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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-09-18 00:00
  Subject:   Putting a bullet in the head of Windoze Update - like taking candy from a baby.

Disclaimer: This worked great for me. But modify your own computer at your own risk.

WinXP/SP2 -

Step 1: Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore - "Create a Restore Point", and name it whatever you want. I called mine "Just before removing Windows Update".

Step 2: Reboot computer. As it's coming up, hammer on SHIFT and F8 so you get the boot menu. Choose "Safe Mode". Not with networking, not with command prompt, just plain old Safe Mode. Whoah, look at those safe mode graphics! Welcome back to 1995! ;]

Step 3: Start/All Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt

"mkdir c:\temp\WUBackup"
"cd C:\Windows\System32"
"move wu*.dll c:\temp\WUBackup"
"cd dllcache"
"move wu*.dll c:\temp\WUBackup"

Step 4: Reboot and check out Start/Control Panel/Security Center -

As you can see, the firewall is still working just like before. The anti-virus thing is intentional - I found my AV software was making my laptop dog-slow, so I disabled it on purpose.

So, anyone wanna start a betting pool on how long before the Redmond FUD machine starts decrying the dangers of removing Windoze Update?
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Coinneach Fitzpatrick
  User: scarybaldguy
  Date: 2007-09-18 15:53 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
The more I learn about Winderz, the more determined I am to build a DOS 6.22 box for old-skool gaming (Ultimate Doom FTW) and wipe XP off my system entirely, to be replaced by Ubuntu Linux.

Mmmm, Linux...
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  User: mrothermel
  Date: 2007-09-18 18:48 (UTC)
  Subject:   dah
dah. you guys and all your black helicopter theories. So what, they shoved a security patch in. Take off the tin foil hat, yo. They put the mind control juice in the tap water now.

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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-09-18 19:25 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: dah
I'm sure it doesn't matter. MicroSoft is far more interested in verifying that my mp3 files aren't pirated than they are in snooping for the NSA. Not that the NSA needs MicroSoft's help to snoop on your computer anyway.

I just object in principle to them altering files on my machine without my knowledge or consent. That's why I set Windoze Update to "Download, but ask me before you install" in the first place. You wouldn't believe the number of KB articles I've read as a result of that choice. I always know what updates are doing, and I've rejected several of them because of it. Know why WGA never got installed on my machine? Yup...

The latest round of Press-Releasing that M$ has done over this Windows Update stuff has left me with the following impression of their attitude: "Well hello there, you stupid little moron consumers! Why yes, we DO own your copy of Windows! And we're NOT sorry we patched it behind your back! We've done this to you before, and we're already planning for the next time we're going to do it again! Have a nice day, you insignificant little pleeb!"

There's really only one correct response to an attitude like that: Adios, muchacho! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...
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  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2007-09-18 23:47 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: dah
Which is precisely why my next machine will run an OS other than 'doze; probably some flavor of linux.
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