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Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates

How to Hide or Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
11 Sep 2009
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How to Hide or Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to either hide or unhide Windows Updates to have them listed or not listed as available to install again in Windows 7 and Windows 8.






OPTION ONE
To Hide a Windows Update
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Windows Update icon. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates-control_panel.jpg
2. After Windows Updates or you check for updates, click/tap on the .....update(s) is available link. (See screenshot below)
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates-step1.jpg
3. Right click or press and hold on a listed Windows Update that you want to hide, then click/tap on Hide Update. (See screenshot below)
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates-step2.jpg
4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes or enter the administrator's password.

5. You will now notice that the now hidden Windows Update is grayed out. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to hide another Windows Update. When done, click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates-step3a.jpg
6. You will now see this if you do not have any unhidden Windows Updates left to install. (See screenshot below)
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates-step3b.jpg



OPTION TWO
To Restore a Hidden Windows Update
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Windows Update icon. (See screenshot below)
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2. In the left pane, click/tap on Restore hidden updates. (See screenshot below)
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3. Check all of the Windows Updates boxes that you want to restore, and click on the Restore button. (See screenshot below)
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4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes or enter the administrator's password.

5. Windows Updates will now check for updates, then your restored update(s) will now be available to be installed. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: Some updates that you try to restore might not appear in the list of updates that Windows Update offers you. This happens only when Windows Update finds a more recent update, available or already installed, that addresses the same problem as the update you tried to restore.
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That's it,
Shawn






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22 Jul 2011   #1
egertz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn. That was easy.

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22 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Egertz, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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02 Aug 2012   #3
Lucius Snow

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Is there any method to hide some updates using registry or command line ? This is for a silent deployment.

Thanks.
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