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> List of bad windows 8.1 updates
post Jun 21 2016, 01:31 AM
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Here's another list of bad Windows updates, this time for Windows 8.1. These updates either try to force Windows 10 down your throat or add telemetry/spyware into the OS at the system level.

One of these updates (KB3044374) is under the "important" category and will automatically be installed if you have automatic updates enabled (which is the default behavior unless specified otherwise.)

Here's the known list of updates that try to install Windows 10, or otherwise contain spyware.

KB3044374 - "Update that allows you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10" Warning: This is an "Important" update and will automatically be installed.
KB2976978 - "Compatibility update for Windows 8/8.1" - Installs telemetry for users in the CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program)
KB3035583 - "Installs GWX App" Same garbage from Windows 7 and 8, installs the nagware GWX application. Newer versions of the GWX app are known to be far more intrusive and annoying, be warned!
KB3058168 - "Activate Windows 10 from Windows 8/8.1 KMS hosts" Used for BIOS activation of Windows 10 installs.
KB3068708 - "Update for CEIP and diagnostic telemetry" Diagnostic telemetry/spyware for CEIP users.
KB3080149 - "Update for CEIP Program" Diagnostic telemetry/spyware for CEIP users.
KB3123862 - "Updated upgrade capabilities for Windows 7 and 8.1" Prep update for Windows 10.
KB3144850 - "Enables downgrade rights for Windows 10 IoT" Self explanatory.
KB3150513 - "Latest compatibility updates definitions" Updates the list of compatible hardware in the Windows readiness tool.
KB3173040 - "End of free upgrade offer" Full screen nagware to notify you that the free upgrade period for Windows 10 will end on July 29th."
KB3184143 - "Remove software related to GWX" Removes GWX upgrade offer software."
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