I ought to point out I am seriosuly ill, housebound & disabled and as a result I less willing to want to "fiddle/mess around with my PC" especially as it is my lifeline to the outside world, so maybe I am being overly cautious here - but thankfully this cautious approach has kept me from having nightmares with my PC.. Before becoming ill I was quite happy messing around in fact that was how I taught myself about PCs by reading and fiddling/tweaking etc
I am hoping someone can give me some assistance in improving my understanding of dealing with updates in Win vista .. Upto now I have not really had issues with win updates and will explain my situation as clearly as I can.. and Yes I have read the VERY useful Guide in Bleepingcomputers.com "Understanding Windows Update and Extras in Windows Vista" whihc I found very informative..
My situation started with researching update KB 911895 that has recently appeared in my winupdates to be installed list BUT has a publised date of 04/07/2009 .. whihc seems a bit odd?
On trying to find out more re this update it seems to be one that does not HAVE to be installed and therefore can be hidden/ignored..( below are extracts from msoft forum) http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums...c-18fc31207585/
"It appears KB911895 is only for a problem with the screensaver not working properly. If you are not having this issue then you should not need to install it." from an Support Engineer MSFT Moderator
another person an MVP posted "You probably don't need this driver update. Just "hide" it."
"Just HIDE it" ?????? this was the 1st I heard of hiding updates - hence me then googling for more info and finding the fab guide ..""Understanding Windows Update and Extras in Windows Vista"" here at bleepingcomputer.com .
Now having found the above I am a bit confused as to do I install this or IGNORE/Hide it and have a cple of questions
My win update shows this "Microsoft - Other hardware - HID Non-User Input Data Filter (KB 911895)"as Important
Q1. Why wld Msoft allow me to hide ( ignore) an updated flagged as important ?
Q2. I am sure this update was not here waiting to be installed since july last year - it has only appeared recently ???? how does that happen
Q3. Prior to reading your the guide -I had set my updates set to "download NOT install" - so I could check them out on google before deciding to install them.. If it looks like an update cld cause potential issues and take some time to resolve I wld leave it till I was able to look into it in more detail and be prepared.
Yesterday I had some time to look into this KB911895 & also checked my installed updates, on doing so i read the following summary
"most recent check for updates: yesterday at 19:47 "
"Updates were installed: 18/12/2009 @16.23"
But on clicking on update history saw more recent updates had been installed ie since the 12th Dec ( does the summary info "Updates were installed: 18/12/2009 @16.23"not reflect the LAST installed updates if so what is it mean to tell me)
Here are the detailed updates shown in history
28/12/2009 KB915597 definition (1.71.1326.0)
31/12/2009 KB915597 definition (1.71.1433.0)
06/01/2010 KB915597 ( definition 1.71.1705.0)
08/01/2010 KB915597 (definition 1.71.1885.0)
At least 2 of those updates from the history ( 06/01 & 08/01) I had not "given permission to install" and I know that this has happened on other occasions with win updates too..
So my Q3. how do we stop winupdates from installing if they still install when we have the "download but DON't install option flagged"?
Q4. Some time ago I read in a forum not to not install a load of updates in one go as this could potentially cause problems.. ( another reason why I check them out on google before installing them) individually.. IS this correct information , it seems strange that user who let windows install the updates automatically do a bunch at a time if this info is correct..
Q5. I was speaking to a relative recently who does not seem to know anything about winupdates and lets ALL his updates windows, and ALL applications install automatically, I tried to explain to him why I have all set to notify me - but he said it was way to complex for him and he preferred to let pc do it automatically..
Only a few weeks ago I had another relative who had not been online for a while install a whole laod of winupdates in one go and was requested to do a restart and pc woudl not boot, so I helped him over the phone fix the problem.. but this also leaves me headscracthign as he "did as he was advised and as my other relative is doing all teh time" all they want to do is use the pc as a tool and not have to worry about these kind of things..
Q6. Please can someone clarify what the "best practice" for managing win updates is - I feel uncomfortable allowing windows to install updates automatically espec as more and more updates seem to be causing issues - like the KB 911895, but I am becoming increasingly frustated on reading posts/articles along the lines of "if msoft did not need me to install that update why did it give it to me in the 1st place"
Q7. Finally I am running Win Vista SP1 mainly because I have been spooked about installing SP2 and cannot face the thought of some of the nightmare situations some people have foudn themselves in.
Thank you for your time in reading this and I look forward to your replies