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Windows 7: Updates after reinstalling operating system

1 Week Ago   #1
Uplander

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Updates after reinstalling operating system

If problems arise with an operating system (perhaps because of multiple MS updates over the years) and you reinstall the system, is it not the case that you will be deluged with updates and end up back where you started?


The background to this is that I have a Dell Latitude 3540 running W7. I am very fussy about what I do with it (e.g. careful what I download, minimise start up programmes etc.) and largely it has been excellent although it is slow to start nowadays. Recently I have experienced it freezing - this is very intermittent and otherwise it seems to be working fine. When it does freeze I generally have Firefox, Open Office, Windows Live Mail and eM Client open. When it freezes I cannot open the task manager and I get to the point where killing it is the only answer.


I am not techie and I am not clear why this is happening but an associate has suggested reinstalling the operating system.


Thanks for any general thoughts.


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1 Week Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello Uplander

Yes, if you Clean Install (reinstall) Windows Operating system, then you will be faced with re-installing a lot of updates. As this is an automatic process, it should not cause you, or your computer, any trouble. Windows Update will take care or which updates to install, and if some update has been superseded in time, then only the latest update will be installed, by default, should that save you.
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1 Week Ago   #3
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Hi Uplander,
Win 7 you can Repair Install - In Place Upgrade, it re-installs windows saves all your programs, files, music, etc.
There are several options for Win Updates
Dism++ | New Windows Utility
SIMPLIX UpdatePack.
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1 Week Ago   #4
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

If your computer is experiencing occasional freezes, then why not try a disk cleanup and a disk defrag?
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1 Week Ago   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Please edit your settings with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you.
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The freezing issue can be a software problem or a hardware problem.
Start by checking your disk.
Open a cmd window as administrator and type:
chkdsk c:
if it finds any problems, you must do a offline check disk:
chkdsk c: /f
It will say your disk is in use and ask if you want to schedule to next start = Yes
restart

Another freezing factor is over temperature due to dust on the heat sink.
Do you have a hardware monitor?
How old is your laptop?


I do a clean install every two years. The reason is to get rid of all trash you store over the years.
It takes half a day (Backup data, install windows, drivers, updates and all my software restore data) but the improvement is clear.

As suggested you can also do a Repair Install
It will reinstall Windows, keeping your drivers, data and programs. You will need to reinstall the updates. My recommendation is to use Simplix.
My suggestion is to set Services - Windows Update - Manual and on WU page set it to Never check.
Then run UpdatePack7R2
Simplix is a single file (750MB) that contain all updates since Win 7 released up to date. It has all security and non security updates without the trash (telemetry and tracking). Very good.
Then run WU manually to find updates for Office etc and decide witch one to install.

For the freezing issue, you must check your disk.
Open a cmd window as administrator and type:
chkdsk c:
if it finds any problems, you must do a offline check disk:
chkdsk c: /f
It will say your disk is in use and ask if you want to schedule to next start = Yes
restart
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6 Days Ago   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

@Megahertz07

UpdatePack7R2-19.11.15.exe needs patching to UpdatePack7R2-19.11.18.exe.
patch is here https://update7.simplix.info/UpdatePatch-19.11.18.exe


The December pack will be out in a week.
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6 Days Ago   #7
Uplander

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for all the contributions, these I will digest and see where I go from here - just wanted to do a quick post to acknowledge the help and ideas.


Later ...



I have always done disk cleanup and a disk defrag but anything more than that is outside my comfort zone so have enlisted some help and we will tackle this together in the coming days. Clearly there are some options but as my concern over the updates has been answered I will mark this solved and once again, thanks one and all.
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