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Windows 7: Update Happened w/o My Consent

06 Sep 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Update Happened w/o My Consent

Recently I had to do a sys restore and noticed that one of the 'points' was for a date that an update was installed. I have my system set for non-automatic, always ask before installing. Why/How could this happen?

-thnx

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06 Sep 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

What is the KB number of the update that was installed w/o warning?

What anti-virus app are you using?
(You could put your anti-virus app in your system specs :-)
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06 Sep 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It was an 'Optional Update' (MSSEssentials). I went back to my settings and discovered that only 'Important Updates' was disabled. I unchecked the one for MS Updates and immediately got a warning that I would no longer get these updates. I do want to keep MSSE updated and automatically updating that is acceptable. However, anything else I would like to have a say so.
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06 Sep 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You could update MSE via a scheduled task and a command line switch...
...that would let you disable the 'Optional Update' setting within Windows Update.
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06 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Note if you are running Silver Light you are likely to get similar silent updates. So far they never hurt my machine. But still I didn't like the idea they were creeping in without me noticing.
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06 Sep 2013   #6

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

MSE will ALWAYS update - it uses a different installation mechanism to normal updates.
If you want to disable MSE definition updates you have to do that in the MSE interface, not WU.
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06 Sep 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't know what has changed. With my sys. configured to 'always ask' (thereby allowing me to select the updates I wanted), MS Security Essentials updates were always listed as 'optional' and I would select these as well as the 'important' updates. This is now changed apparently. So I wonder, if I uncheck the auto-update box for 'Microsoft Update', will it still inform me of their availability when I run a check or when I get the auto-notifications? This should have been setup for the user the same as 'Recommended Updates'. Yes, No?
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07 Sep 2013   #8

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

MSE Definition updates are installed on a Scheduled task - not by WU unless you specifically request it. They are only optional in the sense that you can opt to manually install them through WU. Engine Updates are classified as Important -but are installed through WU.
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