• How to permanently remove KB2952664, and maybe speed up your machine in the proceess

    Just got this fascinating email from Tom:

    Lately I’ve been focusing on are your articles pertaining to the different widows patches / monthly windows updates that are trying to get people to install windows10 whether they want it or not. Months ago (before I found AskWoody and the GWX Control Panel) I found that I had the windows 10 GWX icon on my computer, and I had no idea as to what it was, or how it got there. The icon was the start of my education / introduction as to what Microsoft was doing to get people to upgrade to windows 10. As I’m sure most people do, I turned to Google for answers. In a short time I learned that WU KB3035583 is what caused the GWX icon to show up on my computer. KB2952664 was another update that kept popping up as something to be concerned about. I found that both of the updates were installed on my computer. I promptly uninstalled both of them and then hid them when they reappeared. After the computer rebooted the GWX icon was gone and I was a happy camper. From that point on I started doing a google search after the monthly Patch Tuesday WU’s appeared, and definitely before they were installed. That’s actually how I found AskWoody, and also when I started only installing Security updates. Not to long ago I saw the KB3035583 update was offered again. I promptly hid it along with the other KB3035583 that was already hidden. Because of one of your recent articles about KB3035583 and KB2952664 I decided to search my installed windows updates to see if either one was there. I was surprised to see that KB2952664 was. I promptly uninstalled it for a second time, then hid it again when it appeared in the available updates. A few days later while checking on another update, I happened to see that KB2952664 showed in the installed updates, again. After another google search I found that there were a lot of other people who were in the same situation I was in. It seems that anytime the update was uninstalled, it automatically reinstalled itself almost instantly. I then did a search for, “unable to remove / uninstall KB2952664”. Lots of people asked the question but nobody had a definitive way to pertinently remove the update.

    Yesterday I actually found a simple solution that actually did work at removing the update. Hence the reason for the email! I thought your readers might find it useful.
    It’s an easy 2 part process.

    First, from an elevated command prompt enter: (   dism /online /get-packages | findstr KB2952664   ) This pull up all KB2952664 packages. Mine had 10 different versions, for a total of 22 packages.

    To remove them, again from an elevated command prompt enter:
    (  dism /online /remove-package /PackageName:Package_for_KB2952664~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ )  This removes version only.  On machines that also have versions,,,, etc. etc. this command must be repeated with the appropriate version numbers.

    Once all versions are processed, run: (   dism /online /get-packages | findstr KB2952664   ) again, and if it doesn’t return any packages, KB2952664 is gone…

    I can’t tell you how much quicker my machine seems to run since the update is finally gone.