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Windows 7: Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates


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)
-control_panel.jpg
2. After Windows Updates or you check for updates, click/tap on the .....update(s) is available link. (See screenshot below)
-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)
-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)
-step3a.jpg
6. You will now see this if you do not have any unhidden Windows Updates left to install. (See screenshot below)
-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)
-control_panel.jpg
2. In the left pane, click/tap on Restore hidden updates. (See screenshot below)
-restore.jpg
3. Check all of the Windows Updates boxes that you want to restore, and click on the Restore button. (See screenshot below)
-restore2.jpg
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.
-step1.jpg

-restore3.jpg
That's it,
Shawn







22 Jul 2011   #1
egertz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn. That was easy.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Egertz, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Nov 2014   #4
Start Menu

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Windows 7 Language Packs

Hi,

I know about the language packs but after I use the "Windows Update - Reset" and then "Check for Update"

All i want is it to Stop the crazy 500+MB Storage into %windir%\softwaredistribution

There must be a way to stop the Windows 7 language packs and Hide it as dont want that storage 500MB a waste of space so is there a new way to stop that ever it now year 2014 as only English required except many other language for no appear reason

Sorry but it now 2014 going on 2015 since Windows 7 Release
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Nov 2014   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Start Menu,

Language packs are optional Windows Updates that would need to be manually selected and installed. If you have them installed, then you should be able to uninstall them, and hide them to not show up in Windows Update anymore.

Display Language Packs - Install and Uninstall
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2014   #6
Start Menu

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

the only Uninstall is English which i do not want to do that

Many Multi Languages is Hidden but 500+MB is still in the %windir%\softwaredistribution \ DataStore \ the DataStore.edb is 516.160 KB "504 MB" is the Languages that are hidden in the Windows Update list so there gotta be a way to stop Windows Update leaving 504MB of Languages in the DataStore that not ever needed

is there a away or anywhere in the registy etc or somewhere to stop the Windows Update detecting the missing Languages or a Fake file into thinking there a Languages Pack in the Windows Update hidden so there no need for a 504MB.............

When i delete the DataStore.edb and do a Check for Update there a long wait because again it doing the 504MB DataStore.edb and showing Multi Languages that OMG put back to "Hidden updates" and OMG 504MB still in the DataStore.edb

sorry if i sound repeatly
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2014   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Do you have Office installed that they could be from it instead?

If you like, you might also see if this below can help free up some space in the folder.

Windows Updates - Remove Outdated Updates in Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2014   #8
Start Menu

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Yes i rechecked it is Windows 7 and not the Office

here the screenshot which you see hidden but file is hidden in the %windir%\softwaredistribution


Attached Thumbnails
-windows-7-hidden-update.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2014   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-M-Mate-x64 Win-8.1-10tp-x64
 
 

Sound like windows 7 Ultimate is not what you should of bought :/
Ultimate comes with language packs it's just as designed as far as I know,
Seems windows 7 Professional is the version for you ?
Cheers.
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