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Getting optional updates for Server 2012 R2 but have 8.1?

Q: Getting optional updates for Server 2012 R2 but have 8.1?

Hi people, I'm on a ASUS G759JW and recently had to run a DISM source restorehealth using the files provided by topgundcp on this thread. Worked like a charm, DISM came up squeaky clean. Did not have access to local group policy editor as I'm running basic 8.1 and files provided by Microsoft online didn't contain ISO.

Afterwards I was trying to resolve some strangeness in event viewer assuming a lot of it was being caused by incompatible drivers. Downloaded some programs from Windows Assessment Toolkit to scan for issues. Drivers came up fine besides having a TON of unnecessary oem's (however I'm still trying to find some clear instructions on how to remove these drivers using DISM without spending a huge amount of time. I wasted over a week trying to fix the previously mentioned issue and can no longer afford to be blindly jacking about with it.). Still getting a lot of messages in event viewer but far fewer critical and warning entries than I was before restorehealth (pointing device is driving me nuts). I've been checking event viewer mainly to figure out why my dvd player is being initialized randomly as if on startup or upon opening itunes. Icon is a document, believe it's a paired SSD with DVD.

Here I was thinking I had everything fairly well taken care of but now I'm getting a plethora of optional Windows Updates for Windows Server 2012 R2. I have no need for this kind of setup and I'm running basic 8.1. I have no idea why I'm getting these as optional updates and there are so many it's taking too much time to go through each and every update to read the info (avoiding that 10 update garbage). Concerned I may have turned something on unintentionally or installed extra files. Any ideas?

I've been bumbling through this as I'm fairly good with computers but I've never had issues to the extent I've experience with 8.1. The restorehealth situation really pushed me well beyond what I've been used to messing with in the past and there was a lot of trial and error trying to sort out what was happening before even coming across the sfc and dism information. I've tried not to tweak anything I'm not familiar with unless there's a consensus among those in the forums and sometimes info being confirmed by people at Microsoft.

Thanks in advance for any advice/clarity on the subject. This forum has been the best resource I've found for information and I want to thank you all for being freaking awesome.

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Preferred Solution: Getting optional updates for Server 2012 R2 but have 8.1?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


My Windows 8 Desktop and Tablet are always getting optional updates for errors regarding Windows Server 2012 R2. I have no idea what that is, and if I should install them. I'm not running a server, so I'm guessing that I can just hide them. Am I right?

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Hi Guys ,

i am getting below error after completed WSUS setup 
i did below setup before wsus configure please let me know i f i am wrong 
Setup :-
SSMS-Setup-ENU   management studio 
SQLEXPR_x64_ENU  Sqler 2012 serv

Error :- 
Content file download failed.
Reason: The server did not return the file size. The URL might point to dynamic content. The Content-Length header is not available in the server's HTTP reply.
Source File: /d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2016/02/windows6.1-kb3139940-x64_d5c014c13e8c40c867dbdde6ae053f1f1e41126e.cab 
Destination File: D:\WSUS\WsusContent\6E\D5C014C13E8C40C867DBDDE6AE053F1F1E41126E.cab

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Well, I have done some experimentation this evening, and I'm happy to say the updates for Windows Server 2012 install successfully on to Windows 8, including those for IE10. I thought you might be interested in some of my findings so far, so I've linked to my thread on MSFN.

Server 2012 Updates on Windows 8 - Windows 8 - MSFN Forum

Cheers All!
(There's still hope for Windows 8 Yet!)

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Is any way to download all applicable updates for Server 2012 R2?
When i install fresh server 2012 R2 then around 200 updates are applicable for that new build server that i am willing to download offline to install these updates manually or via batch file on other servers (that not connected to internet). 

Shailendra Dev

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I see that there is a Windows 7 and a Windows 10 forum but my Windows Update problem is on a Windows 2012 Server Standard machine. Would it be OK to post in here, or is there a different sister forum I should post in?

Thank you

A:Window 2012 Server Standard Windows Updates Broken

Slipstick.com is the best resource, same as Microsoft's Technet site.

Very few on here play with Server 2012 or Server 2008.

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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?


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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I am working with windows 8 and I have installed SQL server 2007 and visual studio 2010. Now I want to upgrade these setups to SQL server 2012 and visual studio 2012. what is the advantages of what i want to do and how can i do it easily without corrupting the operating system? Please help.

A:Installation of sql server 2012 and visual studio 2012

SQL Server has an upgrade option that is pretty painless. Just run the setup file from your 2012 installation media and click the upgrade option. It will ask you what instance to upgrade, run some checks, and then upgrade it for you.

Visual Studio is a little different. If you install 2012 without uninstalling 2010 first, you will simply just have both versions to choose from. You can completely uninstall 2010 before installing 2012 by finding your 2010 installation file and adding the uninstall and force switches when running it(ex. "C:\vs_ultimate.exe /uninstall /force").

If you keep 2010, 2012 will ask you if you wish to import your settings and whatnot from 2010. If you uninstall 2010, 2012 will just have it all when you open it for the first time.

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While working through patching our servers, there are several servers that MBSA is reporting that patches are missing:
MS13-002  Security Update for Microsoft Office 2007 suites (KB2687499)
MS11-073  Security Updates for Microsoft Office 2007 System (KB2584063)
2526310  Microsoft Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity 2007 Service Pace 3
The servers are running Windows 2012 R2 and were patched this week with the current May, 2018 patches.

I downloaded the items to WSUS.  WSUS reports that 0 computers need these.

Any idea why these are showing up and/or how to ignore them?

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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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
Scan Date: 5/23/2014
Scan Time: 11:09:25 PM
Administrator: Yes
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

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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It is recommended to install all optional updates or take the time to research select only those that are relevant to your system? Can the update either be uninstalled or installed at a later date if there is a problem?

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Any danger in not installing optional updates? I have nine of them waiting in line and my machine is working just fine. Pros and cons, please?
Thanks in advance

A:Optional Updates

Optional means just that: optional. It won't hurt to not install them. I hide anything to do with Bing and, if I were to unhide them, there would be many more times nine setting there.

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I have never installed a single optional update because I don't really know what they are all about although some are obvious. So I ask: just how important are optional updates? Is it generally recommended they be installed?

Thanks in advance.

A:Optional updates

Some are fairly useful - some are fairly pointless
You need to make the decision on which you want to install for yourself - the list is way to log now to detail it.

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Win 7 Ultimate.English

Always in Update: 34 optional updates available

Is there any to delete that from updates?

I am tired of the need to have that showin up every time I go to Windows Update .

Thanks in advance

A:34 optional updates available

Nobody forces you to install any updates. It is up to you what you want to install. I sometimes "hide" updates because I do not use the program to which they pertain. In Vista I have hidden all of SP2 on one system because it gave me problems on another system and it is smooth sailing since then. So as I said, it's up to you.

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Hi guys, I have these pending optional updates, question is, is there a need to install them? According to the Microsoft support page, some of these updates fix certain issues on some devices. I am not experiencing any of the said problems so I am wondering if I still need to install the updates. Thanks

A:Optional Updates

I had two of those, KB3042085 and 2976978. One seems to be yet another pre W10 update. Installed them OK.

If you install these would you look at something first just to satisfy my curiosity. What is your free disc space before and then after installing these ?

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Had to do another reinstall of W7. Are any of these optional updates needed ?

A:Optional Updates

Define 'needed'!
The OS will run happily and securely without them - but they do contain some nice enhancements.
I'd install everything offered except the Bing and Live stuff (unless you actually want those) - and hide those so that they don't get in the way (at least until they are updated again)

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I'm not familiar with doing driver updates. I have 3 optionals from Windows Update. I've read both pros & cons to using Windows Update for drivers but it's been awhile, so what's the current consensus now that I'm running Windows 7? Is it 'good to go' or is it best to go to the product sites?

A:Optional Updates

Others may disagree but I believe the first place to check for updated drivers is at the computer manufacturer's website. (If it's a home built machine then check the individual manufacturer websites for motherboard, graphics card, etc.) I also think most people would say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

A few months ago Windows Updates said there was a new driver available for my Sony Vaio's Intel HD 3000 graphics. I went to the Intel site to verify. It was there so I installed it. Almost immediately I began getting blue screens. I went back to the older version and all was well. I emailed Intel and they said once they release a driver, each computer manufacturer or component manufacturer is free to optimize the driver for their particular needs. Sony hadn't optimized it and it wasn't compatible with my Vaio.

If you decide to install those drivers I'd recommend you make a restore point just in case something doesn't work. Better yet, a system image. Go to the Acer website to verify the version being offered as an optionl update is the latest and greatest for your computer. Same thing with nVidia.

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I am new to the world of Windows, and am helping a friend out with his pc.  I got it all setup and malware clean, but don't know for sure what Optional Updates I should install.  Can anyone advise me as at least what NOT to install?  This is what I got.  I should mention, that I just re-installed his OS via. the Recovery Partition, so all is new and probably out of date.  All M.S. Updates have been done.  I use a Logitec Mouse so I think I want that, and, they are very common.  The others I am not sure about.

A:Optional Updates

- I would recommend to simply install them all. Those "Update for Windows" add new features.
- Is Windows Update only recommending 9 "optional updates" ?

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There are 2 "optional" update to look closely at.
1) Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (KB3075249)
2) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry (KB3080149)
I think that Microshaft is up to it's old 'snooping' tricks again.  I'd advise not to install them.  Any thoughts from you gurus?
- RVAH-12

A:New (optional) updates on 8/21/15

Hi RVAH-12 I personally would install them because I see no harm in doing so. As long as they aren't drivers update, there's no real chance that they'll mess up your system. If you are one of these users that cares about privacy (in a certain way), you might just want to leave the second update out, but for the first one, it can be useful in the future (the kind of data it'll collect can be valuable to enhance Windows' protection).

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I just did a clean reinstall of windows 7 on my toshiba laptop. Now when I goto windows update it doesnt display optional updates at all. There isnt a place for it. Before the reinstall I didnt have this problem. Anyone know how I can see the optional updates?

A:Help with optional updates

Look in the Windows Update settings in Control panel. There should be a box to check that says something like "Offer optional updates the same way I receive Windows updates".

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I have read up on each one but I jus't don't know if I need them. If it isn't broken why fix it, right?

any opinions?

A:Should I install any of these optional updates?

You know what they say about opinions, don't you? Opinions are like a certain body part. Everybody's got one and sometimes they stink.

A lot of folks on this Forum recommend installing all updates starting with the critical, then the important, recommended, and finally the optionals. Because in theory the updates are supposed to keep a computer safer, running smoother, etc. But as many people have discovered, even a critical update that doesn't install correctly can cause a lot of grief.

So here's my opinion FWIW. Go ahead and install the updates. But ... (1) make sure you have at least a restore point created before hand, or better yet a system image just in case something goes wrong and you need to roll back your machine; and (2) don't try to install them all at once. Keep track of the KB numbers, install maybe 4 - 5 at a time, and reboot after each group is installed. If a problem should occur you'll know which group caused the issue. Uninstall the entire group then install just one update at a time. Reboot after each individual install. If the problem reappears you'll know exactly which update is the offender. Ignore that update and continue with the rest. Yes, it's a lot slower process but I think it offers the best chance for a successful install.

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Seem to be getting lots of regular optional updates in the number of teens, Just looked today and I have 19 optional updates for Win 8.1 Update. Anyone know what these updates are because Windows Update certainly dont tell you?

A:19 Optional Windows Updates available

If you click on the "More Information" link next to the update, a window to Microsoft will open (assuming you have internet connection) with the details/reason for the update.

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On 21 April Microsoft released 20+ "Optional" updates.

Any opinions from Forum Members as to which of these updates is worthwhile installing...?


A:April Optional Updates

the key word is optional
nobody can say what is wanted or needed on your particular computer
the only thing to do is look at each update in turn and follow the more information link & see what it does
if you don't have the software or hardware installed that the update applies to then hide that update and don't install it
If you feel the update might apply to you then update it
of the 20 odd optional updates this month, I applied about 8
I made sure to ignore & hide the Russian rouble update and Korean language updates which definitely don't apply to me and the update to allow backup to a recordable blueray disc because I don't have a BR player or recorder on the computer

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I did a clean windows 8.1 pro installation.
Now in the windows update I have 92 important updates and 3 optional updates.

In the optional updates I see two updates KB.....etc.... and one update for mouse and keyboard.

My question if I should install this updates ? Always to install all updates ?

A:Should i install also the optional updates ?

Originally Posted by chocolade

I did a clean windows 8.1 pro installation.
Now in the windows update I have 92 important updates and 3 optional updates.

In the optional updates I see two updates KB.....etc.... and one update for mouse and keyboard.

My question if I should install this updates ? Always to install all updates ?

I would wait on any optional updates for a bit as some have caused problems recently. I would also check those marked as important and look for KB3022345. If this one is in the batch I would wait on that one as well as it has been the source of some problems.

Possibly post a screenshot of your update list.

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On April 21, I had 20 Optional Windows updates, which I hid. Yesterday, there were 4 Optional Windows updates for download, then again today there are 4 Optional Updates for download. Anyone have any ideas about what is going on? Is this preparation for Windows 10? Microsoft trying to fix problems in 8.1? A new method to confuse users?

I try to read each one and be intelligent in my selections, but am not really sure that my interpretation is always in my best interests. One that really interested me today is KB3021910 which has some relation to DISM and source files if I read it right -
"( Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) commands fail with a "0x800f0906" error if a Features on Demand command runs during a download process)".

It's all really confusing to me - God only knows what it's doing to some of my friends who are less technical than I!

A:Optional Updates Galore!

May want to read this thread: Windows 8.1 will be getting nearly 30 patches later today

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What were all of these optional updates for today?

A:4/21/2015 Optional Updates

Winows update ..
I have 20 optional updates as of today .. I have not installed them yet. I will first look at what the updates actually fix

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I was reviewing my Windows update history and found a lot of updates listed as "optional". This is strange because eveytime I receive the prompt that new updates are available, I only install the ones marked "important". When I click on my list of installed updates (where you can delete them) the list looks completely different amd they are not listed as important, recommended, or optional here. Is there a way to remove thes optional updates to free up hard drive space or is it a waste of time? Are these updates taking up enough space to make it worth the while to jump through all the necessary hoops to uninstall them?

A:Uninstalling Optional Updates

Hello Fred,

What are the optional updates for?

Some of these are recommended to install as well. For example, definition updates for MSE or Windows Defender.

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Could anyone please tell if I really need to install Windows Optional Updates?
I know it says optional but will my security risk increase if I do not install them

All Help Much Appreciated

A:Solved: Optional Updates

Most of the optional updates for Windows it's about drivers update or some new features

Sent from my HTC One M9 using Tapatalk

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I suspect this will have been asked before but is there a way to actually delete Win 7 optional updates e.g. for IE9 or anything else for that matter that you do not use.
OK, you can un-tick the box and don't install the update but when you reboot the reminder to update pops back up again and the box is ticked asking you to do the same update that you don't need - most annoying !!!

A:Windows optional updates

Ah, I've just seen a reply from Brink to another poster about how to set your Windows Update settings so that it does not automatically try to update so I guess that will answer my question, thanks Brink.

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I'm running Win 7 Pro x64 without Win 10 upgrade updates. I would like to know if the following optional updates should be installed. I used to install all updates until MS started forcing the Win 10 upgrade updates and optional updates that caused problems like SFC errors.

KB3118401 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3118401

KB3121255 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3121255

KB3133977 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3133977

KB3137061 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3137061

KB3138901 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3138901

KB3139923 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3139923

I've got the following updates hidden:


A:Optional Updates - Should They Be Installed?

I don't install this stuff. In fact I don't install any updates as long as my system is running perfetly. Any change in my code carries the risk of new bugs. Why expose myself to that.

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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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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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The updates about upgrading to Windows 10 and thinking more about optional updates got me thinking that maybe I don't need all these optional updates stealing space and resources on my computer.

I'd kinda like to uninstall optional updates. Is there an easy way to identify the optional updates and uninstall them?

A:List of optional updates

Are you experiencing any problems currently?

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Today, a bunch of updates were offered to install. Among them, I failed to installed 2 optional updates, and I thought I had them " hidden " with the intention of trying to try again later.
Somehow, they are not in the Restore Hidden Updates when I went looking for them.
I went to Microsoft Download Center and I could not find the way to " search " for them.
Someone please give me the links to download these 2 optional updates .......

Microsoft - Other Hardware - HID Non-User Input Data Filter (KB 911895)

Microsoft - Other Hardware - Microsoft Hardware USB Wireless Mouse

Thank you.


A:2 optional updates required

Have a look at this thread,

KB911895 HID Non-user Input Data Filter

I think they are related updates.

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Hi, please provide insights about this batch of optional updates? Should I avoid any of them? Thanks!

A:Optional Windows Updates

None of those updates stick out as being problematic.

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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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The following optional updates were encountered this morning waiting to be downloaded and installed. I went ahead and installed the one's I thought applied to my configuration.

Any thoughts?

KB3083800 (installed)
KB7099834 (installed)
KB3100919 (installed)
KB3100956 (no installed)
KB3101183 (installed)
KB3102429 (not installed)
KB3103696 (not installed)

A:New Windows Optional Updates

Installed them all, as most seemed helpful and the others innocuous. Mind you, the only issue was that when Windows was restarting and in the shutting down phase, the busy round dots moved onto the far left of the screen, when they're usually central. Starting up, the dots and all were in their normal place and everything seemed fine. Probably some minor blip. I have backups if things don't go well, so not worrying.

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What's the best way to check the contents of optional Windows 7 updates?
Too many to check one at a time IMO, I see 67 optional updates (attachment 1). 
Is there a program for this purpose? Trying also to copy and paste them in this message.
South Texas

A:Windows 7 Optional Updates

- Try to find out what the update is about on the Microsoft website. Each update has a separate webpage.
E.g. info about update KB 2830477 is found at https: support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2830477
Or try to GOOGLE it.
- If you don't want to upgrade to Win 10 (yet) the don't install KB 3035583 & KB 3123862.
- But one update you must install is KB 2852386. It allows you to reduce the size of the infamous "C:\Windows\winsxs" folder with the "Disk Clean Up" tool. A word of WARNING: If you have reduced the size of the "Winsxs" folder with that tool you won't be able to remove (previous) updates.

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Which ones of these below listed updates are safe to update from and avoid the imbeded windows 10 upgrade popups?

A:Windows 7 optional updates

WINDOWS 1O links are dead and buried, install them all.
They were only UP until the free offer ended.


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Just some advice on Microsoft optional updates. I am running W7 x64. I have several optional updates which refer to W10. I have no idea when I will install W10, is it necessary to update them ?

Update for Windows 7 x64 based Systems (KBxxxxxx)

the xxxxxx are the KB numbers. They seem to refer to help in updating W10.
I have not installed W10 as yet and not sure when I will do it.



Right-click on each of those optional updates, then select to hide it.


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Is there anyway for me to remove the all the optional updates I don't want? I hate seeing the huge list of 39 language packs every time I look at the updates!


A:Remove Optional Updates?

Hi microdude431,

To do this, you need to hide the unwanted updates. Open 'Windows Updates' and select 'View available updates'. The following screen appears.

Right click the unwanted update and select 'Hide update'. You will need to provide administrative credentials to continue. Repeat for each update that you do not wish to see. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to do this other than individually selecting each update in turn.

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Why am i getting so many optional updates offered for Win 8.1 ?
Last month i had 22 optional updates offered, now i have 34.
Is anyone else seeing this, or is it something with my 8.1 install ?

I keep my systems updated, and now research optionals to decide if i want them because of Win 10 optionals i don't want.
I never had this issue before last month, and i'm not seeing this many optionals offered in Win 7 (or Win 10).
It's not causing me any problems, it's just weird, imho.

Win 8.1 and Win 10 check for updates and install them "quickly", so i don't have an issue with Win Updates being slow.

I see a lot of optionals published on 4/19/2016.
I'll post screen prints if that will help.

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Are the 2 November Preview updates in optional required?


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I have a Toshiba pc and it updates automatically. Recently I looked at it from control panel and there are 5 optional updates not installed so i went and listed all of them but there is no continuation? How do I install the optional updates? I did check the "recommended..." in the update portion regarding how you want Windows to update?


A:how to install optional updates

Does your machine need those optional updates, can you tell us what they were for ?

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I have Win 7 SP 1 64 bit installed on a Dell Latitude E6520 computer with i5 processor, 8 GB RAM.

I normally ignore the Windows Optional updates in the Windows Update feature.

However, a number of these have accumulated in the optional updates window when I connect to Windows Update.

I have methodically examined all of them, using the "More information" link. Some of them (odd currency compatibilities) I can easily reject. Others I have no clue.

But there are a number of .NET Framework updates listed, including the 4.5.2 version, plus several others that are described as stability/reliability/performance upgrades for earlier versions (and the .NET updates are very large files).

Should I install the earlier version updates before I install 4.5.2, or do I really need to install any of those updates?

What is the general opinion on installing optional updates? Yes, I understand the meaning of "optional." But I am interested in what experienced Windows users have to say about this issue.

I tried searching the internet, but there seems to be only polarized answers (absolutely yes or absolutely no).

A:Windows 7 optional updates

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