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

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How to receive (email, RSS) Notifications about Windows Update

Is there any RSS feed or mailing list where notifications about released Windows Updates are sent to? I'm not interested in security news feed or bulletins. All I need to be notified about is that an ...
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Possible to find an explanation of Windows updates in “digest” format?

Is it possible to see an explanation of individual Windows 7 updates without having to manually google each one by one (e.g., "KB3021917")? I wish there were more detailed descriptions in the Windows ...
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Windows Update Troubleshooter - Errors reappear after fixing

I'm using Windows 8.1 64bit. I had an issue with the Windows Modules Installer Worker using a high percentage of CPU when no updates were available. I ran the Windows Update troubleshooter and it ...
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Printer “Windows Update” - Why always so slow?

In every version of Windows I've tested, when you click the "Update Windows" button, before adding a printer, it is always so slow to complete updating. Even if you have top-notch hardware and a super ...
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How to recover from KB3001652 update hanging?

I just turned on the only Window machine I have (need it to run Publisher 2013 - all the other machines are happily running Linux), and it prompted to do updates - now its stuck at: I have ...
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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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Lock down Windows 7?

I have a Windows 7 computer here that got infected. The computer is used by a colleague and for home use, but it's owned by the company and for problems he turns to us. He doesn't know much about ...
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Cannot do Windows updates on new Windows 7 installation (Compaq laptop)

Background I have an (old) Compaq Presario CQ60 laptop on which I have installed Windows 7 SP1 (via a Windows DVD) - a new installation, wiping all other data. I tried installing games but, though ...
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Can I safely abort a Windows 8 update-restart?

My Windows 8.1 laptop is stuck in a bout of 50 updates. These are horrendously slow and are delaying my work. Can I safely interrupt the update process, i.e. issue an ACPI power off?
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Recent Windows Update causing Admin issues in Windows 7

After a recent Windows Update in December 2014 or January 2015, I now have to run a lot of programs as Administrator in order to avoid access/security errors. I'm not sure why, as I'm a local ...
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How to fix missing DLLs and corrupt system files after updating Windows-7?

I have a dual boot setup (Ubuntu-Linux and Windows-7 Pro 64-bit) on my laptop. I mostly do my work in Ubuntu, but every once in a while I have to use Windows. A few days ago, I booted into Windows ...
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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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How to uninstall Windows 8.1 bundled updates?

I Upgraded Windows 8.1 to a recent version using a retail DVD. I need to uninstall an update that came with this new version, however there is no option to uninstall it. How can I resolve this?
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Update Windows 7 Embedded

I have Windows 7 Embedded x64. Recently I tried to do the updates, but saw that nothing happens when i click on the button check for updates. What may be the problem? 3 months ago I did the updates ...
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Registry key setting to enable windows to download driver from windows update

I have to issue an update to software enable the setting shown in the picture below. I have systems that are set to "Never install driver software from Windows Update". I was wondering if there is ...
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How to disable even checking of updates in Windows 8? An svchost process is connected to Microsoft Update server, hogging up resources all the time

I usually keep the updated on "Notify only" setting but still Windows is keeping an svchost.exe process running in the background all the time, which very often connects to a Microsoft Update server ...
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Windows 7 update error code 8024200d when trying to install update kb2918614

I have a windows 7 64 bit computer that is failing to install the update kb2918614. It has installed all the other updates. Every time it tries to install, it fails with the error code 8024200d - it ...
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Windows update change download location

Is there a way to change the download path of windows updates? (I want to protect my SSDs from unnecessary writes.)
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How did my Windows 7 just manage to download and install a bunch of updates if “auto updates” is turned off?

I know for sure that "auto updates" was disabled before the restart, and they are still disabled now. Yet, when I did the restart Windows showed me the percent ticker during shutdown, during restart, ...
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Task bar notification area icons dissapeared after update

After the last windows 8.1 update my task bar seems to no longer keeps the icons in the notification area >>> it keeps hiding them after every reboot Note: The setting in task bar properties is ...
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Windows 7 ISO download from Digital River

I'm having troubles installing Windows 7 on an older laptop (certified for W7). It takes forever to install all updates. I started two days ago with updating. The installation DVD is quite old, before ...
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.NET 4.0 on POS Ready 2009

When trying to install .NET 4.0.3 onto POS Ready 2009, I get the following error in the installation wizard: KB2600211 does not apply, or is blocked by another condition on your computer. I am ...
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Computer won't boot after Windows Update prompt to restart (Win8.1)

My DIY Win8.1 PC prompted me to do a restart yesterday during normal usage to install updates. Once the restart occurred, though, my PC has not been able to boot into Windows. It used to just show the ...
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c000021a after Windows Update on Windows 8

I recently updated my laptop (runnning Win 8) with the Windows Update. On updating, it restarted and directly went on automatic repair showing the c000021a error and stating that something is wrong ...
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Windows 8 - DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Crashes - Error Code 0x800F0906

Background Info: I have a virtual copy of Windows 8 Pro x64 running on Oracle Virtual Box. When I try to install update KB2977766-X64, I receive error code 0x80073712. This occurs when I use both ...
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Making the laptop go to sleep during Windows update, is it bad? if bad, how bad?

I would like to ask if it is bad to close(force it to go to sleep) the laptop while it's doing Windows update. It can't be good but how bad is it?
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How to save Windows 8 update files

Currently I am downloading Windows updates and it is using 2Gb internet. Is there way if I can save it and use it to my other computers? I don't really want to download 10 times. Thanks for the help! ...
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Can I delete the contents of WINNT\SoftwareDistribution\Download\ on Server 2003?

We have a small server running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP2 that only has 12GB of HD space. The C:\WINNT\SoftwareDistribution\Download\ folder is taking up over 1 GB of space. Is it ...
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Windows XP Microsoft Update web page continuous reload loop

So I go to update.microsoft.com. Run the ActiveX, and then the page loads, and says Done on the status bar. However, nothing happens. Windows updater does not run on the page. I have isntalled the ...
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Windows Update Error 80072EE2

I am running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Basic. I am trying to update the Windows but the update fails with an error code 80072EE2. I am connected to the internet through proxy. Here are some ...
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How can I tell if a KB or newer has been installed for Windows?

I have a Windows system that I need to audit. The requirements is that (for example) KB2160329 has been installed onto the system. I know from lots of digging that KB2731847 that we have installed ...
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Windows 7 Critical Update

After installing the important updates in my Windows 7 64-bit system, I was casually checking the created restore points. There I've found the restore points with critical update. The updates haven't ...
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How to stop wuauserv [closed]

Ever since I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, I am having a very high memory and CPU usage (Sometime above 90%). This keeps slowing my PC. So I looked at the task manager and found that svchost ...
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Windows 7: Disable automatic updates & antivirus updates on certain Wifi connection

TL;DR how do I disable automatic background updates when connected to certain WiFi network? Most of the time I'm connected to my home WiFi, so I have both Windows 7 and Avira Antivirus updates ...
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Windows Explorer and Updater unstable after plugging a USB device

I recently plugged my usual USB key in my computer, but Windows Explorer started to get extremely slow and wouldn't open anything. I tried to check for updates but the Updater stays blank as soon as I ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask me to install updates when I have automatic updating turned on?

For Windows, the easiest way to install updates is to turn on automatic updating. Windows will install new updates as they become available. – microsoft.com I have automatic updating turned on. ...
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Windows installer fails to update itself with error 0x80073701 ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING and will not load any other updates

Another symptom is that it claims that there has been no last update installation ever. It quotes a null in a non-existing source code file on somebody's d: drive: 2014-12-27 00:12:17, Error ...
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Windows Update can't install Windows Vista SP1

If you install Windows Vista RTM and run Windows Update, many updates are offered and will successfully install. Once all other updates are installed, Windows Vista service pack 1 is offered. When ...
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windows 8.1 not remembering update settings [duplicate]

Every time I turn my PC on I notice a flag in system tray with a red x which is notifying me about an issue in the Action Center. I click this and it says Change Windows Update setting (Important). ...
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An idea how to install KB2160329?

I'm fighting with the KB2160329 update. Windows 7 x64, installed and unable to start up the system.... There is a trick to revert it, but how to go about installing it. Seems that there is some issue ...
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Excel crashes when opening new file

HP notebook 8570p Windows 7 64bit MS Excel 2013 Excel crashes under these circumstances every time: (problem started after Windows Update Dec. 2014) Excel is open, and a range in a workbook has ...
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Make windows 8 install updates when shutting down without disabling fast boot

TL;DR: Scroll to the bottom bolded part When logging in to my Windows 8 PC, there's a yellow message like this: Windows Update Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing security ...
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Force Windows Update to check for updates with filters to avoid certain types of updates?

I Need to create a program that will check for and install important updates Would it be possible to have it only create a popup when updates are available? Currently I am using this code to check ...
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VirtualBox 4.3.20 stops working after Windows Update [duplicate]

I have a current version of VirtualBox 4.3.20, but after the latest Windows 7 update on Dec. 11th, 2014, it cannot open any virtual machine. First, it would not open the program at all. After a ...
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Unable to access external HTTPS websites…unable to download windows updates

I need help with two problems I'm having on a Windows 2008 R2 server. I believe they are connected. This server is not able to download windows updates and further checking I found out that I cannot ...
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Where can I find information about this Windows Update driver?

Windows Update has offered to install a driver on my system. I manually check for new updates, download and installation updates. Had I used automatic Windows Update settings it would have installed ...
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Is my Internet Explorer up to date? [closed]

Is my Internet Explorer up to date? I have version 11.0.9600.16428 whatever that means. The copyright date is 2013 which made me suspicious. I don't think its automatic update works in our office. ...
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How to proceed on hung Windows update patch installation?

My ASUS laptop running Windows 8.1 (x64) is hung on installing a Microsoft patch. I ran Windows Update yesterday, and Windows Update spent about 20 hours attempting to install patch 12 of 29. In my ...
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Unnecessary Office Updates being offered?

On a relative's laptop I had selected custom installation for Office and installed only Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Recently I was doing some spring-cleaning and noticed that Windows Update (which is ...
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What to do when Windows 7 appears to hang during the installation of updates?

The following message has been displayed on the screen for the last almost hour or so: I'm guessing something went wrong and it's stuck in some sort of infinite loop or it's waiting for some event ...