Installing Updates Windows XP problem

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I had my computer completely wiped 2 weeks ago as it was running slowly. I have since reinstalled all my programs and have been online. I am running Windows XP.
When my laptop is plugged in and I "shutdown" I get a message that the computer will shut down automatically, do not unplug, installing update 1 of 101????????? I have unplugged it and tonight I try to shutdown and get the same message only now it is installing update 8 or 89?
Why do I need updates when I just had my system completely overhauled down to the bare bones and is there a way to stop this incessant "updating" if I don't need them?

Washington, MO(Zone 6a)

Those are updates that have been released since the copy of XP, that you just installed, was released. (The disc was pressed several years ago.)

You really should let them finish. There's lots of holes that need plugging. =)

Salem, IL(Zone 5b)

Tip from many reformats & reloads. You can disable the auto update function. Connect to Microsoft OFFICIAL download site and copy SP-1, SP-2 and, I think, there is a SP-3 to individual cd's. Most of the upgrades are on the SP's. Install the SP's in order then reactivate auto updates. You can reinstall the updates off the cd's much faster than individually off the update site. Retain the Sp's. You may want to do it all again at a later date. Same thing with a new reload of Vista.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

haighr -- I 'redid' Dh's laptop about a month ago, took it back too June of 2006 ... so it had 4.5yrs worth up Windows Updates to do... it was close to 130 I think.... took about 2 hrs i think. but it's been running like a champ ever since. and DH is happy -- so that makes my 'job' a bit easier.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

Even on my Windows 7 every once in a while It will do updates for days when I shut it down. But, I just let it go ahead and do the updates. What does it matter to me and it brings the computer current when it is done.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

i think it's Wednesdays are the update days.

but when you reformat, you have MANY to do, whether it's months or years worth of updates.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Got ya, I'll let them run! Thanks

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

I would. I think if you don't and your program is not current, there would be things you would not be able to do.

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