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Windows 7: Security Essentials is giving error when trying to update

10 Oct 2016   #1

Windows 7 64
Security Essentials is giving error when trying to update

I've been trying to update Security Essentials now for a couple weeks and I keep getting the following error message:

Security Essentials is giving error when trying to update-untitled.png

I am running Win7 64. What is causing this error and how do I fix it?

I haven't updated Win7 in quite some time, perhaps that's it?

I didn't want to do all of the updates to keep getting notifications/pushes to upgrade to Win10 - I don't want it and want to stay on Win7.


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10 Oct 2016   #2

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1


Yes, the fact that you have not updated Windows with important security patches for "quite some time" may be contributing to your problem.

The free upgrade offer from Win7 to Win10 ended months ago.
There are no more "GWX" reminders.
So there is currently no solid reason to refuse important security patches for Windows and your other MS software (e.g. MS Office).
If you are missing one or more months worth of security updates, your system is vulnerable.

As a general principle (with rare exceptions), one should install at least ALL "critical" and "important" SECURITY updates.
The decision to install "Recommended" and "Optional" patches, especially those that are not security-related, is up to the user. You'll need to read the descriptions of each available patch to determine if it applies to or might be needed for your system.

I do not use MSE.
So I cannot help specifically with the error message you report.
But, for starters, I would suggest running Windows Update manual checks and installing ALL available "Critical" and "Important" SECURITY updates.
It may have to be done in batches, depending on how many of them you are missing.
In other words, do not try to install 20 or 30 security patches all at once.
I suggest leaving ".NET framework" patches for last.

And you will need to reboot several times during the process, when prompted.
It's a good idea NOT to use the computer for other chores during the update process.
And one needs a lot of patience -- making sure KB 3020369 and KB 3172605 are installed (manually, if necessary) may expedite the process.

Please report back and let us know how it goes, so that we can all learn.

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10 Oct 2016   #3

Windows 7 64

Ok great, thanks for the advice.

I have 194 updates to do

It's been stuck at 0% for a few hours now... does that sound normal for a situation like this? I just canceled and restarted it - should I just do a few of them at a time? It's gonna take forever if I do it that way since I have so many...
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11 Oct 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

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