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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Windows 7 patches Old updates strangely reappear. Why and what to do?

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    • #1720135 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Hi to the forum.

      I recently did a OS Windows 7 x64 move from one SSD to another using Samsung’s Migration Tool.  Went flawlessly, at least I thought.   After a restart, I noticed about 70 or so updates that were mostly Optional.  By the published dates, I’m certain these were installed or hidden.

      I’d appreciate advice on what to do now ?


    • #1720369 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Update:  Also to above, it appears that my “Update History” is empty.

      • #1720456 Reply

        Da Boss

        It sounds like Samsung’s Migration Tool cleared the Datastore. That would make your Update History disappear and unhide any hidden updates..

    • #1720807 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Is there a way to rebuild the history ?

      • #1721192 Reply

        Da Boss

        You can look in Installed Updates and sort it by date. That should more or less give you the history. But I don’t believe the history will return.

    • #1746924 Reply


      To add to PK’s comments, we are aware that some disk migration/copy utilities don’t copy all files that are considered not essential, like the Update History, to save space and time.

      You may want to do a little bit of research on the Internet and see if you can find the name and location of your old Update History and see if you can copy that file to you new SSD. The actual file probably isn’t anything special, maybe just a .txt file. Do this at your own risk. I have no earthly idea that it will work.

      Here’s 3 options:

      1. Just print out your old Update History if you don’t want to mess with your new SSD.

      2. You can do as PK says and go to Programs and Features, View Installed Updates, and find them there. (easiest option)

      3. Get a different utility to do the migration. You want an “Image Copy” utility that will make an exact image copy of your old drive. Ideally you want something you can put on a USB stick and boot up to do the image transfer.

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