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Show or Hide Updates
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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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Updates: frequently asked questions

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Windows Updates Won't Stay Unselected

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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

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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

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Skip .NET Framework 4 Updates?

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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

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How to Install, Remove and Hide Fonts in Windows 7

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How to Check for & Install Windows Updates

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