Show or Hide Updates

By hiding an update we mean that the users will not be able to select that update to install it. They will be able to see the available update but will not be able to install it.

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Show or hide the taskbar
The taskbar is usually located at the bottom of the desktop. You can hide the taskbar to create more space. If you don't see the taskbar anywhere on the screen, it might be hidden. Watch this video to learn how to show or hide the taskbar.

Updates: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about updates. What are updates? What are software notifications? Where can I find updates? How do I let all users on my computer install updates? What do the different types of updates mean? Do I need to download and install updates? What types of updates can Windows install automatically? How often should I update my computer and my programs? What happens if I forget to install an update? Can I get updates automatically? How much do updates cost? Why do I need to install some updates separately, before or after installing other updates? I share my computer with other people. Do we all get the same updates? I have a home network. Can I update all my computers at the same time? Can I remove updates? Why couldn't I install an update?

Windows Updates Won't Stay Unselected
This is rather long winded because I tried posting a short version in a different thread and it got lost in a different discussion.

I have Win7 Updates set to automatically look for updates but not to download or install. Here's the thing, I don't want to install the updates until I've had a chance to go through them and see what they are.

My most frequent reference for this is Susan Bradley's column in the WS Newsletter. But since these updates trickle in, often one or two a week, it may be a coupleweeks before I get around to reviewing them.

The problem is, when it finds new ones, it automatically marks them to be installed and will not take no for an answer when I say Don't Install. If I open the Update program right now, itsays "12 important updates are available" "4 important updates selected".

If I click the available tag, it gives me the list and I can then uncheck the 4 selected. I then click OK and it takes me back to the main screen which now says "no updates currently selected".

BUT if I close this windows and open it back up again, it's going to once again show 4 selected. It's like a dog with a bone it won't let go.

Now, on two occasions, I've had to reboot for some reason and caught Win7 installing those updates. Once was at a time when I had it downloading but not installing and it installedsomething that I had to uninstall to fix a problem it had created, the other time I was after I changed and had to abort the download.

Now, I know that I can "Hide" the updates if I never want to install them, but what I really want is for it to just stop re-selecting these things while I decide what to do. How can I make it behave?

All Win Updates have vanished, can't reinstall
The most bizarre situation ever for me: All of my scores and scores of Windows Updates are gone. Checked System and Security, view installed updates: No updates installed in this computer! Checked Windows Updates in All programs: nothing.

My last Belarc Advisor profile listed countless KB updates, but the latest printout shows absolutely none. For several weeks, the exact same updates notifications in the system tray say two critical should be installed.

I've installed them about 20 times: Security Update for Windows 7 (KB977165), Security Update for Windows 7 (KB2393802).

I've customized the system tray to "show icons and notifications" but only the same two are there!
I've tried to download all required updates directly from the Microsoft security site but am told to go through Windows Updates, all programs. The only ones that show up are the above two. Bottom line: There are no Windows Updates on my machine, and I can't install any. ec

Show, hide, or resize desktop icons
The icons on the desktop give you quick access to shortcuts. You can show them all or hide them all, if you prefer a clean desktop. You can also resize them. Watch this video to learn how to show, hide, or resize desktop icons.

Skip .NET Framework 4 Updates?
Susan Bradley recommends (I think) that we skip all .NET Framework 4 updates - do members think this is a smart option? I have .NET Framework 4 Client Profile and .NET Framework 4 Extendedinstalled on Windows 7/64 Home Premium.

I now have seven pending updates totalling 120MB. Should I delete them, hide them or install them? I am not a developer - how useful is .NET Framework 4 for everyday use (browsing, Officeetc)? If not useful, should I uninstall the existing programs? Maybe Ms Bradley could put more info on the topic in the next Windows Secrets.

Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updates
You can set Windows to automatically install important and recommended updates or to install important updates only. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. Recommended updates can address noncritical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates are not downloaded or installed automatically.

Manually check for Windows 7 updates and drivers
Getting Windows 7 updates manually is a very simple process. Even if you have automatic updates turned on, you still might want to perform this procedure periodically, since only critical updates are installed automatically. Other updates, such as updated drivers or additional Windows components and software may be available for you on Windows update, all you have to do is look and this video shows you exactly how!

How to Install, Remove and Hide Fonts in Windows 7
When in a quest for an interesting document or presentation, the solution can sometimes be a new font. Although Windows 7 comes with a wide range of fonts, you can find many websites that offer fonts, either free or for purchase. After you download a font you will have to install it and, when you don't need it any more, you will want to remove it or just hide it. Therefore, in this article, I will show how to install, remove and hide a font.

How to Check for & Install Windows Updates
Windows Update is one of the tools which were redesigned completely in Windows Vista. Instead of having to browse to a specific Microsoft web page, the whole update process was managed directly by the operating system. Windows 7 keeps the same approach and introduces a very small number of changes to this process, mostly cosmetic. In this tutorial I will show how to use Windows Update to check, select and install updates. I'll also show how to prevent certain unwanted updates from being installed. If you have skipped from Windows XP directly to Windows 7, then this tutorial is a must read.

Install Windows updates
If you'd like Windows to install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. You can also set Windows to automatically install recommended updates, which can address noncritical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates are not downloaded or installed automatically.

trying to install visual
I am trying to install visual and it asks me to install the windows component updates. My cd containing those updates produce an error that the .net framework could not be installed.

I did try to bypass the installation of the component updates with the command, f:\setup\setup.exe /NO_BSLN_CHECK. That also produced errors. What I did do was download all the latest windows updates and installed them. what I would like to know besides a solution to the problem is possible is also to know is there is a difference between the windows updates that is downloaded from the internet and the windows component updates.

I thought that by downloading the windows updates from the internet. It would have downloaded the component updates as well.

Restore and install hidden updates
Hidden updates are updates you've asked Windows not to notify you about or install automatically. To enhance the security and performance of your computer, restore all important and recommended updates.

Windows updates: got messages asking to install important updates
I have recently migrated from XP to Windows 7 and have a problem with updates. I get messages asking me to install "important updates" which turn out to be for programs I do not have, like Office 2010.

I "deselect" them and click OK but the message keeps coming up. With XP I was able to tick a box to indicate that I did not want to be asked again toinstall those updates but I can find no way of doing that in Win 7 - is there a way.

How to Hide or Show Previous Versions of Files from a Backup Location
This will show you how to hide or show Previous Versions of files from a backup location for all users in Windows 7 and Vista. Previous Versions from a restore point will still be available.

Hiding Taskbar Doesn't
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with all updates.
I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Unfortunately, I cannot get the taskbar to stay hidden.
Here is what happens when I try...
1. Right click and select properties.
2. Uncheck Auto-hide the taskbar.
3. Press Apply
4. Check Auto-hide the taskbar.
5. Press Apply.
At this point the taskbar slides down while the swirling busy icon shows. As soon as the swirl disappears and the Apply button grays out the task bar slides up. No matter what is running and visible on the desktop the taskbar is still there. If a window reaches the bottom of the screen the taskbar is on top of it.
I have shutdown and rebooted -- the taskbar remains.
What is really annoying is that before I did the latest clean install the taskbar would hide. If I brought it up for something it would go away if I just clicked on the desktop.
Additional information:
I have changed all taskbar icons to notify only and removed all toolbars and the problem persists.

Turn automatic updating on or off
To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. You can also set Windows to automatically install recommended updates, which can address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates and Microsoft updates are not downloaded or installed automatically.

win 7 shows no installed updates
I got into this mess because I need to remove IE9 beta. I have read the info on using the show installed updates in control panel programs and features, but win7 tells me there are no installed updates.

That is a lie, because this machine has tons of installed updates. I'm beginning to think that it may be time to reinstall win7 since I also have been unable to install SP1.

The system keeps saying there is some pre-req needed, but when fallowing the links there is nothing that helps. This is my wife's machine and she is getting real annoyed that every time she starts up ie it tells her that there is a new update available and yet it will not install.

There are other issues as well, such as not being able to get the Blackberry Desktop to install because of not being able to install some C++ redistributable. Maybe a repair install will do the trick.

Disable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
This will show you how to enable or disable the Install Updates and Shut Down shield on the Start Menu "Shut Down" power button and option in the ALT+F4 Shut Down Windows dialog box for users in Windows 7 when important or critical Windows Updates are available for installation.

Manage Windows 7 updates
Managing Windows 7 updates is very easy and is done in an almost identical fashion to how it was done in Windows Vista. Below is a simple step-by-step tutorial which will show you exactly how you can access the automatic update options.