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    • #1578121

      Were the 5 updates listed before or after the AU as there were some that came after AU which took 1607.14393.105 to 14393.187.

      However, MS has released a tool to hide updates which you can use to block the AU –


      The download link for KB3073930 is at the bottom of the page – don’t click on any other download buttons.

    • #1577062

      I also got KB3150513 on my Windows 10 1511 computer. I am holding off for now. It came at a non-standard time, and the information given about it does not give me comfort that I need it. By the way, I am using a different way to control Windows 10 updates that I think gives me more control. In Group Policy Editor, select “Notify me to download and install” rather than the defer option. You will get that annoying message mentioned that makes you go to the update settings screen from time to time. Beyond that, download a Microsoft diagnostic called wushowhide.diagcab. Run it and select hide updates. It sometimes takes a while, but it will come back with a list of updates ready for you (and sometimes ones not offered) and let you select to hide them individually. Select to fix, and it should tell you it has fixed or hidden the updates you selected. I did that for KB3150513, and a few days later it disappeared from my Windows Update list and I stopped getting the message the Updates are Ready. There may be some downfalls with this approach, but I have not seem them. The following article explains everything:

    • #35747

      If you unhide updates, then run “check for updates,” Windows Update will take a look at the updates you’ve unhidden and show those that are still germaine.

    • #35658


      If you regularly use to hide updates and the number of hidden updates that you count for now is 24 (not including the Language Packs if running Ultimate), chances are that your Windows Update is already messed up.
      I suggest you to reset the Windows Update and start clean. You will lose the Windows Update history, but that one is just a cache not essential for functionality and can be reset by a number of other causes outside of your control, like Windows Update clients updates.

      It works like this:
      1. Stop (do not disable or change their default state) Windows Update, Trusted Installer, BITS services
      2. Delete (or rename if you prefer to keep a backup copy) the folder C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution
      3. Restart the computer.

      After doing all those actions, there will be no hidden updates or corruption in your Windows update and you can go online and perform the updates.
      Never hide updates again, except for very short term – only few minutes or hours for testing only. If you prefer to skip certain updates, just ignore them, but do not hide, as they often get revised, replaced or expired and by having hidden versions at the time when they get modified, you actually impact the Windows Update management of the updates and corrupt your system.

    • #36722

      Hi Woody, having problems installing this update here. Update process never succeeds after rebooting. After 3 times trying, I managed to uninstall this incomplete update, but I wonder what to do now? I used to be able to hide updates in Win 8, but how to do this in Win 10?

    • #38008

      Windows 10 Home hide updates with wushowhide:

      Ran wushowhida on my Win 10 Home laptop, and performed the same steps as with Pro. Hid the 8/9 updates, except for the malicious software removal tool. Same results … it just works 🙂

      I did set my wi-fi to a metered connection to prevent downloading evil spirits. So I had to expressly request via Windows update the download for the malicious software removal tool.

      When I ran the check for updates again, it said my PC was up to date. So the hidden updates stayed hidden. Still have not seen the AU upgrade show up, but since I was a last minute Win10 upgrader, I am probably low on the list for the roll-out. But I am ready to stop it now 🙂

    • #38599

      Does MS’s hide updates tool work to remove this from the update list?

    • #41197

      “If a certain box is ticked in your WU client, the Recommended suddenly becomes Important without you being able to distinguish between the Recommended and those which are Important for real.”

      That setting in WU is left unchecked, per Woody’s DEFCON 3 instructions.

      Thankfully I keep a list that tells me which ones not to install & minimizes the indistinguishable nature you refer to.

      With all this nonsense, I have had updates disappear from many locations, hidden & unhidden. I’m beginning to think it may not really matter because if M$ wants to tamper with one, they most certainly will. However, it certainly makes more sense to not even “have” the ability to hide updates if their crumby system can’t see one that needs revision, pulling or retiring.

      This experiment with this one update will continue, just to see how it finishes out.

      Thanks for the feedback ch100.

    • #41886

      They are different updates under the same name. This was discussed many times before in the context of KB2952664 which is repeatedly released under the same name every few weeks, having the same functionality slightly modified with each release. Actually the functionality is inside of a black box and nobody outside of Microsoft knows exactly what those updates do, although there is published documentation.
      This explains why users who hide updates notice them as unhidden later, which is actually inexact. In reality, Microsoft expires older versions and release new versions under the same number. Sometimes as Allan and oxbridgelee noticed, multiple versions can coexist until older ones are expired. The same considerations for KB2952664 apply to KB3035583 but can apply to any other updates for which Microsoft decides to release in the same way.
      Hiding updates and leaving them hidden after Microsoft expires the old ones creates the potential for Windows Update database corruption. It is not possible to get back to those updates after Microsoft expired them, but they leave a ghost record in the database without a reference on the Microsoft servers and this creates conditions for time-outs which can slow down the WU scanning.

    • #43028

      Maybe I’m missing something here. I’ve disabled Windows Update via gpedit. When I run wushowhide and select Hide Updates, I get a list of 8 updates that I can hide. I’ve hidden the Cumulative Update, but none of the others. When I then run Check for updates, I get “Your device is up to date.” None of the 7 updates that I did not hide are shown. Why would that be?

    • #44098

      I am not a tech-type person, but I don’t want Windows 10 or telemetry on my computer. I find that I have to hide updates I don’t want. I used to have it set to check and let me okay them, but removing the checkmark of unwanted updates was only temporary…they would recheck themselves (not sure why)… then install when my computer turned off and was restarted. After going through uninstalling them several times, I just set my machine to manually update. I wait a few days for the info to come in, chose what I want, and hide the rest. It is time consuming, but what I have to do. I’m still a little hesitant to jump to Mint, or another operating system, but I’m starting to think that might be less time consuming. I don’t suppose Microsoft will recognize that a group of people don’t want those things and provide an easy way to avoid them? Until then, I am utterly grateful to Woody providing clearly understandable information. Thank you, Woody.

      Non-techy Win 10 Pro and Linux Mint experimenter

    • #1560388

      Bruce, Joe’s procedure used to have an option for preventing driver updates. One of the build updates must have changed that to what you now see. Another alternative from the How To Geek is:

      Prevent a Driver or Update From Being Installed from Windows Update
      Just uninstalling drivers or updates won’t prevent them from being installed again. There’s no way to “hide” an update or block updates from within Windows itself, but Microsoft provides a downloadable tool to do this. It’s intended for temporarily hiding buggy or otherwise problematic while they don’t work properly on your system.
      Download and run the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter for Windows 10 from Microsoft (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930?utm_source=twitter) .

      When you run this troubleshooter, it will search for available updates and allow you to “hide” them, preventing Windows from automatically installing them. In the future, you can run this troubleshooter again and unhide the updates when you want to install them.

      If you want to temporarily prevent Windows from automatically downloading and installing any updates, you can do it without using the above tool to block updates. Just set your current Internet connection as “metered” and Windows won’t download updates while connected to it — at least until you tell Windows the connection isn’t metered anymore.


    • #1557789

      You say

      > What to do: It’s generally a good idea to add any new servicing-stack updates when offered. Allow Win10 to install KB 3140741.

      How do you allow or disallow Win10 updates? On my Win10 Home box there is no option to block updates. Am I missing something?

      KB3073930 – Show or hide updates troubleshooter package now.diagcab


      This is labeled a Troubleshooter and is meant for problem patches. It can only be used on Windows 10.

      If you’re into Powershell, PSWindowsUpdate Module is another excellent solution BUT is definitely allot more technical as well as IT Admin focused. This can be used on any windows that has the appropriate Powershell installed. I use it on W 8.1 and W 10 and prefer to use Powershell IDE rather than the straight PS Prompt access for Modules. Both must have Admin Rights activated.

      It can be found here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/2d191bcd-3308-4edd-9de2-88dff796b0bc

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    • #46167

      Hi Woody
      My wife had a new laptop HP something or other which shipped with win 10 and had a roll back option to win 7. It seemed ok at first and I thought maybe the naysayers were having their usual nothing new ever works but it appears to be the case. When I finally decided to roll it back the 30 days had elapsed and the option had magically disappeared.
      10 is not being updated (we’ll call it that for ease) but has a new identity each time, MS have been forced to reinstate Redmond as a platform for app developers, and issues with office 365 led me to spend 3 hours on their chat line with 2 reinstalls and an hour on the phone to a nice Indian chap sorting out an issue caused by March 9th win 10 updates. Even one of the MSFT guys said to unistall the updates but then he didn’t realise that opting to be told a restart is necessary doesn’t stop it reinstalling!
      The need to hide updates seems to be more necessary than ever now that the old update system has been replaced with a fixed for death auto updating nightmare

    • #46719

      The key is to configure your local policy (gpedit.msc) for Computer Configuration > Windows Components > Windows Update : Configure Automatic Updates to “Disabled”. Then Windows won’t automatically update, but will wait for you to start the Settings App and request it.

      Then, if you use the KB3073930 Show or Hide Updates tool, it will check for available updates and show them to you, but WILL NOT install them.

      At this point you have options:

      1. Do some research (e.g., starting at AskWoody.com) to find out if any of the available updates are problematic.

      2. Choose to wait (i.e., just don’t go into the Settings App and click through the Updates button.

      3. Choose to hide an update in the list (e.g., a driver) that you’ve determined (by research) is likely to cause a problem.

      If you want to be doubly sure Windows doesn’t install something secretly, you can choose to disable the Windows Update service, and only re-enable it and start it when going through the above procedure – but that’s for dyed-in-the-wool geeks who suspect Microsoft of being sneaky. Just the policy change will prevent Windows from doing updates until you request them.

      I’ve been following this strategy since just after the first Windows 10 preview came out. It works.


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