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Windows 7: Question about Updating Windows 7 without Problems

17 Apr 2012   #1
boogieboy

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Question about Updating Windows 7 without Problems

I freshly installed Windows 7 Yesterday now i want to update it. The problem is last year when i installed Windows 7 and updated it i never had any trouble to install them and never got any error of failed to install update error! this year last time i installed win and updated i got bunch of errors at the end of installation also i dont want to install SP1. I just want to install updates without SP1 idk if im saying it right and also without any installation errors.


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17 Apr 2012   #2
marsmimar

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I'm not an expert at anything. The following works for me. Other people may have a different way of installing updates.

Microsoft offers different kinds of updates. For all practical purposes they are:

Important/Critical updates which offer significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. Examples include security and critical reliability updates.
Recommended updates address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Examples include upgrades to Windows features and less important software updates.
Optional updates are not downloaded or installed automatically. Examples include less critical driver updates and new Windows or Microsoft software. The user must manually select these updates for installation.

After installing a fresh copy of windows 7 on my computers, I always make sure I turn off automatic updating. That way I can control when and which updates eventually get installed. I can go through the list of available updates and hide any updates I absolutely don't want. (Right click the update > hide.) I'll then install the important/critical updates first. My personal procedure is to select perhaps 10 updates at a time, install them, then run the computer to see if there are any problems or errors. If there are no problems I'll install the next group of 10. If there are issues I'll know exactly which group of 10 is involved. I can uninstall all 10 then reinstall one at a time. They'll either install correctly or I'll know which is the problem update.


After installing the important/critical updates I'll move on to the recommended updates and then the optional ones. I'll use the same technique (10 at a time.) This has always worked for me. Here are two Microsoft articles that explain how to install updates in Windows 7 and what to do if an update won't install.


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17 Apr 2012   #3
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
I freshly installed Windows 7 Yesterday now i want to update it. The problem is last year when i installed Windows 7 and updated it i never had any trouble to install them and never got any error of failed to install update error! this year last time i installed win and updated i got bunch of errors at the end of installation also i dont want to install SP1. I just want to install updates without SP1 idk if im saying it right and also without any installation errors.
Can I ask WHY you don't want SP1? - there are some significant benefits to it.

I agree with marsmimar's approach - although I'd split the Important updates down further and install them in this order, with (maybe two) reboots in between each group (images at critical points would be nice if you have time/storage available!)

1) Operating system Security updates
2) Other Operating system updates
3) IE updates
4) IE versions and updates
5) .NET updates
6) .NET versions and updates.
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