Auntomatic update question


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Harold A. Climer

I have automatic update set for Windows XP MCE that has all updates
and service packs installed.
When the little yellow shield icon appears in the Task Bar is there a
way to find out what file is being downloaded.
I have a dial up ISP with no possibility of any high speed service
being available at my location in the foreseeable future because of
topography, where my house is located on a 15 acre wooded lot and
because I live out in the sticks.
It would be nice to know at least what size the file is so if it is a
large one I can wait and try to download it overnight. I only have one
POT line and need it for communications other than that of my
computer.
Harold A Climer
Dept. Of Physics Geology, and Astronomy
U.T, Chattanooga
Rm. 406A Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga TN 37403
(e-mail address removed)
 
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Brian A.

I have automatic update set for Windows XP MCE that has all updates
and service packs installed.
When the little yellow shield icon appears in the Task Bar is there a
way to find out what file is being downloaded.
I have a dial up ISP with no possibility of any high speed service
being available at my location in the foreseeable future because of
topography, where my house is located on a 15 acre wooded lot and
because I live out in the sticks.
It would be nice to know at least what size the file is so if it is a
large one I can wait and try to download it overnight. I only have one
POT line and need it for communications other than that of my
computer.
Harold A Climer
Dept. Of Physics Geology, and Astronomy
U.T, Chattanooga
Rm. 406A Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga TN 37403
(e-mail address removed)

Set your updates to be downloaded but let you decide when to install them.

When the icon appears in the notification area double click on it and
select custom.
Click on any update listed in the list to get info on it.

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How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
 
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Patrick Keenan

Harold A. Climer said:
I have automatic update set for Windows XP MCE that has all updates
and service packs installed.
When the little yellow shield icon appears in the Task Bar is there a
way to find out what file is being downloaded.
I have a dial up ISP with no possibility of any high speed service
being available at my location in the foreseeable future because of
topography, where my house is located on a 15 acre wooded lot and
because I live out in the sticks.
It would be nice to know at least what size the file is so if it is a
large one I can wait and try to download it overnight. I only have one
POT line and need it for communications other than that of my
computer.


First, bad idea to post your personal info here.

I often turn Automatic Updates *off* and check manually. I have found that
allowing AU to run can, on occasion, cause significant performance problems
(and once broke a critical network connection as it "updated" a network
driver). And I never install major service packs over Windows Update; I
download the whole thing and install from a local copy.

If there get to be larger updates, find out what they are, make a list, and
go get them from a system with a high-speed connection. Burn them to CD, or
copy them to an IPOD and install them later; or, once in a while, take your
box to town and plug it into a highspeed network; borrow a
monitor/keyboard/mouse, and allow the updates to run while you have coffee.

HTH
-pk
 
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David E. Ross

I have automatic update set for Windows XP MCE that has all updates
and service packs installed.
When the little yellow shield icon appears in the Task Bar is there a
way to find out what file is being downloaded.
I have a dial up ISP with no possibility of any high speed service
being available at my location in the foreseeable future because of
topography, where my house is located on a 15 acre wooded lot and
because I live out in the sticks.
It would be nice to know at least what size the file is so if it is a
large one I can wait and try to download it overnight. I only have one
POT line and need it for communications other than that of my
computer.
Harold A Climer
Dept. Of Physics Geology, and Astronomy
U.T, Chattanooga
Rm. 406A Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga TN 37403
(e-mail address removed)

Change your Update setting to notify you without downloading or
installing.

When you see the Update shield, you can then see file sizes by executing
[C:\WINDOWS\system32\wupdmgr.exe], which opens IE at the Web site for
updating. Scroll down the central frame until you see the "Custom"
button; select it.

If you still have Windows XP SP2, you will get a request to upgrade to
SP3. With a dial-up (which I also use), you definitely don't want this!
When the request appears, scroll down the central frame until you see
the "Review Other Updates" button; select it.

You will then get a list of pending updates with their file sizes. Each
has a checkbox with which you can accept or reject the update. When you
have finished selecting, you will see two green arrow buttons, one on
the left with the legend "Install Updates" and one in the middle with
the legend "Review and install updates". To the right of the latter,
you will see how many updates you have selected, the total download
size, and an estimate of how long it will take to download and install
them.

I'm quite familiar with the process since I did it just 5 hours ago. I
have created a Start item for [C:\WINDOWS\system32\wupdmgr.exe]. I
created a folder named System in my Start folder and a folder named
Configuration in System. Now I have [C:\Documents and Settings\All
Users\Start Menu\System\Configuration\Windows Update.lnk] where Windows
Update.lnk points to wupdmgr.exe. Other entries in Configuration
include an inventory of software I've installed, a tool to log
installations, and a shortcut to Add or Remove Programs.

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David E. Ross
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"Why NOT Road Rage?" or "Why Is There No Such
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Lil' Dave

Doesn't matter. AU picks up where it left off from the prior time it
stopped downloading. That is, if its found the file download is available
from the server at the time it seeks to do so. Yes, I have dialup. AU set
to ask me first before downloading, and, before installing here.
 

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