1.    27 Jul 2015 #1
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    Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates


    Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.
    One of the most controversial decisions Microsoft made in its design of Windows 10 is a fundamental change to the way Windows Update works.
    Windows 10 Home offers no way to block security updates and new features. And even the Pro edition has only limited control over updates.

    That's sparked an outcry from Windows 10 testers (including my ZDNet colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes) accustomed to years of being able to pick and choose from a menu of updates each month.
    I've heard isolated (but legitimate) complaints this week from Windows 10 testers complaining that an updated Nvidia driver was causing havoc with their systems.
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    Last edited by Brink; 27 Jul 2015 at 10:36. Reason: added tip
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  2.    27 Jul 2015 #2
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    . . .Whatever. . .

    . . .go here to download the tool
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  3.    27 Jul 2015 #3

    Can't you hide them within WU, or was that feature removed?
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  4.    27 Jul 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    Can't you hide them within WU, or was that feature removed?
    . . .Why do you think Microsoft released this too. . .
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  5.    27 Jul 2015 #5
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    Or even here to show the tutorial Shawn did a week ago: Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  6.    27 Jul 2015 #6
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    The tutorial states:

    To uninstall the unwanted driver:
    • Launch the Device Manager with a right click on the lower left corner of the desktop and a left click on Device Manager.
    • Located the device driver with the problem driver installed, right click and choose Uninstall.
    • In the uninstall dialog, check the box to Delete the driver software for this device if available.
    Seems to me a better choice would be:
    To uninstall the unwanted driver:
    • Launch the Device Manager with a right click on the lower left corner of the desktop and a left click on Device Manager.
    • Located the device driver with the problem driver installed, double click on it to open it's Properties.
    • Click on Roll Back Driver.
    Deleting the driver could leave the device unusable.

    Just a thought.
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  7.    27 Jul 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    The tutorial states:



    Seems to me a better choice would be:

    Deleting the driver could leave the device unusable.

    Just a thought.
    Then WU on the next check would reinstall the bad driver.
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  8.    27 Jul 2015 #8
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    Which tutorial are you looking at Ztruker - the one I referenced above Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums says:
    2. If this is an unwanted installed Windows Update, then uninstall the update.
    3. If this is an unwanted driver that was installed via Windows Update but cannot be uninstalled using step 2 above, then uninstall the driver in Device Manager.
    4. Download the wushowhide.zip file at Microsoft below for the Show or hide updates troubleshooter package.
    5. Save the wushowhide.zip file to your desktop.
    6. Open the wushowhide.zip file and extract (drag and drop) the wushowhide.diagcab file to your desktop.
    7. Double click/tap on the extracted wushowhide.diagcab file to open it, and click/tap on Advanced.
    8. Check the Apply repairs automatically box, and click/tap on Next.
    9. Click/tap on the Hide updates option.
    10. Check the box of any available updates that you want to hide, and click/tap on Next.
    11. The selected updates are now hidden. Click/tap on Close when finished.
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    Without the update uninstalled, it will not be available on the updates list for download so that the Microsoft Utility can hide it.

    Once hidden it will not be reinstalled.

    Roll back is ok, but not always available if the driver is the first one for that device installed, and any device driver available for rollback may not be a good one either (on the other hand it could be OK).

    Once you have uninstalled a driver, you normally need to reboot for the removal to take effect. If Windows cannot find a driver for a device on reboot it goes back to the driverstore, and reinstalls it!
    It says here and here that using Device Manager you must also delete the package from the driverstore:

    Deleting a Driver Package from the Driver Store

    On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the Delete the driver software for this device option to delete the driver package that was used for the device.
    Last edited by Fafhrd; 27 Jul 2015 at 12:51.
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  9.    27 Jul 2015 #9
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    Keep up the good work Microsoft. Anything else we won't be able to change or loose control of? I'm curious.
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  10.    27 Jul 2015 #10
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    Good point labeman and Fafhrd. I was referring to the link Lee posted.
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