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  • Best way to get all the Group A patches applied

    Posted on December 3rd, 2016 at 13:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good question from JC:

    I will appreciate very much your help in the steps I have to do to patch my windows 7×64 Home Premium and office 2007, which last patching update I made was in April 2015.

    Due to aggressive windows 10 campaign, recommendations of experts to stay in windows 7, and lastly, the change from Microsoft in patching left me wait thinking what to do.

    Now I see group A, group B and group W. I think you can only try group A or group W. As almost everybody says is better, in spite of disadvantages, to patch the O.S., I think is better for me to be in group A.

    I think, first I have to manually download the KB’s to speed up the windows update scans, and after I hope to receive the last monthly rollup update from November.

    I look forward hearing from you soon.

    Thanks and best regards.

    I certainly understand why you dropped out of the patching game last year – and think it’ll be very worthwhile to get patched up.

    If you’re in Group A – you don’t mind Microsoft’s snooping – the path to getting patched is remarkably simple (albeit time consuming).

    First, follow the steps to get Windows Update working quickly. You may have to manually download and install one or two patches.

    Then you need to decide if you want the “Recommended” updates or not. That’s a tough call, but if you haven’t hit any problems in the past 18 months, you’re probably just fine without the Recommended updates. On the other hand, if you want all that Microsoft has to give, turn Recommended updates on:  Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update. Click Change Settings. Check or uncheck the box “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”

    Then, just let ‘er rip. Run Windows Update, have it check for updates, don’t change any of the check boxes – if a patch is checked, leave it checked; if it isn’t checked, don’t check it.

    You may have to run Windows Update and reboot a few times, but by the end you’ll have a completely up-to-date machine.