How to uninstall update agent in windows xp

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How to uninstall update agent in windows xp
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Windows Update Agent is a service provided by the Microsoft Corporation that allows you to determine which updates will be installed onto your computer. When Windows Update Manager is enabled, your computer will check for updates automatically every time you log in. This, in turn, can slow down your computer's performances and Internet connection. However, through certain steps, you can uninstall Windows Update Agent and stop the updates from occurring on your Windows XP based computer.

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    Click on the "Start" button located in the left-hand corner of your desktop screen. Select "All Programs" then "Windows Update." Note that the "Windows Update" icon is located on the top left-hand side of your program list. Click on "Windows Update" then select the "File" tab. Click on the "Uninstall Update" tab located in the "File" folder.

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    Return to your desktop screen and click the "Start" button. Click on the "Run" tab then type "msconfig" into the box that appears. Note that a "System Configuration Utility" pop-up box will appear. Click on the "Startup" tab located at the top of the pop-up box, then scroll down to "Windows Update." Remove the check mark in the box located directly beside "Windows Update," click "Apply" then reboot your computer.

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    Return to your desktop and click the "Start" button. Select "Run," type "sysdm.cpl" into the box that appears then press "Enter." Note that a "System Properties" pop-up box will appear. Select the "Automatic Updates" tab located at the top of the "System Properties" box. Select the "Turn Off Automatic Updates" option then press "OK." Reboot for your computer in order for the changes to take effect.

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