That's right: It keeps setting all these Microsoft programs to the "allowed" list. I don't use them, I don't need them, and I have half a mind to destroy their respective directories, because windows seems to want to hang on to them for some ungodly reason. Every time I update windows, a specific handfull of elements in the firewall ruleset pertaining to a select few programs is set to "allowed" without notice or warning. This appears to happen whenever I check for, or update windows. This is a HUGE security threat: I would have half a mind to write a virus just to prove this. If I know that these rulesets are allowed, you can be damn well sure a hacker does. I can see it now: the next big virus, exploiting this and spoofing it's identity as one of these programs' connections and infecting millions. Where is a windows rep when you need one?? I want these programs GONE. Non-existent, exterminated, purged, over-written, DELETED: permanently. I never use them, I never needed them, I never will need them. I don't use a laptop to browse "bing", or use the "food and drink" programs. It's wasted space, and it's irritating.