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?