Avoiding Microsoft spyware KB971033 on SP1

I would like to avoid having Microsoft’s spyware KB971033 on my legitimate/genuine-licensed Win7 PC. See

I uninstalled KB971033, and I have not yet upgraded my PC to SP1. Microsoft’s list of hotfixes for SP1 includes KB971033. Some questions:

  1. Has anybody who upgraded to SP1 tried to uninstall the included KB971033?
  2. If failure, does it work to install KB971033, upgrade to SP1, then uninstall KB971033?

The hotfix isn’t included in SP1, it’s offered separately trough Windows update and it’s not automatically selected. You can simply choose to hide it.

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I just checked the list of hotfixes and seurity updates at

Contrary to what I saw a few days ago, 971033 is not on the list.

Thanks for the help Radaghast. Unless someone else has other info, I will try Radaghast’s method.

I left KB971033 uninstalled, installed SP1, restored hidden updates, and then KB971033 was offered by Windows Update (which I hid). Success!

Thanks for your help Radaghast.

The update take care of activation and validation components in Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7.
So if your Windows is 100% legal I can’t see what there is wrong in letting MS know that your not a pirate.
It’s not like that it leaks other information or gives you a great impact on latency and bandwidth.

It is more a matter of principle, than anything else. Kind regards.

Which is to protect the software against piracy.
Principle goes both ways.
And why is it that people always yell when Microsoft does it?
I didn’t see much yelling about EA and other software companies doing the exact same thing, not to mention Steam.

I am personally not yelling at MS, and if you have followed my post you will notice I rather stick up for them in most situations. I do think it is probably ok for any program to check for piracy, but a single check is all I think is necessary not periodically on going. Kind regards.

Funny you should mention EA DRM run amok: how Bioware and EA are screwing users right now

I don’t imagine anyone with legitimate software is against reasonable measures software vendors take to protect their rights, however, when over-the-top, problem inducing DRM is imposed, it becomes a different matter.

+1. I have seen many different complaints against DRM for just about anything. Also, some legit Windows customers have problems with activation.

In the end, most anti-piracy methods only harm customers…pirates can get around quite a lot, when some put their minds to it.

If one does want privacy the best choice is to not connect the device to anything that has public access.
Just seeing how Google collects data says it all.

It’s not really about privacy, it’s about having to jump through hoops to fix a problem, brought about through ill-considered DRM, that should never have occurred in the first place.