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Windows 7: What to do with older failed updates after newer ones installed?

26 Oct 2015   #1

Windows Pro 64 bit
What to do with older failed updates after newer ones installed?

After installing some of the current month's updates, I noticed that quite a few updates from a few months ago failed. (Installed some because downloading was taking forever.)

The failed updates don't appear on the list of updates that windows update presents when it checks for updates.

Should I install the failed updates? Will an older one rewrite or reverse a more recent fix? Do I need to read each KB article since the failures to see if a newer update replaced the failed ones?

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26 Oct 2015   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ellen,

Often they will be downloaded and installed successfully later. The update history is basically just a log file, so even though the updates were eventually installed, the failed installs will still be listed.

You should install at least all critical and important updates.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to reset and clear update history.

Windows Update - Reset
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26 Oct 2015   #3

Windows Pro 64 bit

Thanks, Brink. That's reassuring.

I installed all the recent important and critical updates.
Took forever, but I suppose there's no way around that.

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27 Oct 2015   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Yeah, that's pretty much the only way to remove the listed failed updates in update history.
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