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Re-enable automatic optional updates in Windows 7

I inadvertently disabled optional updates on Windows 7 box.  I cannot find any option the Control Panel to undo what I did.

How can I restore it so that Windows Update looks for and downloads MS Office updates again?
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eglescout
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rindiCommented:
When you open Windows Updates, select "Restore Hidden Updates".
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eglescoutAuthor Commented:
No, they are not in hidden updates. This was a setting that I changed that prevents Windows Update from checking for and installing optional software updates.
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dallensworthCommented:
Here is what it would look like
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rindiCommented:
Then select the Change Settings option, and there make sure "Microsoft Updates" is checked.
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eglescoutAuthor Commented:
Hello Rindi,

I would if I could.  That option is no longer displayed. I can't check it. Thanks.
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jcimarronCommented:
eglescout--This may be the answer
http://www.udel.edu/topics/windows7/updates_windows7.html
MS seems to mix "Optional" with "Recommended".
I have 35 language packs indicated as "Optional" on the Update window.  I just leave them there and do not install.
Frankly I would not do what you want.  You will be installing a lot of unwanted updates such as those  35 language packs, for example, but I suspect you do not want them.

And this explains how to get Microsoft Updates (like those for Office) in addition to Windows Updates.  
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2797-windows-update-settings-change.html
See Item 7.
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rindiCommented:
Then check the main update panel again, but this time the other side where it tells you when the latest update was done etc. If Microsoft updates haven't been selected yet there should be a link you click on which says something like updates for other microsoft products. Click on that and your web-browser should open with the correct link. There you can then enable the check box.
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eglescoutAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions.  I will try it when I'm at my client's site next week (5 days from now.)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
control panel | windows updates | settings

Windows Update Settings
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eglescoutAuthor Commented:
I was able to get recommended updates back on.

In previous efforts to get the recommended updates link to show up last week, I enabled the  Turn on recommended updates via Automatic Updates setting in the Group Policy Editor  (gpedit.msc).  I had to set it back to Not configured before it would show up.

A restart may have been helpful in getting the link to show up.
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jcimarronCommented:
eglescout--Thanks for telling us what worked.
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