Microsoft regularly publishes updates to keep its Windows systems secure and stable. Your copy of Windows communicates with Microsoft’s update servers via the Windows Update feature. However, some optional updates are unnecessary and some are outright useless. Thankfully, there is a way to avoid installing such updates.
The Windows Update Feature
To access Windows Update, go to
Here you can let Windows Update check Microsoft’s servers for new and available updates to your Windows system.
Next, you can change Windows Update’s settings. These settings are pretty straightforward and do not require, in my opinion, further commenting.
You can also review your system’s update history.
To view a specific update’s details,
The detailed view will display the following information:
- when was the update installed,
- whether the installation required a restart of the computer,
- whether the installation finished successfully,
- what was the level of importance of the update,
- a generic review of the content of the update, and finally
- links to Microsoft websites containing more information about the update.
In case you don’t want to install an update, you can hide it, so that Windows Update doesn’t further offer it to you as an available update. I recommend applying this option only to optional updates, but not important updates.
To do this,
In the next window, select the update you wish to hide by
The little shield icon next to the option means that you will need administrative privileges to do this.
To restore a hidden update, go to
Click on the one but last menu item on the left side of the window called
In the next window, tick the boxes next to the hidden updates that you wish to restore and click on the
Again, note the shield icon next to the button — this action requires you to have admin rights on the computer.
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