One way to speed up Windows XP

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       Is your Windows XP computer suddenly running much slower? It may be because of Microsoft Update. Over the last year, I have encountered dozens of Windows XP machines that are running out of memory when starting up. As a result, some of them take 20 minutes or more to completely load. In this article I will explain how to speed up Windows XP by turning off Microsoft Update.

       Microsoft pushes out automatic updates on the second Tuesday of each month. There are two automatic update programs: Windows Update and Microsoft Update. Windows Update provides the monthly security updates for the Windows operating systems and Internet Explorer. It is quite necessary. Microsoft Update is optional and provides updates for other Microsoft products such as office, windows live essentials, zune, silverlight, media player, intellipoint, and windows defender.

       Unfortunately many users of XP have found that Microsoft Update uses all of their memory when they startup their computer. They get “OUT OF VIRTUAL MEMORY” errors and cannot bring up anything for several minutes. How did we get stuck with Microsoft Update? I have found that many XP users were automatically upgraded from Windows Update some time late last year. It seems somebody in Redmond decided that it would be a good idea if everyone was on Microsoft Update. Also if you installed Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, you were prompted to upgrade to Microsoft Update at the end. Installing Microsoft Security Essentials will turn it on too. Find out if you have Microsoft Update next.


       Now lets find out whether you are running Microsoft Update. Go to the Start Menu (lower left hand corner) and click on All Programs. Look at the list of programs. You may need to move your mouse to the top of the program list to see it. If you see Microsoft Update listed, then you have it. If not, you still could have it, so click on Windows Update.

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Next you might see the Windows Update window pop up. If this window pops up, then you are not running Microsoft Update and you need not go any further.

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Or you may see Microsoft Update and one of these two pages:



      If you see a message prompting you to install the Active X control, like the image on the right side, right click on the bar next to the blue shield near the top, like the instructions tell you to do, and choose Install ActiveX Control. You will then get a pop-up asking you if you would like to install the Active X control, choose RUN. Then you will see the Microsoft Update page as it appears on the left side. Next we'll disable Microsoft Update.


To disable Microsoft Update, click on Change Settings



       Then on the options page, scroll to the bottom. Choose Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only, and click Apply changes now. You will get one final warning pop-up:  Are you sure you want to continue?  Click Yes. Congratulations, you have downgraded your automatic updates to Windows Update only. This will speed up your XP machine immediately.Laughing

 Choose to disable Microsoft Update