Turn off automatic updates in XP Home

Posted on 2006-05-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am using Ms XP Home edition...

Can you tell me how to turn off automatic updates??  When I go the the Automatic updates screen via the security center in the control panel, all the settings are greyed out???

I am set up as administrator....
Question by:ExtremeFitness
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    I believe that the information you are looking for can be found here

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    the options will be greyed out if the 'Security Center' service is stopped.
    (this will depend on RPC and WMI services, and won't start if these are stopped - this will be logged in your event viewer)

    also, right click my computer - properties - automatic update. make changes there once security center service is started.
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    by:Will Szymkowski
    Hello there,

    Have you tried to boot into safemode and see if that makes a difference?
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    Just right-click "My Computer" and go to properties, then click on the "Automatic Updates" tab; then turn off automatic updates.
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    Hi you might have to uninstall and reinstall service pack 2
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    Start --> Run --> services.msc
    doubleclick 'Automatic updates' and set starttype to disabled.
    No need to turn it of in system proportions --> automatic updates

    Blue Rishi
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    LOGIN as ADMINISTRATOR.  That is a MUST for this.

    Right click my computer, properties, automatic update tab, UNCHECK the box "keep my computer up to date".
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    Go into computer management in Control Panel, choose Services and stop the "Automatic Updates" Service
    In the registry go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\"and verify that the key "AUState" is set "2"
    Below that AUState key there is a further key called "LastWaitTimeout". Delete that key.
    Close the registry editor.
    Restart the "Automatic Updates" Service.
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    Thanks for your help guys...

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