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    My windows update settings are overridden

    I have checked option to let me decide which/when updates to install but choice is constantly ignored.
    Can this be overcome - or do I just check never check updates and then manually check.

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    In what way is the setting ignored? What fixes have been installed?

    Is this a work or personal PC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acerfmayer View Post
    I have checked option to let me decide which/when updates to install but choice is constantly ignored.
    Can this be overcome - or do I just check never check updates and then manually check.

    Thank you
    Do you mean you have set Windows Update to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them"?
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    Most users think that there are three update settings. There is a forth, hidden one, that MS doesn't talk about. Microsoft at times will prepare an update to certain critical key Windows components that have a major impact on the functionality of the operating system and which enable other processes that depend on these key components to work correctly. For this reason, Microsoft will slip such updates through to every Windows PC that is connected to the Internet, regardless of your update settings preference.

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    From another thread, another poster, I borrowed his Windows Update Off script, I run the batchfile every time at the beginning of every session. Like Outer Limits, I control the H, I control V, I control when WU works. I think one of my earlier problems with GC & msie might have been "enhanced" by a particular unknown-to-me Windows Update.
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    Thanks for the info, Calimanco. So it's useless to indicate a choice....

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    Yes, Coochin, that's what I mean

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    Hi, Joe -

    It's a personal PC.
    Settings are ignored in that Automatic update is most often indicated in settings window even though I had checked Let me choose.... This seems to be what Calimanco is referring to.

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    I turn WU off completely and NOTHING gets checked, downloaded, or installed.
    This works out well if you're concerned about such things, but it depends upon you
    actually being fastidious enough to go and manually check on a regular basis.
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    Thanks, Clint. May I ask what programs you run in lieu of WU?

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    My Update went even crazier:

    Thursday, Nov. 27, I received notification of 2 important updates for Windows 7. The only thing I noticed was that it took a long time. This morning, I got a notification that I had 122 - yes, 122 - important updates - some going back to 2011 and according to my update history had already been installed. So now I see that not only only did I get SP 1 KB976932 and update KB2977759, but something weird called Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320 (?) that I have never encountered before in my updates.

    Can this be fixed? I'm not a computer expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenAnne View Post
    , but something weird called Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320 (?) that I have never encountered before in my updates.
    It may look slightly unusual (i.e. no KB number), but it's not weird and you should have had it four months ago:

    See comments by Susan Bradley at Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320

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    I did read S. Bradley's comments. I don't doubt that the Agent is legit, but I don't understand why it listed 122 updates beginning in 2011 and that already exist according to my history - stuff to do with NET Framework etc (?). That's why I called the Agent "weird" because it has never shown up before. So do I have to run 122 updates and tie up the machine. As I said, I'm no expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenAnne View Post
    I did read S. Bradley's comments. I don't doubt that the Agent is legit, but I don't understand why it listed 122 updates beginning in 2011 and that already exist according to my history - stuff to do with NET Framework etc (?). That's why I called the Agent "weird" because it has never shown up before. So do I have to run 122 updates and tie up the machine. As I said, I'm no expert.
    You could try the Windows Update Troubleshooter, but I would just go with the flow and install them.

    You can carry on doing other stuff while Windows Update downloads and installs patches.
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    Hey all, I just made another batchfile, WUoff[ViaStartup].bat, placed it into Windows Startup folder. Hopefully, it will run at startup automatically, disabling WU. I'll report back if any problems.
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