Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:26 AM
Let's see.........describe what I have. I have a about a 10 year old dell 4500 (I think) pentium4 - 2.4 ghz processor (added) 2.50 gig of RAM, and a beefier power pak to run the ATIX1600 (256MB) graphics card, and creative media sound blaster sound card.
Everything was going along pretty well (sorta)...till the puter started slowing down pretty much. So, I registered here (awhile back) to come looking for some assistance. And, I ended up "slip-streaming" SP3 onto a new installation disc, so as to save me some time with the "scan\now" in my attempts in resolving my issue/s. It didn't, but was tankful that I at least learned how (one time anyways......lol) to perform the "slip-stream".
Upon further purusings, I found that I was running outta C: drive space. I had bought and installed a WD 250gig xternal HD some time prior, as I was seeing that I was running out of space. More so, then I realized, as I fouind out (in here mind ya) that more space was needed as slack space then I had, which it seems was what was causing this slowness.
So, what I did, was, transferred my WMP and the whole library to my "(fat32)G" drive, and pointed WMP to go there and to put there any cd's that I played and wanted to keep.
METHINKS, this is when my problem/s started, as (it took me awhile to notice/realize this) that NOW it was looking like windows update/s was seemingly crossing into my G drive with reckless abandon, and storing these updatates (or, parts of 'em) THERE (as looking into my G drive I was seeing ALL kinds of folders that "I" sure didn't put there)! And, not only wouldn't install 'em, but WHEN it was successful, the puter would hang at the welcome screen, and, I would have to manually shutdown the puter and restart manually, which effectively NIXED the whole update process.
Well? Better late then never, I suppose, I have (just now) had the brain fart of: "Why don't I just (safely) remove the G drive from this equation, thus forcing win updates to do its thing on C drive?" Then, I'll go into win updates (after rebooting.HOPEFULLY successful) and just have it d'load BUT NOT INSTALL future udates, in which case I'll merely disconnect the G drive (again) and intall 'em.
My question to y'all is: I THINK there's GOTTA be a better way! Will my WMP ever work again? Is there some way to keep the G drive online, but not allow this unauthorized access into G drive?
The updates are installed and I need to reboot, and if successful will then reconnect G drive and be back to see if you good people have a solution to future (and probable) dilemmas.
Thanks for reading this, and for your advice. Paying it forward, ya know?