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Outlook Express problem -- software distribution service 2.0

My computer OS is XP. Recently, I have a lot of problems with my e-mail client Outlook Express 6.0. A few days ago, I found that when I clicked on the outlook express icon, Microsoft Outlook 2002 was launched instead telling my to set up my new profile. I have to restore to an earlier time to 'recover' my old settings. I have to restore to an earlier time everytime I switched on the computer to 'recover' my outlook express. I suspect it is this thing called 'software distribution service 2.0' that is causing the problem as when I switched off the computer, I noticed that the computer automatically installing updates. I checked the system recovery and discovered that the computer installed this thing call 'software distribution service 2.0 after I shutdown the computer'. Is this 'software distribution service 2.0' causing the problem or is there a virus on my computer? Thanks!
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war1Commented:
Greetings, erestor !

Yes, Software Disribution Service 2.0 (SFS) is causing this problem.  See the discussion to what SDS is
http://www.techzonez.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18118

SDS is downloaded with autoupdate.  Disable autoupdate and perform your own update at the Microsoft update.  Then you can select what gets downloaded.

Best wishes!
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erestorAuthor Commented:
I did a system restore and after that, disable the automatic update. It seemed to work (touch wood!)-- so it looked as though the Software Disribution Service 2.0  is causing the problem. What is this Software Disribution Service 2.0? Does that mean that I am missing out on some important patches from microsoft?
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war1Commented:
It is a service designed to allow software to be distributed whenever you get an update. It is used in conjunction with system restore because typically when you receive an auto-update from MS, system restore launches in case something goes wrong with the update. YOu can then roll it back to a "pre-install period".

http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusine..._overview.mspx

You can get Wndows Update manually from
http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp
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erestorAuthor Commented:
Thanks -- full marks for you!
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war1Commented:
You are welcome, erestor!
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