Why Am I Being Offered An Update To Skype When I Don't Have It Installed?

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 With All Updates

KB2876229

 

The description of the update says:

 If you have Skype installed on your PC already, either directly from www.skype.com

      (http://www.skype.com/)    

 or through a preinstalled version on your PC, you will receive the latest version of Skype through Windows Update.

I don't have Skype installed on this machine.  Why am I getting an update for a product I don't have? 

 
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If you have a version of Windows Live Messenger installed, that would cause the system to prompt you to upgrade to Skype.. :-)
Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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If you have a version of Windows Live Messenger installed, that would cause the system to prompt you to upgrade to Skype.. :-)

I don't have Windows Live Messenger installed.  I don't have any of the products in the extra package installed.

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It's not an update but an installer for Skype for systems that don't already have Skype installed.

Why Microsoft had the idea to dress that as an update , I don't know.

Just hide and forget it.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2901898/microsoft-windows/tuesdays-optional-windows-patch-kb-2876229-can-hijack-your-browser.html#tk.rss_all

Cheers,

J

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It's a bit pointless if you do not have a web cam!
Gerry
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The whole update is a bit pointless.

If somebody wants to use Skype they will certainly find the Skype download page.

If somebody doesn't want to use Skype why should he be "spammed" with a installer camouflaged as an update...

Ts Ts Ts

:)

J

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It's not an update but an installer for Skype for systems that don't already have Skype installed.

Why Microsoft had the idea to dress that as an update , I don't know.

Just hide and forget it.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2901898/microsoft-windows/tuesdays-optional-windows-patch-kb-2876229-can-hijack-your-browser.html#tk.rss_all

Cheers,

J

It would appear that Microsoft cannot "push" its apps via ads or suggestions.  It therefore needs to hide them as security updates.  Now you don't only have to get rid of the blotware your hardware vender installs you also have to watch out for blotware from Microsoft disguised as an update.

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Now you don't only have to get rid of the blotware your hardware vender installs you also have to watch out for blotware from Microsoft disguised as an update.

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Sorry for O/T but...

Rant on/

Add to that M$'s recent removal of Win 7's DigitalRiver ISO downloads the now useless COA SLP key required by contract of all manufacturers that use the OEM SLP system is not an option to get a non-bloat re-install (non-factory recovery partition/ user created Discs) UNLESS one

A) Purchases a retail copy (which M$ no longer sells) or a valid (hopefully) OEM copy from some reputable (hopefully) source.

B) Obtain a free re-installation disc If one is still under *warranty= Free (some mfrs) or pay $$.

C) M$ has made ISO's available for user w/ valid Retail licenses only. What, my OEM COA license doesn't count? Did I pay for it in orange money or something? Disgraceful.

D) Download a torrent. Good luck with that.

*Since 7 went RTM in '09 & SP1 2011?  unless you have like a 5-7 year Mfr warranty, you're stuck with the bloated install/ add drivers/de-cr*pification/ update/install progs etc/ tweak/ etc process that can take about a week for an average busy person.

The obvious answer is regular back-ups of course... which I do, lots of Users don't :(

/Rant Off

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Pink

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I received the following email:

Hello saberman:

Remember that question you asked on Microsoft Community a few days ago?

Title: Why Am I Being Offered An Update To Skype When I Don't Have It Installed?


We noticed that the question hasn't been marked as Answered yet and we were wondering if you resolved the issue.

Thanks for being a member of Microsoft Community!

Sincerely,
The Microsoft Community Team

I don't know why it wasn't posted to the thread but the answer is I haven't received an answer from Microsoft.  Since Microsoft controls Windows Update it is not possible for anyone who is not a Microsoft employee that can speak for Microsoft to answer the question.  So, until that happens, the question will remain unanswered.
 

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If you have a version of Windows Live Messenger installed, that would cause the system to prompt you to upgrade to Skype.. :-)

 I do not and have never had Live Messenger on this PC and it is having the same issues.  Try again.

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I did hide it but it showed up again.  It appears Microsoft keeps sending it out in the hopes you check it by mistake and install it.
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