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    Windows Update confusing

    I am a recent upgrade to XP from 98. (More specifically, new computer, new OS. It's me personally that's getting the upgrade. )
    Previously, when I would visit Windows Update, it would scan my computer (using signed software they installed) and compare the results with whatever updates they had released since my last visit.
    Now when I go there, it lists every update and tells how long it's going to take to download and install. Using the Custom Update option, all of them are checked, as if I need to download them now. When I look at the Installation History, however, it shows these updates have all been installed, the day I set up my computer.
    I must be doing something wrong, because XP is (clearly, though often frustratingly) made for the computer novice and Windows Update should be just as simple. If I were a novice, the path I am taking would have me sitting here for 10 minutes every week downloading the same updates....
    (In case its pertinent, I am using the Windows Update link in the Start menu|All Programs to access the site: windowsupdate.microsoft.com, which immediately redirects to http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co....aspx?ln=en-us)
    Is there a way to get it to just show me what I need or do I actually have to keep track of this stuff?
    Thanks.

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    I've got XP Pro SP2 on nearly all of my machines, and windows update works fine. For windows 98 and 2000, it uses "version 4" of windows update, whereas windows xp uses version 5. Windows update redirects you accordingly depending on your OS.

    I don't know why the installation history is saying the date for newer installed updates as the date of you setting up XP - might be a bug somewhere.

    If windows update is annoying you, have you tried using automatic updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    I don't know why the installation history is saying the date for newer installed updates as the date of you setting up XP - might be a bug somewhere.
    It's not that it's giving the wrong dates. All the dates in the Installation history are April 15, which is the day I got my computer, because one of the first things I did was go to Windows Update. But it still lists those updates on the first page when I get to Windows Update, and it makes me think I don't have them already. What I'd like is for it to tell me what updates, if any, that I don't have.

    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    If windows update is annoying you, have you tried using automatic updates?
    I do not like automatic updates for Windows. For one thing, I like to have as few programs running in the background as possible. (Firewall, anti-virus ... and that's it)
    A friend of mine had automatic updates on and it made a mess when SP2 came out, because, I think his connection wasn't fast enough and it kept freezing his computer, so he'd reboot without knowing it was updating, so SP2 never got properly installed, even though it showed as being successful. (Big mess.)
    Those aren't the only reasons.
    I realize I can set it to just notify me when an update is available, but since I go there once a week anyway, I don't see the point. It's just one more thing running in the background.

    Anyway, I guess if WU works for you the way it used to work for me with Win98, I should probably contact Microsoft and see what the problem is....

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    There's a fairly new "Windows Update Agent API" which may allow you to customize/automate the process...
    Thanks in advance!


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