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Windows 7: Missing option in Windows update

11 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
Missing option in Windows update

I' m missing the setting for Give me updates for Microsoft products.
Is there setting for this?

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11 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Do you have any other Microsoft products installed, like Office?
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11 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64

Yes I do. Windows 2003 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
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11 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I believe that after I installed Office, I went to the Office website and clicked on the Microsoft Update link. IIRC, I was prompted to install the Microsoft update; after that, Windows started checking for Microsoft product updates.
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11 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64

Here's a link that answers my question why the other options in Windows Update are missing.

Windows Update won't show all his setting's options!
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12 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64

I think I fixed it by

How to obtain the latest version of the Windows Update Agent to help manage updates on a computer

I installed windowsupdateagent30-x64.exe and now all the options have reappeared.

And now I see lots of updates.

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12 Nov 2009   #7

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

if you reinstalled them, make sure that you activate again. If this was mentioned, I apologize, I just read through quickly.
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05 May 2011   #8


It's been too long time but maybe somebody can google this
Here is the solution;

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15 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7


This fix is for people that are familiar with registry editing using Regedit only. If you do not have experience using Regedit, I recommend that you do some reading first as you could cause some serious problems on your computer if you modify the wrong keys or values.

1-Close all running Microsoft Office components.
2-Open Regedit
3-Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\General
4-Modify the "ShownOptIn" value from 1 to 0
5-Launch a Microsoft Office component, it will give you the option to download the updates, make sure you select it.
6-Done. If you go back to "Windows Update", then "Change Settings", you will see the "Microsoft Update" and "Software notifications" sections are available again (until the Microsoft Update check box is unchecked again).
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29 Sep 2014   #10

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64

it was this pop up
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 Missing option in Windows update

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