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Video: Stop Windows XP from nagging you about updates you've already completed or don't want

Windows XP sometimes gets stuck in Update mode, even after you've applied your patches. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to get rid of those annoying yellow shields that Windows sticks in your system tray after an update gets stuck.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesdays (the second Tuesday of every month) are an important part of every Windows user's and system administrator's regular system maintenance. In fact, regularly applying fixes, patches, and updates should be part of your routine, no matter which operating system you use.

Unfortunately, Windows XP sometimes gets stuck in update mode and will continuously show a flashing yellow shield in the System Tray—suggesting that you need to download and install important security patches.

In this IT Dojo video, I'll show you how to get rid of those annoying yellow shields that Windows sticks in your system tray after an update gets stuck.

After watching the video, you can read Mark Kaelin's article, "How do I... stop Windows XP from nagging me about updates?"—the basis for this video.

You can receive our Windows Patch Tuesday roundups, which I mention in the video, through several channels:

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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