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

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Stopping all automatic updates windows 10

We've upgraded some machines to windows 10 and realised there were some updates which updated as required. However I realised there was no option available to stop the download similar to that on ...
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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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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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Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

I installed Windows 7 fresh and installed SP1. Now, when I try to check manually for Windows Updates it just hangs on the Checking for updates screen. I tried running this tool but this did not fix ...
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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 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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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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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 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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How do I stop Windows 10 from updating my graphics driver?

Every time Windows 10 runs updates (which I see no way to control), it updates my graphics driver. I like the old one because it is faster. So, I have to reinstall it. This is getting to be a pain. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Windows Update doesn't work and consumes 100% of CPU (Win7 SP1)

I've observed a strange behaviour with Windows Update (Win7 SP1). The process svchost is consuming a entire core of my Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) doing nothing (i.e. there is no network traffic and ...
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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 we know which ones are necessary?
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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 update doesn't progress beyond 0 KB 0%

I have Windows 7 64-bit and the Windows Update isn't working properly. What can I do?
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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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How can I defer updates in Windows 10 Home?

I prefer knowing what each update does and reading about its impact (including whether it is causing widespread problems for people) before allowing it to be installed on my system. How can I do this ...
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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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Searching for updates takes ages on freshly installed Windows 7 Pro

The title says it all. Since a few months, on every Windows 7 workstation I reinstall, the first check for updates takes several hours, during which there is no disk nor network activity but an ...
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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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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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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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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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Does Windows Defender update if Windows Update is set to manual?

It looks like the Windows Defender in Windows 8 won't upgrade the signatures automatically, if Windows Update is set to "Notify, but don't install the upgrades". Is my impression real? Is there is a ...
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How to hide updates in Windows Updates without GUI

When you don't want to update a particular windows update one can do that by following steps on windows 7 below: Open Windows Updates Click on View Updates Right click on the item you want to hide ...
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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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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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Windows 7 - Windows Update Hangs On “Checking For Updates” [duplicate]

Today I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1. For some reason, it will just not update. I try to run Windows Update but all it does is hangs at "Checking for updates". I even let ...
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Undoing the Last Installed Windows Updates via Command Line

Using the command line, how can I undo the last installed windows updates?
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How to keep Windows 7 restarting the PC until no `restart requirement` is required?

I cannot get new updates via Windows Update because the OS requires to restart - to finish previous/current installing stuff I guess. The restart requirement is as below snapshot. How can I make my ...
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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 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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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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Why is checking Windows Update so slow?

I have Windows 7 PCs that have automatic update turned off. I do updates in batch once a month or so. But each time "check for update" takes 15 to 30 minutes. I don't understand why checking for ...
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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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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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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 Windows 7 updates take so long to install?

I installed Windows 7 on an old laptop yesterday evening, so that I could experiment with Win32 API programming. I started it updating about 5 hours ago. It downloaded the updates in 30 minutes or so, ...
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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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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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Forcing Windows 10 Upgrade fails with code 80240020

So I was one of the people eager to update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 ASAP. Most of the pages on how to force this update / upgrade provide steps which are the same as the steps on how to resolve ...
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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 ...