how to uninstall optional updates?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by davidjchuang, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    When I went to "Installed Updates" ( not update history ), I couldn'
    find optional updates that I had installed, i.e. MS Silverlight 1.
    (KB946609). All I saw were those downloaded automatically. So, how do
    uninstall the optionals when I need to ? That Silverlight is a littl
    intrusive. I had to do a system restore to get rid of it. I'd like t
    know a direct way, if there is any. Thank you
    davidjchuang, Apr 1, 2008
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  2. davidjchuang

    .Joe Guest


    It would appear you're not alone. I've been doing some reading, an
    there are several people in the same situation. The update KB94660
    doesn't show up where the other updates are listed and doesn't show u
    in the uninstall a program area either. I'll keep checking for
    solution on this. I'm glad the system restore option worked for you


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  3. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    You can uninstall Microsoft Silverlight in Control Panel > Programs.

    Charlie42, Apr 1, 2008
  4. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Hi, Charlie42. I'm not sure how your response got into " vista service
    pack problem", instead of " how to uninstall ---". It happened to me
    once already, not too long ago. Anyway back to the subject matter. I had
    already removed Silverlight via system restore, so I can't check that
    out. However I also had installed an optional called " Other Hardware.
    HID Non-user Input Data Filter " about 3 weeks ago( it does not have a
    code #, i.e. KB ---". I cannot find that one in Programs & Features. It
    is not in the "Installed Updates" list either. Seems to me the mystery
    is still there. Can you enlighten me? Thank you.
    davidjchuang, Apr 1, 2008
  5. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    It is the optional update Microsoft released in January for their keyboards
    and mice drivers. I suggest you leave it installed.

    Charlie42, Apr 2, 2008
  6. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Thank you, Charlie42. I have no intention to uninstall this one. I
    brought it up only to illustrate my puzzle of how to remove unwanted
    optional updates if I cannot find them in " Installed Updates" file. 2
    more additional questions please : -
    1.) When an optional update is made available, how do I find out what
    it is for, in order to decide if I want it or not.
    2.) Someone told me that he wanted to install the optional " HID
    Non-user Input Data Filter", but he couldn't find it from his Windows
    Updates. Any reason ? Can he go to MS web site and ask for it ?
    Awaiting for your responses. Thank you.
    davidjchuang, Apr 2, 2008
  7. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    It shows up in Windows Update when you search for available updates. Since
    it is optional, you have to tick it for download yourself.

    To find out what good an update is for, search the Knowledge Base for it's
    KB number.
    No. As far as I know, this update is only available through Windows Update.
    Your friend should first try to plug in his or her Microsoft keyboard/mouse
    before searching for new updates. If that does not work, (re-)install the
    IntelliPoint software and search for the update again.

    Charlie42, Apr 2, 2008
  8. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Thank you. I'll relay the message. As to the Knowledge Base, I used the
    link you gave me, entered " other hardware hid non-user ---", and before
    I finished, a list of names showed up one of which was the one I wanted.
    I hit search button, and it told me no match found. Well, how did it get
    that " other hardware ---" name on the list in the first place ?? I must
    have missed something.
    davidjchuang, Apr 2, 2008
  9. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    I am guessing what flashed before your eyes was just the auto-complete
    (search suggestions) of the search engine. Just a little piece of advice: If
    a search comes up blank, try to broaden it by using fewer search words.

    These are the links to the two KB articles in question:
    This update is classified in the Other Hardware category because the driver
    is for peripherals native to neither Vista nor the computer. Even though the
    products and software bear Microsoft's name, this is not an OS update.

    Charlie42, Apr 2, 2008
  10. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Thank you, Charlie42. You are as usual, helpful and informative.
    Learned a lot from your reponses. Need a lot more of people like you!
    davidjchuang, Apr 3, 2008
  11. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    You are welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

    Charlie42, Apr 3, 2008
  12. davidjchuang

    sheep67 Guest

    Is there any other way to uninstall Optional Updates other than System
    Restore or override driver installation with a new one?
    sheep67, Apr 5, 2008
  13. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    Go to Control Panel > Programs > Show installed updates. Right-click the
    update you want to get rid of, then select Uninstall.

    To install a new driver over a current one, download the most recent version
    from the manufacturer's web site and run the installer/setup program. This
    will replace the current driver file(s) and registry key(s).

    Charlie42, Apr 5, 2008
  14. Optional Updates are not available via Control Panel, otherwise I would have
    done it already.
    silverlight168, Apr 7, 2008
  15. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest

    Log into an administrator account, you should be able to see them in the
    Update log. They do show up at my machines.

    Charlie42, Apr 7, 2008
  16. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Silverlight168, this is davidjchuang, the guy who started this threa
    (mess?). Charlie42 and the rest of them were right. If you go t
    Programs And Features, you'll see the optional updates you ha
    installed. Look for their names, the KB #s are omitted,i.e. Microsof
    Silverlight, not Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 (KB946609). I had jus
    reinstalled silverlight, then I went to Installed Updates, it's ther
    BUT could not be uninstalled. So, I went to Programs & Features, an
    it's there too. Now I can remove it if I want to. I was wrong all along
    and I applogize for misleading you
    davidjchuang, Apr 8, 2008
  17. davidjchuang

    Bob Guest

    In the List view or the Details view you should see the KB#.
    Bob, Apr 8, 2008
  18. I apologized for making my question confusing to all of you. I wasn't looking
    to uninstall Silverlight Optional Updates rather some other updates.

    I inadvertently installed Optional Updates of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX from
    Windows Updates and I need to remove it completely. My Vista 64 system is now
    BSOD every time waking up from Sleep Mode. I did download the latest driver
    from EVGA site to override and it still BSOD with the same symptoms. I also
    tried to Roll Back the driver from Device Manager and it still BSOD after
    waking up from Sleep Mode.

    I also confirmed that No Driver Optional Updates are listed on the Control
    Panel>Programs> Programs and Features> Installed Updates. However, it's
    listed on Control Panel> System and Maintenance>Windows Update> View update

    So I was wandering if there is a way to Uninstall it without having to
    completely re-install my system.

    I thank you guys in advance for any advices.
    silverlight168, Apr 8, 2008
  19. davidjchuang

    Charlie42 Guest


    Have you tried System Restore?

    Charlie42, Apr 8, 2008
  20. That was actually the first thing that I tried. Unfortunately, the date the
    Optional Updates got installed was a little further back than the Restore
    Point available.
    silverlight168, Apr 8, 2008
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