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Windows 7: Windows update stops showing optional updates

03 Mar 2018   #1
Hijin25

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bits
 
 
Windows update stops showing optional updates

Greetings. Excuse my English is not my native language, I hope to make my question as good as possible.

Well, as the title of the post says, windows update stopped showing the optional updates that I did not install on my PC. I have the service configured to check for updates automatically but let me decide when to install them.

I realized this after the February updates, if I do a manual search if it shows me the optional updates available, but the automatic search made by the system indicates that there are no more updates for my computer. Even reinstall windows 7 thinking of some corruption but after the new installation the same thing happened, after the third day without installing the optional updates these are no longer displayed in the automatic search for updates.

I do not know if it is a new way of operating the service, which stops showing the updates that apparently do not interest or that is failing, The event viewer does not show any error with windows update.

I appreciate any clarification in advance.


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06 Mar 2018   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Hi Hijin25,
Here's some troubleshooting suggestions.

SevenForums has download for Resetting Windows Update Components

From Microsoft answers: Windows Update does not show all available updates

If you don't what to attempt the "From Microsoft answers" Manually, I've Attached a Batch file:
Reset Windows Update Components & Rename Software Distribution Folder

Download it, double-click to open zip/compressed folder, double-click Reset Windows Update Components & Rename Software Distribution Folder
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08 Mar 2018   #3
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

These days Microsoft in general provides two "rollup" updates each month: one is the all-in-one rollup, which has every update ever provided for Windows 7; the other is the once-a-month security-only rollup. There are also a few others, such as the "preview" update, Microsoft Office updates, .NET updates, and a few others.

I suggest that you install only the all-in-one update (not the preview), plus other updates which are "security" updates. I suggest that, unless you have a specific need for an optional update, that you do not install any optional updates.

As far as the Microsoft Office updates, I suggest that you install only the "security" updates, unless you have a specific need for an optional one.
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09 Mar 2018   #4
Hijin25

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bits
 
 

Thank you very much for your answers, I regret the delay in responding. I found the culprit It was the last update KB2952664 that somehow annoyed the usual behavior of windows update, uninstalled and everything went back to normal.
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16 Mar 2018   #5
billm5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

KB2952664 was the bane of my existence when it was first released, years ago (2011-12 maybe?) ... the consensus at the time here was not to install it. It was widely perceived as the "thin edge of the wedge" to push you to Windows X - **that** I remember very clearly.

Microsoft is not well-staffed with INTELLIGENT people who *remember* past horror-stories and refuse to re-enact them.

I'm the proud(?) owner of a fresh new machine, just like my previous (frayed-around-the-edges) early-Windows 7 laptop... but I remember the lessons of that era well. Thought I was awakening from a bad dream when I saw MS trying once again to push 2952664 to my new machine...Microsoft's quality control has fallen into the dumpster.

I see more bizarre errors which Microsoft fails to adequately address, than I ever saw back in those early-Win7 days (when, as a new platform, Windows 7 should be expected to have "more issues").

I strongly suspect this is "planned obsolescence" in the Windows lifecycle ... they want to get rid of us (because that's so much easier than actually fixing defects).

(Longing for the days of early UNIX when we didn't have holier- (or holey-er) than thou software vendors to deal with.)

(Major failures in Outlook 2010 have suddenly materialized after years of stability; in the midst of re-building my .PST files - oh, did I mention Microsoft's LIE about 50GB Outlook .PST files on Outlook 2010?) Mine blew up when it neared 30GB... have been rebuilding it for the past week. Fortunately there are a *few* good MS resources who know what they're doing - but they're few and far between; MS does their best to keep you as an annoyed customer, so you'll keep buying more new, poorly-engineered products.
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16 Mar 2018   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billm5 View Post
(Longing for the days of early UNIX when we didn't have holier- (or holey-er) than thou software vendors to deal with.)
Ever thought about Linux? Linux Mint is my primary OS, and I am very well pleased with it. But for those occasional times when I need to run Windows because I can't do something in Linux, I have a Windows 8.1 VM with Classic Shell, just a click away.
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18 Mar 2018   #7
billm5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thought about Linux of course (since I grew-up on UNIX), but Outlook (2010) is still my most-used application... and not ready to plunk down cash for yet another machine or pseudo-Office functionality. (Webmail is abysmal.)
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19 Mar 2018   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

No need to ditch Outlook in this scenario. You could run MS Office (including Outlook) in a Windows 8.1 (or Windows 7) VM, all running inside of Linux.
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19 Mar 2018   #9
billm5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Yes, but would need to buy a machine for Linux... current hardware (Celeron 900, 3-4GB) is unlikely to handle both platforms.
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