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Windows 7: To do or not to do that is the question! 32bit / 64bit install updates


11 May 2012   #1

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To do or not to do that is the question! 32bit / 64bit install updates

Apologies if question has been asked before. Microsoft informs me that I have 143Mb to update, on looking at the updates prior to downloading & installing, I notice that 80+Mb is for windows 32 bit system, I am running 64bit, is it advisable to install, if not how do I rid myself of the nag that reminds me daily?

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11 May 2012   #2

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If you are using 32-bit software on your 64-bit computer you will receive relevant updates for the applications in question.

It is quite safe to install the 32-bit updates and you should do so.

If you look under the C drive in Windows Explorer, you'll see two folders: Program Files & Program Files (x86).

The former stores 64-bit programs while the latter stores 32-bit programs.

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11 May 2012   #3

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Cheers for that, will proceed with download.
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11 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.
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11 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

peter,
In addition to SeaVixen's advice,
Win 7 is not eXPired.

Install each and every Win 7 update.

Yes, this first time out there will be many, many updates.

Here is the procedure I use:

UPDATING YOUR WIN 7
ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE ALL UPDATES
WIN | type WINDOWS UPDATE | ENTER |
Change settings (left-hand column) |
checkmark all four of the boxes | OK
button

Approve any dialog boxes presented. Let Windows install any update features.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top.

INSTALL CRITICAL UPDATES
Check for Updates
(left-hand column)
Install ALL critical updates.
Restart your computer (even if not prompted)

Repeat this procedure until there are no more critical updates.

DO NOT TRUST the “Windows is up to date” in center of dialog. until you see that TWICE IN A ROW!

INSTALL IMPORTANT UPDATES
Use the “critical update” procedure until all important updates are installed.

INSTALL OPTIONAL UPDATES
Use the “critical update” procedure until all optional updates are installed.

Under Optional updates you will be presented with a list of about 34 language updates.
You can hide those updates so that aren't continually notified of those updates. When you click on 34 optional updates are available, then you
a) highlight all of the language updates,
b) right-click anywhere in the highlighted list.
c) click on Hide Updates,
d) OK button.


UPDATE GOLDEN RULES

Install ALL, yes, ALL updates.
This is Win 7 and not Vista or XP (eXPired).

UPDATE IS HUNG –TAKING FOREVER
Hung is very doubtful unless you interrupted updates.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combo will pop-up the Task Manager.
Lo and behold, Windows Update is still running!

You hold down the CTRL and SHIFT keys.
While holding them down, tap the ESC key once.
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11 May 2012   #6

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karlsnooks: Thanks for your very detailed input, so just make myself a coffee and let everything take it's course, I even have a silverlight update waiting to be installed, just install and let the force happen, and query nothing!, your 6000+ posts confirms that you know far more than me, so will heed your advice, once again thank you.
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11 May 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Enjoy that coffee while I try to determine why SevenForums is swallowing linefeeds/returns again.
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