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  • New directions for Win 7 and 8.1 patching

    Posted on October 19th, 2017 at 20:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I think it’s time to re-evaluate the “Group A” and “Group B” instructions for updating Windows 7 and 8.1. It’s been one year since Microsoft announced that it was grouping together patches – the “patchocalypse” – and we’ve seen a lot of water under multiple bridges.

    With the advent of MS17-010, there’s no question that patching is a must. Group W is no longer viable.

    @MrBrian and many others are now convinced that Group B doesn’t work either. Lots of details, lots of problems – and those who manually install security-only updates are finding that Microsoft hasn’t made life easy. Or perhaps even tolerable.

    Now it looks like my old instructions for Group A aren’t going to work any more, either. In particular there are problems with hiding individual patches that may bite back.

    So I’m opening up the floor for discussion. Two questions:

    Is it ever going to be possible for “normal” people – by which I mean people who don’t have time to spend hours every day – to manually download and install all of the patches they need?

    For those who stick with Microsoft’s preferred approach, is there anything “normal” people can do to avoid really bad patches? And is it possible to curtail Microsoft’s snooping in the process?

    Your comments and insight most welcome.