How to review Updates before installation?

March 10, 2011 at 08:11:02
Specs: Windows XP
updates are downloaded but i can not view them before installation. No choices available

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March 10, 2011 at 08:37:03
First go into Automatic Updates in Control Panel and set it to:
Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.
Now When you have the updates downloaded double click on the Yellow
updates shield and in the window that opens chose Custom Install (Advanced)
A new window will open and you will be able to read and choose which ones you want to install, just uncheck the ones you don't want to install.

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March 10, 2011 at 14:36:55
I have done that but the yellow shield that used to appear on the task bar no longer appears. The only choice I seem to have is when I shut down the computer I am told to select OFF and the updates will be installed. This change seems to have happened in the last 2 weeks.

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March 10, 2011 at 14:47:24
The setting JPW mentioned does not spontaneously change on it's own.
If that setting has changed, either you changed it yourself, or you loaded SP2 or SP3 updates, or you re-loaded Windows.

When you do have the setting set that way, once you have indicated to Windows to go ahead and download them you can't look at what they are for in Windows itself.

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March 10, 2011 at 15:04:09
I did not load sp2,3 or any other updates that I am aware of. My great grand daughter age 6 may have accepted the updates when she shut off the computer over the past couple of weeks. Frankly, I do not know how to change it. Can you tell me? I know only to select downloads but let me select when to install. There was always the yellow shield to let me select and see what it was. Somehow, someway, someone has stolen my yellow shield!!!!!

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March 10, 2011 at 15:25:16
It's as JPW has outlined.
Control Panel - Classic View - Automatic Updates


I would choose - Notify me but don't automatically download them and install them.

That way there is no background downloading of them going on slowing down Windows until you choose to have it do that.

Also, when you click once on the yellow shield icon in your taskbar, you can highlight each update listed, then click on the blue link in the displayed info to go to the Microsoft site for more info.

If you're paranoid about there possibly being bugs in updates - that doesn't happen often - look at their dates (the date is shown when you click on the blue link for more info) and don't select them (click on the checkmark to de-select it and remove the checkmark) until they are few days old - by then if there are any bugs they will have been eliminated or a replacement update would have been made.

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