Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Citizen_Cain, Oct 20, 2004.

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    Citizen_Cain Guest

    I posted in a previous thread about how the damn windows update icon won't
    stop trying to download the XP Service Pack. It's at 55% and has been
    appearing for several days now. I went in and told it to notify me but not
    update or download from now on. I even turned my computer off after that.
    But NOW when I manually shut down wuauclt.exe through CTRL-ALT-DELETE and
    the Processes list, it just comes back! The damn thing is worse than
    spyware! How do I tell my windows update to stop it, STOP IT RIGHT NOW and
    not to show up again until I tell it to? The damn thing lags my entire
    computer. I've defragged, compacted, done just about everything possible to
    free up space on the system. I'm thinking of opening up my computer and
    cleaning the fan, if that helps any, but when this icon shows up and starts
    the dreaded download, everything lags! I need this shut off, once and for
    all! I've turned off automatic updates, but how do I stop it in its tracks
    right now?
    Citizen_Cain, Oct 20, 2004
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    Wesley Vogel Guest

    Try this...
    Start | Run | Type: services.msc | OK |
    Scroll down to a double click: Automatic Updates |
    Under Startup type set to Disabled | Apply | OK |
    Scroll down to a double click: Background Intelligent Transfer Service |
    Under Startup type set to Disabled | Apply | OK |
    Close Services | Reboot
    Wesley Vogel, Oct 20, 2004
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    Michael W Guest

    Yes, (hard to believe no suggested disabling the service in other thread...?)

    If really paranoid, can also disable the login ability of two services for
    each hardware profile you might have. (right click the service, properties,
    Log-in Tab)

    But simply disabling the "Automatic Update" service will prevent it in the
    This won't stop it currently, will need one more reboot. (and you'll have
    check and update manually). You won't see that icon anymore!

    Someone else will have to comment if you need to "clean" anything off the
    computer. When your calmer, I'd suggest Windows Update page and get that
    service pack yourself. Recommend a pizza while its doing it.

    Good Luck!
    Michael W, Oct 20, 2004
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    Citizen_Cain Guest

    That's the thing - I can't tell what it's trying to update on my system, but
    apparantly the Service Pack is what the 55% was.

    I went in and told it 'turn off automatic updating' which is what it's on
    for now. I'm going to reboot shortly and cross my fingers that the stupid
    icon never shows up again. Just another reason to hate microsoft, I
    Citizen_Cain, Oct 20, 2004
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    jeffrey Guest


    Why don`t you install the XP SP2 blocker, so automatic updates won`t try to
    download the SP2.

    jeffrey, Oct 20, 2004
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    blu gun Guest

    blu gun, Oct 30, 2004
  7. thru internet explorer until I disabled WUAUCLT in task manager. Have
    disabled auto-updates, stopped both services Wes Vogel advised in his
    reply but problem re appears as soon as I start up again even tho I
    cleared registry with msconfig. Every time I log on I have to manually
    disable Wuauclt before I can go online (It has 2 or 3 entries in task
    manager eating all cpu usage). If you find answer plz let me know.
    I can better's running 11 times in Task Manager even
    though I've told Windows I want to disable Automatic Updates.

    Mr Gates certainly has problems grasping the concept of what "no"
    actually means when it comes to XP phoning home......I wonder why?

    And no, I've run all instances of wuauclt.exe through just about every
    virus and spyware checkers out there and it's not a suspicious file.

    I'm surprised more hasn't been made of this privacy violation.
    Alex Flaherty, Nov 13, 2004
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