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How do I hide some windows updates in Windows 7 RC?

    Question

  • I have 31 optional language updates showing up in windows updates on Windows 7 RC and would like to hide them so they don't show up any more.  How can I do this?  And, is there a way to select all of them and hide them, or am I going to have to hide all of the 31 updates individually?
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:06 PM

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  • I clicked the box at the top which selected all of the 31 updates, however, the "right click - hide" didn't hide them all after that.
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.

    You are not doing it properly.  Do not click the box at the top.  Follow these instructions:

    1. Click once on the first Langunge Pack update to highlight.
    2. Press and hold the Shift key located on your keyboard.
    3. Click on the last Language Pack on the very bottom.
    4. All listed Language Packs should now be highlighted.
    5. Release the Shift key you have been pressing down.
    6. Right-click in the middle of the highlighed updates and select Hide Updates.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:18 PM
  • You can range select just like you can in Windows Explorer. If the
    updates you want to hide are listed together (like the Language
    updates). click the top one, hold down the shift key and click the
    last one on the list. All should be selected at that point and you
    can hide them all at the same time. Control-click for individual non
    adjoining items in the list.

    On Sat, 30-May-09 13:25:40 GMT, thebigdintx wrote:

    >Thanks. Apparently, I have to hide each update separately. And, it would have been nice if that info was on the windows update windows somewhere.
    >Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
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    Barb Bowman
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    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:43 PM
  • I just hid all the language updates using this method on a test
    machine.

    On Sat, 30-May-09 14:05:44 GMT, floppydrive wrote:

    >right-clicking within the marked range and selecting hide will only hide a single update - not the selected range
    
    Barb Bowman
    MS-MVP
    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com
    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:15 PM

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  • Press the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click once on each update to highlight, then release the Ctrl key, right-click and select Hide Updates.


    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:22 PM
  • Thanks.  Apparently, I have to hide each update separately.  And, it would have been nice if that info was on the windows update windows somewhere.
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:25 PM
  • You can range select just like you can in Windows Explorer. If the
    updates you want to hide are listed together (like the Language
    updates). click the top one, hold down the shift key and click the
    last one on the list. All should be selected at that point and you
    can hide them all at the same time. Control-click for individual non
    adjoining items in the list.

    On Sat, 30-May-09 13:25:40 GMT, thebigdintx wrote:

    >Thanks. Apparently, I have to hide each update separately. And, it would have been nice if that info was on the windows update windows somewhere.
    >Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    --

    Barb Bowman
    MS-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com/
    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:43 PM
  • I clicked the box at the top which selected all of the 31 updates, however, the "right click - hide" didn't hide them all after that.
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:04 PM
  • Sorry, but you can't make a range select and hide all unwanted updates. Yes, you can do a range select, but right-clicking within the marked range and selecting hide will only hide a single update - not the selected range.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:05 PM
  • what happens when you try it the way I just described?



    On Sat, 30-May-09 14:04:50 GMT, thebigdintx wrote:

    >I clicked the box at the top which selected all of the 31 updates, however, the "right click - hide" didn't hide them all after that.
    >Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.

    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:06 PM
  • I range-selected but only selected about half of them. They hid OK, then I selected the remainder, again OK.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:14 PM
  • I just hid all the language updates using this method on a test
    machine.

    On Sat, 30-May-09 14:05:44 GMT, floppydrive wrote:

    >right-clicking within the marked range and selecting hide will only hide a single update - not the selected range
    
    Barb Bowman
    MS-MVP
    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com
    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:15 PM
  • Like floppydrive said, I selected all of them, right clicked and clicked on hide, but it only hid the top one.  I had to do each of the remaining ones separatly.
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:16 PM
  • I clicked the box at the top which selected all of the 31 updates, however, the "right click - hide" didn't hide them all after that.
    Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.

    You are not doing it properly.  Do not click the box at the top.  Follow these instructions:

    1. Click once on the first Langunge Pack update to highlight.
    2. Press and hold the Shift key located on your keyboard.
    3. Click on the last Language Pack on the very bottom.
    4. All listed Language Packs should now be highlighted.
    5. Release the Shift key you have been pressing down.
    6. Right-click in the middle of the highlighed updates and select Hide Updates.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:18 PM
  • Exactly, although actually it SHOULD work and is probably a bug (?).
    If there is a function to select all with a single checkbox, then
    users should be able to perform the hide function that way.
    Technically anyway. I can understand why MS might have some
    reluctance to program it the way it is..

    On Sat, 30-May-09 14:18:27 GMT, Carey Frisch wrote:

    >You are not doing it properly. Do not click the box at the top.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:41 PM
  • Don't select (with the checkmark) any of the updates.  Just highlight all of the updates as you would if you were going to do something with them in any other context.  After all of the updates are highlighted (no checkmarks next to them), then you can right click and select hide.  It works.
    • Proposed as answer by Bill Berto Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:15 PM
    Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:14 PM
  • I have Win7 RTM (7600) Ultimate on a DELL Precision. The methods described are working on my system. Regardless of how you select the unwanted updates (i.e. range select with mouse, click first -shift- click last, ctrl and click selectively, etc) you want them to be highlighted across but NOT selected in the box on the left. Then right click anywhere in the highlighted area and you should be given the option to "hide updates". But be aware, updates do not disappear after that. They become "greyed-out" and their corresponding boxes too. Then if you exit from update window and re-open, voila, the "hidden" updates are, then, gone. At this point you can -again- unhide them (if so wanted) by following the "Restore Hidden Updates" link on the left of that screen.
    Thursday, December 24, 2009 5:46 AM
  • You can range select just like you can in Windows Explorer. If the
    updates you want to hide are listed together (like the Language
    updates). click the top one, hold down the shift key and click the
    last one on the list. All should be selected at that point and you
    can hide them all at the same time. Control-click for individual non
    adjoining items in the list.

    On Sat, 30-May-09 13:25:40 GMT, thebigdintx wrote:

    >Thanks. Apparently, I have to hide each update separately. And, it would have been nice if that info was on the windows update windows somewhere.
    >Intel Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz, 2GB DDR Ram, Nvidia 7600GS - AGP type.
    --

    Barb Bowman
    MS-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com/
    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com

    I recently built a machine with Win7 Ultimate in Oct 09, and tried the methods on this page (including the ones by "supposed MVPs" Barb Bowman & Carey Frisch).  I was NOT able to select all unwanted updates and choose to hide them as a group.  I tried selecting all unwanted updates with the checkboxes and right-clicking (no "hide" option available), selecting them by highlighting them (highlighting 1st one by clicking on it and holding SHIFT to click on last...again, no "hide" option available upon right-click), and even doing both (where all are checked AND highlighted...still no "hide" option).

    The ONLY way I was able to hide them was right-clicking each one individually...that was the ONLY time I had the "hide" option available.

    Sheesh...you would think that paying a lot of cash to buy Ultimate would at least give a person some easier ways to accomplish a relatively simple task like this.  It also bothers me that there is apparently an inconsistency in this area as Win7 was developed, since the described method works on some peoples' machines and not on others'.

    I agree with thebigdintx that this should be an available option easily seen on the Update page.

    Oh, and Carey Frisch...get off your high horse.  Saying to someone "You are not doing it properly" is rude, first of all...secondly, your method didn't even work.  You should lose a medal for your lack of thoroughness and your arrogance.
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:59 PM
  • I can assure you that you can hide all updates at once. The key is to not select ANY of the checkboxes. Not the one at the top or any of the checkboxes for any of the updates. Which from reading your post you admitted to selecting the checkboxes. When you view the optional language updates, the first one is already highlighted in blue. Hold the shift key and select the last one. At this point all of them are selected. Release the shift key and Right Click. At this point you will have 2 options and one of them is HIDE UPDATES (notice the plural). I just did this with Win7 Ultimate 64Bit.
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 11:55 PM