Solved Are Windows and security updates really necessary?

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May 30, 2013 at 13:40:36
Specs: Windows XP, 1000
Before I did a clean installation my computer made a screeching noise during operation. Like a jet engine at full revs. After installation it was running at a low noise level. Then I clicked on automatic installation of windows and security updates. Every day at 10pm these updates are being installed, and the noise level just goes up and up? Any ideas around this? Do I need al these updates? If not, how can I get rid of them? It sounds as if more power is needed by the system after each batch of updates installed.

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#1
May 30, 2013 at 16:04:00
I would say the critical updates are definitely needed. You may want to set it so THAT is the only updates you get.

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#2
May 30, 2013 at 18:53:51
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I'm assuming the noise is coming from a cooling fan.

If it's a laptop it may be powering down--not going into standby or hibernaton but slowing down the cpu--during periods of low usage. The cooling fan is probably slowing down too. Then when the updates start coming in the cpu and fan speed up again.

If you want to be more in control of when (or if) you get the updates, you can turn off 'automatic updates' in security center in control panel.

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#3
May 31, 2013 at 03:08:13
Thanks for responding. Two questions/remarks. How do I set it to ONLY update the critical updates? Secondly, I have actually turned off all the updates but now I get this reminder at the bottom to turn it on again! Dave as I said in my original message after the clean install my machine was operating at a low noise level for more than a week. The problem started when I was installing these masses of updates like 30 to 37 per session. I fancy the idea of just allowing Windows to update only the critical ones and I would appreciate you guys telling me how to do that. Thanks. Btw I'm running a desktop Windows XP Home Edition.

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#5
May 31, 2013 at 09:25:26
There is nothing about the updates that should cause your computer to make any noise. I think that any load is causing overheating.

Your cooling vents may be clogged up with dust/ dirt. Get a can of compressed air from the office supply and blow the vents on the bottom out.

Set Windows updates to download but not install. Then you open them and look at what is being sent.


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#6
May 31, 2013 at 11:45:05
"There is nothing about the updates that should cause your computer to make any noise"

Exactly my thoughts. You have some other problem (probably hardware - fan bearing dry maybe). The noise needs fixing, NOT the updates. Even if the noise is only noticeable during updates then you still need to fix the actual issue. Otherwise it is like saying the fix for a clanking car engine is to drive it more slowly.

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#7
May 31, 2013 at 13:06:55
I did go into the website but "Change Settings" only displays the language I prefer. At the bottom of this page I'm given a choice between Microsoft software updates and Windows updates. Any suggestions on which one to select? Othehill's suggestion, yes I will make that change to just download but not install. My problem then is which ones do I select to download as I'm not a computer boffin.

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#8
May 31, 2013 at 14:10:22
I see #2 has been given best answer. In which case you need to find which fan is making the noise then either change the fan or take the sticker off the back and apply a drop of oil. As far as the given symptoms are concerned (noise) I see no reason to approach it by changing Windows updates settings.

On the topic of your preferences about updates, then mostly the priority updates are for security and in my opinion should be applied. Others are usually optional. If there are any you are undecided about then explanations are available on the Windows update website. Also you can put the KB and the number in Google and you will find more information. We can also help with these if necessary.

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#9
May 31, 2013 at 14:11:18
I suggest you install ALL the critical updates and look at the suggested Windows or netframeworks files.

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#10
May 31, 2013 at 19:50:13
If you open security center again and click on 'change the way security center alerts me' and uncheck the automatic updates option there I think that will stop the reminders. If all that is turned off then you can go to Windows Update, let it list the variioius updates that are available and then you can decide what to download.

As far as the noise, it may be coincidental that it started arouind the time all that was downloaded. But it's either fans, drives or maybe vibration from fans or drives. Let's hope it's fans.

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#11
June 1, 2013 at 12:40:02
Guys thank you so much for sharing your expertise with me. I'm really grateful for that. Bless you all.

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