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XP Windows Update Memory Leak

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#1 Condover


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Posted 18 August 2010 - 07:03 PM

I have a clean XP pro pc that crawls after startup as it uses up to 300MB to run windows update. It is only obvious what is happening by displaying peak and Virtual memory usage in task manager. With 1gb of mem it is Ok but with 500mb it is unusable until WU has given up after about 20 minutes. I have tried Dial-a-fix to no avail and deleted the windows update executables to force a reinstall, which worked but has not fixed the problem. Is there some clever way to reinstall Windows Update?
According to Microsoft this memory leak was a problem with XP SP1 but I am using SP3 so the patches must already be installed!

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#2 Shadow Bird

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 09:11 PM

So you have 1 gig of RAM installed with XP SP3..... do you have your install disk(s) available and usable? I would recommend a repair install to see if that helps.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 09:29 PM

You can go into the Control Panel under Automatic Updates and change it so that you can disable the automatic update and then manually install them.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:37 PM

I have seen this problem with windows update taking 1/2 a gig of memory on several computers but only ones with SP3 and automatic updates. It may not look that bad unless you realize that there is also an associated svchost file that is also huge! The only solution is to have a minimum of 1 gig of memory to run Windows XP with SP3 and automatic updates turned on. I think this is the reason why a lot of people are going back to only installing SP2 with Windows XP. I am not sure if it is an undetected virus or intentional behavior to force people to upgrade to Windows7

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