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

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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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Multiple Windows Updates on Windows Core Server

I'm on a Windows 2012 Core Server Machine and doing windows updates through Server Configuration. When It comes back with what updates I want to install I get... Select an option: (A)ll updates, (N)o ...
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How do I tell Windows to shut up about Silverlight?

The problem is described well here, so I won't repeat it; but basically, hiding the Silverlight update the naive way doesn't work. So the question is -- how do I tell Windows to shut up about ...
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How to know if the installation of Windows updates has been frozen or still working?

I had a fresh install of Windows 7. Now it downloaded lots of updates and installing it when I shutdown yesterday. Namely 158 updates. Now at the morning it's at the 138th one, and apparently stuck. ...
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Can I set up windows update to use the second drive for future updates?

My C drive is 15 Gb and filling up mostly with the windows update uninstall folders. Can I set up windows update to put these uninstall folders on a second drive with more space at the time the ...
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Windows 8.1 upgrade results in Green Screen of Death fixed only by changing user

after accepting Windows 8 proposal to upgrade to 8.1, and after restarting, my system behaves as follows It login normally Seconds after login a green screen with "please wait" written on it ...
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Is it possible to enforce the Microsoft update service for Microsoft Office via Group Policy?

I have a group policy that forces Windows Update to run at 3:00AM every night in my workstation OUs. I have recently found a few PC that had the GPO, but were still out of date. Additionally, I have ...
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Customizing device installation settings

Windows 7's Windows Update device driver update settings can be configured in Control Panel - Devices and Printers - Device installation settings: (click image to view full, larger image) What ...
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Is there a website which explains the recent Windows updates? [closed]

When windows informs me that there are new updates, I open the Windows Update dialog box. The new updates are listed as code names like KBxxxxxxx. The right panel contains the same copy/pasted boring ...
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Black screen and blinking cursor in left corner after Windows update on Lenovo laptop

I have a Lenovo g570 laptop. After an auto-update got the IRQ less equal message, the computer won't start. It shows a black screen and a blinking cursor in the left corner. The F2 key won't work. How ...
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Can i disable windows updates while i am connecting to a specific hot-spot?

When i work "on the go", I sometime connect my windows laptop to a hotspot created by my android phone. Since my cellular data usage is limited, i want to disable windows updates (and actually any ...
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Check Windows XP update existence in registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\< SID >\Patches\< SQUID >

At the moment HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\< SID >\Patches\< SQUID > has following keys: MSI3 REG_DWORD 0x1 State REG_DWORD 0x2 ...
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Disabling windows updates for windows 10

Starting with windows 8 I have many many many hardware issues (that are not present in Windows 7). One of these issues is the fact that an initiated restart does not work. It shuts down, the bios ...
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Finding windows update which contains a driver version

How do you find which windows update contains a particular driver version? I'm specifically looking for usbhub.sys 6.1.7601.22526, i.e. the latest one on windows 7. Googling shows KB2862330 might ...
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Windows 8.1 update stuck on update 16 of 23. Toshiba Z830 doesn't have a hard reset button. What do I do?

My Toshiba Z830 running Windows 8.1 and I tried updating it today by rebooting. It got stuck on update 16 of 23. I couldn't reboot because my off button is assigned to sleep. Holding it in for 10 secs ...
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Can't install any OS updates in Windows 8.1 run inside VMware Workstation 10.0.4

I have a fresh, clean installation of Windows 8.1 Pro (x64) inside Workstation 10.0.4 on a host that is a Windows 8.1 Pro (x64) as well. Host runs on a i7-4771 processor and all virtualization ...
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Does system restore remove Windows updates?

If I make a system restore, it removes programs that I installed recently. But will it do the same for recent updates, or are they permanent?
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Trying to remove the Windows 10 Technical Preview but Windows Update KB2990214 does not exist on my computer

I'm trying to get rid of the Windows 10 Tech Preview because it's screwing up some of my computer games. I've seen solutions online that include removing windows update KB2990214, but after checking ...
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New updates started to show up in fall 2014

Since WinXP support ended in April 2014, my Automatic Update client went quiet. But, about two months ago, updates started to show up in it again! Naturally, I was suspicious that M$ might be trying ...
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Unable to shutdown windows 8

I have a problem. Since last weekend when some updates where done (and didn't finish successfully) I'm unable to shutdown my OS. Whenever I try to reboot, shutdown or hibernate, I get a blackscreen ...
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Is there a way to prevent installs/updates to litter my hard drive with cryptic folders?

Often I find guid-like folder names spread around on my hard drives. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I think they might come when I install various programs or while updating them ...
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Permanently prevent an update from being installed on Windows

Is there a way to permanently bar the following update from being installed whenever I install updates? Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2975719) I have my settings on "Download ...
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Quickly install the latest .NET framework with all updates

Whenever I install the .NET framework in a new Windows installation there is a huge number of updates to download from Windows Update. I go through the Windows Update process once, reboot, then find ...
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Windows Internet Explorer 11 Update error - sfc /scannow fail

Since the last few days I am having problems with IE. IE starts for 1 second and immediately closes (1st Issue), furthermore IE11 Windows Update fails with code 9C48 (2nd issue) To fix this issue I ...
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Check for Windows Update on Windows 10 (technical preview)

I'am not able to check for Updates on Windows 10 Techpreview. Everytime I try I get error: 80072EFD I try some workarounds but nothing works. Update works on Windows defender Check Date and Time ...
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Windows 8 rolling back updates upon login

My Windows 8 is having problems updating. After reboot, the first login results in the system rolling back the previous update. Here is the complete log: http://pastey.org/view/52c32b89 It is too big ...
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Win7 error: “CLR initialization failed with error 800700c1.”

I installed and used chocolatey in the past on my Windows 7 running in Parallels on Mac OSX. However, recently, whenever I try to use it from the command prompt I get the following error: CLR ...
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Windows anytime upgrade (WAU) reuse?

Can I reuse WAU e.g. if my machine is broken and I need to restore it from original installation disks or have bought a new computer and want its windows upgraded also. In particular I'm intrested in ...
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Windows updates fails with error 80070bc9

My Windows Updates is always failing with error 80070bc9 and tries to restart my computer with this message: This is really annoying :/ I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 + MS Security Essentials. ...
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TrustedInstaller taking 50%

This is a Sony Vaio running Vista. I just did the Windows Update thing (12 updates) and got through the boot to where stuff is "stable". But when I look at Process Explorer, TrustedInstaller.exe is ...
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Windows 7 BSOD update

I recently updated (on the 17/10/14) my computer on windows 7 and it crashed my computer (with the blue screen of death). I don't know which update it was as there was 17 to install and 1 optional. ...
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How to determine exact date/time of Windows Update planned restart?

When updates are pending, at login screen of Windows 8 there is a notification Your PC will restart in 1 day to finish installing important updates. Is there a way to determine exact date/time ...
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Safe to delete “C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download” [duplicate]

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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Sysprep is removing all updates

When we use Sysprep, it removes all Windows updates. When we do this, we have to install all the same updates every time we use the image. Is there a way we can make Sysprep keep the updates? Here is ...
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How can I prevent Windows from prompting to restart my computer after an update?

On XP Home how can I prevent Windows from ever trying to restart my computer after an update? XP Home has no Group Policy Editor.
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Can connect to internet with Firefox but Chrome can't

I'm using Windows 7 x86 SP1. I've been using chrome for years. But now it can't connect to internet. I think it's because the latest windows update, which after i updated it, all of the fonts' ...
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Merge offline Windows updates

A long time ago, when Windows XP was mainstream, I heard a rumor that you could merge offline Windows updates by providing some sort of clever command keys. The rumor was quite technical and resided ...
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Why won't Windows 8.1 install update KB2919355

I have a custom built PC running Windows 8.1 64-bit but it won't install update KB2919355 I've tried lots of solutions including reinstalling Windows 8.1, running DSM commands in cmd and everything ...
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Windows update failing with error 80244007 “could not search for new updates”

Windows 8.1 suddenly reported from the notification area that it hasn't been able to run updates for over a while now. The metro-style update app doesn't tell me much about why the updates are ...
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How to troubleshoot Windows 8 system update failure?

I have seen various system auto update failures such as below. But I got no idea how to troubleshoot it. The Get help with this error button is totally useless. Anyone could shed some light? ADD ...
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Windows Defender won't start on Windows 8.1

I'm currently using Malwarebytes Pro but want to have Windows Defender on as well since MAMB isn't really an antivirus. They're supposed to be compatible but for some reason I can't turn on Windows ...
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Removing Windows Technical Preview from Windows Update

Windows 10 Technical Preview question, running Windows 7 as my base OS. Before I noticed the .iso files that were available, I ran an .exe from the Microsoft preview website that apparently ...
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Windows 8.1 update failed - Can't enter boot menu, blue screen loading OS

I downloaded Windows 8.1 successfully and have no installation disc. When I switch on the laptop it goes into boot loop mode with an error message "A problem oocurred, it must be started new". F8 ...
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Windows 8.1 KB2919355 Update Fails endlessly

A client of mine has a almost netbook deathly slow laptop running Windows8.1 and of all the updates to fail the 600~800 megabyte KB2919355-x64 was the one to refuse to work. I followed the directions ...
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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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Installed 8.1 pro clean hours ago - but already I cannot run windows update

I see error 0x80072ee2, and the following from windowsupdate.log 2014-09-27 02:26:45:866 480 69c AU Triggering AU detection through DetectNow API 2014-09-27 02:26:45:866 480 69c AU ...
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Shutdown Windows 7 without installing updates

Windows XP provided an option to shutdown the computer without installing any Windows updates. This convenient, time-saving option seems to be missing in Windows 7. Is it possible to shutdown Windows ...
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Getting Windows 8 to display different pictures on each display desktop

Until today, my computer has always run a slideshow on my dual screen desktop. Each screen would display a different picture, and would change alternately. In other words, if the picture was set to ...
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Windows Server - turning on automatic updates, but turning off automatic restart

I have a Windows Server which is used to host a bunch of web apps. I want important updates to be automatically downloaded/installed, but I don't want the system to restart automatically after this ...
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Failing Windows Updates with Error Code 800719e4

On a number of Vista machines I have now come across the same error - when installing updates everything works fine, until it after it reboots and the rolls back during step 3. On all occasions ...