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        Jay
        AskWoody Lounger

        Hello Everyone,

        I am helping family fix an older CPU for sentimental value.  I am having to reinstall windows 7 from scratch.  I found several lists of of updates not to install.  I was hoping that I could get some expert advice on their accuracy.  I am trying to figure out which updates to ABSOLUTELY NEVER install in windows-7.  I keep getting numerous conflicting answers as I look more into them.  I am hoping to find a consensus among the knowledgeable members in these forums….

        The post is long thanks to the list. To help simplify things and make for easier reading, I am everything as an excel and a word file.

        List Start:

        So… If you don’t want Windows 10, you’re best off avoiding these:
        KB2952664
        KB2976978
        KB2977759
        KB2990214
        KB3021917
        KB3044374
        KB3035583
        KB3139929
        KB3150513

        as they’re all Windows 10 preparation updates.

        If you’re worried about being spied upon, I’d give these a miss:
        KB3021917
        KB3022345
        KB3068708
        KB3075249
        KB3080149
        KB3081954

        as they bring Windows 7 “telemetry” stuff into line with Windows 10. (This is info that gets phoned-home from your copy of Windows back to Microsoft. In all probability it is just info to help them identify reasons for software crashes etc, but given wording like:

        “Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary.” in Windows 10’s EULA, I won’t blame anyone who feels paranoid.

        And lastly, if you’re having trouble getting Windows to validate as being genuine (whether because you’re running a pirated copy and your crack tools aren’t working properly all of a sudden, or because your actually valid copy of Windows isn’t validating) then avoid this one:

        KB971033

        and

        Like the majority of Windows users, I am running Windows 7 and there are numerous “updates” with which Microsoft tries to sneak in telemetry (or the dreaded Windows 10) with. I compiled the list from various reputable sources and, even though everyone is responsible for his own PC, I never encountered any problem by blocking or uninstalling them whenever they do manage to slip in.

        Needless to say, one needs to block all automatic updates (yes, the red option Microsoft does not seem to like) yet perform a manual update once every month or two.

        I arranged then alphanumerically for easier use. Note that if you perform a search in your installed Windows updates, make sure to include the letters KB before the number of the update, otherwise the search may come back falsely negative.

        The extra nasty ones (as well as the ones Microsoft insists in including even if asked to hide them) have been noted in Bold.

        TELEMETRY/TRACKING
        KB2505438: Although Microsoft claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts.
        KB2670838: The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only (Do not install IE10 or 11, otherwise it will be bundled with them. IE9 is the max version you should install – and who uses IE, honestly?).
        KB2882822: Very fishy update that just popped up with not enough detail about it
        KB2902907: Microsoft Security Essentials.
        KB2976987: Telemetry.
        KB3022345: Telemetry.
        KB3015249: Adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 7 & Windows 8.
        KB3042058: Microsoft claims its a security update but it contains WinLogOn Spying.
        KB3068707: Customer experience telemetry points
        KB3068708: Telemetry
        KB3075249: Telemetry.
        KB3080149: Telemetry.
        KB3081954: Telemetry Update for Windows 7.
        KB3083710: Update for the Windows Update client with sketchy details for Windows 7, see this thread.
        KB3083711: Update for the Windows Update client with sketchy details for Windows 8.
        KB3086255: Flagged as an Important update. It disables SafeDisc games in Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1.
        KB3088195: Microsoft claims it’s a security update but also has a key logger on the Kernel Level.
        KB3093983: Microsoft claims it’s a security update but it contains IE spying.
        KB3107998: Removes Lenovo USB Blocker.
        KB3118401: Allows Windows 10 dependent Universal Runtime apps to run on earlier versions of Windows.
        KB3138612: Fishy update for Windows Updates.
        KB3138615: Security update for IE11 which adds Windows 10 preparation.
        KB3139929: Fishy update for Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 Upgrade and a Security update for IE11 which adds Windows 10 preparation.
        KB3148198: Cumulative update for IE11. Includes previous Windows 10 preparation.

        WINDOWS-10 PREPERATION/UPGRADE
        KB2952664: “Get Windows 10” Assistant.
        KB2976978: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8.
        KB2977759: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7.
        KB2990214: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7.
        KB3012973: Force Trigger Download and Install of Windows 10.
        KB3021917: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation and Telemetry.
        KB3035583: GWX Update installs the “Get Windows 10” app in Windows 7 & 8.
        KB3044374: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3050265: Windows Update Client for Windows 7. Since June 2015 the Windows Update Service updated to accept upgrade to W10 and other fixes.
        KB3050267: Windows 10 upgrade preparation but also adds the option in GPEDIT to disable Windows 10 upgrade altogether so you may want to actually install this – I did not.
        KB3064683: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3065987: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7.
        KB3065988: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3072318: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8.
        KB3074677: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation.
        KB3075851: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7
        KB3075853: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3081437: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation.
        KB3081454: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation.
        KB3083324: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7.
        KB3083325: Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8.
        KB3090045: Windows 10 Upgrade Update for Windows 7/8.
        KB3102810: Fixes an issue regarding long wait while searching for Windows Updates but also has Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7.
        KB3102812: Fixes an issue regarding long wait while searching for Windows Updates but also has Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8.
        KB3112336: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3112343: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7.
        KB3123862: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7 & 8.
        KB3135445: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7.
        KB3135449: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8.
        KB3146449: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7/8.
        KB3150513: Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7/8.

        GENERAL
        KB454826: Slow performance in applications that use the DirectWrite API on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 = It often breaks fonts.
        KB971033: Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies.

        Major Sources:

        http://www.overclock.net/t/1587577/windows-7-updates-list-descriptions-windows-7-8-telemetry-preparationHYPERLINKhttp://www.overclock.net/t/1587577/windows-7-updates-list-descriptions-windows-7-8-telemetry-preparation”531

        http://forum.notebookreview.com/

         

        Thank you everyone for their assistance,

        J.

         

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        PKCano
        Da Boss

        IMHO what you are trying to do here is like flogging a dead horse. Useless.

        Around 5 years ago, Microsoft began cleaning up its Updates. So many of the updates you have listed have been superseded by newer updates. If you do not install the old ones, you will at least get their functionality in the newer ones that have superseded them.

        In 2016, Microsoft instituted Cumulative updates. Since then, the functionality of many of the older (and some not too old, even) have been incorporated into these Rollups. Back in the days of GWX, everyone was going crazy trying to find “bad” updates and making list after list to avoid installing them. Our “Ultimate” list of telemetry patches to avoid boiled down to turning off CEIP and avoiding six updates:
        KB2952664/KB3150513
        KB3021917
        KB3022345
        KB3068708
        KB3080149
        (Plus the validation patch KB971033 not related to telemetry)
        But even so, the Compatibility Appraiser functionality, KB2952664, has been incorporated into the Monthly updates, both Rollup and Security-only.
        And with IE, you are making a mistake stopping at IE9. Even if you do not use IE as your browser, it is an integral part of the Win7 OS. You cannot uninstall it. And other parts of the OS continue to use its functionality even it you think you have turned it off. The older IE, unpatched, is one of the biggest dangers in Win7.

        If your plans are to bring the computer in question up to date to protect it from vulnerabilities, you should go ahead and install the updates until EOL. To avoid the telemetry, turn off CEIP and follow the instructions in AKB2000012. Install IE11 and update it to the latest patch, but do not use it for a browser. Choose another browser like Firefox, Chrome, or even Edge, and keep it updated. Install a good anti-virus and keep it updated. And last of all, practice safe browsing on the Internet.

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