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

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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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Offline update of Windows?

What options, if any, exist for offline update of Microsoft Windows? If a solution exists please list your experience using it. Background: If for any reason a computer does not have a ...
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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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Can I invoke Windows Update from the command line?

It often happens that I have to watch this screen for minutes: I have no clue what's happening in the back. And I'm also not interested in watching the WindowsUpdate.log for changes. I would love ...
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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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All my browsers suddenly don't support Javascript files anymore?

I'm experiencing the same issue as this question, which seems to be unresolved. I'll provide more detail, sot that this qualifies as a better representation of the issue. It all started after moving ...
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Windows Update Failure

When I start my computer (Windows 7 Pro 32-bit) I get the following message: Configuring Windows Updates 0% Complete Do not turn of your computer This stays on the screen for about 5 ...
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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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How do I delete left-over Windows Update folders?

My PC is 5 years old and I have had a great history for failed updates. Regardless if I open my C: drive, I have bunch of folders with names which sound something like ...
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Windows 8.1 update not showing

I have Windows 8 Pro activated with kms. when I open windows store, it doesn't show "win8.1 available". clicking on ms-windows-store:WindowsUpgrade just brings me to windows store main screen slmgr ...
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How can I use Windows Firewall to only permit the Windows Update service to make an outbound connection?

I'm trying to tailor my Windows Firewall settings (using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security console) to only permit programs that need to access the Internet with an outbound connection to do ...
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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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Change update restart prompt time in Windows XP

When downloading updates for Windows XP, it occasionally requires a reboot. Initially it prompts and allows you to say "ask me again later". On my computer at home, it asks me again about every 5 ...
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Windows 7 is shutting down unexpectedly, according to the logs

Here's a message from my eventvwr EventLog (Windows Logs > System): The previous system shutdown at 11:51:15 AM on ‎7/‎29/‎2009 was unexpected. This is funny because I was wondering why the 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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Windows 7 SP1 not being offered on Windows Update

I have no option to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on my computer. Why is the option to install Windows 7 SP1 missing from Windows Update? I'm less interested in why the option is missing, ...
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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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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary?

I downloaded a lot of Windows updates in the automatic mode. Are they all necessary? Can I remove some of them? How do I know which ones are necessary
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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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Windows Update waking machine from hibernation

One of my family members has a Windows (Vista) machine which is waking itself up from hibernation in an annoying fashion. Some investigation suggests that Windows Update is the guilty party - it ...
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Cannot install Windows 8.1 Update Kb2919355. Windows Update Error 80073712

I'm running Win 8.1 Pro x64. On April 9th, I was offered two updates from Microsoft. Usually, updates install automatically through Windows update but the following two updates, I noticed today (April ...
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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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should you install specific drivers from your motherboard / video card manufacturer, or let Windows do the job? [duplicate]

I have a computer which is working fine after a windows re-install. However, I did not install any drivers at all, they seem to have been installed via Windows Update. Back then, I remember I had to ...
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Why do startup updates always fail on my computer?

Windows 7 Home Premium asks me to shut down and install updates on every shut down. When it boots up, it says "Configuring your updates... 0%" and after about five minutes it changes to "Failed ...
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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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Repeating important updates for Microsoft Office 2007

Today I've started important updates for Windows Vista on laptop. Those updates include updates for other programs from Microsoft Update including Microsoft Office 2007 suit. All important updates ...
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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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Will Windows Update find chipset drivers?

Does Windows Update in Windows 7 find and install chipset drivers? It will automatically find newer versions of video and audio drivers, etc., but will it do the same for chipset updates?
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Error 80073701 when installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1

I tried to install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 using Windows Update, and I got an error (code 80073701 - unknown error). I tried it again, same thing. Rebooted and tried again, same error. Before I ...
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How can I install updates and shut down from the command line?

I know that there is a simple way to shutdown the computer in command prompt, but is it possible to do system updates and then shutdown the computer in command prompt? For example, when Vista needs ...
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Windows Update continually repeats same updates

For the last week whenever I shutdown my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, I get the yellow shield telling me I have updates (both updates are shown below my question). I shutdown the system, the updates ...
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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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Install of Update for KB2862330 fails with error 800B0100

I'm working on a Windows 7 Home Premium system (64-bit) with Service Pack 1 installed. Windows update is trying to install an update for KB2862330, but it's failing with error 800B0100. What's the ...
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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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Windows 7 Update Failure 800B0100

After updating to Windows 7 SP1 I updated with every new update that came out, but there were problems with the last two: UPDATE: In the updates history I have found a lot of updates failed: ...
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Switch off Windows Update for a particular program or feature

I'm getting really tired of unchecking the same Windows Update candidates so save hundreds of MB's of dowbloads, especially for programs I never use, that are in fact not even installed, and those I ...
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Complete auto-updating of fresh Windows install

Here's the scenario: You install Windows 7 There are 4,932 Windows Updates. You install them all. Reboot. Now there's 897 more. Install. Reboot. 332 now. Repeat. 129. Repeat. OK so I've exaggerated ...
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Why is Windows Update trying to install an update I don't need?

I have a Windows 7 system that currently has a single update pending: Windows Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems If I try to install the update, Windows Update will: Create a ...
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Disable restart after update prompt for server 2008 R2

I run server 2008 r2 as my desktop OS. I am trying to disable the annoying restart prompt that comes up after installing updates. The most I can postpone it to is 4 hours. I have tried disabling ...
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How to resolve Windows Update Error 8024402F on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit?

I have been having the same problem with Windows Updates on 2 of my machines at home, both running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. One of the 2 machines is a brand new install, the other has run ...
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Why does Windows/Microsoft Updates always take such a long time to detect available updates?

TL;DR When you initiate Windows Updates within Windows XP, you are directed to the Windows Updates website. (Assuming you already have the ActiveX, Installer plug-in installed in your browser,) the ...
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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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How can I stop Bing Bar from showing up in Windows Update

How can I stop the Bing Bar from continuing to show up in Windows Update. I have selected "Hide update" on it many times, but it eventually comes back. I do not have the Bing Bar installed on my ...
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Stop Windows 7 from forcefully shutting itself down when waiting to update

I have had this happen to me twice now. I'll be in the middle of working on something that has resulted in me not rebooting my machine for several days. If Windows 7 is waiting to install updates ...
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Create a recurring appointment in Outlook for the Friday of every month after second Tuesday

I want to create a recurring appointment in Outlook for the Friday of the second Tuesday of each month to schedule server reboots because of Windows updates. Some months the second Friday is not the ...
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Should I install Internet Explorer updates although I disabled it?

I have disabled Internet Explorer in the "Windows Features" dialog. Nonetheless Windows Update alerts me that there are security updates for IE. I am aware that I cannot uninstall IE and it remains ...
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Windows Update website redirecting newly built Windows XP SP3 computers to KB article page (KB2497281)

We built and captured a sysprepped image of a computer that we had installed Windows XP on using the Windows XP SP3 media and have been using it for months without issue. Suddenly, some time this ...
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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 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 do I need to keep “$hf_mig$”?

After having read the Microsoft's explanation and also some others, I still don't get it: When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup, driver, or feature pack installs GDR ...