 13, 2010
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    MowGreen Guest

    I replied to your post in XP General about the location of the
    downloaded updates, Spamlet. As for the cpu issue, it has been reported
    as resolved by Doug Neal, Microsoft Update, in a post to the Patch
    Management email list -

    " Microsoft has received customer reports of reduced performance while
    checking for updates on Windows XP systems with restricted hardware
    configurations (typically less than 1 GB of RAM). The Windows Update
    team has investigated this issue and determined that this was caused by
    a small number of updates offered through Microsoft Update that
    contained detection logic that increased CPU and memory use, resulting
    in reduced system performance. We have addressed the issue with the
    detection logic. Even with this resolution, the next immediate scan of a
    system will still show the performance issue, since the detection logic
    is stored locally. However, after the next immediate scan the cache will
    be cleared and system performance will return to normal.

    Some customers had observed that by disabling the opt-in to Microsoft
    Update (MU), performance issues were resolved. Microsoft does not
    recommend that customers disable MU opt-in, as you are no longer able to
    receive essential security updates for Microsoft products such as
    Office, Visual Studio, or Silverlight. We understand some customers
    were compelled to implement this workaround until a permanent solution
    was found. You can re-enable Microsoft Update at
    http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate.

    We sincerely apologize for disruption caused by this issue.

    The Windows Update/Microsoft Update Team

    doug neal
    Microsoft Update (MU) "

    It was posted publicly somewhere on Microsoft's site but I can not find
    it now.


    MowGreen
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    MowGreen, Oct 13, 2010
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Yes, the cpu hogging has stopped. Does it matter where the uninstalled
    updates are? I have the impression that Microsoft Updates simply picks up
    where it left off--and if it downloaded but didn't install updates, it will
    go ahead and install them. Am I wrong about that?

    Jo-Anne
     
    Jo-Anne, Oct 13, 2010
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    MowGreen Guest

    Here's the post from the Windows Update forum, Spamlet:

    Performance Issues on machines during and/or after installing Updates
    (Windows XP only)
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistawu/thread/d57219af-9893-45c1-8b17-c5cbd472da53


    MowGreen
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    MowGreen, Oct 13, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    Cheers for the 'update' Mow,

    As it happens, I don't know where my office discs have got to - or even if
    we were given them in the first place - so can't update that anyway, so I
    may as well stick with WU.

    Thanks,

    S
     
    Guest, Oct 13, 2010
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