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Windows 7: How do I know windows update is functioning well?

01 May 2014   #1

How do I know windows update is functioning well?

In the wake of IE red alert from Homeland Security, I am concerned whether or not my Windows updating system is intact. The last important update installed was on April 8th. Everyday I check for update and all I get without fail is one optional definition update for MSE. (I wonder why MSE is updated everyday).

Is there a way to find out if Windows update is not corrupt and is functioning well?

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01 May 2014   #2

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Leave it alone to do its job - just check on it every week or so.
MSE like all anti-virus products needs to be kept up-to-date, and there are usually two or three updates released every day for it. By default it will update itself every day - and you can always check for the latest update from the program itself.
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03 Jun 2014   #3


My last important update was on May 1st. Is this one month long update free span normal?
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03 Jun 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64

Microsoft issues general software updates the second Tuesday of each month as well as intermediate updates depending on what software you have on your system. MSE updates are generally issued each day but if you check for MSE updates throughout the day, you'll find smaller groups issued but these will be included in the next daily update.

May 13th was the last general update.
On May 27th, I received an update for C++ 2010 Service Pack 1.
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03 Jun 2014   #5


I just installed SURT and a hotfix came with it.

Actually, I did get two important updates on May 13th. But I did not get the May 27th update.
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03 Jun 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64

The May 27th update was for C++ 2010 x64 only. As I mentioned, it depends on what's installed on your system. In this case, it was for 64-bit versions only.
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03 Jun 2014   #7


That explains it...I have 32-bit. But I have similar one installed in April:
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Now I wonder why I have so few of those Visual ++ updates while you have so many.
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03 Jun 2014   #8

Windows 7 Pro-x64

I probably have more software that uses the different versions.

You probably installed software recently that uses the C++. That's why your Installed On is newer.
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03 Jun 2014   #9


Actually, I installed visual ++ 2010 update in April from MS download center, not from Windows update.

I forgot exactly why I installed it. I think one 7 forum member wondered why I did not have it. So, I looked it up, found it in download center and installed it. And I am absolutely clueless what this thing is about. I figure if others have it, I should have it, too.
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03 Jun 2014   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64

The redistributables are only used if you have software loaded that requires it. And software that requires it will generally load it if it's not already installed. Just loading it by itself is just taking up space.
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