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Update optional on one computer; important on another: why

Q: Update optional on one computer; important on another: why

I have two computers in the house on 8.1. I noticed yesterday that on one computer, a certain update was listed as optional, while on the other computer it was listed as important (ftr it was update 3132080). This is not the first time I've noticed that an update is listed differently on the two computers. Anyone know why this is? There really isn't much difference in the setup between the two computers.

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Preferred Solution: Update optional on one computer; important on another: why

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A past update for Powershell 2.0 and WinRm 2.0 was designated Optional. (Which I didn't download. Do I need this?) Had trouble with the recent Live Essentials update and after some reading uninstalled Windows Live from my system which re-designated the Live Essentials update from Important to Optional. Now I find that the Powershell/WinRm package has changed ftom Optional to Important. Any idea why and how I should proceed?

Thanks.

A:From Optional to Important

Windows PowerShell is a new Windows command-line shell designed especially for system administrators. The Windows PowerShell includes an interactive prompt and a scripting environment that can be used independently or in combination.

Do you need it?

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I see updates like Root Certificates Update, Microsoft Silverlight 1.0, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0: x86, Driver Update for Intel Graphics Controller and all those other stuffs..I have like 15 updates on the waiting list..Are they important?. I read an article about how some people had computer problems after installing some of these..

A:How important are optional updates?

Some people have problems after doing anything . . . you only need install the Optional updates you need. I like to install the Root Cert updates, but only any of the others that are needing a update,

You are not likely to have problems with any of them, you just may not need them

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Should I install all the recommended optional updates or select some of them that I like/need to install ? I suppose if I only install the important updates, win 7 still runs well, correct ?

A:important vs optional updates in win 7

The Critical or Important updates should definitely be installed.
The optional updates should be installed as well, they are not critical or important, but still necessary. If any of the updates are for drivers for your hardware, you may not need these as your computer manufacturer usually has the best drivers for your computer. But in most cases, you can install them too.

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Does anyone know why the "MS .NET Framework 4 Client Profile for W7 x64 Based Systems - KB982670" shows up as an optional update on my desktop computer, but shows up as an important update on my wife's laptop?

I was under the impression that this is something you don't need till you need it.

A:.NET Framework 4 - Important or Optional?

Better be safe than sorry, an updates an update. It maybe that it's optional on yours because you have a fairly recent version of it on your PC whereas she doesn't have a version at all.

Besides it's worth having installed as long as you've got the space to spare.

Oli

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Should I install all the recommended optional updates or select some of them that I like/need to install ? I suppose if I only install the important updates, win 7 still runs well, correct ?

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Heyo, need to ask a question.

A while back in November, Microsoft released the KB3000850, which was a November roll up update. However some people didn't install it due to issues. I didn't install it back then and now, in March its showing as Important. Given how its like 400+MB, I need to know...

Has anyone here had any issues with it, and is it now finally save to install it? This is for Windows 8.1 32-bit btw.

A:Optional KB3000850 Showing As Important?

Using Defender I have never had any issues. The issues are mostly coming from 3rd party AVs, But I'm pretty sure the AV companies have fixed the problems by now. Still I recommend making a system image before installing. Even though I have never had an issue with patch Tuesday updates, as with any major system changes, I always make an image before hand, be it security updates, driver updates or program updates.

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Microsoft appears to have changed the Nov 2014 roll-up from optional to important. As a result, it slipped by me and it installed on restart. The system performance was abysmal afterwards with a black screen after the Toshiba logo for a good 30 seconds before getting to the login screen. Login would take forever to get a desktop with icons. Mouse would not move for some time and the system would take about 20 seconds or more to bring up task manager via Ctl-Alt-Del after which I'd see 100% Disk usage for approximately a minute with the system and svchost processes the biggest culprits in IO reads. This is a Toshiba Satellite P55t-A5118 with 1TB drive and 8gigs, Intel video.

I uninstalled the update and the system is now very unstable. SFC in Safe mode generates many errors in the log files and notes corrupted files at the end of the run. Tried to restore to a March 3rd restore point which failed after which the restore point disappeared from the restore folder. Restored to March 10th with no difference in performance. Disabled Toshiba, Norton (that was uninstalled so I'm not sure why those two tasks were still there) and Skydrive tasks. Disabled Brother printer software, Toshiba app place, Toshiba update, Superfetch, Windows Search, and BITS. Still runs miserable.
Touch pad sometimes works sometimes doesn't (Event ID 264 A multi-touch device reported inconsistent contact information).
Wireless error message with Toshiba diagnostics.
Kernel processor speed l... Read more

A:KB3000850 changed from optional to important

I am also being offered KB3000850

I have not installed it. What is the feeling here about installing it now? I seem to remember it being offered some time ago, but some folk said it was giving problems.

What is the current opinion on installing it or not?

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As an IT manager, consultant, and technician, I am increasingly frustrated with the severity of issues being created by what is obviously a product that is not ready for general release to the public.

Please downgrade the Type rating for IE8 from 'important' to 'optional', so that my staff, our clients, and our business can disregard IE8, until such time as Microsoft corrects the issues with IE8.

You wouldn't buy a car that breaks down everytime you turn on the ignition. Why would Microsoft push IE8 when it is defective to begin with?

Company policy for our business is to remove all IE8 products, revert to IE7 for the moment until we consider moving to another browser.

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So I am not very technical.

We own 2 Windows 7 Home Premium PCs from Dell.

They are the same make and model number and same hardware specifications only difference is:
PC #1 runs TrendMicro Security and Office 2013 Professional (available for purchase through an employer).
PC #2 runs McAfee and Office 2013 Student.

The following 3 Microsoft Win 7 updates show as Important on PC #1 and Optional on PC #2:
KB2800095
KB2908783
KB2928562

Any idea why that is? Is there a problem with PC #2?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:3 April Updates show as Important on 1 PC and Optional on another

I checked this one only, Event 55 when you copy an encrypted folder to EFS shared folder in Windows so if one is using EFS and the other not, it could be optional on the one that does not use EFS.

Nothing is wrong with either one, it depends on the software you have and how it's used that makes the updates Optional, Important or Critical.

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be truthful to the public. I have been reading a lot about people ditching windows and going to Linux. I wonder why. wow I used to love and trust windows. now I don't know anymore. you all have become something other than wonderful like I used to think.
too bad. maybe I should learn Linux too. windows is probably a habit lots of people will learn to break. scary. Be honest about your updates. ty.

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I'M GETTING THIS MESSAGE WHEN I GO TO ONLY ONE WEBSITE....





 


 


An   issue prevented Internet Explorer from displaying the web page.    Click the button above to launch HP Network Check to automatically   diagnose and repair the issue.<o:p></o:p><u1:p></u1:p>
About HP Network Check


Can automatically detect, diagnose and repair   many common network issues

Integrated with Windows Network Diagnostics   Framework, so it runs both simultaneusly

Provides clear instructions to resolve issues   that cannot be fixed automatically

Shows key system and network information for   easier troubleshooting


WHEN I ALLOW DIAGNOSIS...NO ISSUE IS DETERMINED....INDICATES 'NO ISSUE FOUND WITH  CONNECTION.  HOW ONE OR TWO ISSUES WITH INTERNET WEBSITE (?)...
IT'S JUST AN EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE.....NOT COMPUTER SAAVY....NOT OFFENDED FOR A DUMBDOWN....THANK YOU

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Hi guys,

I'm wondering why this security patch for a zero day flaw in IE 11 is not checked by default? Surely it should be.

A:KB2964358 Important update (but not that important)

Don't know why.
I usually manually check one or right click on one & hide it.
I hide all bing desktop updates.

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Recently had a few people stay in my home for a few days. Common courtesy had me give them permission to use my computer when they needed to, but once they departed, I decided to run a scan on the computer. 
Free Trial Avast comes up clean.
Free Trial Malwarebytes is a bit different:
 
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org
 
Scan Date: 5/23/2014
Scan Time: 11:09:25 PM
Logfile: 
Administrator: Yes
 
Version: 2.00.2.1012
Malware Database: v2014.05.24.01
Rootkit Database: v2014.05.21.01
License: Trial
Malware Protection: Enabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Disabled
 
OS: Windows 8
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: Tameka
 
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 267992
Time Elapsed: 13 min, 50 sec
 
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled
 
Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe, 724, , [062bb5a0b3c82412a25f003c31cf629e]
 
Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)
 
Registry Keys: 1
PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\Search Protection, , [32ff9fb6f7843cfa041e7e23bb47f30d], 
 
Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2... Read more

A:PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, PUP.Optional.SearchProtection

Update:
Malwarebytes blocked PUP.RiskwareTool.CK from doing something (this was outside of a scan). 
A quick Google search has led me to understand that this particular PUP is not an issue? Is this true?

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Hi

Noticed this month that I suddenly had a lot of important updates to install when I check Windows update. Under important updates I have the likes of:

KB3055999 - Update APN database entry for SaskTel (Canada) in Windows 8.1 and 8
KB3045634 - You cannot make a PPP connection after you reconnect a PLC device in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

The article for both of these states: Provided as an Optional update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1

Wondering why I have these and others listed as Important?

Thanks

Win 8.1

A:Optional updates listed under important updates

They are "only" important, so they are optional. "Critical" updates are not optional. MS-speak at its finest.

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A year ago, I tried Windows 10 on my SONY Laptop, but had to uninstall it, and reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium.
Thereafter, I was notified to install an optional update for the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250. Ever since then, I go through days of getting a green video window for Facebook and sometimes youtube videos (but 90% with Facebook videos).
Contacted Facebook but they are useless. Downloaded Flash player many different times, but no luck. Sometimes I can disable hardware acceleration and or check it, however, other times I can not see if hardware acceleration is enabled for HTML5 videos. I have
reinstalled the AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 drivers several times, but the problem still comes and goes for days.
IMPORTANT NOTE: FIREFOX DOES NOT HAVE THIS GREEN VIDEO WINDOW PROBLEM AT ALL.
ONLY INTERNET EXPLORER 11 (SP1)
In the Action Center (under Maintenance) I keep getting a Hardware Error message. And try to download the fix but get ...
This solution could not be downloaded


Most likely causes:

Your computer was unable to download the solution at this time. Check to
make sure your computer is connected to the Internet, and then try to download
the solution again later.



BUT MY INTERNET IS GOOD.
Also here is a report of the Kernal problem:
Source  Windows
Summary  Video hardware error
Date  1/2/2016 1:50 PM   (many different dates appear here)
Status  Soluti... Read more

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The update is called:
nvidia - Graphics adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Other hardware - NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M.
After installing it, whenever my laptop tries to use the Nvidia card, I get a blue screen and the system restarts.
I looked in installed updates to uninstall it, and it is not there.
I did a system restore to four days before I installed it, and I still get the same effect. Lastly, I installed some older nvidia drivers that used to work using the clean install option, and I still have this problem.

A:Optional update in windows update is giving me a blue screen.

It looks as though the update changed something in nvlddmkm.sys, and for some reason, it wasn't changed back when I did the system restore. I have no idea how to go about fixing it.

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Hi,

I have a Windows 7 x64 machine that is permanently stuck trying to install the same update.
I have followed various posts off of MS websites to rename SoftareDistribution etc. but none have helped.
HAve tried
1. Boot intoClean Boot Mode and try updating again.
2. Run the Microsoft Fixit and see how it works.
  

   
How do I reset Windows Update components?

3. Try System Update Readiness tool by referring toWhat is the System Update Readiness Tool?.
4. Run
System File Checker tool and see how it works.

The WindowsUpdateClient log posts the error 0x80070bc9

CBS log has the following:
2012-09-22 15:09:44, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251211_3937697323 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251212_293967167 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Appl: detect Parent, Package: WUClient-SelfUpdate-ActiveX~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7.6.7600.256, Parent: Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.6000.16386,
Disposition = Detect, VersionComp: EQ, ServiceComp: GE, BuildComp: GE, Distribut... Read more

A:Windows Update loops with a "Restart your computer to install important updates"

Thanks Alex
I had already tried the steps in the post you linked.
In the end I have had to reinstall Windows 7 over the top (keeping all settings) and this has fixed the issue with Windows Updates.
It is frustrating that I could not find a solution as I do not like glossing over the issues without first finding a solution but unfortunately it was not my pc and time was against me.
Thanks for all the replies.
Simon

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Here's another tricky one.
This important security update will not update. It is only 606Kb.
Microsoft says it is caused by a virus problem. I have Norton 360 installed. Norton say it is not a virus.
Microsoft say pay us $120 to fix it. I say I can't afford to pay that for something when I have no way of knowing exactly what the problem really is.
This has been going on since November 2014. All the other updates are installed immediately but not this one.

Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 x86 (KB2968292)
Installation date: ‎9/‎04/‎2015 4:08 PM
Installation status: Failed
Error details: Code 800B0100
Update type: Important
A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.
More information:
MS14-057: Description of the security update for the .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2: October 14, 2014

Just noticed this more recent one failed to update -
Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2884256)
Installation date: ‎16/‎03/‎2015 5:43 PM
Installation status: Failed
Error details: ... Read more

A:Vista Important Update will not update. Error details: Code 800B0100

That error is not caused by a virus, it is caused by a file corruption
The readiness tool can correct the problem in many situations
What is the System Update Readiness Tool? - Windows Help

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Windows Vista SP1 (KB936330) update keeps coming back as important update after installing it several times. I look at updates history and it show the same update already installed several times. Service Pack 1 (KB936330). I don't see update for Service
Pack 2 though. Can someone advice please, I am not sure what to do. I'd appreciate an advice. Thank you

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I have a
Gateway One All-In-One Desktop with IntelŪ PentiumŪ Processor - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled.Optional update:
I recently went to the Critical Updates and saw the following:

"Intel Corp - Display Mobile Intel (R) 4 series expires chipset family" - 21 MB (which is quite a large update)

Just what is this update and should I install it? This is our grandson's computer and we would not want to cause any problems or damage by installing this Optional Update. Nothing appears to be wrong with our graphics, etc.
Please advise and thank you.
Alice Z
 

A:Optional Update

I installed this onto my laptop and considerably improved the graphics on it.
 

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Received the following update from M$ today, not sure what it is wanting to do -

"nVidia - Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3, Other hardware - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Download size: 252.2 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Optional

nVidia Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3, Other hardware software update released in February, 2015"

Could someone shed some light on this ?
Thanks

Joe

A:Optional Update - not sure what it is ?

This is an update to your NVidia graphics card drivers, etc. It is optional because it is not necessarily required.

I personally always go to the manufacturer's (NVidia in this case) support site and get the latest drivers from there if I feel I need to update them.

Paul

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Advanced micro devices,inc-Graphics adapter wddm1.2-amd Radeon HD 6310 Graphics is this update important? I found it on my update list so I was just wondering if its okay to update also, what does this update do?

A:Optional Update

It is clearly an 'update' for the device driver for your graphics adapter, but I do not know what in particular that update fixes or improves about it.
 
Device drivers are small pieces of software that are the link between Windows and the various pieces of hardware on the computer. If Windows or wants to draw something on the screen, it gets the device driver for your graphics adapter to do it.. Device drivers are specific to the exact model of hardware that they are designed for, and sometimes to that hardware being used on a particular model of computer.
 
I am a bit wary about accepting device driver updates from Microsoft updates, but do not ignore them. In particular, I would think carefully about this one, and ensure that the update matches the driver already installed on your system. My reasoning being that device drivers can be issued through four different channels (each subtly different).
 
The Manufacturer of your computer. If you have let's say a "Bloggs model X1000" laptop - The most appropriate driver updates might well come from "Bloggs" themselves... They will know how best to use that model of graphics adapter in their system, and might have modified the drivers (or include specific support software) that they supply to best match their system.
 
The Manufacturer of a separate add-in card that you separately purchased for your computer. The card manufacturer will know how best to use that model of graphics adapter in their system, and mig... Read more

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My computer automatically updated today. Upon going through the list of updates there where two optional updates one for English and the other for CXT-Network-PCI soft data fax modem with smart CP. What are they? Do I really need them? I checked the Microsoft help thing when your right click for info. All I could get was it was a driver and nothing else.

A:optional update

You must have this kind of card on your system using Windows drivers, then when there is a new driver WU propose it to make an upgrade.
My personnal advise regarding WU setup is to look for updates letting you the choice to download and install them.

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I opened Windows Update and only listed was an optional update. I didn't update at that time and when I went back to update I could not find the optional update. Ihave Windows 7 Home premium 64 Bit. I looked for updates again but it said everything was up to date. How can I find that update.. I'm not really good with computers any help will be greatly appreciated. I have one other question if you don't mind.

I have to Unzip a ZIP-file with WinZip and save the content to my hard
drive. Then use the unzipped EXE-file to run a program. This sound simple enough, I guess, if you know what you are doing. Where can I get this WinZip program that will run on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.

One other question. A program that I want to install supports Windows 7 64 bit in 32-bit emulation mode. What does that mean and how do I run this program.

Thanks again for all your help and cooperation. Have a good evening.

A:Optional Update

Welcome rottikid,

For the update it was probably for MSE if that's your Anti-Virus, You could just look at Installed updates and see if it is there.

As for WinZip you can get it here WinZip - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com There might be something else you can use too, someone else might know more about that.

Usually people will download a zipped file to their desktop or downloads area by clicking save instead of run when prompted. (see Below)

And for the 32 bit emulation I don't know the technical answer but 64 bit windows has 2 sets of programs files, Program Files (64bit) and Program Filesx86 (32bit).

Hope that helps you out some.

Derek

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Does one need optional updates? The reason I ask is until recently i've had no problems with any update.This one just refuses to install Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.(Error code 800F0203)Went through all the chanels, still no install.
 

A:optional Win 7 update

Jetsguy: Just a word of caution.... It may be best to not load optional updates from Microsoft for hardware or software not related to Microsofts products. To update those non-related programs or hardware go directly to the manufacturers website and get updates there.
 

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There have been a lot of problems reported the last few months where Windows Update is very slow and takes a long time.
I just checked my W7 Updates and a new update KB3102810 was published yesterday (2015-11-03)
This update might help fix this, but it also includes a fix for updating to Win 10.

Read more here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810

I also get the "same update" offered for W8.1 as KB3102812 described here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102812

A:New optional update

I promptly hid KB3102810 and another optional one when they came through recently; I still have two important ones from yesterday pending (KB2758857 and KB3067904); I'm waiting to see if anyone reports problems or not. I haven't had any trouble with windows updates taking too long to do its thing and I don't need a fix for updating to Win 10 because that simply isn't going to happen. In fact, I suspect the ones who have been having trouble with updates also have the Win 10 nagware, etc. installed, which I do not.

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do i have to install this update?

A:optional update

Hello SpeedDial,

No, you do not have to. It's just to let you know that there is a new optional driver version update. If you do not want to install it, then you can hide it to not see it anymore in Windows Update. However, you might give it a try since it is a new version that may help improve your graphic card's performance. If not, you can always rollback to the previous driver version.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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There was an optional Windows Update today to remove GWX.

Someone mentioned online months ago that adding 'old' to the GWX folder stopped it from popping up messages, which is what I did and it seemed to work.

I have now installed the optional update to remove all trace of GWX, restarted, but the GWX folder is still there.

I'm thinking that because it had 'old' at the end of it, it was not removed?

I tried deleting the GWX folder, but I was denied permission to do so.

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Went ahead and installed this optional update this evening. My PC got stuck at the "Preparing to configure Window. Do not turn off your computer" screen.

Had to boot in Safe Mode and do a System Restore.

Just wanted to let people know. It might be a good idea to do a complete backup (image) of the disk before installing the update, just in case System Restore fails for some reason...

A:Optional Update KB3172605

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Odd but it is always recommended to create a system image before downloading and installing any updates
Most of use here use Macrium reflect free
Imaging with free Macrium

The issue you refer to is not on the Known issues though :/
Thanks for letting us all know
July update rollup KB3172605 to replace June's KB3161608

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I can not locate optional updates downloaded from Windows Update site and "confirmed" as successfully installed. I checked on View installed updates in the Program and Features caption in the Control Panel. The updates that are there are those categorized as Critical, High Priority or Important. The rest of those categorized as Optional are nowhere to be found, though confirmed as successfully installed in the View Update History in the Windows Update site. Can anyone please help.

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Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2995388)









Download size: 61.3 MB - 61.5 MB
You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.
Update type: Optional
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2995388



How do I determine if these "optional updates" are really necessary for my Laptop?
Here in South Africa ADSL is slow, and expensive I have a 4Mbps connection, and I have a data cap of only 10 GB per calendar month.

The never-ending MS updates depletes my data allowance, and I have always wondered how important the "Optional" updates are.

I would appreciate forum member's input on this

A:Optional Update KB2995388 ... is it really necessary?

I normal go for them all just to be sure (my internet is half your speed)

But have a look in the link you quoted and see if any of the improvements affect you

For example one of the fixes is an issue playing MP4 files, I have the problem mentioned so hopefully this should fix it

It's optional so wont harm anything if you ignore it

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After installing August ATI driver update (and the other prioritymy system became unstable and would BSOD. After rolling the ATI driver back the system returned to a stable state. Windows 7 home premium 64 bit, 8 gigs, AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX,

XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP,

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

I would be interested if anyone else has had this problem.

A:recent optional ATI update

saultsage, welcome to the Seven Forums?

First question is, what August update? AMD hasn't released one in August yet and the current driver from them is the July Catalyst 11.7,

Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7

of which I haven't seen any reports of BSOD's occurring from. Didn't happen to get it through Windows Update did you? If so do yourself and your computer a favor and the next time you see one offered, set it to hidden and forget about it. For video card updates do not get them through Windows Update and only ever get them directly from the card manufacturer's (AMD or Nvidia specifically, not the respective card makers as all they will have is what AMD and Nvidia have).

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I've just installed a clean Vista Sp2, and thanks to fantastic Imacri post the Windows Update issue it's faded.
Now i would like to ask what you think about Optional Update (apart from drivers) specifically for an EOL product like Vista.
Are they worth of being installed or, as i always heard, they just overload the S.O. and are useless for a home pc? 

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I keep windows 7 installed laptop as backup. Today I started it & ran windows update. Without looking into details, I chose all of them & installed them. But, one of them was optional update for atheros wifi adaptor. Now after rebooting, my wifi connection is gone, device manager doesn't recognise wifi adapter, & i can't roll back driver as adapter is not available at all. The windows update doesn't show any of the optional updates. Plz help

A:Help in removing optional update

Can you not find it by searching (top right) in Installed Updates screen? Enter name like kbXXXXXXX only numbers don't find anything for me.

Installed Updates either from Windows Update window or Programs and features-Installed Updates

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Hi, I recently bought new monitor AOC 2460 and today saw among the optional updates the following AOCision Peripherals, Inc.-Display-AOC 2406. What is it and should I install it?

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Please help tried to update AMi and Nvidia drives get errors WindowsUpdate_8024402C and WindowsUpdate_80070103.

Thanks
Tazmain

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Anybody aware of this update? Why is it is listed under Optional?...



Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: January 2014 (published 14 Jan, 2014)

I installed it on laptop. Hasn't blown anything up (yet)

A:KB2911106 - Optional Update?

"Optional" means it is not a security update, it just fixes bugs and deficiencies. You can get more info with a right click.
Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: January 2014

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Does anybody have any idea why Microsoft would offer the Bing Bar as an optional update, I installed it, but thought it was kind of weird for them to be offering it to us through Windows Update, as when I tried it I did it manual from the internet

A:New Optional Update from Microsoft

Hello Techtitan,

If you already had the Bing Bar toolbar installed, then it would see updates for it in Windows Updates if you had the "Give me updates for other Microsoft products....." setting checked.

OR

If you had the Show me detailed notifications when new Microsoft software is available setting checked.

Updates: frequently asked questions






Quote:
Software notifications will periodically let you know about new programs that can enhance your experiences with your computer and the Internet. You can choose to receive detailed notification messages letting you know when a new program is available for download and installation. When you get a notification, you can review what's being offered, and get more details. You can install the programs if you like what you see. The notification will appear for a limited time, and you can close it if you're not interested.


Hope this helps.

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Is there a way to get rid of optional update notifications so they don't persist and just become annoying?


I got one now to install Bing. I don't know much about Bing; but I think it's a search engine. I use google and don't need another search engine. I don't want to reminded to install it everytime I get an important update notification for the next five years or so that I plan to have this computer.

A:Optional Update: How Make It Go Away?

Right click on it and select "hide update".

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I had a weird optional update appear today unsure what it's for and I haven't seen it before! Any idea's what it may be and what for?

A:Optional Window Update

It looks like something for a printer I wouldn't worry about it download it if you want or just ignore it.

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A new optional update KB3035583 is available, published today.

Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1

A:New optional update KB3035583 available

I'm not having Windows Update problems so I don't know if new KB is a good thing or not.

I do all my Windows 7 updates manually.

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Hello, I'm confused about Windows 8.1 Optional Update. There are 2 updates in optional tab. Should I update those files ? What would happen after I update ? I'm confused because those are not Important updates but Optional.

Here is the screenshot.


Thank You!

A:Windows 8.1 Optional Update

I always do as these are fixes for non-critical problems and will keep your system at optimum performance. I would do KB2962409 first as that was released in June, then do the KB2967917 which is a July update.

Jim

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Hi, I've just had a new optional update appear in Windows update that I can't find any information about, it's a keyboard driver from an LXD company, my keyboard is made by Zalman so I thought I just wanted to ask what this update actually does before I install it.

A:Optional gaming keyboard update

I've had one from Microsoft for my Sidewinder X4 sitting there for ages but I haven't installed it. If there's no performance issue with your keyboard I'd just leave it, or set a Restore Point prior to installing if you do feel inclined to install it.

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I opened up and saw the windows update options which included:
- Cumulative security update for IE9 kb2809289 (27Mb) (ticked by default)
- IE10 (69.1Mb) (unticked by default)

Would be ok to untick the ie9 update and tick the ie10 - which would mean that windows update will uninstall ie9 and install ie10?

A:Optional windows update IE10 and IE9

I found out why IE10 update option was unticked by default. It happens to need a platform update installed first which can cause problems. I'll let IE9 be for the meantime.

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I wasn't doing anything but watching a video on youtube and I got this pop up

looks like something here: http://blog.unlockforus.org/2010/01/windows-7-optional-update-delivery-is.html

A:Optional update delivery is not working

Was it actually unlockforus, or just a similar pop up ?Those are very sketchy details. Was it a torrent video, a specific video, a porn video, or don't you remember what you were even watching ??If you are concerned about it being an infection, maybe you could post in the Am I Infected area of the forum.

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