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How to Get Windows 7 Updates without Antivirus

Windows 7 update without antivirus

Microsoft is now withholding security updates from Windows 7 users who don’t have an antivirus installed. There’s a way around this limitation, but you have to manually set a registry key.

You need to open the Registry Editor, and head to the following location (note that if the QualityCompat key isn’t already present, you’ll need to create it inside the CurrentVersion key):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat

Right-click the QualityCompat key, choose New > DWORD (32-Bit) Value, and then give that new value the following name:

cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc

Leave the value set to “0x00000000”—its default. You can now close Registry Editor.

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