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Originally Posted by tp4tissue View Post

Jesus... that many... ? omg.. how will i ever get through these every time I install windowz.

If you have recommended updates turned off after you install windows before you let your machine go online 99.9% of those you don't have to worry about.
post #22 of 99
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Jesus... that many... ? omg.. how will i ever get through these every time I install windowz.

Keep in mind that they make a habit of re-releasing those bad updates. I haven't had WU change to auto yet, but also keep an eye on that.

Personally I haven't updated since December. I'll update again soon though, now that I have an up-to-date list.
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I just let Windows Update install everything it comes up with, reboot a few times until everything is installed and computer settles down - physically disconnect internet - then run the Aegis script to uninstall the spyware updates, reboot a few more times until HDD activity settles down - done.

It doesn't hurt to make a habit of running that program once a week regardless.

https://github.com/th3power/aegis-voat

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aegisvoat

Aegis for Windows 7/8.x - Blocks all known Microsoft spying and Windows 10 upgrade elements

Details:

Block 215 bad hosts, change windows update to check/notify (do not download/install), disable automatic delivery of internet explorer via windows update, disable ceip/gwx/skydrive(aka onedrive)/spynet/telemetry/wifisense, disable remote registry, disable 31 scheduled tasks, disable windows 10 download directory, remove diagtrack, sync time to ntp.org, hide/uninstall 47 kb updates (see below).

Instructions:

Download, unzip, right click on aegis.cmd, click "run as administrator", follow on-screen instructions.

Internet Explorer:

Some updates which may contain critical security patches for ie, as well as automated delivery of ie and related updates, will be blocked. Due to the obvious security risk posed by running an unpatched browser we strongly advise to uninstall ie. If you plan to continue to use ie you should probably not run this script - or manually patch and do so at your own risk.

Liability:

All code except sed and setacl is provided as open source so you can look and see for yourself what it does. It has been thoroughly tested on my own systems and scanned on VirusTotal and to the best of my knowledge it does not contain any harmful or malicious elements. However I assume no liability for any problems so use it at your own risk.

License:

There is no official license - you are welcome to modify and share my code and you do not have to give me credit. I do appreciate any feedback and I will give you credit if I use your ideas. This script is the product of a collaborate effort and does not belong to any one person.

Windows Update:

This script will not block Windows Update, however it will change your Windows Update settings to check/notify but do not download/install. If you have any problems getting Windows Update to work properly after running the script (this may happen in rare cases after uninstalling some updates) you may need to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter or the System Update Readiness Tool (this can take a while to run, be patient). If you have recently installed updates and have not yet rebooted you may need to run the script again after you reboot.

kb update description

kb971033 update for windows activation technologies

kb2882822 update for adding itracerelogger interface support

kb2902907 description not available, update was pulled by microsoft

kb2922324 description not available, update was pulled by microsoft

kb2952664 update for upgrading windows 7

kb2976978 update for windows 8.1 and windows 8

kb2977759 update for windows 7 rtm

kb2990214 update that enables you to upgrade from windows 7 to a later version of windows

kb3012973 upgrade to windows 10

kb3014460 update for windows insider preview / upgrade to windows 10

kb3015249 update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

kb3021917 update for windows 7 sp1 for performance improvements

kb3022345 update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry

kb3035583 update installs get windows 10 app in windows 8.1 and windows 7 sp1

kb3042058 update for cipher suite priority order (contains winlogon spying elements)

kb3044374 update that enables you to upgrade from windows 8.1 to windows 10

kb3046480 update for migrating .net when upgrading to later version of windows

kb3050265 update for windows update client for windows 7 june 2015

kb3050267 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 june 2015

kb3064683 update for windows 8.1 oobe modifications to reserve windows 10

kb3065987 update for windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2 july 2015

kb3065988 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2 july 2015

kb3068708 update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry

kb3072318 update for windows 8.1 oobe modifications to reserve windows 10

kb3074677 compatibility update for upgrading to windows 10

kb3075249 update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in windows 8.1 and windows 7

kb3075851 update for windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2 august 2015

kb3075853 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2 august 2015

kb3080149 update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry

kb3081437 august 18, 2015, compatibility update for upgrading to windows 10

kb3081454 september 8, 2015, compatibility update for upgrading to windows 10

kb3081954 update for work folders improvements in windows 7 sp1 (contains telemetry elements)

kb3083324 update for windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2 september 2015

kb3083325 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2 september 2015

kb3083710 update for windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2 october 2015

kb3083711 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2 october 2015

kb3086255 september 8, 2015, security update for the graphics component in windows (breaks safedisc)

kb3088195 october 13, 2015, security update for windows kernel (reported to contain a keylogger)

kb3090045 windows update for reserved devices in windows 8.1 or windows 7 sp1 (windows 10 upgrade elements)

kb3093983 security update for internet explorer: october 13, 2015 (ie spying elements)

kb3102810 windows 10 upgrade elements

kb3102812 windows 10 upgrade elements

kb3112343 update for windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2 december 2015

kb3112336 update for windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2 december 2015

kb3123862 updated capabilities to upgrade windows 8.1 and windows 7

kb3135445 windows update client for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2: february 2016

kb3135449 windows update client for windows 8.1 and windows server 2012 r2: february 2016

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Why are people still recommending hiding updates like it' the best way to avoid Windows 10? Aren't you just generating a whole lot of unnecessary work for yourself when you could achieve the same outcome with the registry/gpedit fix and forget about update whack-a-mole?

Or you could use the upgrade -> clean install method which continues to work flawlessly for me.
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same outcome with the registry/gpedit fix

Post the details on it then - a lot of people are just not smart enough to search for specific things on google, or just too afraid to admit it and ask for help.
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Post the details on it then - a lot of people are just not smart enough to search for specific things on google, or just too afraid to admit it and ask for help.

News Article: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/01/microsoft-finally-has-a-proper-way-to-opt-out-of-windows-78-to-windows-10-upgrades/

Microsoft KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

The MS article actually makes things look a lot more complicated than they are. The process can be simplified to one .reg file:
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]
"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

The target PC must be updated with KB3080351 (or a subsequent update that includes KB3080351's code - when I looked for KB3080351 on my PC it was not listed even though the OS had every available update installed, but the gpedit setting was available, so KB3080351 must have been rolled into another update).

Personally, on most of my own PC's I have not even needed this fix because I have upgraded them to Windows 10 and then clean installed Windows 7 back onto them. In every case, this process has resulted in GWX being essentially disabled. It's still present, but it does nothing. No nagware, no $Windows ~BT downloads etc. I install every available update. Some people claim that this method hasn't worked for them, however.

PS. the first sentence of my last post wasn't supposed to be a rhetorical question. If anyone has a legitimate reason for thinking that running around in circles hunting updates is still a better way, then I'd like to hear it.
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^He likes to be watched.

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Originally Posted by codejunki View Post

You are ignorant of the fact you are already being watched.

all this talk about privacy and has anyone noticed the way OCN watches you and how the ads on it change with web sites you visit?? this is just marketing for the companies. I am not worried about it..
post #28 of 99
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Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

Snip! (Click to show)
News Article: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/01/microsoft-finally-has-a-proper-way-to-opt-out-of-windows-78-to-windows-10-upgrades/

Microsoft KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

The MS article actually makes things look a lot more complicated than they are. The process can be simplified to one .reg file:
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]
"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

The target PC must be updated with KB3080351 (or a subsequent update that includes KB3080351's code - when I looked for KB3080351 on my PC it was not listed even though the OS had every available update installed, but the gpedit setting was available, so KB3080351 must have been rolled into another update).

Personally, on most of my own PC's I have not even needed this fix because I have upgraded them to Windows 10 and then clean installed Windows 7 back onto them. In ever case, this process has resulted in GWX being essentially disabled. It's still present, but it does nothing. No nagware, no $Windows ~BT downloads etc. I install every available update. Some people claim that this method hasn't worked for them, however.

PS. the first sentence of my last post wasn't supposed to be a rhetorical question. If anyone has a legitimate reason for thinking that running around in circles hunting updates is still a better way, then I'd like to hear it.

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Confirmed. This update has reappeared, even though I previously hid it.

But it's not the first time that's happened. In the past I've seen lots of hidden updates reappear for no apparent reason. I don't think this is so much that MS has pushed the update again, rather their "Hide Update" feature is just flaky.

It's not flaky, they did republish it. You can see it not only in the right pane in the "Select updates to install" window, but also in the date on the specific files listed in the KB page, in this case:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3035583

As you can see there are lots of files for both 7 and 8.1 with February 2016 dates.

I will personally keep hiding these. Not only because it allows me to see their manoeuvres over the months, but also because letting in this KB file and others not only hasn't worked for everybody, but it begs the question of whether you will get these updated versions that may change behaviour. We all know about the "whoops" moments that Microsoft has had in this matter in the the past months and they don't inspire confidence. From the "whoops, sorry, we erroneously initiated the Windows 10 download without your consent" to the "whoops, the TH2 update to Windows 10 reverted many of the privacy settings to their default values". So who says that these updated versions don't override your settings? Also, this KB is known to collect telemetry and send it back to Microsoft. Does anyone know if that is stopped too?
Edited by tpi2007 - 2/26/16 at 3:37pm
 
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Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

News Article: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/01/microsoft-finally-has-a-proper-way-to-opt-out-of-windows-78-to-windows-10-upgrades/

Microsoft KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

The MS article actually makes things look a lot more complicated than they are. The process can be simplified to one .reg file:
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]
"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

The target PC must be updated with KB3080351 (or a subsequent update that includes KB3080351's code - when I looked for KB3080351 on my PC it was not listed even though the OS had every available update installed, but the gpedit setting was available, so KB3080351 must have been rolled into another update).

Personally, on most of my own PC's I have not even needed this fix because I have upgraded them to Windows 10 and then clean installed Windows 7 back onto them. In every case, this process has resulted in GWX being essentially disabled. It's still present, but it does nothing. No nagware, no $Windows ~BT downloads etc. I install every available update. Some people claim that this method hasn't worked for them, however.

PS. the first sentence of my last post wasn't supposed to be a rhetorical question. If anyone has a legitimate reason for thinking that running around in circles hunting updates is still a better way, then I'd like to hear it.

Nice, don't have those keys (I only do updates on services I use) but I've added the keys anyway.
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