|Hi everyone, this is bothering me a bit and I was wondering if maybe someone could give me some advice.|
For a long time, since I got this computer actually, the automatic updates box has been greyed out. It takes a long, long time on the Windows Update page to download the updates, so I finally decided yesterday to try and do something about the greyed out Updates box.
It was set on Automatically download every day at 3 AM, which made me suspect that although it technically is on, it's not really doing much good.
I did some searching and came up with the Microsoft forums and http://windowsxp.mvps.org/aupolicy.... I checked the service manager, and auto updates was enabled, so I tried (eventually) what was suggested on the second site. The Group Policy was not configured, which had been suggested as a reason it was greyed out, so I edited the registry values as they suggest. I could not find the second value under Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ WindowsUpdate, but did find the others.
It worked, and I was able to change the Automatic Updates. I told it to run at 3 PM rather than 3 AM.
After I turned on my computer this morning, it could barely run. Investigation showed me that windows update and svchost were using so much ram, nothing else was able to run properly. It took ten minutes before System Restore was able to run and restore the registry. Now the computer is running properly again, but I'd still like to find some way to make the Automatic updates run at a decent time so that they might actually do some good, but I also want to be able to use the computer. Would anyone have any ideas on how to change Automatic Updates to run while the computer is actually on, without making the computer unusable for anything else?
The computer is an IBM Thinkpad laptop running Windows XP Pro service pack 3. It's rather old, and doesn't have much ram. (I know, I know - so buy more ram, silly! It's on the list, but there isn't something I can do at the moment.)