Integral service in every modern Windows OS that updates the software and OS, including installed components and drivers.

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Dell Inspiron 530 won't turn on after (presumed) windows update

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop PC, stock except for some extra RAM I had put in when I bought it. It is running Windows XP Pro. This morning I woke up to find it displaying the "Windows is shutting ...
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Windows 7 Update Pack Download

Is there a "Windows 7 Update Pack" that I can download that contains all the Windows Updates? Since I have a very slow DSL connection at home, I am planning to download it somewhere that has high ...
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How do I stop getting updates for Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and Windows Defender?

I have disabled the service for Windows Defender and I have configured the Action Center to not monitor or notify me about Spyware and Unwanted software protection. Windows Updates however really ...
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How to get all XP service packs, updates, etc. together to avoid future downloads?

I am going through an agonizing re-install, on day three now of Windows Updates, VS Service Packs, etc. It's been tough having to download all this again on a 384kbps ADSL line. Besides the installs ...
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Did a recent WinXP update break CD/DVD read speeds? SP2/SP3

I have two systems with fresh installations of Windows XP Pro SP3 (SP3 slipstreamed into the installer; fully updated after install). One's a refurbished 2.4GHz Pentium4 system; the other is a new ...
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Windows Updates Never Download

I get the same yellow baloon alert every day that tells me updates are available. I click on the baloon, and click the Download button. The window minimizes, and the yellow icon disappears ...
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Windows 7 update failed (language pack update)

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate and tried to install the language pack for chinese simplified from Windows Update and failed for many times. The error code was 8007065B: Windows Update encountered an ...
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Windows Updates - Does Not Install, how can I remove it

Everytime I shutdown my Windows XP, it comes up with the following screen which says Turn Off with Installing Updates (Of course, it also gives me an option as follows, "Click here to turn off ...
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Can delaying the reboot after a Windows XP automatic update installation cause unusual behavior?

I have a clients Windows XP system that occasionally has errors relating to Windows delayed write failures when writing back to the server. This has been occurring intermittently over several months. ...
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Why does Windows Update fail with code 80072F8F?

I installed a Windows 7 Enterprise on a Virtual Machine (Microsoft Virtual Server 2005). The Windows is activated. The first thing I found was this, but I am definitely sure my timezone and time and ...
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What are install* eula* and hash code directories sitting on the root of my drive?

I get these all of the time. I am guessing they are Windows Update, but why they are writing to the root of my secondary hard drive I do not know. The partition is not marked as a system partition. ...
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How can I throttle the bandwidth consumed by Windows Automatic Updates?

We have many Windows XP computers sharing one connection to the internet. These machines are set to download all available automatic updates and then prompt the user to install them. Whenever Patch ...
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“taskkill” command not working anymore

After installing an app, my %PATH% got reset to an empty string. I then re-added C:\WINDOWS\system32 to it. When I run taskkill, I get "This application has failed to start because framedyn.dll was ...
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Vista crashes on Updates

I restarted my system, but apparently it managed to download some updates. So, now when I am trying to load it it tries to install those updates, but fails and reboots my PC every time. This failure ...
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Can I delete the folder “C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$”?

This folder is taking up nearly a GB of my C partition. Is it possible to just delete it?
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Office 2007 in Windows Update when Office 2007 is not installed?

When I updated Windows 7 today, I noticed that it included several updates for Office 2007. However, I only have Office 2003 installed. Are these Office 2007 updates (a) for Office 2003, (b) for ...
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Does a windows update limit connectivity as a protective measure?

On an initial first install of Windows of any kind happens and you have to install the 92 updates or however many there are. Doesn't windows somehow protect the machine while that happens? (I seem to ...
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Disable prompts to Restart after Windows Update on XP Home

All of the users on a single Windows XP Home machine want the 10-minute "you need to restart" dialogs to go away, as this machine is running LONG running jobs that cannot withstand a reboot for ...
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What do these Microsoft Updates do, and why can't they configure correctly?

MB: Biostar M7NCG 400 CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8GHz RAM: 2.5GB (I don't know the speed, but does it really matter?) Display: NVidia GeForce 4 TI 4200, with hardware support for ...
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Windows 7: Don't download updates while connected with cellular internet

I want my Windows 7 to install updates without asking me except while it is connected to the internet with a cellular network. How can I do that?
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How can I determine what is killing my network adapter win7 or vista?

I thought this issue was like another person here, and that downloading the nvidia chipset drivers was the solution. However that is not all that is going on. This machine had Vista 64bit and is now ...
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How to hide updates in Windows Updates?

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, and it has 34 Languages as Optional Windows Updates. I probably will install 1 or 2, but I don't think I will learn the other 32 languages in the next few years, so is ...
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Windows Vista Update shows no updates in list

My Windows Update keeps telling me that I have 5 (put your random number here) important updates to install. However, when I click on them, the list that pops up is empty. I can still install the ...
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How to disable the annoying pop-up window after automatic updates are installed on Windows XP

I'm running Windows XP SP3. After automatic updates are installed, there shows up an annoying pop-up window every 10 minutes that tells me whether I want to restart the machine now or later. This ...
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How to make the “yellow Windows Update” icon to show up on Windows XP?

On Windows XP (as a Virtual PC), there is this little yellow shield icon on the task bar, which when you click on, will show the "Windows Update". But sometimes it already has downloaded all the ...
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prevent specific file change by windows update?

Did a hack to enable concurrent rdp sessions and windows update always overwrites the dll. Windows update apparently takes ownership of the file, how can I prevent that and keep the file unchangeable? ...
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Windows Updates installation fails - has never happened before

I am running W2K3, have Windows auto update enabled and things have been running smoothly for a long time, but the last time I have OK'ed to install downloaded updates all of them have failed. Any ...
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What update was released to Windows XP SP3 this week that would take 15 minutes to install?

I've been very happy with my Windows XP SP3 box, but right now it is shutting down, and has been for 15 minutes, pausing while "Installing update 1 of 1..", this then changes to "Do not turn off or ...
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Windows 7 Update wants to update an updated application

Windows Update wants to keep installing an update that I have manually installed. How do I stop Windows update from alerting me to install this update. Is there anyway that i can delete this from the ...
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Clean up windows update backup and install files

I have a Server 2003 box and noticed the Windows directory is 4 gigs. I guess that's primarily Windows updates. Is it possible to clean up these updates? As a side note, it would be cool to do this ...
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Windows/Microsoft Update - Online Database and manual file download

I remember a while ago that I could download any Windows/Microsoft update I wanted by going to a site on Microsoft.com, and just clicking download against any update. It also had a brilliant search ...
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Bitorrent not working after windows update

I installed the latest updates for MS windows vista. I was using torrent client Bittorrent simultaneously , when the updates were getting installed. i found the torrent client stopped working. i ...
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Does updating a pirated Windows XP make it unusable?

I have a neighbor with and old computer with XP on it which someone gave to her. She's heard about internet hackers on TV and she wants to make the computer more secure and she asked for my help. ...
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Suspicious Windows Update

I have a computer running Windows Server 2003 x86 which is offering a suspicious Windows Update. The title of the update is Microsoft Corporation - Other Hardware - Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High ...
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How to disable irrelevant Windows Updates

I have Microsoft Office installed, but only Word, Excel and Powerpoint. I do not have Outlook installed, and do not use it. Or Windows Mail or something similar. Nevertheless, Windows always wants to ...
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Safe to delete “C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download”

One of our Windows 2003 servers has a fairly small C-partition, which is approaching full. I've had a quick look round using Disktective as to where the space has gone, and a fair bit of it seems to ...
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Windows Feature List blank, Updates fail, system readiness tool says files are corrupt

I tried to install IIS and to my surprise the feature/components lists was blank =[. I tried the system update readiness tool and it creates the following log: ================================= ...
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ATI Radeon Drivers on Microsoft Update

For some time now I have been looking at ATI Radeon Drivers for my HD 4770 under Windows 7 Update. So far they have been showing under Optional Updates and I haven't downloaded it since I do all my ...
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Windows Updates settings issue?

it's my first post here, don't wanna make it long, but I got a problem with my 'Windows Update' it won't show its setting's options. It only shows these settings: Important Updates, Recommended ...
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Did Vista update kill my wireless connections?

I have two PCs, desktop and laptop, using different wireless hardware to access my wireless ADSL modem/router. Both have been working flawlessly for months. Both are running Vista. On Saturday, after ...
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Power outage during installation of Internet Explorer 8 update

Yesterday I was installing 56 updates on my newly installed Vista Home Basic SP1. The 40th of them was IE8 and just when it was installing I had a power outage. After reboot Vista recognized there was ...
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Windows update error 800B0100 [duplicate]

Windows Update on one of our Windows Server 2008 machine stopped working. Whenever I click on Install Updates, it fails with the 800B0100 error. I did some investigation and noticed that it’s not an ...
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Copy “%SystemRoot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download” to another computer

Is it possible (and safe) to copy the SoftwareDistribution\Download folder from one Windows XP machine, A, to another, B, and then let update.microsoft.com do its thing on B minus the download ...
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Vista 64 SP2 installation fails: error_smi_primitive_installer_failed(0x8007371c)

When I try to install Vista SP2, it fails and gives me the error: error_smi_primitive_installer_failed(0x8007371c) It happens if I try it through Windows Update or with the standalone installation. ...
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How to avoid Windows Genuine Advantage for an XP update?

I am about to apply updates to a windows xp installation I have not booted in a couple of years. When going to update.microsoft.com, it forced me first to accept an activex installation and now it ...
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Why dont I have a windows update icon in the toolbar

I have windows update set up to download but not to install, I then normally click on the yellow shield, review the updates and install them. Now when I shut down it tells me I can turn off and ...
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How to enable Windows Update over the internet for domain computers? (Code: 8024402C)

Currently on a computer running Windows 7 on a domain the Windows Update does not run by itself because "You receive updates: Managed by your system administrator". The error code is 8024402C Detail: ...
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No internet for 32-bit apps on 64-bit vista

I'm trying to help fix a machine with Vista SP1. After installing this weeks Windows Updates the 32-bit apps on the machine no longer connects to the internet. If I run the 64-bit IE then it works ...
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Where can I find the history of Windows updates that Microsoft has pushed?

My searches for update history seem to only give me hits on articles about the updates on my machine. That's not what I'm looking for, I want to know when Microsoft made a particular patch or SP ...
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Vista Update failed

Hello i have a problem with some vista updates using the windows update feature. It seems the updates always fail and i get a slew of error codes. googling them I have done all the recommended ...