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Windows 7: Selective removal of SP1?

26 Mar 2011   #1
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 
Selective removal of SP1?

I finally got around to installing SP1 on my machine - and immediately discovered that it conflicted with vmware, which I use to access my work computer.

I assume that an SP is just basically a collection of all previous Windows updates, rolled into one, and I know of two updates from February that prevent unpatched off-the-shelf vmware from working (http://www.crn.com/news/data-center/...mware-view.htm).

Is there a way to have SP1 installed, then selectively roll it back so that the offending updates are removed?


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26 Mar 2011   #2
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Hello!

You are not going to like to hear this, but there is no known way.

A Service Pack is a bit more than a bundle of KBs. It is a consolidated bundle of KBs.

The file system (to a reasonable approximation) changes as though it were separate KBs. The registry, however (to a reasonable approximation) changes as though it were one KB.

You cannot remove updates from the SP1 installer, and nor can you from an installed SP1 - even through some risky manual method.

Richard
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26 Mar 2011   #3
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 

For my own purposes, I solved my problem (the vmware compatibility issue was the big-picture issue). Vmware and "making nice" with Windows 7? explains how - running vmware in compatibility mode.
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30 Mar 2011   #4
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Hello!

Really glad that your problem is now resolved! Thanks for letting us know!

Richard
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