How to Remove Pending Updates on Vista

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How to Remove Pending Updates on Vista
Remove pending updates from the Windows Update tool if you don't want to install them. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The automatic Windows Update feature that comes with Windows Vista computers downloads the latest software upgrades and fixes to keep the computer secure and working properly. Windows Update also performs the same function for some third-party software and hardware. Pending updates listed in Windows Updates are those that the user has yet to download or install on the computer. If you don't want to install a pending update you can remove it from the Windows Update tool.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button on the Windows taskbar.

  2. 2

    Click "All Programs" and then click "Windows Update."

  3. 3

    Click "Check For Updates" in the left-hand menu. Wait for Windows Update to find and load all updates for the computer.

  4. 4

    Click "View Available Updates."

  5. 5

    Right-click on the update that you want to remove. Click "Hide Update." This stops Windows Update from automatically selecting or installing the pending update each time the tool checks for updates. You can always unhide the update later by coming back to this page and clicking the "Restore Hidden Updates."

Tips and warnings

  • Always download and install the "Critical Updates" from Windows Updates; these contain essential security and performance upgrades and fixes for the computer.

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