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Windows 7: Fresh install what updates to avoid

13 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
Fresh install what updates to avoid

I'm just about to under take a fresh install of Win 7 x64 for my m8 and wanted to know are there still updates to avoid if i want to stay away from the Win 10 hole, or should i just install the GXW Control Panel and let that do its work, he would like as many updates as poss (so that includes a lot of the optional ones) but i know some are to be avoided.


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14 Jul 2016   #2

Windows 7 x64

At the Windows Updates page, go to "Change settings" on left panel.
Ensure "Install updates automatically (recommended)" is select.
As for Install new updates "Every day" and the time "xxx"
The Time should be when you are using the computer or at times leave it on (not necessary all the time).
Also ensure the computer internet is active during the period.
The default setting is that Microsoft /Windows consider that computer are running 24/7 (non stop).
As for Recommended updates & who can install updates; both should be tick mark on the box.
I would recommended to this as i do not need to manually do click to windows updates anymore.

For start, after doing the necessary setting, and need to prepare to let it run accordingly.
Imitate "Check for updates", and after this try not to use your this computer.
Some updates will reboot and continue to download and updating.
This will take a lot of time.

For Windows 10, if it is downloaded, do not click "Get started" as this give permission to upgrade.

So far using these settings, i do not face any problem in the system.
Do note, when you want to shutdown, or restart, if there is "Update and shutdown" on the Shutdown box, do the updates.
Even if you do encountered if you just want to reboot, updates are important.

I no longer see any updates that required me to use my fingers.
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15 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

Alloneword, if you want to avoid installing any Windows 10 related updates, I would suggest you don't have WU set to Automatically install.
Set it to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install"
Also, untick the box "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important"
I recommend you skip these updates to fully avoid Windows 10 related nagware:

KB2952664 - Compatibility update for Windows 7 SP1
KB3021917 - Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3022345 - Update for customer experience diagnostic telemetry (superseded by KB3068708)
KB3035583 - "Get Windows 10" App (System Tray Nagware/Telemetry)
KB3068708 - Update for customer experience diagnostic telemetry (superseded by KB3080149)
KB3075249 - Update that adds telemetry points to UAC in Windows 7
KB3080149 - Update for customer experience diagnostic telemetry (replaces previous 2 CEDT updates)
KB3123862 - Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
KB3150513 - May 2016 Compatibility Update for Windows
KB3173040 - Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification

More info about the updates in this thread How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

I skip a lot more updates, but those don't relate to 10.
Or you could install them all and use GWX control panel, as Eric stated. Personally, I'd rather not install them in the first place as I have no intention of installing Windows 10. And some will most likely be removed after the free upgrade period has ended.
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15 Jul 2016   #4

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)

Thanks for thr answers guys, I do turn off all windows updates nowadays, however the list you have given me is perfect.

Mind you having said all ths it would be so nice if MS would allow me to update the damm machine i have been trying differnt way for 2 days and still get stuck with usual "Checking for updates" i have seen so many so called fixes i'm lost for words, anyone would think MS didin't want you to have a fresh copy of win 7 onboard, no they won't do that would they?

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15 Jul 2016   #5

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alloneword View Post
i have been trying differnt way for 2 days and still get stuck with usual "Checking for updates" i have seen so many so called fixes i'm lost for words
I installed the June rollup update a couple of weeks ago:

The rollup update includes KB3161647
that has this fix
An optimization that addresses long scan time for updates that's reported on some computers.
Last month it took me over 6 hours to check for PT updates.
This month it took a couple of minutes to check for PT updates.

You need to check the prerequisites to see if you can manually install this update(s).
This is the first "fix" i've seen offered from MS for long scan times.

This WU fix worked for me, ymmv.
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21 Jul 2016   #6

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)

I'm so sorry for the late reply folks, it's been a complete nightmare doing this install but it is sorted now, and with no windows 10 nagware.

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