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Thread: How do I delete updates not yet installed?

  1. #1
    ricosoma Guest

    How do I delete updates not yet installed?

    I inadvertantly downloaded a Windows Update file to "correct security issues
    with Word Perfect Office 12". I only have the word processing component of
    this office suite installed I don't want the rest. Update keeps trying to
    install the update and asks for the cd (which I don't have). I repeatedly
    cancel the install but it keeps re-initializing. The only way to stop it
    (temporarily) is to end the program with Task Manager. I want to delete this
    annoyance but can't find the file and don't know where to look.

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    TaurArian [MS-MVP] Guest

    Re: How do I delete updates not yet installed?

    Presuming you downloaded this update through WU and not manually -

    Remove WU downloads from the temporary folder:-

    Stop the Automatic Updates service

    Click Start, Choose Run.
    In the Run box, type services.msc.
    Click OK.
    Right-click the Automatic Updates service.
    Click Stop.
    Stopping the service will take a moment.

    Delete the contents of the Download folder
    Click Start. Choose Run.
    In the Run box, type %windir%\SoftwareDistribution
    Click OK.
    Open the Download folder.
    Delete all contents of the Download folder.
    Close the window.

    Start the Automatic Updates service
    Click Start. Choose Run.
    In the Run box, type services.msc.
    Click OK.
    Right-click the Automatic Updates service.
    Click Start.
    Starting the service will take a moment.

    By deleting the contents of the Download folder - you have removed any downloaded updates.


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    "ricosoma" <ricosoma@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8FD05782-193E-4CEF-87C4-02E870C104C9@microsoft.com...
    |I inadvertantly downloaded a Windows Update file to "correct security issues
    | with Word Perfect Office 12". I only have the word processing component of
    | this office suite installed I don't want the rest. Update keeps trying to
    | install the update and asks for the cd (which I don't have). I repeatedly
    | cancel the install but it keeps re-initializing. The only way to stop it
    | (temporarily) is to end the program with Task Manager. I want to delete this
    | annoyance but can't find the file and don't know where to look.



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