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How to dismiss Windows Update Notification


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#1 Don100

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:17 AM

I have set Windows to notify me when updates are available so that I can select the ones I want and install them. Yesterday I received notification of seven new updates. I downloaded and installed six of them, but one I do not want. This one relates to a junk mail filter. As I use my ISP's email system; I don't need or want this.

I can't get the notification about this update to go away. It sits on the bottom right of my screen, annoys me, and could even being using RAM. How do I decline this update and make it go away.

I am using Windows Vista Home Premium.

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#2 I_am_CanadianEh?

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:43 AM

I'm not in front of my Windows 7 (same interface as Vista) computer, but I think this is how you do it.

- select the update you don't want to install by putting a check mark in the box.
- RIGHT click. On the menu it should ask you to ignore or hide this update.
- if there is no such option, look at the menu on the left hand side and look for an option to hide.
Select OK and WU should not bother you again about the update.

Again, I am going by memory here....I'm at work in front of my good 'ol XP laptop. :huh:

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:29 PM

I_am_CanadianEh?,

Thanks for the clue. It actually didn't work exactly that way, but your suggestion prompted me to try more alternatives based on your comment, and one of them worked.

Specifically, what I did was to (1) click on the icon in my taskbar to bring it up, (2) left-click on the link that read something like "more information," (3) right-click on the description of the link that Microsoft wants me to download, and (4) select "hide". Not exactly elegant, but then again, Microsoft apparently doesn't want it to be that easy to discard their updates.

The above steps may not be exactly precise, as I could not retrace my steps once I executed them. They are reasonably close, so others reading this thread can follow them.

Thanks again. BTW, keep your darn snow up there in Canada... we're getting blasted here in the northeastern US. (G)

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 04:56 PM

Glad it worked out for you.
BTW - If you find Vista a bear...upgrade to Windows 7. Similar interface to Vista but much more stable IMO.

BTW, keep your darn snow up there in Canada... we're getting blasted here in the northeastern US. (G)


If you look at your weather system charts, all that dumping in DC came from "Colorado Lows". All of Canada has been pretty dry this winter. :huh:




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