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Old 14th Aug 2009, 13:22
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VISTA ???

I have been using Win Vista for approx 12 months now but in the past (3 months approx) I have been getting 3 updates every 3 days and this is shutting down my computer and the restarting it with NO WARNING so I therefore have to re-start what I was doing. As you can imagine this is VERY ANNOYING so beside loosing my temper with this every time is there ANYTHING I could do to prevent this. Surely MICROSOFT WIN do NOT require every 3 days ???
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You'll find your options in Start - Control Panel - Windows update.

Control it from there.
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Old 14th Aug 2009, 17:11
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH ANCIENT OBSERVER
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Vista is a totally unreliable and unpredictable operating which still has more bugs than any other Micosoft operating system in history. It is resource hungry and is frequently incompatible with industry standard software -including some of Microsoft's own!

Commercially it is has been a failure with large commercial sites "downgrading" to XP Pro in preference to perservering with the unreliability and inconsistencies with Vista which inflated their desktop support bills but up to 70%.

Windows 7 will be released in October 2009 - we have been trialing a pre release version on 100 of our desktops for the past 4 months and it is working wonderfully.

I would suggest you ditch Vista when Windows 7 is released or downgrade now to XP Professional.
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Never had a problem with Vista here!!
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There are those who are lucky.

I know one happy Vista user who is nevertheless eager to switch to Win 7.
I know several folks who have "Upgraded" to Win XP.
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Old 19th Aug 2009, 13:37
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My new laptop is also continually downloading and installing updates, if MS are releasing a new OS in a couple of months, why issue so many Vista updates right now?

I notice some of my software doing the same thing - Paintshop Pro updates every three or four days for example.
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Old 20th Aug 2009, 20:27
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I've had similar problems with my Vista - over the last few months it's just got slower and slower - downloading updates on an almost daily basis and has also started freezing up on me quite regularly.

I think I'm gonna go Apple soon, based on what I've heard . . . !
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Old 20th Aug 2009, 21:40
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As an MS certified engineer and trainer (which I would never admit on my CV) I'd say get a Mac. Vista is a turd, and Microsoft have a lot to answer for in the way they've made the "update culture" an accepted state of affairs. If you can't use OSX you should really consider putting your computer back in its box and sending it back to the manufacturer.

I really don't understand the vinegar-stroke excitement over operating systems these days. They become more and more irrelevant by the day. Chrome OS and similar are the future in my opinion. Most people spend their life on the web and don't need bloated shite like Windows eating up their system resources.
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Not had a problem with Vista until last night when it went base over apex big time. Damn thing will rarely boot now and when it does it falls over again after about 20 mins. Overheating processor or just Vista bloatware???

Going to have the cover off tonight and hoover the dust out as it sits in my living room as my Media Centre. If it ain't that it's reinstall time as it doesn't want to boot from the OS disc to run the repair utility. Bah!!
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 18:10
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Nowt in event viewer?
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 19:40
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Same problem here, I have a work laptop and it really annoys me when, upon startup, almost all of my software are downloading updates, hogging my internet connection and my outlook can't grab some bandwidth.

I was so fed up that I ended up uninstalling all of those software that are updating themselves without my permission.
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 20:41
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I was so fed up that I ended up uninstalling all of those software that are updating themselves without my permission.
One reason I like Zone Alarm as a firewall is that it is very easy to lock out programs from net access. The MS firewall doesn't seem to be capable of that despite the interface that says it allows you to block programs.
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It does mention a possible BIOS upgrade but it seems odd that it should suddenly go wrong when it was fine before.

Cleaned all the dust out tonight, but it still crashes. Tried the boot from OS disc, system repair could not find a problem but when I tried to access system restore it crashed, blue screen, "uncorrectable hardware error" it said.

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Suggest you try reseating all your cards and the ram modules, might work. And also the various cables as well ie psu, hard drive etc.
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Not Obvious but.

Not Visa I'm on XP - but there was a out of seq OS Security fix, from MS

Check your update record

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Old 25th Aug 2009, 22:03
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I turn off all auto updates. Some software (Thunderbird and Firefox, for example) is allowed to tell me there's an update available. I'll download it if I think I need it.

I reckon that in most cases, if it works, updates are more likely to break it than improve it.

Most of the MS updates are to fix ever-more-obscure security issues. With a proper firewall and virus protection etc, I'm not too bothered about the holes in MS's stuff.
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Never had a problem with Vista here!!
neither have I. Never used it.
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It does sound like it could be hardware rather than os related Turin. I agree that it could be worthwhile reseating components. Perhaps boot into safe mode & see if it stays alive. Perhaps run memtest, check temperature etc. from there.

Fwiw, my xp box at work crashes without any kind of system reporting every twenty minutes or so. It's the graphics card & while I'm waiting for the replacement to turn up, I'm doing a lot of saving, along with wringing of hands & gnashing of teeth.
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Feel like I've hijacked the thread.

Anyway, thanks to all those offering advice.

This all started originally with Media Centre freezing randomly but especially when a tv program was paused.
I was fiddleing with the power management utility when for no reason at all the thing crashed, auto rebooted, just like an electrical spike or short power cut. Ever since then I have had the problem.
It will run in safe mode.
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