Is it advisable to install 99 critical updates at the same time?

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  1. Posts : 9,612
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #11

    whs said:
    Lady Fitzgerald said:
    strollin said:
    ...I don't have to keep going back again and again to get all the updates completed.
    I just do my updates while watching TV and go back to it during the commercials. For me, it's no biggie.
    No commercials on my TV here in Germany.
    Well, I'm cheap and don't use cable TV. Except for a few really obnoxious ones (and, sadly, they are increasing), I actually like commercials; they support the free programming I'm getting (remember, I'm cheap), some are actually entertaining (the recent Foster Farms singing chickens were a stitch), they provide an opportunity to take a break (skip to my loo, snag a snack or drink, attend to M$ updates , etc.), and inform me of new products and services (the latter is actually huge for me).
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  2. whs
    Posts : 26,210
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #12

    The commercials are the main reason I never watch TV in the US - besides the fact that the news are of zero information value. I only have basic cable because the wife wants to watch her sods on the three major networks.

    Here in Germany I pay $25 for about 350 channels from some 30 or 40 countries and organizations such as the EU - most are commercial free. At least I can double check any news report from the angle of different countries - you have to, of course, speak or at least understand the languages. The Iranian and Arabic channels are beyond my capabilities. But then there is always Al Jazeera in English - probably the best news channel in the world.
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  3. Posts : 1,800
    Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
       #13

    FWIW: on a brand new installation, I always let er rip. All at one time. The biggest gotcha is that ms in it's infinite whatever sometimes uses a pop under to ask you to agree to install some update and it just sits and waits forever.

    On the newest updates on my workhorse Toshiba, I always make an image to an external drive so that I can recover if one of ms's updates screws up.

    Rich
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  4. Posts : 9,612
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #14

    richnrockville said:
    FWIW: on a brand new installation, I always let er rip. All at one time. The biggest gotcha is that ms in it's infinite whatever sometimes uses a pop under to ask you to agree to install some update and it just sits and waits forever.

    On the newest updates on my workhorse Toshiba, I always make an image to an external drive so that I can recover if one of ms's updates screws up.

    Rich
    The "gotcha" for me when I built my machine back in March was, partway in, the update process froze and I couldn't get anything to happen until I deleted what had updated and started over, this time in smaller bites. Not much fun but safer.
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  5. Posts : 582
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #15

    Lady Fitzgerald said:
    There are almost as many preferences for how to install large numbers of updates as there are people installing them but the one most agree on is to not install them all at once, no more than ten at a time. I've had good luck installing 10-15 at a time. I just start with the bottom (the oldest) 10-15 and work my way up. Any that are unchecked by M$, I leave 'til last.
    I didn't realize that they were listed 'old to new' starting from the bottom. I thought it had more to do with kb numbers but just looked at mine & it looks like the numbers are not in any order.
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  6. Posts : 21,482
    Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
       #16

    KB numbers are issued at the start of a project, not at the release of the resulting patch - which is why it often seems that patches are out of order by KB number (and why there are a lot of KB numbers apparently unused)

    Having said that, I don't believe that the WU listing is in strict date order or strict KB number - although I wouldn't like to put money on any particular order at all.
    It's all basically irrelevant anyhow - Windows will install whatever updates are offered and accepted providing the requisites are met.
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  7. Posts : 2
    windows 7 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #17

    Thanks for all the replies. I was looking at the list of updates windows wants to apply and as noted the KB numbers are not in order, but that may not matter. What worries me is that when I highlight each update the right panel shows the date it was published and those seem to be in random date order. So trying to do them chunks of say 15 at a time, if I started from the bottom working up, they would not be applied in date order and some that were published earlier would be in other chunks.
    One could hope that if an update is attempted which has a missing prerequisite it would automatically apply the prereq fist. But it probably just fails. How can I find out why an update failed? Thanks
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  8. Posts : 70
    Win 7 Pro 64 bit
       #18

    Just make sure you backup using Macrium (see forum sticky) first in case you screw up!

    I "normally" would just do all updates at once unless reinstalling an image due to an update failure in which case I'd do all the earliest ones first, the majority of updates come out on the same day which is on the screen somewhere as you click each one so you can scroll quickly through and find ones of a particular date.
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