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Questions tagged [windows-update]

Integral service in Windows since Windows Vista that updates Windows components, including installed components and drivers, and certain other Microsoft software, notably Office.

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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 the tools in How do I reset ...
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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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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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svchost.exe high memory usage - wuauserv

I'm running Windows 7, and I've been experiencing high memory usage from one of my svchost.exe processes. Services under that particular process are BITS, EAPHost, IKEEXT, LanmanServer, MMCSS, ...
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How to prevent Windows 10 from restarting the computer after installing updates

This questions has been answered previously, e.g. here, but all the answers I've seen require using a dropdown in Settings> Update & Security> Advanced Options. On my version of Windows 10 Pro, ...
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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 to ...
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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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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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Stopping all automatic updates Windows 10

We've upgraded some machines to Windows 10 and realized there were some updates which updated as required. However, I realized there was no option available to stop the download similar to that on ...
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Bye Windows Defender, I need to turn you back off again

I am running Windows 10 on a fairly recent laptop. I'm using Avast (free version) as antivirus and before the update, Windows Defender was turned off as it should be in case a third party antivirus is ...
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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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With Windows 10 how can I shut down without installing updates?

With Windows 7 it was possible to use the task manager screen to shut down without applying updates (see How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7? ). But that did not work for me ...
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How to get rid of “Updates are available” message in Windows 10?

Today I got the following message: Computer was frozen and the only button available was "Get Updates". I don't need this feature, I need to work, not serve my machine the time she wants. Currently ...
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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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TiWorker.exe - Very High CPU Usage

I have a laptop running Windows 8. Although it originally ran well, it started having very bad performance issues. I decided to perform some research into the topic. Opening up Task Manager, I ...
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How to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Windows 10 Enterprise edition

I have a laptop with Windows 10 Enterprise edition installed (64bit). I haven't got the Windows 10 Anniversary Update from the normal Windows Update (I have clicked Check for updates). So I want to ...
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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary? [closed]

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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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 connection ...
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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 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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Is it possible to pause the Windows Update download?

I'm on a slow dial-up connection, and my Windows 8 is downloading some critical updates. The connection keeps disconnecting, so I was thinking if it was possible to pause the updates download?
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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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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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Windows 10 update stuck on endless “Retry”

I am trying to install the latest Windows update Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586 ... and I am stuck in an endless Retry loop. Every time it tries to install this update, it fails ...
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Windows 10: “We couldn't complete the updates, undoing changes”

On a regular Windows Update routine I'm getting the following message: We couldn't complete the updates, undoing changes. The computer restarts for several more times repeating the same process, ...
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Stuck on preparing for installation windows 10

My Windows 10 update is getting stuck for me today at this point It’s unclear if this is due to demand today, or thanks to other bugs. The list of problems related to Windows 10 getting stuck ...
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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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Can't turn on Microsoft update in Windows 7 x86

I have a Windows 7 x86 virtual machine that hadn't been used for a while, and today I did a full Windows Update on it (including getting IE11). I noticed that I hadn't turned on Microsoft Updates, ...
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Disable Automatic Restarts in Windows 10 Home Anniversary Update [duplicate]

I have a Windows 10 Home PC that is often unattended but doing important work. The work follows no particular schedule, and may take place at any time of day or night. As things stand, Windows 10 (...
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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" ...
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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 (...
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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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Windows 10 “Update Over LAN” Option Not Working

I am having issues with the "Get updates from and send updates to PCs on my local network" option on Win10. A bit of a background on my setup -- I have 2 desktop PCs and 2 laptops (all Win10 x64 Pro)...
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Is there a service pack for Windows 10?

I was wondering, is there any service pack available for Windows 10? I had to format my disk recently, and it took several hours to download and install all the updates. I don't want to go through ...
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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 they? ...
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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?
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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 “Re-...
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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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Why does Disk Cleanup take so much time and cpu?

Just a curiosity question. Disk Cleanup has been spending 100% of one of my cores for quite a while and still going. Seems to be spending a lot of time especially on Windows Update Cleanup. Can't ...
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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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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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Windows update KB2952664 (Compattelrunner.exe) cannot be uninstalled from Windows 7

Update KB2952664: Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7 This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program....
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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?
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Prevent Skype popup asking to upgrade? (In 2019)

I'm trying to prevent Skype from upgrading to the current hideously unhelpful version [Now* = 8.x] from version [Now* = 7.x] 6.21.0.104, (Running Windows 10). There are, [were], four methods that ...
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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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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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VirtualBox 4.3.20 stops working after Windows Update [duplicate]

I have a current version of VirtualBox 4.3.20, but after the latest Windows 7 update on Dec. 11th, 2014, it cannot open any virtual machine. First, it would not open the program at all. After a reboot,...
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Power plans disappeared after Windows 10 Fall update (1709)

UPDATE: I went back to 1703. See source: New power options in Windows 10 Listing power plans using powercfg shows only the Balanced one. And that's the registry situation: And the power schemes, ...
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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.