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Windows 7: System Update Readiness Tool

07 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro
System Update Readiness Tool

I have downloaded and installed the "System Update Readiness Tool".

Now how do I run it. I CANNOT find it in "All Program".

How the heck do I run it????

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07 Aug 2012   #2

win7 64 home premium

It has run when you install it. It creates two files called Checksur.log and Checksur.persist.log

If you look at the checksur.log file it will list all the sections that it has a problem with. For example on my system I have

Unavailable repair files:

this is where there are two directories missing that contain fix files inside the c:\windows\winsxs\ directory. Every time you click to install the KB (the way you run it) it will take the content of your current checksur.log file and copy it to the checksur.persist.log so you have a record of when it was run last and what it found wrong.

hope this helps
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07 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro

You are telling me it ran when it was installed??
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07 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro

That does NOT make any sense to install such a big program for a one time use.
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24 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

where can i find the check.sur file? i ran a search for it but i cant seem to find it.thx
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24 Oct 2012   #6

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

The CheckSUR tool is a one-time 'fix' - which can be run multiple times - see the description of the tool on the download page, which also tells you where teh log files are.

The log files are in the C:\WIndows\Logs\CBS folder, along with the CBS log and a few other files.
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24 Oct 2012   #7

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

NoelDP and mjm64 are correct. SURT is a self-installing utility that executes when you install it.

The checksur logs are located in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS - unlike the CBS log, you can edit them in place.
It leaves the cabinet files on your system in C:\Windows\checksur

When you install it, it creates a temporary file on your C: drive that contain the applications checksur and checksurlauncher. This directory is removed upon completion - you really don't need it. If you install / run it again - it will check for updates and download only what it needs (new core cabs).

And yes, you can install/run it multiple times, but you really only need it when you need it (you're having issues with core files not being fixed by SFC or Windows Update components need some help).

A more comprehensive solution to missing or corrupt system files is a Repair Install - you boot off your Windows install disc and select upgrade (it used to be called repair). The advantage this has over any utility running in windows is that since you booted from DVD or USB, the critical system files on your system hard drive are not locked. This means that the repair can manipulate any file it needs to correct.

When I'm having serious issues on my machine, I'll run SFC a few times (booting between), see what the last SFC log tells me (manually repair no more than a few files), run SURT once, and if necessary find my Windows DVD and run the repair install.

I've only had to re-install once or twice, and that was due to my own errors trying to fix the system in unorthodox ways.
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