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Windows 7: An approach to installing Updates

28 Mar 2015   #1
techtitan100

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
An approach to installing Updates

Hey guys so I had to re-install my OS and while I am waiting for installation to finish, I am coming here for advice to figure out the best way I should go about installing updates because I dont't want to install them all at once and have them fail, any advice would be helpful thanks a lot everybody


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28 Mar 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Whenever I do a fresh install I just let Windows install the updates & I do the requested restarts as they fall due. It takes a while so you just have to be patient.
Trying to do them in batches is time consuming & it does sometimes depend on the order the updates come in, so it's possible to get some out of sequence which causes problems as well.
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31 Mar 2015   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Here's my preferred methodology for installing the 200+ windows Updates in Vista and Win7...

Note - between each of the below batches of updates, reboot at least once, even if the machine auto-rebooted during the updates. After teh update, do a new Check for Updates. Add any remaining updates or failed updates to the next batch.




1) Install all 'Security Update for Windows'
Reboot
Check for Updates
(some will have failed, and some new ones will have appeared)
2) Install the remaining/new 'Security Update for Windows'
Reboot
Check for Updates
3) Install all ordinary 'Update for Windows'
Reboot
Check for Updates
4) install updates for IE8 - but NOT IE 9/10/11
Reboot
Check for Updates
5) install all other updates EXCEPT .NET ones and IE9/10/11
Reboot
Check for Updates
repeat 5 until there's nothing left in the main window except the .NET and IE upgrades

6) Install all Security Updates for .NET - but nothing else
Reboot
Check for Updates
7) Install all other .NET updates
Reboot
Check for Updates
8) Install IE10 if offered - IE11 should wait if it's still an Optional update.
9) Install the IE10 updates, then install IE11 and update that.
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31 Mar 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep it all starts by changing the update systems settings to Check for updates but let me choose when to download and install them,
Then I'd do as Noel says it's a good system

I personally install all Important updates first,
Then cull out the recommended ones I don't want like Skype/ Bing desktop search/....
It takes awhile to do that but at least some unnecessary ones don't get installed,

Optional updates I'd also cull though they are the ones that cause most issues like the addition Russian currency font comes to mind
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