General Windows Update question

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  1. kitsigns

    kitsigns MDL Junior Member

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    #1 kitsigns, Mar 14, 2013
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    Windows update often notifies me of updates for Flash for IE10, and IE10 updates, and Office components I don't have installed, and Windows Defender, and other programs I either don't use or haven't installed. Is it safe to hide these updates? Or in the case of IE10 and Defender for example would it be better to let the "important" updates install?

    Thanks
     
  2. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    update what is installed on your PC like IE 10, updates fix some security vulnerabilities and incompatibilities issues so it it is recommended . The rest you can hide.
     
  3. kitsigns

    kitsigns MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks! I will do that. I've uninstalled flash so I'll just be updating IE10 and Defender.
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    The Flash update coming over Windows Update in 8 is for the Flash built into IE10!
     
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  5. Windows user

    Windows user MDL Senior Member

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    U should install every important update available to make sure your PC is 100% safe & secure cause skipping important updates might make your system vulnerable to some form of attack.....u can skip the optional updates though :)
     
  6. kitsigns

    kitsigns MDL Junior Member

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    #6 kitsigns, Mar 14, 2013
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    @Carlos: And so it is! Seems IE10 isn't such a dinosaur; how times have changed. Thanks for the heads up. It's odd that I had Flash player on my system separately, when both IE10 and Chrome come with in-browser Flash plugins. Is that normal do you know?

    @Windows user: Turns out after I install the Flash updates the only "important" updates remaining are for Office components I haven't installed, actually!
     
  7. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    There are two different Flash installers - one for IE's ActiveX (name ends in _ax) and the second one is the plugin (NPAPI) for the other browsers (except Chrome).

    On Windows 8 you still must install the latter if you need it in non-IE/Chrome browsers, but the ActiveX installer throws an error since that is the one built into IE10.
     
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  8. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I think that windows just likes to hide features that you uncheck. If you want to fully remove the feature, I think you may need to use some sort of boot winpe or pre-integrate the removal.

    If windows doesn't fully remove anything, it makes sense that it will keep trying to patch it.
     
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  9. EFA11

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    #10 EFA11, Mar 15, 2013
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  10. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    thanks for the links @EFA11 :worthy: it cleared everything up :good3:
     
  11. alicepattinson

    alicepattinson MDL Member

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    I agree! this is very important. very very important :bangin: