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I Dread Microsoft Updates With Dial-up

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#1 ejames82


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Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:21 AM

it's not a good feeling when i see that yellow shield with an exclamation point in the middle of it, but i know i have to get it over with so i click on it, and hope that the update goes smoothly. everything disappears for a few minutes, then the yellow icon appears again. i have to put my cursor over it so that i can monitor the progress. it takes half a day, and when it's done there is no pop-up window to inform me of this.
i know this makes it possible for me to continue working while the update takes place, but i like to monitor the updates progress. not long ago it was possible to monitor the progress. also there used to be a pop-up window that said the update was complete. is there any way available to monitor the update? i have searched everywhere on the computer that i can think of. i have process explorer downloaded, but i am still not quite knowledgeable enough to use it to my satisfaction. it doesn't seem to give the desired info.
any advice would be appreciated, Ed

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:41 AM

I'm not an expert on this, but at least I tried.
When you "download" the update they take the thing from Microsoft's servers. Then you "install" the updates by verifying they're safe and real. The update itself won't be available to see, but the installation will.
The yellow shield will also disappear after a while, even if you're still downloading. It'll keep downloading the updates and slow the computer down, so a good idea would be to just let it sit there when you don't need to use the computer. I think it continues to work even after it goes into hibernation, but I will need confirmation.
If you want to monitor every step of it, just go to the Microsoft web page and do an online update. It'll take longer because of that @#)% DirectX and the whole progress bar that takes forever, but at least you can see how far everything is. Bad thing is that you'll have to open another window to continue working.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:36 PM

Hello ejames82,

There is a way to monitor the updates, but in order to do so you would have to switch from using Automatic Updates to manual updates. I'm on dial-up, and that is what I do. I choose custom install, that way if there are a number of huge critical updates, I can choose 1 or 2 at a time. There will be a progress box that shows download progress and installation progress for each chosen update. The problem is that when there are a lot of huge updates, you have to go through the whole process several times. It can take half a night (or day) or more.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:59 PM

my XP can be slow-running at times with updates so I grab manually one or two at a time so it is 'controllable' :flowers: if you are on dial up I suggest you go for the manual update method and take your time ; I hope the phone bill for the larger updates download time is not astonomical? :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 05:30 PM


the whole progress bar that takes forever, but at least you can see how far everything is.

no problem. i'll just do house chores and glance up at it periodically.

orange blossom,
you help me again.
i am going to have to investigate my update settings. i like to be notified that the updates are available, but like you, i think i want to customize the way i download them. i need a progress bar.

thanks for the replies, Ed

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