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[–] tame 2 points 111 points (+113|-2) ago 

So while we're liberally applying the tinfoil (and I've been going through and removing these updates myself so I'm not throwing stones here) - should we discuss the wisdom of cutting and pasting some executable code off the internet and running it just because the header says it uninstalls telemetry updates?

I mean yeah, the batch file goes through and uninstalls a bunch of updates. All it takes is for one of those updates to be a patch for a well known remote execution exploit instead of a telemetry patch, and wahey you've joined a botnet.

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[–] blind-science 4 points 45 points (+49|-4) ago 

But that's how you learn! When starting on Linux you just blindly copy commands from the internet and hope they work for you. Need DVD codecs i think this works :)

sudo rm -rf /

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[–] JoshMcinJosh 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago 

You need to add the tag --no-preserve-root.

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[–] kurotetsuka 3 points 11 points (+14|-3) ago 

sudo rm --no-preserve-root -rf / :P

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[–] freedumbz 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Can confirm, that code works perfectly. It solves all your Linux problems.

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[–] Mack 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What has linux got to do with this post?

[–] [deleted] 1 points 26 points (+27|-1) ago  (edited ago)

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[–] tame 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

While we're on the topic of things being hard to read... as I said in my second paragraph, I know what it does. It goes through and uninstalls a bunch of windows updates. However, given that windows updates are the mechanism for patching all manner of security flaws and remote execution vulnerabilities as well as the mechanism for installing telemetry updates, it's bonkers to uninstall them en masse because a nice person on pastebin told you to, without confirming that each one being uninstalled is in fact just telemetry and is not patching a vulnerability.

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[–] Citron 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This specific batch file is easy to read. Batch files can become quite complicated. In the 1990's I wrote a batch file that encrypts/decrypts files. Anyway staying on topic, what the creator of the pastebin should've done is write a description of each of these patches.

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[–] dalek_caan [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm sorry, it was late when I posted this, so I forgot to add more info. But I'll do it now.

The command is: wusa /uninstall /kb:{update ID} You can read more there.

The update IDs are from the third comment here.

You can check Microsoft's website if you want to be sure what these updates do.

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[–] tame 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

For what it's worth, I wasn't having a go at you or saying the script was bad. I was just a little perturbed by the number of people who were like "Yay I'll download this thing and run it! :D :D :D " without seeming to think "hey wait up I should check this".

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] Nico3d3 0 points 32 points (+32|-0) ago 

I disabled telemetry on my Windows 10 but, now I'm worried that Microsoft might try to re-enable it by slipping a new "update" to bypass all my tweaks. The time to install Linux is getting closer and closer.

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[–] Chance 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Exactly; this will also be a problem on Windows 7/8 systems. You can keep blocking these updates, but just like SOPA they're just going to keep coming back in different forms.

The time of free, non-invasive internet/computing is behind us.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Depends on if you're willing to actually do something about it or not. For example, don't install these Windows 7 updates, and actually look the updates up before they get installed.

Believe it or not, your computer will not actually burst into flames and kill you instantly if you don't update Windows 7, nor will every botnet server in Russia line up to jump into your system, at least if you're installing some kind of protection other than everything on the default settings.

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[–] Radial 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

just by having the ability for the OS to snoop on you is a time bomb waiting to happen, either microsoft slips in an update to re enable it or some hacker exploits it to send your data to themselves instead of microsoft.

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[–] Sazed 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yup, I dual booted win10 with linux mint for that very reason (and also because it is fun). I would do away with 10 completely but I just keep it for games and a backup os in case i screw up my linux partition.

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[–] 2cents 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you're reading this and have never used Linux before, make the switch sooner rather than later so you have time to get accustomed to it.

Another popular way to test out Linux is to partition your hard drive and dual-boot Linux alongside whatever else you're running.

Also try out a LiveUSB image, it runs off a flash drive and has the option of installing at any time. You just need to insert the USB and make sure the computer boots to the USB and not the default hard drive, which can be done in your motherboard BIOS by pressing the appropriate hockey during startup (usually Del, F12, F10, F8, but it may be unique depending on which make/model you have - the user manual will have that info, and in any event the hockey should appear briefly on the screen right after powering on your machine.

Ubuntu 15.04 is treating me extremely well, and LibreOffice 5 is light years beyond previous versions in terms of speed and usability! Very happy I switched sooner rather than later :)

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[–] 2034972? 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Can confirm it works. When it says to reboot, click later, so that it can continue to uninstall the rest of the crap, and only reboot when it's completely done.

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[–] Comic_Dans 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Your font is large, so I feel compelled to trust you.

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[–] The_Redditor 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I got my Win7 work machine back from the dead thanks to this .bat ; no more post-boot hour-long paralysis.

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[–] NotThisMind 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Although the OP link could be a little more explicit, i leave this here in case someone gets any trouble with some resilient updates among those.

particularly KB2952664, if you can't seem to uninstall that, try http://pastebin.com/8z7VXeb6

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[–] NotThisMind 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Mine worked the way it is, it also worked for some people i know. Glad you got it fixed though.

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[–] slampisko 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Gaming is the only thing stopping me from just switching to Ubuntu at this point.

Doesn't have to be. https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/409914

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[–] JoshMcinJosh 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That looks like a lot more updates than a short while ago when I had a look. It was only maybe 5 or 6.

Can someone check what each one does? I don't have a Windows machine around at the moment.

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[–] woofcat 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago  (edited ago)

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[–] Fagtardicus 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

is it wise to rely on microsoft to tell you which updates they want to snoop on you with?

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[–] T1M 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

why specifically KB3075851, KB3065987 and KB3050265. They say they're client updates and dont mention anything specifically about telemetry or data.

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[–] scrubhero 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

http://www.hakspek.com/security/updates-make-windows-7-and-8-spy-on-you-like-windows-10/

This may help you, I had the link saved when I was posting to another thread, check the comments section. I'd take it with a grain of salt though without personally verifying.

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[–] setitimer 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Interesting. I have Windows 7 configured to install only "Important" updates automatically. The two mentioned in the article, KB3080149 and KB3075249, are optional so they were never installed on my systems.

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[–] Dingolicious 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You know it's getting bad when you can't even have Windows update enabled on Windows 7 any more. Fucks sake Microsoft.

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

cls

@ECHO off

@Echo Windows 7 Patch 2952664
REM This update helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in 
REM order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows.
wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 8 Patch 2976978
REM This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience 
REM Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the 
REM latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure 
REM compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system.
wusa /uninstall /kb:2976978 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7 Patch 2977759
REM This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience 
REM Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the 
REM latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure 
REM compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system.
wusa /uninstall /kb:2977759 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7 patch 2990214
REM This article describes an update that enables you to upgrade your computer from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) 
REM to a later version of Windows. This update has prerequisites.
wusa /uninstall /kb:2990214 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7 patch 3021917
REM This update performs diagnostics in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in order to determine whether performance 
REM issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. Telemetry is sent back to 
REM Microsoft for those computers that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). 
REM This update will help Microsoft and its partners deliver better system performance for customers who are 
REM seeking to install the latest Windows operating system.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3021917 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7, 8, 2008, 2012 patch 3022345 
REM This update has been replaced by the latest update for customer experience and diagnostic 
REM telemetry that was first released on June 2, 2015. To obtain the update, see 3068708 Update for 
REM customer experience and diagnostic telemetry.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

@Echo Windows 7 and 8 patch 3035583
REM This update installs the Get Windows 10 app, which helps users understand their Windows 10 upgrade 
REM options and device readiness. For more information about Windows 10, see Windows 10.
REM This update applies to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). 
REM Before you install this update, check out the Prerequisites section.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

@Echo windows 8 patch 3044374
REM This article describes an update that enables you to upgrade your 
REM computer from Windows 8.1 to a Windows 10. This update has prerequisites.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3044374 /quiet /norestart

@Echo windows 8 patch 3050267
REM A change is made on the log level for %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log to reduce the frequency of certain events 
REM from exhausting log space.
REM Fixes an issue for managed computers in which managed computers have to update drivers as a set. 
REM Driver sets are not processed by Windows Update during shutdown, and are still available to be 
REM installed after you restart the computer.
REM Fixes an issue in which the files of an update may not be found by Windows Update (0x80070002) 
REM if the download operation spans multiple sessions.
REM General improvements are made to support upgrades to Windows 10. 
REM This update installs a new Group Policy object that enables you to block upgrades to the latest 
REM version of Windows through Windows Update. 
wusa /uninstall /kb:3050267 /quiet /norestart

@Echo windows 7 3050265
REM This update addresses an issue in which system performance can be decreased during scans. 
REM This issue has the greatest effect on computers that have a small amount of physical memory.
REM This update addresses an issue in which Windows Update scans can fail and generate a 0x8007000E error.
REM General improvements are made to support upgrades to a later version of Windows.
REM This update installs a new Group Policy object that enables you to block upgrades to the latest version of 
REM Windows through Windows Update. 
wusa /uninstall /kb:3050265 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7, 8, 2008, 2012 patch 3068708
REM This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. 
REM By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet 
REM upgraded.
REM The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. 
wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart

@Echo No KB for 2922324
wusa /uninstall /kb:2922324 /quiet /norestart

@Echo No KB for 3014460
REM Takes me to a instal windows insider preview KB article
REM http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-faq?ocid=client_wu
wusa /uninstall /kb:3014460 /quiet /norestart

@Echo No KB for 3015249
wusa /uninstall /kb:3015249 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7 and 2008 patch 3065987 
REM This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in
REM Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. 
REM This update is incompatible with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) servers 
REM without the hardening update 2938066.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3065987 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7, 8, 2008, and 2012 patch 3075249
REM This article describes an update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in 
REM Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), 
REM and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Before you install this update, check out the Prerequisites section.
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7, 2008 patch 3075851
REM This article describes an update that contains some improvements to 
REM Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. 
REM this update also resolves an issue in which certain Windows Update operations fail when you install 
REM Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
REM : July 2015 (3065987) on Windows 7 Embedded editions. 
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075851 /quiet /norestart

@Echo Windows 7, 8, 2008, 2012 patch 3080149
REM This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. 
REM This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded.
REM The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. 
wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart

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[–] tame 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Looks accurate to me - the KB numbers match the original pastebin quote (which I checked through yesterday) and the descriptions match what I remember from reading the KB articles. :)

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I work for a large company and i am working on removing all of these updates via my WSUS server... pain in my ass. Damnit!

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