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I am running Windows 7 home premium. Up until yesterday, everything was going just beautifully, until I received a "critical update". As soon as the critical update was installed, the system became extremely unstable and froze up every few minutes requiring me to restart the system several times, with the same results.

I used system restore to roll back the * update, and everything went back to normal... except that I keep getting a message telling me to restart the computer so that it can install this "critical update". There is no "don't install that crap on my machine" option. Disabling the updates doesn't change anything, turning off the windows update service doesn't change anything either, and being on Home premium, I have no access to the group policies.

Any ideas of what can be done to prevent Windows from installing this update the next time I reboot?

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(joke) Hah, it's called a critical update because it puts your machine in a critical state! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 6 '10 at 7:57

If you go to Windows Update in the Control Panel and view the list of available updates, you can "hide" selected updates by right-clicking on them.

Once an update has been hidden it will not be installed, nor will it appear on the list of available updates until you un-hide it (manually!) in the future.

You might want to see this link for full instructions.

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Thanks. unfortunately, I don't have any option to do that. I just realized that my problem was that Windows already considered the update to be installed and so there is no option to prevent the update from being installed (too late for that). On the other end, I was able to uninstall it and the changes will take effect next time I restart. I am too busy right now to restart and potentially deal with more problems, but I will try tonight and close the question if that solves the issue. – Sylverdrag Aug 4 '10 at 14:29
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I just realized that my problem was that Windows already considered the update to be installed and so there is no option to prevent the update from being installed (too late for that).

On the other end, I was able to uninstall it and the changes will take effect next time I restart.

After the computer restarted, the update was listed as "failed" and my computer is still working properly.

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Windows update (WU) can be turned off [control panel>All control panel items>windows update>change settings] but windows 7 will still continue installing critical updates. These are for microsoft security essentials (MSE). To check for these updates [control panel>All control panel items>windows update>view history]. Only way to control this (apparently) is to uninstall MSE. I have not done this yet and am so fed up with my PC going awry with critical updates and then having to "system restore", I shall switch to MAC.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. I am speaking of specifically of the commentary in your answer. Honestly this just seems like a repeat of what @DMA57361 suggested 5 years ago – Ramhound Sep 16 '15 at 11:56

I have been looking for this as well and so ill post the answer here that helped me from http://geekmontage.com/how-to-uninstall-windows-7-activation-update-kb971033/

For those of you who HAVE installed it and want to uninstall it

  1. Go to Windows Update
  2. Hit Installed Updates (link at the bottom left corner). If that link isn’t there, hit “view update history” and hit the “installed updates” link at the top.
  3. Scroll down to the section titled “Microsoft Windows” and look for update KB971033.
  4. Right click it and hit “uninstall”. Hit okay.
  5. Reboot
  6. Now check for updates again and follow the method to hide it from installing ever again!

To Hide the Windows Update/Disable it From Ever Installing KB971033 or SP1:

  1. Go to Windows Update
  2. Click to View Your Critical Updates
  3. Right Click the one Labeled “Update for Windows 7” with update ID “KB971033” or SP1
  4. Click “hide update.”

A picture description of how to do the hide step is here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/24376-windows-update-hide-restore-hidden-updates.html

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Please read How to reference material written by others and make sure you "block quote" quoted material (Markdown help). I've fixed it for you this time, but please pay attention to this in future. – DavidPostill Apr 12 at 11:19

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