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HP Support Assistant Offered updates which are are out of date, thankfully fail to install

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When I run the Support Assistant, it gives me 2 updates, but whatever I try, they fail to install:

 

  • Intel Bluetooth Assistant - for Windows 10 v1709 or later. Version 20.50.0.3
  • Intel Serial IO Driver - also for 1709 or later, Version 30.100.1727.1

BUT, my laptop has just updated to Windows 10 version 1903, and as part of that Windows itself installed updated drivers.  So my Intel Bluetooth is already 20.11.1.1, which is much later.  My Intel Serial IO Driver is already 30.100.1816.3 - later if not by much.

 

WHY is HP Support Assistant trying to install earlier drivers onto my system?  How is there not a system check of what is installed? WORSE, it actually recommends that I remove the existing ones before installing these.

 

PLEASE can someone remove these out of date drivers from the recommended install list?  

 

Can I trust the HP Support Assistant app on my Spectre?

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@Fellwalker 

 

Based on your experience, at least for now, you should not trust the HPSA to automatically install updates.

 

There is no way to "remove" the recommendation in the sense that the HP Support Assistant is not able to correctly determine what is necessary for your current version of Windows.

 

Is there anything to do?

 

You can try completely removing the HP Support Assistant (and its companion HP Solutions Framework) and then install a fresh copy of the HP Support Assistant (which will automatically reinstall the Framework).  Instructions are included below; opt for the steps in "Complete Cleanup" .

 

OR...Take a different road...

If the removal and reinstallation does not work, or you do not wish to try "remove/reinstall", then you can do what many others in the world have chosen to do:  Manually check and install HP Updates as needed.  It is not so difficult and you have control over what is installed and when it is installed on your computer.

 

If you have set up HP Alerts, the feature can help keep you apprised of important changes and updates.  Get connected with updates from HP 

 

HP Support Assistant - Remove and Install

 

Windows in “S” Mode and the “S” mode version of the HP Support Assistant

 

The “S” Mode version of the HP Support Assistant available in the Windows Store should ONLY be run on “Windows 10 in ‘S’ Mode” – this is NOT regular Windows. 

 

If you do not know what this means, simply do not install the HPSA from the Windows Store. 

 

If you do accidentally install the “wrong kind” of the HPSA software, try the following:

 

  • Uninstall the weird "S" mode HPSA application from your Windows Start (Windows key) > View the Apps List > category HP.  After you remove the application, Restart your computer and log in.

 

  • If all else fails, it may be necessary to reinstall Windows to get rid of the "not right version".

 

Procedure Details - HP Support Assistant – Remove and Install

 

Read sections, then decide how to proceed.

 

IMPORTANT

 

If the problem is related to a corrupted database within the control of the HPSA, the "cleanup" and reinstallation of the HP Support Assistant software may help resolve any issue(s).

 

  • If the program cannot handle a certain type of error condition (for example, there is an error in the update package itself),
  • If the software cannot understand the problem (the program code does not include instructions for this type of issue),
  • If there is a problem in the Windows File system,

Then

  • The reinstallation procedure will likely make no difference to the results.

 

 

 

Reminder - Do NOT use the HPSA to update the BIOS

 

How to install BIOS Updates:

HP Notebook PCs - Updating the BIOS (Basic Input Output System)

HP Desktop PCs - Updating the BIOS (Basic Input Output System)

 

 

“Regular” Uninstall - Remove the existing version of HPSA

 

Control Panel > icon view > Programs and Features 

Scroll down, find, Uninstall the HP Support Assistant

After the uninstall is completed, Restart the computer and log in

 

NOTES

 

If the software will not uninstall, appears to be removed and then shows up again, or is otherwise not “going away” when you tell it to do so, try an Uninstaller program.

Microsoft:  Fix problems that block programs from being installed or removed

 

OR

“Complete Cleanup” Uninstall

 

Essentially, the "Complete Cleanup" simply means that you uninstall HPSA > Restart > Uninstall the HP Solutions Framework > Restart > Download and install a fresh copy of the HPSA software.

 

If you are having problems installing your HP Updates using the HP Support Assistant, use "complete cleanup” steps to remove and then reinstall the HP Support Assistant.

 

  1. FIRST uninstall the HP Support Assistant

 

Control Panel > icon view > Programs and Features 

Scroll down, find, Uninstall the HP Support Assistant

After the uninstall is completed, Restart the computer and log in

 

Important:  When / If asked whether you want to save any presets / personal HPSA information, respond to have your personal data associated with the program removed along with the HPSA software.  Framework will (re)install if / when the HPSA is installed.

 

  1. Restart the computer and log in

 

  1. Uninstall HP Solutions Framework software from Programs and Features

 

HP Solutions Framework is a subset of HPSA.  For this reason, the HPSA must be uninstalled before the Solutions Framework can be removed.

 

  1. Restart the computer and log in.

 

Final Check – Software is Removed

 

  • After the software is uninstalled (and the computer is Restarted), check to ensure the software is actually “gone”.

 

Settings > Apps > Apps & features >

Scroll down the list, look for HP Support Assistant (and / or HP Support Solutions Framework)

 

If the stubborn software is found in the list, click to uninstall it, Restart and log in.

 

 

Installation – HP Support Assistant

 

Download, Save, Install the latest supported HP version of the HP Support Assistant

 

Website / Download

HP Support Assistant

 

  • After download: If you have ‘Admin’ control, you may highlight the package and “double-click” to install it, else Right-Click, select run as Administrator
  • After the software is installed:  Restart the computer and log in

  

Optional - After the software is installed, PIN the program to your Windows Start Screen

 

Windows key (Start) > list "All apps" > open category "H"

Click open category HP Help and Support

Right-Click on HP Support Assistant PIN to Start

 

 

Help and Troubleshooting for HPSA

 

Read and Learn about the HPSA software

HP PCs - Using HP Support Assistant (Windows 10, 8, 7)

HP PCs - Troubleshooting HP Support Assistant (Windows 10, 😎

 

 

Nothing Works…

 

If the reinstallation of the HPSA / Solution software does not resolve the problem,

Or

if you decide for any reason to not use the HPSA to install the software,

Then

Download and install your HP Software and Drivers manually.

 

Help / How-to:  HP PCs - Downloading or Updating Software and Drivers

Section: Find driver updates on the HP website

 

Example

Open Support Home

Enter the name of your device

Select category Software, Drivers & Firmware

 

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