Are automatic updates enough?

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I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I resolved
that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date with Windows
updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to rely on automatic
updates, or are some necessary/critical security updates only available if i
go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2 covered by automatic updates?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    From an IT point of view, SP2 and critical updates are a good start. However,
    I've found that having both an antivirus and spyware solution in place
    certainly helps.

    I personally use McAfee, although there are others to choose from, and with
    Microsoft's Antispyware in place, I really haven't had any real problems.

    As for internet, use the popup blocker supplied with SP2, I find it is just
    as good as others such as Yahoo or MSN blockers.


    --
    Ken Herring


    "Chico" wrote:

    > I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I resolved
    > that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date with Windows
    > updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to rely on automatic
    > updates, or are some necessary/critical security updates only available if i
    > go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2 covered by automatic updates?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Chico wrote:
    > I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I
    > resolved that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date
    > with Windows updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to
    > rely on automatic updates, or are some necessary/critical security
    > updates only available if i go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2
    > covered by automatic updates?

    Automatic Update just adds another layer that can go wrong with the
    update process. You should take responsibility for updating your own
    computer using Common Sense Computing.

    http://microscum.com/comsense/

    --
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    Kurt
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  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet
    (yours can be considered to be a "new computer")
    http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/before_you_plug_in.html

    Protect Your PC
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

    Yes, Automatic Updates can download SP2 for you but you will have to accept
    the EULA to install it.

    How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows XP:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306525
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security


    Chico wrote:
    > I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I
    > resolved
    > that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date with Windows
    > updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to rely on automatic
    > updates, or are some necessary/critical security updates only available if
    > i
    > go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2 covered by automatic updates?
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Chico wrote:
    > I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I resolved
    > that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date with Windows
    > updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to rely on automatic
    > updates, or are some necessary/critical security updates only available if i
    > go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2 covered by automatic updates?

    IMO, don't use automatic updates. Go to the windows update site and do
    a custom install. Then review each update that's offered and select
    only the ones you want. Never get driver or hardware type updates from
    WU, only get patches for the OS. Download each update separately to
    save for future use. Click on the + sign next to each update custom
    install displays which reveals some info about it. From there click on
    Details... and in that window click on the link under More Information.
    That brings up a KB article or MS Technet security bulletin with info
    on the update and links to the download files. If you want that update
    click on the appropriate link for your system and save it. Install
    later when you're ready to install and restart if it asks. Disable the
    AV scanning program and close all open windows prior to installing.

    --
    Rock
    MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    How does this differ from having Automatic Updates enabled and configured to
    Notify but not to Download or Install updates automatically and then using
    Custom Install after downloading, please?

    How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows XP:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306525
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security

    Rock wrote:
    <snip>
    > IMO, don't use automatic updates. Go to the windows update site and do
    > a custom install.
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    PA Bear wrote:

    > How does this differ from having Automatic Updates enabled and
    > configured to Notify but not to Download or Install updates
    > automatically and then using Custom Install after downloading, please?
    >
    > How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows XP:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306525

    Not sure how to answer exactly as I don't use that feature, but it does
    allow for one to see and read about each update first, and to save a
    copy. I keep an archive copy on CD-RW in case I need it later. It also
    keeps the icon out of the notification area.

    --
    Rock
    MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    >Are automatic updates enough?

    TOO much for many.

    --

    All the Best,
    Kelly (MS-MVP)

    Troubleshooting Windows XP
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com


    "Chico" <Chico@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E118CB05-C348-44DE-8520-545455CBBA58@microsoft.com...
    >I just did a clean install of my XP after having virus problems. I
    >resolved
    > that from now on, i would be a good boy and keep up to date with Windows
    > updates and patches. My question is: is it enough to rely on automatic
    > updates, or are some necessary/critical security updates only available if
    > i
    > go out and find them? Is Service Pack 2 covered by automatic updates?
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