Is there a way to easily see at a glance what Windows Update does what?

I am endlessly frustrated with how Windows Updates are presented. There is a long list of them every week, and on the one hand, I don't want to miss out on the occasional legitimate security fix or improvement that I would want. Granted, I don't recall a single instance of this ever happening in over a decade of using it.

However, the descriptions are very opaque. The vast majority of the updates are called "Update for Windows ## (KB#######)". The description in the Windows Update dialog says:

Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Of course there is a link to the web page, which is sometimes more specific, but when I have dozens of updates I need to decide whether to install, and hundreds that I'm trying to decide whether to uninstall, this becomes a little tedious.

It doesn't help that Microsoft often hides harmful updates like Windows 10 nagware and telemetry spying in the list.

When I want to see if there's any useless programs I don't want on my computer, I can easily do that: The Add/Remove Programs dialog shows a nice list with helpful names and icons that's enough for me to quickly skip past the 95% of stuff I have that's not interesting, and home in on the 5% that I want to investigate more closely.

Is there a way to do the same for Windows Updates?

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Category: windows Time: 2016-07-31 Views: 77

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