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Windows 7: Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7.

03 Mar 2010   #131
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

So how do you get rid of this thing? MS made a big deal about how you could uninstall it.


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03 Mar 2010   #132
glon

Win7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
MS made a big deal about how you could uninstall it.
Do you have a link?
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03 Mar 2010   #133
Colonel Travis

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03 Mar 2010   #134
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I installed the update yesterday. Immediately the sound on my computer quit working and the speaker icon in the system tray had a red X. I am NOT saying the update was the cause; I do not know what caused the problem. I restored my computer to two days previous. Upon reboot, all was working properly.

I cannot find KB971033 in Uninstall an update. SIW (sysinternals) reports it as installed. Windows Update reports it as a pending download. So if it is installed, I cannot uninstall it which is why I posted as I did. Somewhere on this forum I saw a post that told how to recycle Windows Update to clear errors in installed updates. If I can find that, I will try it and then see what Windows Update and SIW show.

I reluctant to download and install it again. I will say that it did not give a false positive.
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03 Mar 2010   #135
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I installed the update yesterday. Immediately the sound on my computer quit working and the speaker icon in the system tray had a red X. I am NOT saying the update was the cause; I do not know what caused the problem. I restored my computer to two days previous. Upon reboot, all was working properly.

I cannot find KB971033 in Uninstall an update. SIW (sysinternals) reports it as installed. Windows Update reports it as a pending download. So if it is installed, I cannot uninstall it which is why I posted as I did. Somewhere on this forum I saw a post that told how to recycle Windows Update to clear errors in installed updates. If I can find that, I will try it and then see what Windows Update and SIW show.

I reluctant to download and install it again. I will say that it did not give a false positive.
Easy way to test - ensure you have the latest sound driver.
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03 Mar 2010   #136
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Carl, I installed all updates that day - except the WAT - and also had sound issues. Did not have a red X but my DAW software was behaving improperly, and something else sound-wise happened. Can't recall at the moment. Anyway it apparently was because the update dealing with Media Center - uninstalled that one and sound problems were fixed.
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04 Mar 2010   #137
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
Carl, I installed all updates that day - except the WAT - and also had sound issues. Did not have a red X but my DAW software was behaving improperly, and something else sound-wise happened. Can't recall at the moment. Anyway it apparently was because the update dealing with Media Center - uninstalled that one and sound problems were fixed.
Ah, maybe that was the key. After I rolled back, I have been installing the updates one by one; I will sip that one. Thanks much.

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04 Mar 2010   #138
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I installed the update yesterday. Immediately the sound on my computer quit working and the speaker icon in the system tray had a red X. I am NOT saying the update was the cause; I do not know what caused the problem. I restored my computer to two days previous. Upon reboot, all was working properly.

I cannot find KB971033 in Uninstall an update. SIW (sysinternals) reports it as installed. Windows Update reports it as a pending download. So if it is installed, I cannot uninstall it which is why I posted as I did. Somewhere on this forum I saw a post that told how to recycle Windows Update to clear errors in installed updates. If I can find that, I will try it and then see what Windows Update and SIW show.

I reluctant to download and install it again. I will say that it did not give a false positive.
Easy way to test - ensure you have the latest sound driver.
Thanks, Frostmourne. I checked it and I have the latest driver except for a beta. All Is working since my rollback. I think maybe Colonel Travis identified the problem with the sound.

I will again install the WAT this weekend and see what happens. I ran Fix It and I show no installed updates now in Update History. I am still showing KB971033 as ready to install. I guess the restore point eliminated it.
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04 Mar 2010   #139
glon

Win7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
Big deal != single sentence at the end of a blog paragraph
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04 Mar 2010   #140
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Checked my laptop, Carl, because I thought I had kept the Media Center update there (uninstalled it on my desktop.) Yes, it's still there - no sound problems. Of course it's a totally different machine. But I'm intrigued to see if that update was your culprit, too.

Back to KB971033, I'm confused about a couple things:
Thing 1.) The only way to uninstall is via system restore?
Thing 2. ) I've read elsewhere that once WAT is installed you can't fully erase it from your system, even though it says it was uninstalled. Is that true?

I'm not Col. Conspiracy Theory or Col. Pirate - just Col. Discombobulated because MS, Bott, Thurrott and other stuff I'd read initially made the whole process sound so easy peasy.

@glon - you're correct. MS emphasized a lot more the idea that the update was totally voluntary. But the uninstall part has been brought up by most everyone's who been reporting on this, like it's no big deal. This thread indicates otherwise.
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