How toDownloading updates from microsoft?

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I purchased my Dell with Windows ME about two years ago. I used to go to support.microsoft.com occasionally and try to download critical updates etc. Sometimes I was successful, but most often the downloads just stalled.

About two months ago they started coming by themselves almost every day I am on the Internet. Now, when I go to support.microsoft.com to check on my download history, I find that they have successfully downloaded another download for me. Therein lies the problem. Microsoft tells me that it is important that I have Critical Service Pack #824145. I have had it downloaded by Microsoft in the last week. NINE TIMES. There is another that my history shows has downloaded seven times. The download history is always exactly the same, except for the date downloaded. Is there a way to turn this feature off. I haven't been able to find it, and Microsoft makes it virtually impossible fo rme to contact them without paying for an expensive call. I'm not that annoyed.

Help? Thanks Ben

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This question was answered on December 4, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Well this is my view on the updates from microsoft, I have 3 computers and they are set differently, one computer has all updates and no virus protection, the other has all updates and virus protection and the other has no updates virus protection and a firewall Take a wild guess on which one works the best Believe it or not the One without all the updates and the virus protection and firewall(both from norton) works better, the udates that are critical, read then throughly and see what it's protecting you from and its usually something that your firewall automatically blocks So it's not so important to get all the updates if your computer is properly protected--Robert Outlaw

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 4, 2003