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Windows 7: My last Windows 7 update done on 9/13/16 according to Avast

09 Oct 2017   #1
ph1cdt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
My last Windows 7 update done on 9/13/16 according to Avast

I do not want to download updates that I do not need...how do I find which are good and/or bad?


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09 Oct 2017   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi PH1,

Not alot of choice under the new MS policy.
(apart from drivers- which you can dissable)

The new style monthly >>cumulative<< updates which are
Security ONLY
Everything else
MSRT, a one time security scan
(i only use the security ones via the let me choose option)

Roy
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09 Oct 2017   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

torchwood words point to a severe problem introduced with updates: You have to take them all or reject everything, there is no middle ground. Once you find an update to be problematic or malicious, you cannot install it or anything further, as it will contain the offender as well. Up to the point of policy change, it's fine, but nothing more after that.

About how to find what's good and bad, it's a really difficult thing. MS historically gave little details of what each update does, usually concealed under many pages of KB articles. But in Windows Update itself you'll only get a vague, inacurate or even misleading information, specially around the release of Windows 10, when MS began to infiltrate malware within updates.

The most "reliable" way I could think of filtering the good from the bad is to find one of those online "lists" that some people collect and actively avoid those. Hopefully some people describe why each update is bad so you can make your own judgment. And there is also the chance of something sliping in before it's black-listed.
This is coincidentally almost the same technique used by antiviruses to catch malware, and is precisely what makes them so incredibly unreliable.
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