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Windows 7: To Update or Not to Update?

13 Apr 2011   #11
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martinlest View Post
Thanks for the replies. I don't really have time to scour the net for reports of problems with patches, given there are so many (patches, I mean, not reports of problems!) - what's the best site to see any such reports (one of Microsoft's own?)?

No apology needed Richard (that's why I put the little smiley face!). As I hadn't been screaming or shouting, I guessed it wasn't directed at me (but I do know what you mean about the MS bashing: not a hobby of mine either really). Yes, I have Malwarebytes too but don't often run it ... does it complement rather than duplicate SAS?

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Hello again!

We get a pretty good idea around here of what causes problems. SQL Service packs are a bloomin' nightmare! Getting them to install is just ridiculous. I am supposed to be good at these sorts of things. And yes, I manage eventually, but they really are a nightmare.

Also, the bigger the update, the more likely it is to have an unlucky error.

Saying that, the only update going around at the moment with problems is KB2505189.

That one really is a pain. It seems to just cause so many issues. Nothing in particular. Just everything and everywhere! I have errors in Event Log to do with that, but nothing else. Other people report failures, application crashes, IE crashes and freezing, printing problems, Event Log problems, everything under the sun!

And this update actually is a problem. It isn't people just moaning. I have seen so many issues. Uninstall it, all is well, reinstall it, same problems, uninstall it, well again etc. etc.

You might want to watch out for that Vista update. Otherwise they are all good!

Richard


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13 Apr 2011   #12
YodaBSith

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
SP1 changed my mind

I had been installing all updates except ones for Windows Live Essentials. Everything was fine on my fairly old computer, until SP1...

I installed SP1 when it came out, and suddenly running Windows Media Player (only by association) yielded an error about mismatched file versions. Some new software installation attempts didn't work and other things like Adobe updates would instantly fail. I eventually figured out that SP1 had apparently broken my Windows Installer. Yesterday I uninstalled SP1 and now everything works!

So I'm keeping it just the way it is. Maybe when SP2 comes out I'll try that, but I won't have high expectations.
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13 Apr 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I install all updates. I usually just read sites like this and pay attention around Patch Tuesday to see if there are issues. Most of the major issues out there come from things like rootkits and such which are on your box already and then the patch foobars the system. But honestly, at this point, your box was already compromised...so if it crashes after getting an update...I don't see how I can hold MS accountable for it.

I've updated for years like this and haven't had an issue. And I run the WSUS server at work, and I update all of our workstations on a monthly basis and haven't had updates here wreak any havoc in the past year and a half of patching.
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13 Apr 2011   #14
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I install all of the critical updates. I also install important rated updates BUT only if they are patching something that I have currently Installed. The two types of patches I don't install are important patches that install new new programs. For example the important like: WL2011, IE9, NET Framework 4, Silver Light, etc. Don't need new programs installing in the background, messing up my computer setup/configuration.

The other type of patch I don't install are the optional ones that update installed hardware drivers (I update my drivers manually.) Window's update was trying to push me older versions of my display and touch pad driver :/ Ended up having to hide those updates too (Along with the unwanted important updates.)
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13 Apr 2011   #15
techmonkey74

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit-HP OEM SP1 Installed
 
 

I usually wait a couple days but I install all critical and important MS updates.
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13 Apr 2011   #16
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I install all updates. I usually just read sites like this and pay attention around Patch Tuesday to see if there are issues. Most of the major issues out there come from things like rootkits and such which are on your box already and then the patch foobars the system. But honestly, at this point, your box was already compromised...so if it crashes after getting an update...I don't see how I can hold MS accountable for it.

I've updated for years like this and haven't had an issue. And I run the WSUS server at work, and I update all of our workstations on a monthly basis and haven't had updates here wreak any havoc in the past year and a half of patching.
+1. Very good post. KB2505189 was just dodgy though. I can't explain away so many issues from so many forums. It almost certainly was an environmental factor, but then it was too sensitive! Other than that, I install everything except Live Essentials, and have never had a problem.
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