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      • #2370245
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m just curious — I’ve been carrying along a bunch of “zombie” updates — they don’t install and don’t go away and just shamble along from month to month:


        I guess they don’t matter much since they don’t ever show up in windows update as something-to-install, but…. I certainly don’t want the dell and other devices drivers to install, and the silverlight update has become an old friend by now.   Should I just continue to ignore them or is there some way i can delete them?  Should I just “hide” them to ensure they *don’t* get installed?

      • #2370256
        AskWoody Plus

        Hide drivers updates with WUmgr / wushowhide.

      • #2370430
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        You do want the Defender update.
        The rest can be hidden if you want.

        cheers, Paul

      • #2370436
        AskWoody Plus

        I guess I get the message — there’a really nothing I can do about those dumb/unwanted updates and so I might as well hide them to prevent one of the zombies from leaping to life.

        I had thought that when update checked for updates it could remove the old/irrelevant ones — even beyond the dell/driver updates, what’s with the perpetual silverlight update?  🙂  So hide them I shall…..   Windows update is a mysterious bit of  machinery

      • #2370457
        AskWoody Lounger

        Silverlight has some 20+ updates. Hide one, the next one will appear. Keep hiding; eventually you’ll run out of candidates.

        As for the others: some vendors delegate Microsoft to do their delivery. Research each if possible; some may fix latent problems, which you may or may not ever experience.

        • #2370459
          AskWoody Plus

          But I have left those samsung/dell/intel updates “shown” for months and they never get installed and never go away.   I doubt they’re critical to my system — dell has a pretty good update mechanism of its own.

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