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

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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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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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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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What are all the Windows 7/8/8.1 updates (KBs) I must skip to avoid Windows 10 upgrading -and nags-?

It's been a time I didn't follow the list of which Windows 7/8/8.1 KBs I must skip since I don't want the unfinished Windows 10 at all. Moreover, I will still consider Windows 10 unfinished (-> ...
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Windows Update doesn't work and consumes 100% of CPU (Win7 SP1) [duplicate]

I've observed a strange behaviour with Windows Update (Win7 SP1). The process svchost is consuming an entire core of my Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) doing nothing (i.e., there is no network traffic ...
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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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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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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 doesn'...
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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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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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Windows update stand alone pakages (msu) loop

The windows update of my windows 7 sp1 is not working. So i decided to get possible updates as a stand alone packages. i downloaded many packages. but when i clicked at one of the packages firstly ...
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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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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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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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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 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 this:...
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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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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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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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Searching for updates takes ages on freshly installed Windows 7 Pro [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 10 update 1511 failed and no longer offered

Yesterday Windows Update offered the Windows 10 1511 update. Immediately after downloading was complete, it showed a message that the update failed, along with a Retry button. Pressing the Retry ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586 errors with 0x8024200D

I have seen a few people with this problem on forums, but nobody seems to have a solution yet. Windows says I should restart because I have an update pending (this is 10586). During restart there is ...
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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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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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Can not select a restart time

After Windows 10 (Home) installed updates this morning, it prompted me it was going to restart in 15 minutes. There was no option to postpone it at all. Several searches here on Stack Exchange and on ...
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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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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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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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Update multiple machines at home

I have multiple machines at home. All of them are running Windows 7 x64. Due to limited bandwidth and slow connection, I want to make them download updates just once and apply to the rest of them. ...
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How to cancel updates in Windows 10?

So windows 10 has this annoying habit of downloading updates over WiFi connections not marked as metered connections. I have to connect to a limited WiFi hotspot, and by the time I set the connection ...
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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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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 ...