Cripple a working OS and Micro$h4ft hope people give up and jump on Win 10 Microsoft and KB2952664 and KB2976978, a never-ending story-Ghacks.net by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2018 in Windows - Last Update: July 23, 2018 Microsoft released new versions of KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1 on July 11, 2018, something that the company does several times a year. We reviewed previous updates released in February 2017 and October 2016. MS PowerUser reports that Microsoft changed the level of both patches to critical. The updates were optional or rated as important in the past, and Windows users and administrators could not get rid of these updates permanently. While it is possible to hide the updates, any re-release by Microsoft would bring them up again in Windows Update and other update management systems. Microsoft notes that Telemetry is only collected if users participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program; that would mean, on the other hand, that the updates are useless if users did not opt-in to the program. Born notes that the Telemetry updates did cause issues such as boot issues, error codes during installation, or freezes. He recommends that users hide the updates and don't install them and that is in my opinion the best option as well. MUST HAVE, YEEES! Closing Words I don't think that Microsoft will get it right any time soon. Pushing Telemetry updates as critical updates will certainly install them on more user systems, but whether that is a good idea or note is up for debate.