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Windows 7: When are windows updates worth installing?

25 May 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium
When are windows updates worth installing?

Hi everyone

I recently did a factory boot of my system so of course upon the first or second restart I was bombarded with about 140 windows updates! Maybe it's just me and my predisposed distrust for windows update, but my comp seems to be moving slightly slower now, but that isn't the issue right now.

Does anyone know how to tell when the recommended windows updates are a good idea to install? I usually just install the recommended ones. I'm doing this solely on the fact that the machine is telling me to since I don't know how to judge whether or not an update is needed. I would like to know if anyone has some sort of criteria before they accept a windows update.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I am going to give you the correct answer.

I am not going to give you the answer you want to hear.

First, Win 7 is NOT eXPired.

Second, carry out the following procedure perfectly.

Change settings (left-hand column) |
checkmark all four of the boxes | OK

Approve any dialog boxes presented. Let Windows install any update features.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top.

Check for Updates
(left-hand column)
Install ALL critical updates.
Restart your computer (even if not prompted)

Repeat this procedure until there are no more critical updates.

DO NOT TRUST the “Windows is up to date” in center of dialog. until you see that TWICE IN A ROW!

Use the “critical update” procedure until all important updates are installed.

Use the “critical update” procedure until all optional updates are installed.

Under Optional updates you will be presented with a list of about 34 language updates.
You can hide those updates so that aren't continually notified of those updates. When you click on 34 optional updates are available, then you
a) highlight all of the language updates,
b) right-click anywhere in the highlighted list.
c) click on Hide Updates,
d) OK button.


Install ALL, yes, ALL updates.
This is Win 7 and not Vista or XP (eXPired).

Hung is very doubtful unless you interrupted updates.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combo will pop-up the Task Manager.
Lo and behold, Windows Update is still running!

You hold down the CTRL and SHIFT keys.
While holding them down, tap the ESC key once.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #3


Install everything, they dont send them for the fun of it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 May 2012   #4

windows 7 home premium

Ok, got it!

Karl- I only see 2 check boxes in step 1, not 4. Also, what do you mean is not eXPired? I get the windows xp reference, just don't see what you mean. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Let me know when you are finished with the updates.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #6

windows 7 home premium

Ok they are all done.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jalnyc View Post
I would like to know if anyone has some sort of criteria before they accept a windows update.

If it's a critical update, and my machine says it's needed, it gets installed. I don't have the time or interest to try to read about each and every update, and then determine exactly whether it's needed in my usage scenario or not.

Microsoft released an update for 1 reason or another. Therefore, I think it's important to run it whenever possible. These updates fix security and stability issues.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #8

win 7 home premium 64 bit

One suggestion regarding Windows Updates.

IF you have the time I suggest doing the updates in batches of 5 or so at a time, this way IF and it IS possible, you get an update that causes an issue you can isolate it easier and remove it.

NEVER use system restore to remove an update, always use the page that lets you remove the update properly.

As for whether or not you NEED all updates, well you CERTAINLY need all security updates, never fail to install these, at least then you have a pretty good assurance that you won't have other malware issues .


The other updates, again if you have the time peruse the description and decide if you need them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

Also, be sure to get the driver updates and any other optional updates (except Bing Desktop). Tose can help your pc. Be sure to have Windwos 7 Service Pack 1 and get Service Pack 2 when it comes out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #10

windows 7 home premium

Ok I think I got all the updates on there and my comp is running great.

Thanks to everyone for all their help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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