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If you use XP SP2 should auto updates be turned off?


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:11 PM

If Micro Soft has ended support for XP SP2 what is the purpose of keeping auto updates switched on?
I have started reading of digital signatures being hijacked.
With auto updates still on is this possible avenue for infection??

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:24 PM

Well, I for one, still have Windows Updates turned on. Although, I carefully review the updates before I choose to download them.

Running Win XP Pro SP2. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:49 PM

Hi Reviversoft
Thanks for the response.
I guess my question would be will we get any further legitimate updates from MS or are we just non-existent to them now??

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:05 PM

will we get any further legitimate updates from MS.
Well, I still do and so will all other users.
Most importantly: Security & Windows component updates.

No harm in leaving it on, when you manually choose the updates from the list. :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 03 August 2010 - 07:06 PM.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:23 PM

Hi Reviversoft
Not trying to be argumentative but your answer is confusing to me.
If I Google end of support for SP 2 I get a MS page with some questions and answers.

“What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?”

“An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.”

Now I did find it mentioned that the 64 bit version of XP SP2 will continue to be updated as there was not a SP3 for 64bit XP.
If SP2 support ended on July 13 and you do not have the 64 bit version what type of updates are still coming through for you??

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

Just curious...
...what's the reason for avoiding SP3?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:26 PM

Well probably not good reasons. Auto updates downloaded it in 2009. It’s little shield just sits in toolbar and nags to be installed. I was going to install SP3 several times.
Started reading the prep advice on BC. Things like if it gets stuck in reboot do this or uninstall this or that if it doesn’t install correctly. Scary stuff. I am not a computer guy. I just want this thing to work. Biggest kick was MS stating that even if installed with no problem you may not see much of a difference.
With SP2 this computer does everything I need it to do for my small business. Even if there is only a 5% chance of a problem why do I need more to worry about it.
I still do think about doing it though.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:32 PM

Why not to create hard drive image and install SP3?
If something goes wrong, use the image and you have your computer back in 30 minutes.

If your computer is clean of malware and garbage, you shouldn't have any problems with installing SP3.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:54 PM

what type of updates are still coming through for you??
IE, Office, WMP, .Net Framework, Win Defender, Security Updates...

BTW, I have SP3 installed on an old notebook of mine. Works like a charm.
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