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

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How do disable irrelevant or unwanted windows updates?

Windows keeps requesting to install the same updates that I have told it 'no' to several times, and it asks every time I turn my computer on. How do I tell it 'Absolutely not. Never. No. Stop asking.'...
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How can I add the option to install updates and restart in Windows 7?

I can't believe this has not been asked, but I couldn't find the question... When Windows downloads updates I get the option on the shut down menu to: Install updates and shutdown Shutdown Restart ...
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Windows update killed my internet connection [closed]

Im having major problems with a new windows update. On the latests update, my internet connection becomes broken. This is very abstract. The only way that I can fix it is to obviously do a system ...
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Windows Update destroys my internet connection

I'm having major problems with a new Windows update. On the latests update, my internet connection becomes broken in Vista. This is very abstract. The only way that I can fix it is to obviously do a ...
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How can I force a reinstall of a Windows update?

I have a Windows update that failed to uninstall correctly (I can see that cdd.dll is still the version contained in the bulletin and not the previous version). I would like to force-install it so I ...
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What security does windows update use to prevent tampering with the software they send you?

Windows update sends software that gets installed on your system. Amongst other things, they might send you root certificates. It is clear in any way that if anyone could tamper with the stuff ...
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Windows XP Automatic Updates caught in a loop

Win XP SP3 32-bit I have Windows automatic updates on. Each time i start my computer it tells me i have 4 new updates to install which are... .NET framework 2.0 SP2 (KB974417) .NET framework 3.5 ...
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Windows 2000 will be end of life on the next patch day, but will it still receive patches on that day?

I still have a few old Win9x VMs I can no longer reinstall because their update services do not longer work. So, I'd like to use WSUS Offline Update to burn a CD with all Windows 2000 updates after ...
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Windows 7 driver search woefully slow

Any thoughts on why the driver search (when installing a usb device) on windows 7 is woefully slow? Even when I click to disable trying to get a driver from windows update, it still takes 10min+ to ...
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How can I get rid of the annoying windows' automatic update needs reboot popup as non-admin?

While this answer may help if you're an admin, it doesn't help at work. So is there a way to get rid of this message without having to bother your admin?
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How much bandwidth is used by security updates?

Does anyone have a ballpark figure on how much bandwidth is used on average each month by Windows 7 for security updates / patches?
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Windows Update and lsass.exe

I have a brand new installation of Windows XP (SP1 or older). I installed Norton AntiVirus, Firefox, Putty, and Cygwin. No other software is present. Windows Update finds the following 64 updates: ...
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Running Windows Update inside Windowx XP Mode

I am working on a Win 7 Ultimate machine, and was using XP for some development tasks (for compatibility checks). Everything worked like a charm on the XP, including updates. Two days ago I had to ...
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Windows crash report pop up 3 times when Windows XP starts after updating IE7 to IE8

I just updated Internet Explorer 7 to IE 8. After the reboot, I have the Windows XP "send error report" dialog 3 times all with this info in it: AppName: update_kb24b8.exe AppVer: 7.0.6000.16981 ...
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Do i really need to have “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool” update

I got a prompt for windows update and it is update of "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" Do i really need to have "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" update..... even if i use Kaspersky ...
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Virus cleanup + dying drive = XP Automatic Updates crashing in esent.dll

Background I'm doing system recovery on an old WinXP SP1 system brought to me on suspicion of virus infection. After taking preliminary backups, I used MalwareBytes to detect and clean the infection. ...
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Help with Corrupt version of IE8 on WinXPsp3

I've upgrade from IE6 to 7 to 8 and back down and back up, but still have critical issues in IE such as cannot see any version info in "about internet explorer" cannot run windows update cannot ...
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Windows 7 updates KB978601 and KB979309 fail with error 800736B3

Everytime I try to install this 2 updates I get the same error while I've succesfully installed other updates. I've tried to disable NOD32 antivirus and Spybot resident with no result. I've also tried ...
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Disable Windows Update when on 3G network

Are there any tools/utilities that will change Windows Update to not download when a machine is using a 3G-type wireless network connection? Not sure if there is any difference between using a 3G USB ...
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KB980408: Fix for Explorer freezing: does anyone know what app caused it?

Microsoft released an update for Windows 7 today (Tuesday, April 27, 2010): KB980408: The April 2010 stability and reliability update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is available. The ...
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KB973685 - Error opening installation log file

I'm having an issue installing KB973685 via Windows Update and manually. I receive the error below when trying to install it manually: Error opening installation log file. Verify that the ...
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windows 7: Can I make it automatically download updates during one period and install them in another?

When Windows 7 is configured to automatically update at a certain time (say Friday 5pm), is that also when it tries to download updates, or does it pull in the updates throughout the week, and only ...
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Installation fails after period of time

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, Ultimate. I'm running into a problem where, if my computer is on long enough, I am unable to install any software. For example, if I reboot and try to install ...
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Any software to remove $NtUninstallxxxxx (Windows XP)

Any commercial or free software to give me a list and descriptions of patch uninstalls and let me remove selected ones? I've tried Windows XP Update Remover, but seems it doesn't provide any ...
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Windows Updates Folders (With Strange Names) in C drive

I have a Windows XP Professional SP 3. In my C drive, I have a lot of folders which I do not know why they exist. Sample these names - 1da9de11ed14f5da3b6ace4e25f5 a0332ef3abcaf03e49 What are ...
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Problem in installing two new updates in Windows 7 x64?

I have Windows 7 64-bit build 7600. Today it notified me that there are two new updates for Windows 7. Two new Windows 7 updates: I pressed Install Updates. The updates installed successfully, but ...
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Windows Vista - Can't start any program without choosing “Run as administrator”

A friend called me saying that her computer recently said it was applying a Windows update when it was shutting down. Now when logged in as her normal user whenever she tries to run any program from ...
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How to keep windows 2003 Daylight Saving values updated

My web app runs on windows 2003 .Net 3.5 I have users from Israel (GMT +2), and Israel switched to Daylight saving time on 26/3/10 so now it's (GMT +3). I use TimeZoneInfo.ConvertTime that doesn’t ...
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Windows Update not updating

I've enabled automatic updates but windows cannot update itself automatically, nor updating via Internet Explorer (by visiting http://www.windowsupdate.com/) works. I get this error message in event ...
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How do I limit the CPU share of TrustedInstaller.exe on a Vista system

I'm trying to fix a few low end single core desktops running Vista. In normal use they're fast enough not to be a problem. The issue is that because these machines are only on when being used, ...
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What happens if the schedule for my windows7 update is never met?

It's set to update every day at 3.00 am. What happens if it isn't on a that time? Does ii check for updates the first time it opens after that or does it wait until it's on at 3 am some time in the ...
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Where can I find a list of recent updates from Microsoft?

What I would like to find is a list of all the recent updates, and when they were released. Products such as MS Office, Windows, MSSQL, etc. Only way I know to get a list of updates, is to go to the ...
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Windows Update for auto-complete filename in Explorer

OS: Windows XP SP3 Seems there is a Windows Update improves Explorer interface, adding auto-complete filename feature in open file dialogue, and when press F2 to rename file, the cursor will at ...
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Automatic Windows Defender Updates with Manual Windows/Microsoft Updates

I've got Windows/Microsoft Update on my Windows 7 laptop set to notify me when updates are available but not to do anything automatically. I also have Windows Defender running and it seems to have ...
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How to stop Windows 7 from applying patches on shutdown [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On Windows 7, how to Shut Down the computer without the Update? I have my Windows 7 Pro set up to "download patches, but let me choose when to install them". However, on ...
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Where are drivers downloaded from windows update stored?

I've got a printer that I periodically have to install on a number of computers... I've lost the driver disk, but the drivers are on windows update. The only problem is that windows update takes ...
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Windows Update: Does Windows record which updates are installed? If so, where?

Particularly interested in Windows XP, but all versions of Windows would be useful (if they differ). EDIT: How does Windows/Windows Update know what to apply and what it has already done? Does it ...
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Is the Realtek network driver on Windows Update fixed yet?

Months ago I was experiencing problems with my networking, and was hoping the updated Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20) driver available from Microsoft on ...
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Is it possible to remove all future notifications about an “important Windows update” you do not want to install?

I have an "important" Windows update that I do not want to install. It keeps reminding me and there doesn't seem to be any way (in Windows 7) to remove it from the list of updates. This is a problem ...
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How to permanently disable OS updates in Windows 7?

I'm using Windows 7 to download. And Windows update gets in the way making the download slower. How do I disable it permanently? I tried to find the settings in the msconfig.exe. But can't find it. I ...
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Windows Updates: How to automatically install Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (without user intervention)?

Every so often Windows Update pushes out an updated version of this tool. Unfortunately, each time the user has to agree to the EULA. Is there any way of configuring the Windows Update service to ...
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XP painfully slow to start - Access Connections

I have a mysterious problem with my XP laptop. Since a) installing the latest windows updates and b) using Picasa 3.6 to look through dozens of GB of photos for faces, it now takes ages (first time: ...
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How to uninstall a Windows XP Update

Since foolhardily installing the latest windows updates, my XP laptop now takes 45 minutes to boot up; ThinkVantage no longer reacts and it took 30 mins to connect to the WiFi. According to this, ...
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Windows update slows XP Boot

After installing this week's (2/9/10) Windows Update, XP rebooted a few times before finally stabilizing. Now XP takes about twice as long to boot as it did before the update. I have read that many XP ...
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What's happened to my Windows 7 account?

As we all know, Microsoft released a bundle of updates on Patch Tuesday yesterday. I dutifully told Windows Update to install and I went to bed. This evening, when I finally got back on my computer, ...
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Windows Update when Group Policy Forbids

I am in the administrators group for my local Windows XP machine and I would like to get updates via http://update.microsoft.com/[1]. However, this is prevented via the group policy: Network ...
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Windows 7 won't update

My problem is that Windows 7 won't update - legal MSDN copy. It says: "the update service is not started", and if I start it, it immediately shuts itself down. In the event viewer is nothing ...
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I cannot access Windows Update at all

I have been unable to access the Windows update site for a couple of weeks now. I just get a message saying "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" and saying I have connection problems. Same ...
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How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7?

Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or ...
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Block the forced EU browser selection dialog

If you have missed it, sometime in March 2010, if you live in the EU and happen to like to use Internet Explorer an update will be installed onto your computer from Windows Update that will FORCE you ...