Low bandwidth - how to prevent automatic downloads

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by andrew.agerbak, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. I'm trying to update my Dad's XP Home SP2 machine. He lives in the
    middle of nowhere and only gets 28.8kbps connectivity. Automatic
    updates is enabled and set to download automatically, but it's been so
    long since he last logged on that there seems to be a huge backlog of
    updates stacked up. The downloading updates indicator in system tray is
    crawling along - 2% complete after more than an hour... I want to
    install the most critical updates now from WindowsUpdate.com, and leave
    the rest for later. However I can't seem to stop the automatic
    download, which is hogging the bandwidth. I've temporarily switched
    Auto Updates to "notify only", but the system tray icon still pops up
    and starts downloading as soon as I connect online, even after having
    restarted the PC. Stopping the Automatic Updates Service seemed to kill
    it, but as soon as I restart it (needed to use WindowsUpdate), it
    starts downloading again.

    The critical updates I need to download are about 10MB - should be an
    hour or so...

    Many thanks for any help...

    andrew.agerbak, Aug 19, 2005
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