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Windows 7: Updates downloaded & installed without permission

24 Mar 2016   #1
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Updates downloaded & installed without permission

This morning when I shut down my comp I noticed the "downloading updates, do not turn off comp" message. Later when I restarted, the usual "configuring windows" appeared prior to windows starting. Logged in & checked to see if any updates had been installed and sure enough, KB3140410 & KB3135983 had been installed..... BUT, I have my updates set to 'check for but let me choose whether to download & install.' I've never encountered windows automatically downloading & installing updates like this before... Any ideas????


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24 Mar 2016   #2
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benteke View Post
This morning when I shut down my comp I noticed the "downloading updates, do not turn off comp" message. Later when I restarted, the usual "configuring windows" appeared prior to windows starting. Logged in & checked to see if any updates had been installed and sure enough, KB3140410 & KB3135983 had been installed..... BUT, I have my updates set to 'check for but let me choose whether to download & install.' I've never encountered windows automatically downloading & installing updates like this before... Any ideas????

You are not alone, I too have my PCs set to check and let me decide to download and install updates and it they are doing the SAME EXACT THING!

It's no mistake and honestly seems to be borderline criminal if you ask me. The only consolation is that the notorious get windows 10 updates are still under OPTIONAL updates and they are NOT being auto downloaded and installed, make sure you have that UNchecked

"Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" UNCHECK THAT BOX!!!!
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24 Mar 2016   #3
Callender

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

Check settings here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

AU Options:
2 = Notify before download.
3 = Automatically download and notify of installation.
4 = Automatically download and schedule installation. Only valid if values exist for ScheduledInstallDay and ScheduledInstallTime.
5 = Automatic Updates is required and users can configure it.

Note: On a 64bit machine you also need to check the above and additionally check here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
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24 Mar 2016   #4
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post

"Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" UNCHECK THAT BOX!!!!
Yeah, I have it configured that way as well.... Thing I find interesting is that I still have 'important' updates ready to be installed, so my question is, why KB3140410 & KB3135983? Why are they being installed automatically and not the other 'important' updates?

And if this IS no mistake, then yeah I'd classify it as pretty devious!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Check settings here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

AU Options:
2 = Notify before download.
3 = Automatically download and notify of installation.
4 = Automatically download and schedule installation. Only valid if values exist for ScheduledInstallDay and ScheduledInstallTime.
5 = Automatic Updates is required and users can configure it.

Note: On a 64bit machine you also need to check the above and additionally check here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\

Both folders only go as far as I listed. Iow, there is no 'Windows Update' folder in either!
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24 Mar 2016   #5
CarlSD

Win 7 Professional 64 (Main PC)/Win 7 Home Premium 32 (Laptop)
 
 

I did another clean install of W7 Professional last week. First thing I did was (sort of) 'remove' Internet Explorer in Programs and Features in Control Panel (Turn Windows features on or off).

Then, I downloaded all of the security updates from Windows Update (took the usual ages, of course). Because I had 'removed' Internet Explorer it is still at IE8 which came with Windows 7 and I wasn't offered any IE updates at all from Windows Update (which takes care of the W10 adware included in the latest IE11 security update).

I haven't installed ANY Optional or Recommended updates whatsoever and the PC runs fine without them. I only use Firefox for the Internet with the usual NoScript, etc. addons.

Now, the best part - I left an empty 50GB space at the end of the SSD during the W7 install. It now has Linux Mint installed on it in a dual boot with W7. All my Internet activities will now be done with Mint - at least until after the end of July when the W10 'free' offer comes to an end (hopefully).

W7 is now disconnected from the Internet and effectively 'frozen' from this point (Macrium images made, of course) until at least the end of July. Speaking of Macrium Reflect, I also like the way you can do Macrium images of Linux Mint from within Windows.
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24 Mar 2016   #6
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benteke View Post

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\

Both folders only go as far as I listed. Iow, there is no 'Windows Update' folder in either!
Perhaps a screenshot will help.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
Updates downloaded & installed without permission-policies-wu.jpg
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
Updates downloaded & installed without permission-policies-wu-2.jpg
If the \WindowsUpdate\AU key is missing it might possibly explain why updates are auto installed.


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24 Mar 2016   #7
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benteke View Post

Both folders only go as far as I listed. Iow, there is no 'Windows Update' folder in either!

Same here, no sign of WindowsUpdate in either directory.

Quite a coincidence that BOTH of our systems are missing those EXACT same entries. Don't you think?
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24 Mar 2016   #8
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

1) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

2) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU


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24 Mar 2016   #9
Callender

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

Not sure why they would be missing. You can try adding them:
Force Windows to Notify Before Downloading Updates.reg


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24 Mar 2016   #10
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Not sure why they would be missing. You can try adding them:
Attachment 384095
I notice that it appears your using Windows XP? The style of your regedit design looks like it...


In any case I'd prefer to manually add the ability. I know that it requires us to add a key could you
assist on this?
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