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    Windows 8 update not selected to install

    Why are some of the "Important" Windows 8 updates not automatically selected for installation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffL View Post
    Why are some of the "Important" Windows 8 updates not automatically selected for installation?

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    Hello there!

    I think it's because it's Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows 8 which is important but not for everyone.
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    Hello Jeff,

    No matter what your Windows Update settings are, some updates aren't installed automatically. This includes optional updates and updates that require you to accept new terms of use. In addition, some updates are required to be installed before others, so some may not be automatically selected until the others that were already automatically selected are installed first.

    It's usually best to only install the updates that are selected by default to avoid any possible installation conflicts, then go back and finish installing any other available updates after the first batch are finished installing.

    Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

    Hope this helps.
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    I thought I posted a follow up question yesterday, but I don't see it, so I'll try again.

    I looked at my update history, and found that the unselected update had actually been successfully installed a few days earlier

    It's still showing up as an unselected, important update. What's up with that?

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    Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 x64-based Systems - July 2013 (KB890830)

    Installation date: ‎7/‎11/‎2013 7:14 AM

    Installation status: Succeeded

    Update type: Important

    After the download, this tool runs one time to check your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection that is found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time that you start your computer. A new version of the tool will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download Center, or you can run an online version from This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an antivirus product.

    More information:
    The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running supported versions of Windows

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    Microsoft Support
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    Go ahead and install the update again to see if that may sort it.

    If not, then you could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to reset Windows Update to see if it still shows up afterwards.
    If still not, then you could hide the update to not see it anymore until there's a new version of the update available.

    Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates - Windows 7 Help Forums
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