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Windows 7: Did I just lose every windows update I've ever had?

01 Oct 2019   #1
Negaforce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Did I just lose every windows update I've ever had?

So I followed this one guy's advice which was to go to services and stop Windows update service, locate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its content, start Windows update service and then check for updates.

What the post left out was that the SoftwareDistribution folder and what was inside also contained my windows update history files once deleted I lost all my update history..... or so it looks that way. When I went to windows update it said updates were installed: Never and I checked view update history and everything in there is gone. So I went into my recycle bin and restored the folder and all it's files but still no update history came back. Does this mean I'm going to have to get every single windows 7 update all over again? if it does I'm in trouble because for some reason half of the updates end up saying failed and not successful also is my system at a huge security risk now???


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01 Oct 2019   #2
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

HI Negaforce,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Negaforce View Post
So I followed this one guy's advice which was to go to services and stop Windows update service, locate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its content, start Windows update service and then check for updates.

What the post left out was that the SoftwareDistribution folder and what was inside also contained my windows update history files once deleted I lost all my update history..... or so it looks that way. When I went to windows update it said updates were installed: Never and I checked view update history and everything in there is gone. So I went into my recycle bin and restored the folder and all it's files but still no update history came back. Does this mean I'm going to have to get every single windows 7 update all over again? if it does I'm in trouble because for some reason half of the updates end up saying failed and not successful also is my system at a huge security risk now???
[1] Was the post on this forum?
[2] If so, can you post the link to the thread please?
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01 Oct 2019   #3
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

HI Negaforce,

You will find that the WU's are still installed but are just not showing!

Please run WU_Hotfixes.bat from here => BATCH PROGRAMS [Standalone].

I hope this helps!
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01 Oct 2019   #4
Negaforce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
HI Negaforce,



[1] Was the post on this forum?
[2] If so, can you post the link to the thread please?
Nah, it wasn't here I was checking other places about my problem as well it was over at

Resources and Tools for IT Professionals | TechNet

Guy's post - Imgur: The magic of the Internet
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01 Oct 2019   #5
Negaforce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
HI Negaforce,

You will find that the WU's are still installed but are just not showing!

Please run WU_Hotfixes.bat from here => BATCH PROGRAMS [Standalone].

I hope this helps!
Woah, Okay that's a big relief thanks for the help brother.
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01 Oct 2019   #6
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

HI Negaforce,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Negaforce View Post
Did you delete the contents of the Software Distribution Folder or did you delete the Software Distribution Folder itself?

After a restart, when you ran check for updates it should have re-populated the Software Distribution Folder [it would take quite a while because the previous contents were deleted]!
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01 Oct 2019   #7
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Negaforce View Post
Woah, Okay that's a big relief thanks for the help brother.
You are very welcome!
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01 Oct 2019   #8
Negaforce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
You are very welcome!
Hey, sorry to be such a bother I think I understand but not entirely sure, but I did what you said ran it and got WU_Hotfixes it's a Batch file notepad when I open it I see all kinds of Windows updates so those are all what are still present on my computer?

I missed your question yes I actually deleted both the folder and the contents as well. I don't know if that changes anything? I just restored the folder and all it's contents (actually some of the files started to regenerate by themselves before I could even put the deleted ones back).

One other thing quoting from part of that post it says "to generate and output the list of WU's [Windows Updates] and Hotfixes [patches] installed and the date they were installed."

I got all the updates but I don't see any dates for them does that matter?
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01 Oct 2019   #9
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Negaforce,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Negaforce View Post
Hey, sorry to be such a bother I think I understand but not entirely sure, but I did what you said ran it and got WU_Hotfixes it's a Batch file notepad when I open it I see all kinds of Windows updates so those are all what are still present on my computer?
Yes.

The batch script/program that I wrote [and you ran above] uses the wmic qfe [a M$ tool/utility] to generate the list of ALL the installed Windows and software updates applied to the computer.

I hope this helps!
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01 Oct 2019   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could also use this WPL_v1.0.15.zip


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