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Windows 7: Question about "Windows Update Client for Windows 7..." update

21 Mar 2016   #1
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Question about "Windows Update Client for Windows 7..." update

Ever since the emergence of Windows 10 upgrade updates, I've been avoiding installing most of the "Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems" updates whereas before I would install all of them without second thought.

Of course I do look through these updates to see if there's any useful ones available though most of the time it seems like they're not that important to install ASAP.
As you can see, I got quite a few of them hidden:


However when I look through the "important" updates, one of the "persistent" update is grabbing my attention: Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: [insert date].

Along with this update, I'm not sure if these are important to warrant compulsory installation every time a new version of this particular update are being released. It seems like they're frequently being offered which makes me think that it really is an important update to install.

As a result do I need to install these particular updates regularly in the same way as installing security updates?

Thanks guys and I appreciate your help.


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21 Mar 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Angel,
you can look up any offered WU KB, on the same screen you hide them on the right hand side it says details.
Rule of thumb, if it mentions, telemetry or future updates >> Its W10 related.

Roy
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21 Mar 2016   #3
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply torch though my intention is to know if "Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2" updates are necessary or not.

The details shown for these updates doesn't really say anything important except for "contains some improvements to Windows Update Client" which, by reading the technical notes I'm not sure what exactly it provides.
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27 Mar 2016   #4
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I guess these updates are not important to install at all?
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27 Mar 2016   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you've got .NET Framework 4.6.1 installed then you might install the latest Windows Update Client.

Note   Note
List of Windows Update Clients (WUC)

KB 2990214 - Apr 2015 - WUC: enables ability to upgrade to Win10
KB 3050265 - Jun 2015 - WUC: allows Group Policy to set "DisableOS Upgrade" key (replaces 2990214)
KB 3065987 - Jul 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3050265)
KB 3075851 - Aug 2015 - WUC: fixes mess due to KB3065987 [cuts down WUC memory usage, but hides Update notifications if GWX app is active] (replaces 3065987)
KB 3083324 - Sep 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3075851)
KB 3083710 - Oct 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3083324)
KB 3102810 - Nov 2015 - WUC: fixes slow updates & high CPU usage (replaces 3083710)
KB 3112343 - Dec 2015 WUC: fix for issues with 3050265, e.g., "8007000E" error message (replaces 3102810)
KB 3135445 - Feb 2016 WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3112343)
KB 3138612 - Mar 2016 WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3135445)
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12 Apr 2016   #6
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
If you've got .NET Framework 4.6.1 installed then you might install the latest Windows Update Client.

Note   Note
List of Windows Update Clients (WUC)

KB 2990214 - Apr 2015 - WUC: enables ability to upgrade to Win10
KB 3050265 - Jun 2015 - WUC: allows Group Policy to set "DisableOS Upgrade" key (replaces 2990214)
KB 3065987 - Jul 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3050265)
KB 3075851 - Aug 2015 - WUC: fixes mess due to KB3065987 [cuts down WUC memory usage, but hides Update notifications if GWX app is active] (replaces 3065987)
KB 3083324 - Sep 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3075851)
KB 3083710 - Oct 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3083324)
KB 3102810 - Nov 2015 - WUC: fixes slow updates & high CPU usage (replaces 3083710)
KB 3112343 - Dec 2015 WUC: fix for issues with 3050265, e.g., "8007000E" error message (replaces 3102810)
KB 3135445 - Feb 2016 WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3112343)
KB 3138612 - Mar 2016 WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3135445)
Sorry for the late reply.

I do have NET Framework 4.6.1 installed though none of the WUC you've listed above has been installed. Is it necessary to install such update for NET Framework?

Judging by your list, it looks like they don't seem to be must-get updates such as your usual security updates. I'm not sure why Windows marked these WUC as "important".
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12 Apr 2016   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Those marked "Important Updates" are geared towards both security and reliability.

The WUC updates fall under the "reliability" category.

If you are not experiencing any issues with Windows Updates performance then I guess you could avoid them.

Most experienced users create a system image backup before installing any Windows Updates in case they need to roll back in the event of problems.

If you have such a system image backup - install the latest Windows Update Client.
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12 Apr 2016   #8
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Those marked "Important Updates" are geared towards both security and reliability.

The WUC updates fall under the "reliability" category.

If you are not experiencing any issues with Windows Updates performance then I guess you could avoid them.

Most experienced users create a system image backup before installing any Windows Updates in case they need to roll back in the event of problems.

If you have such a system image backup - install the latest Windows Update Client.
Thanks for the swift reply.

Just two more questions:
- If I happened to install the WUC update in future do I need to install all of the previous WUC installments? Or will the latest WUC update suffice?
- Can I use system restore point as a "backup" or do I need a proper system imaging backup for this particular update?
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12 Apr 2016   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No you don`t need to install previous clients.

If your update client is working fine, there`s no need to update.

Imaging is always better then a system restore, but when it comes to updates you can always just uninstall it if it gives you a problem.

Windows should create a restore point before doing anything, if worried create one yourself before proceeding.
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13 Apr 2016   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelbeats96 View Post

Just two more questions:
- If I happened to install the WUC update in future do I need to install all of the previous WUC installments? Or will the latest WUC update suffice?

- Can I use system restore point as a "backup" or do I need a proper system imaging backup for this particular update?
See AddRAM's Post #9

I'd agree with that.
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