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Windows 7: Uninstall ALL Windows Updates at once


08 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Uninstall ALL Windows Updates at once

Hello 7

I am working on clearing all of the HP bloat from my son's Compaq and I've decided to replace the system image with a bare-bones no-BS backup.

Right now I'm in the middle of uninstalling over a year worth of Windows Updates. I've found several different ways of uninstalling a single update or an entire service pack. But I haven't found any way to "batch uninstall" or preferably "uninstall all" Windows Updates.

Is this possible? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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08 Oct 2011   #2

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

i think after reinstall windows then all updates uninstall. Because of i sow that last reinstall windows7 in my desktop computer i have to again install all windows7 updates.
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08 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Why do you want to uninstall all Windows updates??

This has nothing to do with the bloatware from HP. And I can't conceive of any good reason for doing this - if Windows runs fine otherwise then leave the updates be. Many of them are important. If Windows doesn't run well it's a waste of time anyway, you might want to just reinstall it.

Also, why do this if you're planning to restore a backup anyway?
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08 Oct 2011   #4

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Just re-install Windows and the "Official" service pack 1.

This won't take too long and gives you a reasonably up to date computer.

Take Backups too before installing software - especially from "Dubious Sources" so you can quickly restore without having to go through the whole install exercise again.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Oct 2011   #5

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
Just re-install Windows and the "Official" service pack 1.

This won't take too long and gives you a reasonably up to date computer.

Take Backups too before installing software - especially from "Dubious Sources" so you can quickly restore without having to go through the whole install exercise again.

Cheers
jimbo
Service pack contain all Windows7 updates so that is not a good solution.
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10 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

SP1 is generally a very good idea to install. It doesn't contain all updates either, only those released right up until SP1 itself came out.
How a fresh install of 7 followed by SP1 would not be a good solution escapes me...
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18 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Why do you want to uninstall all Windows updates??

This has nothing to do with the bloatware from HP. And I can't conceive of any good reason for doing this - if Windows runs fine otherwise then leave the updates be. Many of them are important. If Windows doesn't run well it's a waste of time anyway, you might want to just reinstall it.

Also, why do this if you're planning to restore a backup anyway?
Hello Corazon,

My reasoning is simple really. I want to create a system image what contains absolutely nothing but the required drivers and operating system. My goal is to make the size of the image as small as possible so that the image burn will be quicker, it will require less discs and if I need to reinstall later it will take less time. Also, the computer was previously owned by someone who decided to install every "optional" and "recommended" update available.
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18 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SmithUnwesson View Post
Hello 7

I am working on clearing all of the HP bloat from my son's Compaq and I've decided to replace the system image with a bare-bones no-BS backup.

Right now I'm in the middle of uninstalling over a year worth of Windows Updates. I've found several different ways of uninstalling a single update or an entire service pack. But I haven't found any way to "batch uninstall" or preferably "uninstall all" Windows Updates.

Is this possible? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Welcome SmitUnwesson the windows 7 forums.

My best advice is to completely install windows 7 by a format and complete install.
then install all the system board drivers and video if necessary. Then make the image that you want. Then do the service pack 1 update.

Rich
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19 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SmithUnwesson View Post
Hello 7

I am working on clearing all of the HP bloat from my son's Compaq and I've decided to replace the system image with a bare-bones no-BS backup.

Right now I'm in the middle of uninstalling over a year worth of Windows Updates. I've found several different ways of uninstalling a single update or an entire service pack. But I haven't found any way to "batch uninstall" or preferably "uninstall all" Windows Updates.

Is this possible? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Welcome SmitUnwesson the windows 7 forums.

My best advice is to completely install windows 7 by a format and complete install.
then install all the system board drivers and video if necessary. Then make the image that you want. Then do the service pack 1 update.

Rich
Thanks for the welcome/reply Rich. That is actually exactly what I wound up doing. My curiosity is still getting the best of me though. It has to be possible to perform a batch uninstall. Maybe some way to que all of the "uninstallable" updates and have them automatically uninstall one by one. I am just beginning to learn and become comfortable with command line and scripting, so I'm not proficient enough to know where to begin. Although, as Corozan mentioned, in most situations uninstalling every Windows update would be pointless.
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01 Jun 2014   #10

Windows 7, multiple computers using various mix of 32 and 64 bit
 
 

All,

I am new to the forum and I was drawn here by the original post. I read all the replies and even though it is over a year old I wanted to follow up. I thought the OP had a good question and while everybody came up with different ways of attempting to get to the result he sought, I still want to know if his fundamental question can be answered yes or no - Is there any way to batch uninstall Windows Updates? And if so how?

I am not going to even say why I might be interested because that might encourage people to offer different ways of getting to my desired end result because I want to keep this laser-focused on whether it can be done or not and if so how. Thanks to anybody that can answer that seemingly simple question.

Best Regards,

Phillip
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