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Disable Automatic Updates
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/24/2005 | System Performance Page 2 | Rating:
Disable Automatic Updates

To turn it off completely and for good do as follows:

1.  Go into Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.

2.  Highlight the service called "Automatic Updates".  You will know when you have the correct one because you will see a description about it telling you what it does.

3. Right click once highlighted and click stop to terminate the service.

4. Right click on it again and go to Properties.  Half way down the first tab there is "Startup Type:" change this to disabled.

Congratulations.  You have now disabled Automatic Updates service.  Not only will this make certain the service won't run, but by disabling it properly you are freeing up system resources as they won't be diverted to running a service that you don't use.

 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot.
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    one of the most annoying "features" of windows... thank you!
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    helps with sp1 :-) (get rid of sp2!!!!!!)
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you should include that the user may need to switch to classic mode to see "Administrative Tools"
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank god my computer aint lagging no more
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Quick and works exactly as presented. I agree that "Classic" mode is required, but I default my Control Panel to that anyway.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Jesse)
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    Thanks a bunch! Stupid annoying windows update i will murder you ahaahhah :/!!
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried doing that but it gives an error..... cant stop the service..what do I do now?
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it worked...
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great!
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did exactly what I wanted it to do.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fixed in a blink, that has been bugging me for years, thank you
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great, those updates were annoying those microsoft sons o'bitches deserve to die
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good tip but you need clasic view thanks
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This only disables the service during that bootup. The next time you boot up your computer, there it is again -- enabled.
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot. You should include that the user may need to switch to classic mode to see the "Administrative Tools".
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you. This helped me when Automatic Updates was continually crashing, and displaying error messages. Now my computer runs fine.
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didnt work
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear, concise, to the point and works!
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Simple to follow
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you for this hint. My problem wasn't really with the automatic updates, but rather the annoying pop up thing that said that they are off. I fixed this in the same way though by disabling Security Center service.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    well, my system is of 256MB RAM and because of this Automatic updates, system virtual memory is becoming low. Thanks to the above solution to turn it off
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very helpful with nagging problem.
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear cut and quick.. What else could you ask for?
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect answer for a grayed out box.
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thats got rid of that ..thanks
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very good advice dont use ie use firefox
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thxx soo much
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you know how to disable it properly and now my pc wont restart on its own thanks
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks Really Superb
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very helpful
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you Man This should be a basic thing
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fianlly, couldn't shut off auto updates the normal way, but this worked
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you, the information was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, this site is riddled with pop-ups
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks. Excellent
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Already knew that, already did that. Tell me how to stop the insanely annoying nag for a restart!
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent with power 99999!!!!!
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    finally! I could not get rid of it. Thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for the tip! It works!
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    clear, how, and why
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I am on administrative account, bot for some reason, its all filled in grey, and I cannot do anything about it. please help
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good man...
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have XP, and the command sequence does NOT go "Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services", not even close - this article is useless to me.
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you!
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very good advice, thanks
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks.
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much for your help! Very easy steps to follow and it worked! I was able to stop these pesky automatic updates always hogging up my PC once and for all!
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks. Brief accurate instructions. Great!
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it worked. no more nags!!!
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU SOO MUCH!! in my control pannel, windows decided to block out the "turn off" button in "automatic updates" tab. this method is muuchh better so THANKS!!
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks! spot on.
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    That helped me a lot, thanks!
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by ZNet)
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    nice job...how do we turn it on again
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, worked like a charm
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I forgot about that trick! Bad ass!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Wonderful relief from Bill Gates always trying to tell me what to do.
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    a well worth 5 .. thanks u are great
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Big deal... someone knows how to disable a service. Loosers... who wants to be shown how to do something via a GUI... can't you figure this shit out for yourselves you 5 year olds. Have a real go at doing this properly! Use gpedit.msc and configure local Group Policy. And/or use the registry... http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/1176/ And use regedt32 so you can put permissions on the reg keys. Plus anyway... don't you know the benefits of Microsoft Updates! Oh no... my computer is downloading and installing updates that will make my computer secure and stable... boo hoo it is using my bandwidth.
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Answered exactly the asked question. Easy to follow instructions.
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot.. This was really helpful :)
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Took me few hours tying to find right instructions. Only took me 10sec or less to perform! Great work!!!!
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks this was annoying the update came up like every 5 mins
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very useful
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thx
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy to search for and find succinct generous
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I LOVE YOU!!!!!
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked in Windows 7 too but by ControlPanel>AdministrativeTools>Services>WindowsUpdate
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy to understand
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    would have given u a 5 but there were annoying pop ip with this
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thankx For providing the solution. Gr8
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks, it worked
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This solution is simple to understand and implement, unlike solutions on other sites that suggest risky registry changes.
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It Worked For ME ! Its Worth a 5 vibhu2006@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The service "Automatic Updates" does not exist!!
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice tip!
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    goes straight to the point and solves the issue.
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is a good suggestion, but I think it takes something more to completely disable the service. Something to make the OS completely "forget" about updates. I had good intentions to keep Automatic Updates on, but each and every time I turn on my computer Windows is offering me to download the same file: Security update for MS Word 2007 (KB950113) and Update for the 2007 MS Office System (KB946691). I have allowed this update ten times now, but I cannot find the update in the Add/Remove Programs list. To avoid this cycle I want to stop the Automatic Updates. Good intentions from Microsoft, but bad implementation. Sorry.
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by gaurav)
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    You can type services.msc in run and you can access all these options
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    danke!!!
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked great - thx.
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was easy todo
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Had a pc constantly updating and getting slower and slower
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks.
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I don't know how many times my machine ground to a near halt only to discover later that AU was downloading yet another update. What a poorly written piece of software Windows is!!
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is the first help that has actually allowed me to disable automatic updates. Anybody can find the disable option in the start menu, but if it isn't an option this will actually work. Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    simple and to the point. I hate their stupid auto updates, and I hate them even more when they (a) automatically reboot, (b) take away access to the control panel that should let you turn off the auto reboot.
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IMMIDIATE ACTION PRASAD
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    top...great help :D
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Step 5. Click on "Apply".
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have been trying to turn this off for some time now without the annoying reminder that it is turned off. Thanks, it works.
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    a 5-year old can figure out this shit! Try being a real computer nerd, and rid the automatic updates in yuor registry, like I did in LOCAL_MACHINE... LOL! Have fun, losers!
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was so helpful. My automatic update ran all the time slowing down my computer. For some reason the simple option to turn it off in the control panel was disabled. This type has made my computer use so much less frusterating
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it rocks
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent. Control back to where it belongs
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Disabling the automatic update according to these instructions should eliminate the "your computer may be in danger" pop-up. It doesn't.
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It was clear, concise and accurate
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good Idea, and I will try it out
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ty
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the advice is clear and understandable
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks!
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I was hopeful - but the fix didn't work. Followed instructions to a tee.....
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ah thank you for telling me how to properly disable those thrustrating updates which i hate so much and give me headaches muhahahaha they are finally destroyed.
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanx_alot
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This only disables the service during that bootup. The next time you boot up your computer, there it is again -- enabled.
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    what a relief to have that damn thing turned off -- thank you, thank you, thank you!
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    u can use GUI representation to define this process.
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fantastic - I am sure microsoft don't realise how many things they do are so annoying to the average person!
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great help
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There are many components and funtions in xp pro,that i do not want or need. I like stoping or removeing them when i can!.
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fucking great
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Beautiful, thank you. My dogs and neighbors will enjoy more peaceful mornings now without my yelling and cursing Bill Gates and his regime. 8~)
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks. It really was very useful.
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Saved a lot of time. Finally killed it.
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did exactly what I wanted.
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ty :)
     
  • Comment #121 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKYOU
     
  • Comment #122 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i got it
     
  • Comment #123 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very helpfull, many thanks!!!!
     
  • Comment #124 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome post! ty
     
  • Comment #125 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i could solve an annoying problem which caused frequent problems saying "no audio device detected. Thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #126 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks.... I have been relieved from this continuous nagging
     
  • Comment #127 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it helped me a lot
     
  • Comment #128 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It does what it says on the box!
     
  • Comment #129 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it is simple and gives detailed instructions that everyone even a computer moron like me can do.
     
  • Comment #130 (Posted by Ram)
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    Cool Buddy. i was getting annoyed with the automatic updates and finally i managed to get rid of it with your help.
     
  • Comment #131 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, now it wont keep trying to reboot everytime I log on!
     
  • Comment #132 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Its a very accurate description
     
  • Comment #133 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Already did that. Now how do I get rid of the startup balloon that whines "Automatic Updates is turned off"?
     
  • Comment #134 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very easy to understand even for someone who isn't very good with computers- plus it works
     
  • Comment #135 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks really helped!
     
  • Comment #136 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a milion
     
  • Comment #137 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because of you reveal me the change in Properties. and because you describe straightly in order to solve my problem. Thank you I hope it will work
     
  • Comment #138 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    tnx
     
  • Comment #139 (Posted by Don)
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    Worked for me. CPU no longer pegged at 100%. It now hovers around 5% or less. Thanks for the tip ;-)
     
  • Comment #140 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank u
     
  • Comment #141 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thaks
     
  • Comment #142 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I DON HAVE AN AUTOMATIC UPDATER OPTION IN SERVICES. USING VISTA. PL HELP!!
     
  • Comment #143 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #144 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    tnx for help
     
  • Comment #145 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    A little detail that made a big difference. From another web source advice I had the start up type to manual, thinking it would only start if I manually started it, but apparently some software were able to manually start it themselves. Because I found the service on started despite being on manual type.
     
  • Comment #146 (Posted by deepak pasahan)
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    thank you so much, really helpful post!
     
  • Comment #147 (Posted by sajeer)
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    thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #148 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Simple, yet effective. Thanks a lot.
     
  • Comment #149 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    so easy and quick
     
  • Comment #150 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Tq
     
  • Comment #151 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great . first time i find out and use this in 9 years of using windows. tnx
     
  • Comment #152 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just what I was looking for. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #153 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not work!still get validation nag!
     
  • Comment #154 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks m8:)
     
  • Comment #155 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This saved me a good hassle.
     
  • Comment #156 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it worked..
     
  • Comment #157 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Absolutely excellent! I will come to this page frequently! Thank YOU!
     
  • Comment #158 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank u ...it really worked...n now n free from low disk space thing....
     
  • Comment #159 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you are the best
     
  • Comment #160 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Bye bye Windows Update - the worst piece of software in the history of computing
     
  • Comment #161 (Posted by Raghu)
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    Its a good idea.But I can see that more no of packets are transferred even though I am not downloading any thing.Still some resources are updating using the net connection which slowdown my speed.please suggest me to stop those resources updating.
     
  • Comment #162 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot
     
  • Comment #163 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    well done
     
  • Comment #164 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good tip. nailed it! :)
     
  • Comment #165 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    my internet is limited to one gb thats why i need to disable these updates
     
  • Comment #166 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    well written + very logical
     
  • Comment #167 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    oh man. thank you!
     
  • Comment #168 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU A LOT........i dnt know how to thank you
     
  • Comment #169 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot for all
     
  • Comment #170 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot, it quite bugged me these couple of days, it kept turning on by itself, strange but I dont think it will bug me now...Thanks
     
  • Comment #171 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I know how to do this already I want to know how to STOP users from Disabling it in the FIRST place
     
  • Comment #172 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot
     
  • Comment #173 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Before any update is made a backup should be done, especially if the update is from MicroSoft.
     
  • Comment #174 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    tks
     
  • Comment #175 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you! I've been looking at other websites trying to fix my computer for two days now. :)
     
  • Comment #176 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    OMG! Thank you! I was really annoyed by this automatic updates until I found this site! Thx softwaretipsandtricks.com!
     
  • Comment #177 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nothing
     
  • Comment #178 (Posted by Raja)
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    Thanx That was I need this command thax again
     
  • Comment #179 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #180 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    FINALLY my PC will NOT 'remind' me this ******ing feature any more!..THANX!
     
  • Comment #181 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent.
     
  • Comment #182 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great step by step procedure. thx a lot
     
  • Comment #183 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THIS REALLY WORKS!!!!!
     
  • Comment #184 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much. These stupid updates were eating my airtime so fast and I couldn't understand why I had to keep topping up all the time. You've saved me a lot of money with this article.
     
  • Comment #185 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work on current pages. This page is 6 years old
     
  • Comment #186 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    most updates are not meant to help the user. but are instead a means of adding items to your system that are either not needed or are intended for venders to use to gain saleable info about you your system and your preferences, which they sale to advertisers and others.
     
  • Comment #187 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    omg thank you, the automatic updates were driving me crazy because they always start slowing my computer down when I'm in the middle of something and you can't pause them. thank you so much :)
     
  • Comment #188 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent.
     
  • Comment #189 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy. thanks
     
  • Comment #190 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you dont need classic view administrative tools are in "Performance and Maintennance"
     
  • Comment #191 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wga will never bug me again!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #192 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    .... i had this error that kept coming when i tried openin windows update ' page faild to load' so i needed another way to disable automatic updates ............thanks ..!!!!
     
  • Comment #193 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot. Finally i got rid of those auto updates. U should also post the answer on how to get rid of the tray icon of auto updates. i also want to know how to stop the blue screen of death.
     
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    Okej. Thats cool, but what can I do, if it show, that access denied?
     
  • Comment #195 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank u very much
     
  • Comment #196 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    automatic update has been turning itself on at will - thank u for letting me kill it once and for all!
     
  • Comment #197 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I actually had some malware change my settings and am now unable to toggle from Windows Security Alerts. When I run the admin tools/services, there is no "Automatic Updates" listed, either.
     
  • Comment #198 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I hate auto updates
     
  • Comment #199 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    What the author does not mention is that disabling the "Automatic Updates" service will disable Windows Update in any form. Even a manual update will not work. Larry Miller, Microsoft MCSA
     
  • Comment #200 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The instructions were clear, concise and accurate. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #201 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just what I needed
     
  • Comment #202 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thankyou
     
  • Comment #203 (Posted by josh d)
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    worked like a charm
     
  • Comment #204 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot buddy
     
  • Comment #205 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    what would i do if " access ic denied" ?
     
  • Comment #206 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thankyou, v much, no more interuptions
     
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    you can also do Start -> Run -> services.msc to access the Services snap-in.
     
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    tks
     
  • Comment #209 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks. I guess Kaspersky turned it on for me since i don not like MS to fuck up my PC, i always turn it off.
     
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    Administrative tools is not an option on my control panel
     
  • Comment #211 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Simple and to-the-point!
     
  • Comment #212 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent guide
     
  • Comment #213 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    What a relief! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #214 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you, thank you, thank you. clear and concise.
     
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    thank u very much
     
  • Comment #216 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Tnx
     
  • Comment #217 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it is helpful especially now when I need the information quickly.
     
  • Comment #218 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    one of the most annoying idiotic "service" Windows has. Thank you so much.
     
  • Comment #219 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank-you!!!
     
  • Comment #220 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was good as my bandwidth is somehow freed now.
     
  • Comment #221 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked and was easy to follow for a non-geek!!!!!
     
  • Comment #222 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for the easy to follow instruction :-) I didn't give a 5 because the step "click apply" is missing, which is an important step to know when we are computer illiterate.
     
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    really helpfull,thanks!
     
  • Comment #224 (Posted by Mambo)
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    excellent..awesome..!!
     
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    it was clear, without unessecary points and it worked. good job
     
  • Comment #226 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good work
     
  • Comment #227 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #228 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hey, i went thru many solutions, bt i was nt getting the option to select disable automatic updates. but this optional method really worked and i say an m/ to u...Thanks a lot
     
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    thanks!!
     
  • Comment #230 (Posted by Fritz)
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    thanks, great healp
     
  • Comment #231 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    one of the most annoying "features" of windows... thank you! indeed!
     
  • Comment #232 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect ... Just forgot how to do it, Googled 'disable automatic updates' and your site came up. Cheers
     
  • Comment #233 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Mint
     
  • Comment #234 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    was really getting sick of those automatic updates!!! glad to be rid of them.
     
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    up item 2 evrything is clear but the item 3 is not clear what to do i made it thank you so much but i found the way by my own inteligence
     
  • Comment #236 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easy to follow instructions. Thank you for your help.
     
  • Comment #237 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very good. Thank you very much.
     
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    thx
     
  • Comment #239 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear and concise--and (hopefully) effective.
     
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    don't work!!!!!
     
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    not intended for windows sp 3 there should be an instruction changing the options to classic view or category view
     
  • Comment #242 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks you help me as well.
     
  • Comment #243 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it worked !
     
  • Comment #244 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much for this guide... It is really helpful to me to disable the annoying updates....
     
  • Comment #245 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Another recommendation to disable in rthe "System Properties" dialog box woukd niot work as the options were greyed out. The recommendation in this article was simply described and worked!
     
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    Great, simple to understand, many thanks.
     
  • Comment #247 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    awwezome
     
  • Comment #248 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works very well
     
  • Comment #249 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thankyou
     
  • Comment #250 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    :)
     
  • Comment #251 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    whoa thnx
     
  • Comment #252 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect, easy instructions. Easy to follow, worked.
     
  • Comment #253 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have a better and easier way! Right click my computer, properties. switch to the automatic updates tab and there u have it!!!
     
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    IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: Also disable the "security center" service ... otherwise windows continues with for insance the annoying taskbar "pop-up's" ... In other words: The limbo system otherwise continues the walk, just without legs ;-) (thanks to Microsoft with IQ=5 and user disregard). - Jan-DK -
     
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    Exellent, clear and simple instruction to follow. keep up the good work, thanks
     
  • Comment #256 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fantastic!
     
  • Comment #257 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    lot of thanks for ur guide...
     
  • Comment #258 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you very much.very important tip
     
  • Comment #259 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This solution worked perfectly. There is another one on the Microsoft site, but theirs doesn't work because the administrator of the network doesn't want updates turned off. This one works anyway. In other words, this solution ROCKS.
     
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    thanx hats off to u.
     
  • Comment #261 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Are automatic updates good? (the genius system update is annoying me!!!!!!!)
     
  • Comment #262 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks it worked.......
     
  • Comment #263 (Posted by ashan)
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    you are a god man.very very thanks.
     
  • Comment #264 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work. In a little while the God-forsaken Microsoft sends you endless messages stating that your computer is a risk because automatic updates is turned off. Microsoft SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Thanks soooo much!!!
     
  • Comment #266 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice
     
  • Comment #267 (Posted by dave)
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    Not necessarily will that kill it. My box tries every night at shutdown to execute automatic updates, sometimes, by viewing the log, several times a day. Select the second page, "logon", and disable profile 1. Then your logfile for updates will read "failed" in it's attempts.....usually. The next step is to go to "background intelligence transfer service" and do the same thing there. Microsoft does NOT believe you when you say "no". I was caught a couple of years ago, when I had selected "let me know but don't download" on updates, and they overrode it, jammed WGA down my throat as a "critical update", re-booted my computer, and everything I was working on was gone. Since that time, I investigate every update prior to downloading, and am very selective. Make a note of what you disable, as you have to put it back for manual updates. Disabling automatic updates on my box, XP Pro, SP3, AMD, does NOT stop it from trying and sometimes succeeding.
     
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    Excellent!
     
  • Comment #269 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried many suggestions and this one finally worked.
     
  • Comment #270 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very clear, thanks much!
     
  • Comment #271 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fast and easy to do.
     
  • Comment #272 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks. It has been bothering me for months.
     
  • Comment #273 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fine article it is very helpful for me to stop automatic update.
     
  • Comment #274 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thnx alot for the post
     
  • Comment #275 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKYOU Geeks but you're the ONES... Thanks again...
     
  • Comment #276 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because this doesn't do anything more than the feature already provided by windows in the security center. The deal is to stop wscntfy.exe permanently.
     
  • Comment #277 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Now tell us how to turn it off to download a program, then turn it back on.
     
  • Comment #278 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very precise~! Helpful!
     
  • Comment #279 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy to follow...other website don't give much information.
     
  • Comment #280 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent trick. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #281 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cheers
     
  • Comment #282 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks man...you helped me a lot
     
  • Comment #283 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Step by step and actually worked.
     
  • Comment #284 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I rated it as Excellent because it worked!
     
  • Comment #285 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    amazing!!!!! thanx a lot!!
     
  • Comment #286 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Automatic updates just rebooted and interupted a 700mb dl. Fk this article is awesome
     
  • Comment #287 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you more than too much that was exactly what i need mmmmmmmmmoah!!!
     
  • Comment #288 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Soooo Easy thanks
     
  • Comment #289 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because you rock
     
  • Comment #290 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    MISSING STEP: Also Switch-off the "security-center" service. (pop-ups kept showing in my win-xp-home - and after "turning the ms-crap insecurity-center", the "IQ=05 MS pop-up" finally disappeared)!! PS: Experiment with the other services - they are quite powerful, and interesting. Gave my slow-laptop a real performance-boost ... not like those "defragment / download fancy wacuum-cleaner-program and hope for miracles" .. Give it a go ... maybe backup system before doing so, if scared of "the dark side", using "Acronis True Image Home xxxx" or other competent sys-image progr's. - Jan-DK -
     
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    yas it works
     
  • Comment #292 (Posted by shreedhara)
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    It stops updating windows only not the other software updates please help me to stop all automatic updates from internet
     
  • Comment #293 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    My services did not have one called "automatic updates"
     
  • Comment #294 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    DOES AS IT SAYS ON THE TIN!
     
  • Comment #295 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good
     
  • Comment #296 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent, this is working.
     
  • Comment #297 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you buddy
     
  • Comment #298 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because i can not get online for any reasons at all
     
  • Comment #299 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I've been trying to disable the automatic updates for some time but haven't found any explanation that was as simple and easy as this one!! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #300 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank You very much.
     
  • Comment #301 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you thank you thank you, it was critical that my computer not restart at this time .. super helpful!
     
  • Comment #302 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    useful tips
     
  • Comment #303 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how to block pairated system by automatic update
     
  • Comment #304 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks dear
     
  • Comment #305 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you.... :)
     
  • Comment #306 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you..
     
  • Comment #307 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i rated this article 5 because i found it very detailed enough to completely turn off automatic updates. thanks so much
     
  • Comment #308 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    What the hell is this? It did not work...my computer got all updates and I am screwed up....Please send me good documents so that i can use in future...My email id is hopsnagopsm@gmail.com
     
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