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How can I stop auto-updates?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:24 PM

Every so often my PC begins downloading some update or other in the background, whirring away for a good 25 minutes sometimes and slowing down whatever I'm doing.
I think the AOL updates are the biggest culprit, I swear I once ticked a box somewhere specifying "no auto-updates", but obviously not.
Ideally a message should come up saying "Update available, do you wish to download it now or later?". That way I could d/load it when I'm not busy.
Is there a magic button to set that preference to block ALL auto-updates including AOL?
(I'm Win XP Home SP3)

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:07 PM

  1. Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel.
  2. Open System
  3. Click the Automatic Updates tab.
  4. Check or Uncheck the option for Keep my computer up to date.
  5. If you are enabling this feature by checking this box, select one of the three settings on how you wish to be notified for updates. We would recommend you select the second option, Download the updates automatically and notify me when they are ready to be installed.
  6. Click Apply and Ok.

 


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 02:22 PM

Thanks, I've plumped for the option "Notify me but don't d/l or install them" and will see what happens.
Hopefully that way I can d/l and install them when I'm having my tea or watching TV.. :)

Edited by MickinPlymouthUK, 27 May 2013 - 02:24 PM.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:42 PM

That's what I do.
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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:19 AM

Aargh my PC still whirrs away sometimes with the working light staying on for around 25 minutes even though I've ticked "Don't auto-download or install new updates" via the XP Control Panel. 

It's annoying because it slows down whatever else I'm doing on the PC, and whirrs away even when I'm not connected to the net.

Maybe it's nothing to do with updates, so is there any way I can find out what it's doing?

Here's a shot of part of the ctrl-alt-del Task Manager screen during a 'whirring episode' but i don't know how to interpret it to hopefully pin down what's going on, what do you think?

 

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

Looks like it's your anti-virus AVG updating. Not Windows. I don't have AVG so I don't know how to change the update profile for your Anti-Virus. If it's the free version it looks like you have two options. Daily or weekly.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:04 PM

Looks like it's your anti-virus AVG updating. Not Windows. I don't have AVG so I don't know how to change the update profile for your Anti-Virus. If it's the free version it looks like you have two options. Daily or weekly.

 

Thanks, it seems AVG Free overides my XP "no auto-updates" setting and starts updating whenever it feels like it on a daily basis, what cheek! 

I've searched AVG's 'update Help' but can't see any option to switch it off or set a weekly schedule, so I'm thinking of uninstalling it which should stop it once and for all, and switching to another Anti-V brand.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:45 PM

See Disabling or modifying settings of AVG update schedules

 

 

Or uninstall it if you want and select another from HERE, These are free.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:46 PM

From AVG sites FAQ area -

 

Program update schedule
If you want to modify/disable AVG program update schedule you can do it this way:

  1. Open the AVG program.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Advanced settings.
  3. On the left menu, expand Schedules, click Program update schedule.
  4. Here you can disable (clear the Enable this task check box) or modify the settings of the AVG program update schedule.
  5. (my option added) Set the updates to at least once a week.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:21 PM

Thanks guys I'll try setting the download time of day to teatime so the updates will hopefully auto-download while i'm off having my tea and crumpets.






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