Large Updates and dialup internet access ?



Al Dykes
07-09-2005, 10:35 PM
I see someting called BITS on my XP machine and it seems to be some
kind of Microsoft download service that takes advantage of idle
bandwidth.

Dows this work for dialup users ? If a user has his windows updateset
to automatic will SP2, for instance, dribble down the line andwill the
user be asked if he wants to install it after it's complete ?


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TaurArian
07-09-2005, 10:35 PM
Yes, see FAQ #7
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/xpsp2.htm

Alternative:-
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx
Order Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD




Al Dykes wrote:
> I see someting called BITS on my XP machine and it seems to be some
> kind of Microsoft download service that takes advantage of idle
> bandwidth.
>
> Dows this work for dialup users ? If a user has his windows updateset
> to automatic will SP2, for instance, dribble down the line andwill the
> user be asked if he wants to install it after it's complete ?

Steve Burkett
07-09-2005, 10:35 PM
Yup, exactly right. BITS = Background Intelligent Transfer Service. It's a
Microsoft thang, usually used for Windows Update, but other services or
programs could use it to move data around the place in the background.

Works in the same way over dialup as it does for LAN users, it waits till
the line is idle and then grabs chunks of data a bit at a time until its got
the whole thing. If you start using your net connection, it'll go to sleep
until the line is idle again and then continue on from where it got up to.
When BITS has finally got all the chunks it needs to make a whole file,
it'll assemble them and pass them back to the calling program/service,
Windows Update in this case. Windows Update will then ask if you'd like to
install SP2. Could take a while though over a dialup! :)

"Al Dykes" <adykes@panix.com> wrote in message
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>
> I see someting called BITS on my XP machine and it seems to be some
> kind of Microsoft download service that takes advantage of idle
> bandwidth.
>
> Dows this work for dialup users ? If a user has his windows updateset
> to automatic will SP2, for instance, dribble down the line andwill the
> user be asked if he wants to install it after it's complete ?
>
>
> --
> a d y k e s @ p a n i x . c o m
>
> Don't blame me. I voted for Gore.

Al Dykes
07-09-2005, 10:35 PM
In article <OpGbO7tVFHA.1044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl>,
Steve Burkett <wacky.dns@yougotta.loveit> wrote:
>Yup, exactly right. BITS = Background Intelligent Transfer Service. It's a
>Microsoft thang, usually used for Windows Update, but other services or
>programs could use it to move data around the place in the background.
>
>Works in the same way over dialup as it does for LAN users, it waits till
>the line is idle and then grabs chunks of data a bit at a time until its got
>the whole thing. If you start using your net connection, it'll go to sleep
>until the line is idle again and then continue on from where it got up to.
>When BITS has finally got all the chunks it needs to make a whole file,
>it'll assemble them and pass them back to the calling program/service,
>Windows Update in this case. Windows Update will then ask if you'd like to
>install SP2. Could take a while though over a dialup! :)




Thanks. Does it work across interrupted dialup sessions ?

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Large Updates and dialup internet access ?