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Windows 7: KB2952664 Back From The Dead, Again!

10 Feb 2017   #1
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
KB2952664 Back From The Dead, Again!

"I don't believe it! Here we f****** go again." - Dicktaphone, Kevin Bloody Wilson.

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Here we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday.

You can check out our October 2016 article on the last re-release of the updates.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users may still know these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
gHacks - Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)


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10 Feb 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you for the info.
KB2952664 sneaked into my new system.
I just removed it. Checked updates and again and hid it.

Jack
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10 Feb 2017   #3
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Coming soon to a PC near you!

Return of Wack-A-Mole


A B-run horror feature if there ever was one!

Regards,
GEWB
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11 Feb 2017   #4
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Does anybody doubt that Microsoft will be rolling out new nagware to get people to switch to Windows 10? IMO these "updates" are just the beginning.
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11 Feb 2017   #5
spc3rd

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Microsoft's 'deviousness' is downright appalling. Glad I still have the GWX Control Panel Monitor program installed on this computer!
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11 Feb 2017   #6
ethel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
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Hello Everyone, It is hard to believe how sneaky Microsoft is becoming. If they are for real, supporting
Windows 7 until 2020, why do they keep trying to push this update again. It started originally as an optional update, which I hid, but about 2 months ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and it showed up an an
important Windows 7 update. Do they think we are all imbeciles?
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11 Feb 2017   #7
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ethel View Post
Hello Everyone, It is hard to believe how sneaky Microsoft is becoming. If they are for real, supporting
Windows 7 until 2020, why do they keep trying to push this update again. It started originally as an optional update, which I hid, but about 2 months ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and it showed up an an
important Windows 7 update. Do they think we are all imbeciles?
FYI: If you leave this setting checked it turns optional updates into important updates.
KB2952664 Back From The Dead, Again!-change-settings.jpg
The question is - will this update be included in the quality monthly rollup?


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11 Feb 2017   #8
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Having just checked my list of KB updates to avoid, this is an update to W10. Why doesn't it occur to MS that there are users who are happy with win7 and simply don't want to upgrade?
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11 Feb 2017   #9
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

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The question is - will this update be included in the quality monthly rollup?
Just speculating, but put me down for a "yes it will vote". I also have GWX panel installed but fear that if 2664 comes as part of the roll-up GWX won't be able to stop it. I have the updates setting unchecked and it showed up as optional so I hid it.

In lehnerus's ghacks link Brinkmann is not sure what 2664 is capable of:
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According to the description, the update performs diagnostics on machines that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The program has been part of Windows since Vista, and is designed to collect information on hardware, software and services.

As I mentioned back in October 2016 already when I described how to leave the Windows Customer Experience Improvement program, Microsoft does not reveal the actual data that the program collects.
You could say that these updates are not that bad then if you do not participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Woody Leonhard demonstrated that the last revision of the updates did trigger new scans regardless of the membership status of the Customer Experience Improvement program. While it has not been tested yet with the new version, it seems likely that Microsoft has not changed that.

We don't know an awful lot about what KB2952664 and KB2976978 actually do. They do seem to trigger a new Windows task called DoScheduledTelemetryRun, but it is unclear what is being collected, and whether something else is changed on the system during installation of the updates.

lehnerus, like the Kevin Bloody Wilson reference, would've post the youtube video, but it would violate a few of the forum rules. Especially #1 and 9.

warning   Warning
Any of the faint of heart searching for KBL, his video's contain risque language and explicit content.
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11 Feb 2017   #10
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LevelBest View Post
Having just checked my list of KB updates to avoid, this is an update to W10. Why doesn't it occur to MS that there are users who are happy with win7 and simply don't want to upgrade?
The latest kb2952664 doesn't include anything to do with updating to Windows 10 and anyway the free upgrade offer has expired. However it may add telemetry.

See: Optional update KB2952664 was republished today
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