Windows Modules Installer, should I be seeing it as a restore point?

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    Windows Modules Installer, should I be seeing it as a restore point?

    Hi May be a dumb question, but I've only just started paying more attention to this. I know in the past I've been frustrated by not having a very recent restore point because of bad computer practice when making a change which might affect the registry. I'm doing better. But in doing so I'm noticing that there's a restore point for Windows Modules Installer at each startup. I don't recall noticing this before a couple of days ago. Is it normal? What gives? One thing: I have switched from Avast back to Defender for all security, to simplify this aspect of running it as more and more updates keep rolling in.
    Is it possible Defender is doing this? This PC: older i7 HP Pavillion dv7-7030us 8Gb, 1Tb drive with build 2004.
    Windows Modules Installer, should I be seeing it as a restore point?-system-restore-windows-modules-installer-aa.jpg
    Last edited by mrow22; 11 Jun 2020 at 14:00. Reason: additional thoughts
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    OK, so is it ok to disable the Windows Defender verification scheduled task? I have done that as per the thread at bottom and re-booted; I did not see a repeat of the restore point created as in the past several days.

    But, I wasn't clear on whether there was any downside. A reminder: I migrated from Avast to Defender a few days ago, so it is likely that doing this would enable this activity? Wouldn't want this move to prevent Defender updates. I better like the idea of creating my own restore points to preserve resources. Thanks much, Don

    (4 default WD Task are in Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender)

    Defender update frequency normal?
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    Have you checked your Update History as recommended, first looking for a cause?
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    I always have the Office XP SP3 which fails, from maybe when this was a Win7 machine and had an Office 10 starter on it?
    Have just left it alone. I don't see it in the Start menu, and I presume that my older Office 2002-03 Suite (works fine) is the Office XP Pro shown below Office Starter. Two photos here, kind of a conundrum.....

    Windows Modules Installer, should I be seeing it as a restore point?-revo-6-11-20.jpg

    Update history (the fail-to-install is at the bottom):

    [OK so I see that Defender is the same update day after day (or is it?), don't understand..]
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    Certainly one to resolve. It's many years since I used MS Office, so I'll have to leave resolving Office updates with you.
    Deal with that first, and when solved, recheck your restore points after a couple of days.

    Plenty of results if you use Google e.g. - search for
    office xp sp3 keeps trying to install
    - and I think you'll find thread on tenforums on this.
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    I don't use windows defender. But I noticed these window modules installer in system store points. I went and looked at event viewer and under system restore it says C:\WINDOWS\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_TiWorker.exe -Embedding
    Windows Modules Installer. I had one on Nov 10, Nov 30, Dec 8 and Dec 12. Is this normal? All my updates have been successful. This is on Windows 10 home 20H2
    Last edited by Purpleroses; 13 Dec 2020 at 16:25.
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