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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    To uninstall add the following code to your machine startup script:

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    IF exist c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /quiet
    Note that where I have tested it the machine reboots after uninstall.

    Unfortunately if you have updates set to install automatically it will be reinstalled again - until you reboot then it will be removed. Until the next time the update is installed ..... argh!

    Declining the update within WSUS does not effect computers that have already downloaded the update... double argh!

    Will

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    @mark the adm can stop it from starting the index, but still doesn't seem to stop it starting up in the system try which is a pain.

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    Does WDSearch appear in the Tools section of WSUS? If not, where does it lurk?

    I can't find it on our WSUS server, which is a good sign.

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    @Cybernerd: nice to see wheels are starting to turn, thanks for the links

    @Mullet_Man: Yeah - noticed that!

    @wlaidlaw: Thanks a lot - deployed that now - will see how that looks next re-boot

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    Looking great wlaidlaw - thanks for that

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    Phew. I'm glad we don't use WSUS or Windows Update

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    Just to confirm that if decline the update via WSUS the clients do eventually stop offering to install it (took 24/36 hours here). The unattended remove command I posted above will clean the machine for you.

    So it's not quite as bad as I first thought.

    Will

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    I operate a few WSUS 3.0 servers and none of them automatically approved this new WDS, although I only have specific categories which are set to automatically approve. Critical Updates, Update Rollups etc, but I do not approve Service Packs (for example). I'm not sure what WDS is now categorised as?

    As a temporary workaround (in theory), if you do have clients which have installed Desktop Search, you could disable the service it uses in Active Directory, until you manually remove or use a removal script to do the job. I believe the service is called "WDS" or "Windows Desktop Search", but I don't wish to find out by installing WDS! Sorry guys

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    Re: Microsoft Desktop Search

    Quote Originally Posted by wlaidlaw
    To uninstall add the following code to your machine startup script:

    Code:
    IF exist c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /quiet
    Note that where I have tested it the machine reboots after uninstall.

    Unfortunately if you have updates set to install automatically it will be reinstalled again - until you reboot then it will be removed. Until the next time the update is installed ..... argh!

    Declining the update within WSUS does aot effect computers that have already downloaded the update... double argh!

    Will
    Change the code to:

    Code:
    IF exist c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe c:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /quiet /norestart
    and it won't reboot.

    I also stop the service before trying to uninstall it - not sure if that's necessary but it helps keep things tidy :-)

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