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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

65
votes
8answers
108k views

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?
43
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
33
votes
2answers
10k views

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
24
votes
3answers
15k views

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 ...
23
votes
3answers
3k views

Still receiving windows XP updates… Is this expected behavior?

According to the answer on another post, we should not have been receiving any more updates for Windows XP. But I am receiving updates: Is this indicative that my system is bugged or compromised ...
22
votes
6answers
19k views

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, ...
20
votes
3answers
10k views

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 ...
20
votes
10answers
11k views

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 ...
19
votes
4answers
3k views

Fake windows update

I heard that hackers can make you download their malicious software by telling you that they are an update of the operating system through Windows Update. Is it true? If yes, how can I protect myself? ...
19
votes
6answers
31k views

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 ...
18
votes
4answers
11k views

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 ...
18
votes
3answers
15k views

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 ...
17
votes
3answers
873 views

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 ...
16
votes
9answers
94k views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
11k views

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 ...
14
votes
6answers
54k views

How do I force Windows to check for updates?

After a fresh Windows install – XP or 7 – how can I "force" Windows updates? I don't want to have "old" Windows updates after a week, so could it be done in "one step"? Are there any "magical" ...
14
votes
2answers
435 views

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.
14
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
567 views

Why must Windows apply updates when shuting down and starting up and can this be disabled?

Why does Windows apply updates when shutting down AND turning on? I'm working on Windows 7 and would like to know if this can be disabled. It's really bad when I need to leave and turn off my laptop ...
13
votes
2answers
13k views

Windows won't install updates (Security Update for Microsoft Office 2013)

Today [Patch Tuesday] I installed the new Windows Updates available for Windows 8. I think there were 14 Updates altogether. All except 3 updates were installed. When i try to install the last 3 ...
11
votes
3answers
33k views

How to manually start windows update

How can you manually begin Windows XP's Windows Update without entering to http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate with IE?
11
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
18k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
338 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
249 views

How does a critical Windows Update find every Windows computer on the Internet?

I've read that Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of every month, so I could picture the code in Windows Update on the client machine being set to contact the company servers so Microsoft doesn't ...
9
votes
3answers
15k views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
11k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
8
votes
10answers
31k views

How to get all XP service packs, updates, etc. together to avoid future downloads?

I am going through an agonizing re-install, on day three now of Windows Updates, VS Service Packs, etc. It's been tough having to download all this again on a 384kbps ADSL line. Besides the installs ...
8
votes
4answers
41k views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
260 views

Why do Windows Updates all have a name like KB1234567?

Why do Windows Updates all have a name like KB1234567? Is this because they all are referenced in their Knowledge Base?
8
votes
2answers
16k views

How can I check if a computer is configured to use WSUS?

I'm the user of a computer (Windows 7) that is part of a domain and I want to make sure its configured to use WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) and download updates from a local server instead of ...
8
votes
5answers
37k views

Windows 7 + Deep Freeze - I'm stuck in an endless reboot loop

I have the following setup: Windows 7 Ultimate Deep Freeze I "thawed" my machine last night and performed a Windows Update. The update is having issues (it gets stuck at 32%, fails, and restarts ...
8
votes
4answers
9k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
23k views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
14k views

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 ...
8
votes
6answers
16k views

svchost.exe Hogging CPU on Fresh XP Install

I got an ISO of Windows XP Professional with SP3 integrated from dreamspark. I burned it onto a DVD, and installed onto an old computer of mine. The first thing I did after installation was install ...
8
votes
2answers
534 views

Is it possible to stop Windows Update from backing up for future uninstall?

I can see questions asking how to prevent Windows Update from (asking for) restarting the computer, but I don't see one asking how to prevent it from keeping a backup for potential uninstall later. I ...
8
votes
3answers
975 views

windows 7: Can I make it automatically download updates during one period and install them in another?

When Windows 7 is configured to automatically update at a certain time (say Friday 5pm), is that also when it tries to download updates, or does it pull in the updates throughout the week, and only ...
8
votes
6answers
22k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
355 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Disable Windows Update when on 3G network

Are there any tools/utilities that will change Windows Update to not download when a machine is using a 3G-type wireless network connection? Not sure if there is any difference between using a 3G USB ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...