Microsoft has given us some more obvious choices in Windows Update within Windows 7. First the main Windows Update screen is more friendly and informative.
Many people have Windows Update set to automatically install "Important Updates" since that’s the default setting set by Microsoft. If we have updates set for automatic, why would we even need to run the Windows Update program?
Windows Update doesn’t install all available updates. You may not want all of them, either. But, the main reason is that Windows Update has some configuration options that give you more control.
We get to the Windows Update program in the usual manner: Start > All Programs > Windows Update.
As you can see above, the first thing we find is that Windows Update shows us very prominently that it has an important update and two optional updates available to be installed.
First, let’s look to see what the Important Update is. Oh, it’s the Office Genuine Advantage Notifications update. I’m not going to install it. In fact, I’m going to hide it so that it doesn’t show up any more (but, if Microsoft changes the program again, the new version will be presented for installation — the Hide function only hides that particular release).
Now, let’s take care of hiding this update that I don’t want.
I’m going to right-click on the update itself (notice that the update is not checked — it’s not selected and that checking it would start the download of it).
The right-click hightlighted the update in blue, and gave me a small popup context menu with two options: Copy Details and Hide Update.
I clicked on Hide Update, but nothing apparently happened. However, when I clicked elsewhere on the dialog box, it removed the highlighting on that update, and I saw that it was now in a faint gray font. Right-clicking again showed me the option to Restore Update.
The final step here is to click OK or Cancel, or the back arrow or breadcrumb list, to move from that window. We don’t have to click OK for the change to be remmembered. Note that one of the dialog box’s options is to "Restore hidden updates."
Next, I checked the two "Optional Updates" that were available. These two were Office Live Add-in 1.4 and Windows Live Essentials.
At this point, I’m not interested in either of these, so I also hid these updates.