Overwhelmed with Windows Updates-XP- need advice here

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by MB, Sep 14, 2003.

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    MB Guest

    I just got my new DELL system about 5 days ago. It has Windows XP. This is a
    small
    system, DIMENSION 2400. I will use it for internet browsing, word
    processing,
    spreadsheets, turbo tax, EBAY purchases, etc. That is, personal use. It will
    not be a
    server or any part of a network. But, of course, eventually I am sure it
    will have sensitive
    information on it, such as turbo tax information, etc.

    Okay, so I ran the Windows Update check. It listed 25 Critical Updates (I
    haven't even
    looked at the others). I am real hesitant to install them all as I have read
    horror stories of
    people who have done this and then they have real problems with their
    machine (if that
    occurs, can I do a system restore and get back to where it was just before I
    installed the
    updates -- assuming I can even boot up?).

    Anyway, here are the code numbers of the updates. I'm wondering if anyone
    can advise
    on which ones to install. Incidentally, the ones with question marks are
    those that don't
    sound worthwhile based on the brief description (ie: those for servers or
    networked
    computers or using some software that I don't have nor intend to use). I'd
    appreciate
    some guidance here!!

    822925
    330994
    KB824105
    KB824146
    821557
    819696
    811493
    9817287???????
    816093
    815021???????
    9329441????????
    814033
    329834
    9329390
    9329115
    328310
    810565???????
    810833??????????
    810577
    823718
    817606
    817787
    814078
    811630
    329170????????

    Any suggestions?

    Mel
     
    MB, Sep 14, 2003
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    Patrick Guest

    Patrick, Sep 14, 2003
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    jmnugent Guest

    It would be difficult for anyone in this group to research all of these
    updates individually,
    AND be able to tell you which ones apply to your situation and which ones
    dont.

    My advice:
    1.) clean up your machine,..run the Disk Defragmentor, and/or the Disk
    Cleanup utility's

    2.) Take all the updates. (Or...take 5 to 10 of them...then REBOOT,..then
    take another 5 to 10,....REBOOT...take the remaining...REBOOT)

    Sure...some people have problems with some of the updates. The only reason
    you hear problems is because of all the people coming into the newsgroups
    complaining.
    (the people who dont have problems dont come here and complain..)

    If you've got a fairly normal system with fairly normal hardware and
    software "load"...you shouldnt have any problems.

    --Jmnugent
     
    jmnugent, Sep 14, 2003
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  4. There are so many because you are so far behind. Do them all a few at a
    time. More will come up as you update major programs like IE, media player,
    outlook express, etc.
     
    BananaPannaPoe-, Sep 14, 2003
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    Install all of them. If the service pack is part of it then run only that
    one alone first then go back and do the rest it will save time. You need
    them that is why they are called Critical Updates.
     
    pcbutts1, Sep 14, 2003
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    Steve Knight Guest

    I always do this too with a fresh install never had a problem.
     
    Steve Knight, Sep 15, 2003
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