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Windows 7: Haven't done updates in a while - what's the best approach?

15 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Enterprise

I tend to do critical updates 10-15 at a time, depending on the download size, aiming for around ~30-50MB each time.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tony22 View Post
Does anyone really know when SP1 is supposed to be released?
Had a meeting yesterday with a guy from Microsoft, re: some issues where having here.
SP1 was mentioned, and he said the Beta is available now. But the final will not be available before this christmas.

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18 Sep 2010   #12

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

One thing that is very important, but overlooked, is the fact that you should not install all at once. Do it manually, a few at a time. Because they will boot the computer, conflicts occur which cause problems if too many are done at once.
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19 Sep 2010   #13


i disagree with the few at a time theory, i have windows update set to notify but not install, and always have installed all updates without ever having a problem. so its your call!
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19 Sep 2010   #14

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Do yourself a favor. Make a restore point and a backup before you do.

Ken J
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20 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

My personal preference is to install a few at a time, that way if you find you have a problem, you can use the various system restore points created to go back to a time when all was ok with your computer.
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20 Sep 2010   #16

Windows 7 Pro

If you are running Windows Security Essentials as your AV then I believe that unless you install critical updates, then WSE will NOT work properly. Someone correct me if this NOT correct.
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20 Sep 2010   #17

Windows 7 Enterprise

WSE should work properly without critical updates, with a big however.
The however being, if the machine then becomes isolated from software sources, (network, cdrom, usb) then there should be nothing to break it, even 3 years down the track.
But you are correct, that critical updates are marked critical because they are critical to prevent wares from breaking it.
You could call WSE a pane of glass, and critcal updates are a sheet of 2-ply plywood infront.
It will stop the cricket ball. And when it finds out a soccer ball exists, you need more plywood.
Or just dont live with kids.
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20 Sep 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Well, all seems to be in order. I got through all Important updates except for the September batch (waiting for more info on these as some seem to have had problems). What I've tried so far is working fine.
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20 Sep 2010   #19
Microsoft MVP


I've found it is safe to set Updates to Automatic and then check the Optionals about once a month to see if any newer drivers have been delivered which are valuable to performance.

No problems with any Updates on a couple of hundred Win7 installs.
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20 Sep 2010   #20

Windows 7 Enterprise

Greg, you using a WSUS server?
For a couple hundred win7 installs, then getting updates for all of them must chew through bandwidth
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