This guide will show you step by step how to hide any unwanted or optional Windows 7 Updates that you don’t want to install.
- To check for updates click on the Start button, then select All Programs, and finally Windows Update.
- Then click on Check for updates in the left panel.
- In this example you can see there are 34 Optional Updates. Mostly because this is Windows 7 Ultimate and there are a lot of additional language packs you probably don’t want or need.
- Click on the Optional Updates link to see a list of the updates. Right-click on the one you don’t need then click Hide Update.
- If you want to hide multiple Optional Updates highlight the first one then scroll down to the bottom and hold the Shift key while you left-click the mouse to select them all.
- Then right-click anywhere on the highlighted updates and click Hide Updates.
- Then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.
- You’ll be brought back to the Windows Update screen and the Optional Updates are no longer displayed.
- If you want to show Optional Updates again just click Restore hidden updates in the left panel.
- The Optional Updates will be displayed again and you can check the one(s) you want then click Restore and install them if you want.
This works for individual or multiple Optional Updates that you want to hide or restore. You can also do this for Important Updates but it isn’t advised as they provide stability and security patches to the OS.
2021 Update: Microsoft doesn’t provide updates for Windows 7 at this time. For the most part. Kind of. This is a great article that explains how to update Windows 7 now that Microsoft only provides updates for Enterprise customers (again, that’s not entirely true). It does take quite a long time and it’s much more involved than just using the Windows Update feature, but keeping Windows 7 completely up to date does protect you from some of the latest severe security threats (WannaCry, WannaCrypt, Spectre, Meltdown, PrintNightmare etc).