Reply To: Hiding update fails
You make a good point, Racerbob. I find most (not all) of the optional updates beneficial, and make an effort to install them if they will be of value.
As I type, there is one (besides the Silverlight thing) that I will install. That is a Definition Update for the Microsoft Security Essentials. Why they have that in the optional category I don’t know.
On the other hand, my video card is a nVidia product, and the manufacturer keeps the drivers updated. The same drivers will eventually show up, after getting blessed by Microsoft, as optional updates. Since Microsoft runs so far behind, almost every update for the video card is obsolete when they offer it — and the updating process throws an error. So I hide those.
Rather than have the optional list get large, I like to install those I need, and hide the ones I don’t want.