Windows update KB976902 causes Media center to work poorly and I can't avoid the update

I have a spare HP laptop that is only used for Windows Media center to record TV shows and for web surfing. Windows media center started having stuttering video and audio/video out of sync. This problem was with both live and recorded TV. I reinstalled windows 7 32 bit home premium SP1 from a windows 7 with SP1 disk and windows media center worked fine. I installed AVG antivirus, opera, chrome and did all of my normal setup stuff (no other software since this is only for tv recording and web surfing). Media center still worked fine. Then when I did windows update, the problem returned. I used restore points to roll the system back and I am now fairly certain the problem is caused by update KB976902. Unfortunately this is the very first update. When I first run windows update it says windows update itself needs to be updated before I can get other updates. It doesn't tell me what update number but it seems to only install KB976902. After that it offers me 95 more critical updates, but media center already does not work. Thus my choice is to never update windows 7 from SP1 or to find a way around this update. I can go without updates since there is nothing important on this computer but I am nervous about that since it is on my home network and I transfer the recorded shows to my work laptop for travel. Googling this update reveals it was called the black hole update and that it may have been superseded by another update. it also says it is a prerequisite for SP1 but I am getting it after SP1. I have checked My Computer properties to verify SP1 is installed. Does anyone know how to get the updates without messing up media center? I have set a restore point so I can do some experimenting. this update appears mandatory before I can get any other updates.
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jcimarronCommented:
dheymann--
KB976902 is over two years old.
Uninstall it.  (Most easily from Control Panel|Programs and Features.)  If it is still offered the next time you open Windows Update, right click on it and click Hide.

Or if you did indeed install it only recently, run a System Restore to a date before you installed it.  You may uninstall some other Updates, but as long as you hide KB976902 you should be able to install them again.

Some say that KB976902 is a predecessor update to KB2533552
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dheymannAuthor Commented:
Jcimarron I don't think that will work. I ran it back with system restore to before any windows update and it worked, but after i rebooted it reinstalled. When you go to programs and features it is listed not as a program but as an installed update. It gives no option to uninstall it.

I will have to reinstall the system again but that still won't solve the problem that windows won't give me ANY updates until I install KB976902.
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jcimarronCommented:
dheymann--
"but after i rebooted it reinstalled. When you go to programs and features it is listed not as a program but as an installed update. It gives no option to uninstall it. "
The sequence of events is not quite clear.  If this update reinstalls when you reboot, you need to change the settings (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\Change settings--top left) for Windows Updates to "Check for Updates but let me Choose..." before you run System Restore and before you reboot.

You may have to run a Repair Install
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
This will not affect personal data or installed updates, but it does bring installed Updates back to the date of the creation of your Win 7 installation disk.
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dheymannAuthor Commented:
I had already set the system not to install updates without my approval. I ran the repair install successfully and this update is still present and unremoveable. I had already done a second COMPLETE reinstall and immediately set updates not to load and when I rebooted it still loaded this update. Windows Media center worked until the reboot. I am SO frustrated. Media center worked for months before it stopped working and it works now after a reinstall until a reboot. it makes no sense.
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jcimarronCommented:
dheymann--
"when I rebooted it still loaded this update"
It sounds like you have not yet chosen the  appropriate setting for Windows Updates in UAC.  You want  "Check for Updates but let me Choose..."  Not "Download Updates, but let me choose..."

Then when you are notified of available Updates (after say a Repair Install), go to the Windows Updates window and see what Updates are offered.  Right click on KB976902 and click Hide.  You should not be offered KB976902 again and it should not download or install.
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dheymannAuthor Commented:
It is set for check but let me choose.
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jcimarronCommented:
dheymann--You got me.  I do not see how Updates which are not downloaded can install.

You can always try a Clean Install.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
Back up any data you want to retain first.
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dheymannAuthor Commented:
Didn't solve my problem but Jcimmarron put forward best efforts and I appreciate it.
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jcimarronCommented:
dheymann--Thank you.  Sorry the solution remains a mystery.  A clean install should do it, but it means restoring/reinstalling everything.  That is why I suggested backing up your personal data first.
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dheymannAuthor Commented:
Did two clean installs this week and it didn't fix the problem.
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