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Q: Windows updates automatically and causes data loss

original title: Why does Vista install updates without asking, then shut down my computer. When it restarts, almost everything is lost including my documents and its competitors Chrome and Firefox?

Yesterday, I turned on my computer.  Everything was LOST - my whole desktop, my documents/pictures etc, Firefox & Chrome.  The things that remained were: everything in my trash and all my other applications in my start bar, (as far as I can see).

After panicking for an hour, I then successfully did a System Restore and thankfully only lost a week of work and a bunch of time and not EVERYTHING as I first suspected.  Then today, I was in the middle of a project when my computer shut itself down without asking and "1 of 3 updates" then "2 of 3" then "3 of 3 updates" began downloading.  Upon its restart, the same data as yesterday was lost AGAIN. 

I am fuming re: Microsoft.  In addition to their continually pushing Bing at me when I keep choosing Google, they are getting on my nerves with their monopoly and heavy prices.  They want me to PAY for support just because my Microsoft Vista came with my computer and I didn't buy the package separately??  Penalizing the poorer community that can't afford their expensive packages in this economy is ugly.

I don't want to lose my data everyday and haven't been able to find a solution on any search engine including BIng for this problem.

I have had my computer a year without any such trouble before.  I just renewed my McAfee Internet Security.

Vista Home Premium 64-bit.

Answer

A:

You can go to security center and set up how windows update runs. I've never
been on my PC when Vista didn't ask permission before restarting after an
update... and a restart shouldn't affect your Desktop settings. Like you,
Vista came with my PC, however I've never had Bing "pushed" on me, nor been
asked to pay for support (unless of course you demand voice contact). The
fact that you're in this forum is testimony to free support options. Perhaps
it would prove prudent to run some malware scans to test the integrity of
your system. If you're simply "fed up" w/MS, there are quite a few Linux
distros which are freely available as an alternative for the "poorer
community"...
 
"sooppa" wrote in message news:b6978970-2f70-4cb0-9c68-c682903b40ff...
> Yesterday, I turned on my computer. Everything was LOST - my whole
> desktop, my documents/pictures etc, Firefox & Chrome. The things that
> remained were: everything in my trash and all my other applications in my
> start bar, (as far as I can see).
>
> After panicking for an hour, I then successfully did a System Restore and
> thankfully only lost a week of work and a bunch of time and not EVERYTHING
> as I first suspected. Then today, I was in the middle of a project when
> my computer shut itself down without asking and "1 of 3 updates" then "2
> of 3" then "3 of 3 updates" began downloading. Upon its restart, the same
> data as yesterday was lost AGAIN.
>
> I am fuming re: Microsoft. In addition to their continually pushing Bing
> at me when I keep choosing Google, they are getting on my nerves with
> their monopoly and heavy prices. They want me to PAY for support just
> because my Microsoft Vista came with my computer and I didn't buy the
> package separately?? Penalizing the poorer community that can't afford
> their expensive packages in this economy is ugly.
>
> I don't want to lose my data everyday and haven't been able to find a
> solution on any search engine including BIng for this problem.
>
> I have had my computer a year without any such trouble before. I just
> renewed my McAfee Internet Security.
>
> Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
>
 
 

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