Windows Updates

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  1. bamaman66

    bamaman66 Registered Member

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    I had all of my windows updates installed and I was deleting a lot of files. Somehow I have lost my updates. They do not appear on the control panel under add and remove programs. When I go to the Windows updates site it says that I do not need any major updates. When I do a qfecheck it only shows one update. How can I reinstall these updates if they are gone?
     
  2. WSFuser

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    do u use ccleaner? i know ccleaner lets u delete the hotfix uninstallers. perhaps it also deletes the entries from add/remove programs.

    dont worry tho, teh hotfixes are still installed u just cant uninstall them.
     
  3. NICK ADSL UK

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    Hi bamaman :)
    Security Tool:
    Find out if you are missing important Microsoft product updates by using MBSA.

    Regards
     
  4. bamaman66

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    I ran MBSA and it said the catalog file is damaged or an invalid catalog. Yes I do use ccleaner but I do not have the block checked for hotfix uninstallers.
     
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    Hi, bamaman66

    Is the Show Updates box checked [ticked], it is near top centre of the add and remove programs, because without the tick you will not see Windows Updates.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  7. bamaman66

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    The show updates box is ticked on control panel.
     
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    Hi, bamaman66

    Sorry I could not be of any help then. :ouch:
    I can not see how you can delete your updates by accident because you would have to unhide them first to see them. :blink:

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  9. bamaman66

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    I downloaded mbsa 1.2.1 and it showed I have all my security updates. I still don't understand why they do not show up in the add/remove programs. I don't know what I could have deleted that would remove them from the add/remove programs. There is an entry in add/remove programs for "Windows Updates" but the hotfixes are not shown under it.
     
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    Hi bamaman66

    If you look in the registry you should be
    able to see all your update uninstall registry keys
    they all start kb----- (- being a number)
    Maybe these have been deleted

    For Windows XP Home

    Start
    Run ...... type in regedit
    navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    \CurrentVersion\Uninstall
     
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    If you wiped out the Uninstall folders for these (or for that matter, for just about any app), usually they'll no longer show up in Add-Remove.
     
  12. bamaman66

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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    \CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    My hotfixes are all shown here and when I go to Windows Updates it says that I do not need any hotfixes but I am confused where they went from my add/remove programs.
     
  13. zcv

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    First, turn on View Hidden files:
    Go to My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View tab, scroll down to Show hidden files and tick.

    Next, double click on the Windows folder. Do you see folders that begin with $NtUninstallKB + numbers? If there, they will be at the beginning, right under $hf_mig$.

    If not there, MS updates will not show in the Add/Remove panel because the uninstall routines are not present. No harm - you just cannot uninstall the patches.

    I get rid of them on a semi-annual basis just to get the clutter out. I do back them up for a year though.
     
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