Im gonna add my 2 cents here. Now, im not necessarily saying to do these things, but it will free up HDD space and system resources..
On my system I turn system restore and auto updates off. Reason being is Auto update takes RAM and precious Bandwidth that I could be using to surf the web or get on Xbox live. System restore, though set at different sizes, can take anywhere from I think its 3 gigs to 22 gigs. You could turn it off, but dont do that if you dont know computers very well. Reason for this is, if you mess up somewhere along the line, you have nothing to fall back on.
Automatic updates can be retrieved manually at windowsupdate.com, in my opinion this is better than having your system automatically do it. You can pick and choose which ones you want, even though its best to get all. And windowsupdate.com will even be nice enough to SOMETIMES give you hardware and software updates that dont have to do with windows. Say your video card driver or your sound card driver.
Now, yes, you should use another browser, such as mozilla firefox.. www.mozilla.com
but, keep IE handy because windowsupdate.com will only recognize IE. Unless you get a plug in for firefox, but thats a whole nother story.
PS.. When you say critical Update, do you mean Service Pack 2? Cuz that is a large update.
Edited by Uraiser, 10 June 2006 - 02:00 PM.