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How to turn off the Windows Update feature in Windows XP

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This article explains how to turn off the Windows Update feature in Microsoft Windows XP.
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To turn off the Windows Update feature, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
  3. Right-click Image File Execution Options, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type wupdmgr.exe to name the new subkey.
  5. Right-click wupdmgr.exe, point to New, and then click String Value.
  6. Type Debugger to name the new string value.
  7. Double-click Debugger, type ntsd -- in the Value date box, and then click OK.
  8. Quit Registry Editor.
After you follow these steps, you cannot click Windows Update in the Start menu or use the wupdmgr command to start Windows Update. However, you can still update Windows by visiting the following Microsoft Web site:
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