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Windows 7: Check for updates stopped working

21 Jan 2016   #11

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenOfNine View Post
...Based on the content of some of these "important" updates (which are really just ads for Windows 10), I no longer trust MS, and thus I do not want automatic updates....
If you don't want the telemetry updates, then you won't want the automatic setting. If you don't mind the telemetry, then you can go back to using the automatic settings. There are ways to prevent W10 from installing.

The long scan/search time that some users are seeing is usually because they do not have the latest Windows Update Client installed. It seems that something has changed on Microsoft's end and users will probably get long scan times if they insist on sticking with old versions of the Windows Update Client.

That said, it would be nice to see a solution to the lack of WU notifications that several forum members are reporting.

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21 Jan 2016   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenOfNine View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
If keeping my systems up to date isn't worth 5 hours a year then I need a new hobby.
If one needs the computer for work and can't spend 5 hours a year to keep a system up to date then one needs a different job where computers are not used.
LOL... That came out out of left field. I'm not sure that's a fair assessment or accurate representation. Wasting 5 *extra* hours a year is what was mentioned, not a lack of willingness to spend 5 hours per year performing maintenance. Heck, I spent more than 7 hours just today performing maintenance, and it's only January.
I was just going by your post #6

That's what I was doing too. I might have to go back to doing it. Sometimes the checks take a minute or two, sometimes longer. I figured that if I check 300 days out of the year, and it takes only 1 minute per check, that's 300 minutes, or 5 hours of my life I am wasting every year. Not really in line with my values.
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22 Jan 2016   #13

Windows 7 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenOfNine View Post would be nice to see a solution to the lack of WU notifications that several forum members are reporting.

A third-party solution was presented above that might be an okay workaround (I haven't had time to try it yet). It would be better if Windows Update just worked as it used to (providing notifications when new updates were available). Maybe someone will figure it out. Maybe even Microsoft will figure it out, but that's a longshot.
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