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Windows 7: KB2952664 Compatibility Update for Windows 7 - Feb. 8

12 Feb 2018   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Downloads in first post for KB2952664 were updated on February 8th 2018.


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12 Feb 2018   #12
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Looks like MS is getting ready to "accidentally" upgrade more W7 PCs to W10.
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13 Feb 2018   #13
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Looks like MS is getting ready to "accidentally" upgrade more W7 PCs to W10.
Yeah, I had that number memorized ever since the "shove Win 10 down their throats" period.
I hide it every time I encounter it.
Any idea what else that"update" is supposed to do?
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13 Feb 2018   #14
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

This wasn't one of the updates which triggered the Windows 10 upgrade. It was pushed out around the same time and worked in conjunction with GWX to collect telemetry for compatibility, but it never triggered the update. The main ones responsible for that were GWX and the WU client updates.
It even states in the article that there is no GWX functionality in this update.

Also, when they pushed out an update to remove all Windows 10 related junk updates, this wasn't one of those they removed. It's been intended to be left on PCs for collecting telemetry and compatibility.

People need to stop worrying about the Windows 10 push happening again - it isn't going to happen. At least, not in the sense that MS is going to force upgrades on people again.

The only way MS might force people to upgrade now is by breaking compatibility of programs so bad in Windows 7 that they have no other choice. Nothing surprises me these days, but I don't think MS will attempt another free upgrade push again after all the backlash. There's even some lawsuits that have been won in some EU countries - the outcome has been that MS has agreed not to force upgrades on users again.

That won't stop MS from pushing out crappy updates though - they're making a habit of that lately!

This update will keep reappearing every time a new revision is issued. So, just avoid it and don't install it. It's basically just a telemetry collector and I have seen no issues with not having it installed on my systems.
Or, install it and use Spybot Anti-Beacon to block the telemetry.
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13 Feb 2018   #15
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the clarification, Brds7t7

Most appreciated.
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13 Feb 2018   #16
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jadinolf View Post
Thanks for the clarification, Brds7t7

Most appreciated.
No problem mate, it won't do much harm if it is installed by mistake and you have Spybot AB installed. It does a good job of blocking a lot of the telemetry elements of some of these newer updates. I do have this one installed in a couple of VMs and it does seem to be constantly running the diagnostics tracking service.
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13 Feb 2018   #17
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
People need to stop worrying about the Windows 10 push happening again - it isn't going to happen. At least, not in the sense that MS is going to force upgrades on people again.
I wouldn't "put anything past" MS (even criminals are more trustworthy these days).

MS "upgrades" the average user's PC to W10, which bricks it (unsupported hardware) forcing them to buy a new one.

It's the perfect way for MS to boost sales for poor defenceless Intel, who have recently been receiving bad publicity for their incompetence/negligence.
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