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Windows 7: A pox on windows updates

20 Jul 2012   #1
4lex

Various sevens, couple of xbuntus
 
 
A pox on windows updates

I built this machine 18 months ago, and it's had nearly 100% uptime since then. I turned off windows updates because I'm very much of the 'if it aint broke' school of thought.

Foolishly I installed windows movie maker a couple of days ago, and it's decided to set windows update to automatically install just about everything it can find. The machine that was fast and responsive now runs like a special needs boy in a vat of treacle.

2 questions, if anyone can help:

Can we completely remove the windows update functionality, ie more than just disable, and is there a way to bulk remove all the crap it's recently installed?

Cheers,
Alex


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20 Jul 2012   #2
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

You can try a System Restore back to the date before you installed these updates.
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20 Jul 2012   #3
4lex

Various sevens, couple of xbuntus
 
 

Yeah, not so much

But thanks for the suggestion.
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20 Jul 2012   #4
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

A system restore is the only thing I could think of that would remove the updates from your system. Someone else might have suggestions that could do it also, and I'm actually really curious if there are any. So we will see what other people say.
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20 Jul 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

If you don't want Windows updates, and you recognise and are willing to accept the risk in that, simply disable the updates - there is no need to remove it.

If you want Windows without the updates, simply install it from scratch from your original DVD.

Regards,
Golden
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20 Jul 2012   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

As the others have said: you can't remove Windows Update. You can disable it.

The solution for problems caused by a Windows Update is to do a System Restore to a time before the update(s). The sooner you do this the better chances you have for success.

As a rule I do not ever allow automatic installations or automatic starts of any programs, scans, or updates on my computers. If a change is going to be made to my system I want to know what it is and execute it manually.

You can set Windows update to notify you that there are updates available but do not download or install them. Then, when you are ready and you do not have conflicting processes running in the background, you can install the updates in small batches. Installing a large number of updates in one big install is just asking for trouble IMHO.
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20 Jul 2012   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

4lex,
Disabling Windows Updates is throwing the baby out with the dirty bath water.

Absolutely foolish!

This is Win 7. This is not eXPired.

install each, install every update!

If you encounter a problem installing an update, then let us know.
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20 Jul 2012   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
4lex,
Disabling Windows Updates is throwing the baby out with the dirty bath water.

Absolutely foolish!
I have to agree. Windows Update didn't cause your issue. I'm going to say it's more likely that your lack of updates is the reason, as many updates include fixes and performance enhancements.
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23 Jul 2012   #9
4lex

Various sevens, couple of xbuntus
 
 

It was demonstrably the updates that caused the problem. Having laboriously removed them all the machine worked again.
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23 Jul 2012   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

carry out the following on one of your machines that didn't like updates:
Care and Feeding of MGADiag tool

Credits: This is based upon information from NoelDP

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation,

we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool.

Download and save to your desktop:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

After saving, run the downloaded tool.


Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.


To copy the report to your response:
Click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages),

Enclose your response in a CODE block.
Paste (using either right-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.

State the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker

which is located on the case of your machine or
inside the battery compartment.

Do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

COA -- Where and what is it.
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