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Windows Automatic Updates - Cannot Turn ON

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#1 Maverick01


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:50 PM

Hello all,

  First time to post on this forum so bear with me please.  My XP Pro desktop will not let me turn on Automatic Updates for some reason.  It is all "greyed out" and will not allow me to set it for Automatic Updates.  Any ideas?

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:01 PM

Well...it might have to do with the fact that XP is no longer supported for critical updates. 


It makes sense to me that autoupdates might now be nonexistent for XP, while one can probably still go to the Windows/Microsoft Update sites and manually download/install any updates from the past which may need reinstallation.


See XP Support Has Ended.



#3 Maverick01

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:23 PM

You know, I never thought about that sir.  I had been doing some cleaning on my PC and noticed it and thought that it might be a bug or something.  I will check into that.  Thanks for taking the time to send me your thoughts.

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

Last updates I did was Apr.10. Then I turned the service off (stopped, disabled). Ditto for BITS.
To check for you, I just turned it on and automatic. Then back off. No issues here, so I suspect there's another reason.

Also, strangely enough, the windows update log has been filling daily. You'd think it'd stop, but it's behaving just as it always did.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

The only reason to keep auto updates turned on for XP, is if a supported version of Office (2007/2010) is installed. Other than that, there is no reason to have it enabled.


This just keeps Office updated, not the OS itself, It is preferable to move any Office installs to a supported OS.



Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 

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