Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Disabling Automatic Update Reminders In Windows XP

Maintaining your computer with timely updates for both the operating system and different utilities like firewalls and antivirus software is quite an important task to be performed on every computer. In fact, it will ensure a good working environment and you can prevent several issues like slow down, virus threats, file corruption and many similar faults through proper maintenance of both hardware and software.
It has included an update service within all versions of the Windows operating system. Windows XP support for automatic updates is quite useful in downloading and installing new features automatically. If enabled, the automatic update service will download the update without prior notification or it will download application and notify the user later. The automatic update helps to keep your system updated with security and service packs. Windows XP’s automatic update application usually displays a reminder when new updates are available.
However, sometimes these reminders of updates can be annoying as this may use system resources and slow down the computer. When you already have a number of programs running simultaneously, an application like the update reminder will cause extra burden and overload the processor. In such situations, it is quite better to disable this reminder facility. A simple stepwise procedure for the same is given below.
First, you should minimize all open windows. Then open the Start menu by clicking on the Start button located on the bottom left corner of your taskbar. Click on the Control Panel button. You can see a list of customization features for Windows XP.
Then locate the icon labeled Automatic Updates. The list will be given in the alphabetical order. In order to bring up the settings you should double click on the icon.
Now you will see an option labeled Turn off Automatic Updates, click on the button next to this option. Then select Apply and then on the OK button. You will get a notification message at the bottom of the screen. Click on the close button in order to close the warning.
Finally, you need to restart your computer in order to ensure that the changes that you have made took place properly.
If you want to speed up your system further, several helpful tips are available in the Windows XP support online help page. Clean up your computer regularly and install antivirus software to ensure smooth functioning of your computer.

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