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Windows 7: Possible to Ignore Important Updates?

02 Feb 2010   #1
soccastar001

Windows 7
 
 
Possible to Ignore Important Updates?

I'm wondering if it is possible to ignore an important windows update? Windows Defender updates are listed as important updates but I have my own security suite and therefore don't need to burn a few megs every month to update Windows Defender. I also have a netbook with very limited hard drive space that keeps bugging me to install that update that checks if my version of Windows 7 is genuine. I know it is and don't want to take up valuable and limited hard drive space for Microsoft to tell me what I already know. I would like to set Windows Update some how so that it doesn't keep bugging me to install these important updates, is that possible?


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02 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Not necessary to install the defender updates. Those updates represent new malware that has been written. If you do not install, you may become infected with the malware.

Bottom line you reallyshould install, but to answer your question you do not have to.

You can hide all updates that are not wanted. just right click on the update to hide
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02 Feb 2010   #3
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi, go to Control Panel/Windows Update and top left Change Settings, and you have some options in there.

Windows Update Settings - Change
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02 Feb 2010   #4
OnSpiderPark

Windows Seven Home Premium x64
 
 

right click the unwanted update and select hide

Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates
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02 Feb 2010   #5
monkeys breath

windows
 
 

do yourself a favor and simply disable windows defender all together. while your at it set windows update to never check for updates. do a manual update the second wednesday of every month, the day after microsoft has released any updates.
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02 Feb 2010   #6
BunBun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by monkeys breath View Post
do yourself a favor and simply disable windows defender all together. while your at it set windows update to never check for updates. do a manual update the second wednesday of every month, the day after microsoft has released any updates.
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But yes if you go to the updtaes individually and right click on them you can select hide and winodows will never bother you for that specific update again. However new updates will still be shown.
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02 Feb 2010   #7
monkeys breath

windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BunBun View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by monkeys breath View Post
do yourself a favor and simply disable windows defender all together. while your at it set windows update to never check for updates. do a manual update the second wednesday of every month, the day after microsoft has released any updates.
^

But yes if you go to the updtaes individually and right click on them you can select hide and winodows will never bother you for that specific update again. However new updates will still be shown.
it is still better not to have windows update go online automatically. with the exception of a couple of programs i do no allow anything to auto connect to the internet.
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02 Feb 2010   #8
BunBun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

pros and cons to both. Depends on the user and the situation. Can't say it's always best to leave automatic updates off.
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02 Feb 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Mine is set to notify. I download and install. For me that is the best way.
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02 Feb 2010   #10
BunBun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Mine is set to notify. I download and install. For me that is the best way.
Right. I read monkey's post as completely disabled although he could have meant this.

For the OP I beleive this would be the best as they can hide the ones that are currently availible and this setting would prevent future ones from automatically being intalled allowing him the chance to hide them.
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