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        Susan Bradley
        AskWoody MVP

        This will be the first week we get to try out the brand spanking new Windows 7 security patches in the new post patching era.  Just a reminder to have
        [See the full post at: Patch Lady Podcast – reminder backup your Windows 7]

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2137713 Reply
        GreatAndPowerfulTech
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m sticking with 0patch. If I experience any issues on the one workstation running Windows 7 Pro, I’ll post something here at Ask Woody. So far, so good. If 0patch lets me down, I’m ready to switch the workstation to Linux Mint. Mint is fully tested and works quite well on it. But, since I sell and service Windows PC’s, I feel the need to test something that customers that won’t leave Widows 7 for ten can relatively easily install and benefit from.

        GreatAndPowerfulTech

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      • #2137850 Reply
        bbearren
        AskWoody MVP

        This will be the first week we get to try out the brand spanking new Windows 7 security patches in the new post patching era. Just a reminder to have a GOOD backup before installing these updates. If you haven’t tested restoring your system from whatever backup you have made, make sure you have all the necessary parts to do so. Meaning if your backup software needs a bootable flash drive, have that ready. If you have to hit a F2 or F8 or Escape key to get the system into boot from flash drive, know what combo you need to get into that.

        That is a do-it-with-my-eyes-closed routine that every user of Windows should already know. Testing a drive image by restoring it is the only way to be confident that it’s going to work.  Having a very recent good drive image has never been out of fashion when making system changes, and Windows Updates are always system changes, from minor to major.

        Having a Rescue Disc/USB has always been a number one priority for drive imaging, as well as keeping that Rescue Disc/USB up-to-date.  For me, since I have never read about a patch/update that negatively affected every single Windows installation on the planet, that has always left open the possibility that it won’t affect my systems, either.

        If, in the long-odds chance that my systems do get affected by a patch/update (which has yet to happen), I’m ~six minutes away from being unaffected by said patch/update, simply by restoring my recent drive image.  Having that insurance also gives one assurance that they might be able to simply uninstall the bad patch/update and continue on their merry way, without having to resort to restoring a drive image.  But restoring that drive image is right there in your back pocket if it’s needed.

        In my view, Drive Imaging should occupy a much more prominent place in AskWoody Forums, rather than being buried in “Forums › AskWoody support › PC hardware › Questions – Maintenance and backups”  Why isn’t it in “Forums › AskWoody support › Questions – Maintenance and backups”?

        In all the problems I’ve seen posted on not only AskWoody, but also every other Windows Help site with which I’m affiliated, I have yet to come across one that wouldn’t be easily resolved by restoring a recent drive image.  Even hardware failures benefit by having a recent drive image to restore once the problem hardware has been winnowed out and replaced.

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
        "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
        "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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      • #2139999 Reply
        Morty
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m gearing up to take the plunge into Windows 10. Meanwhile, I’m trying to stay safe with my Win 7.

        I just got a notification that I have updates available:

        Security Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4484267) 32-Bit Edition

        Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4484163) 32-Bit Edition

        Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 – February 2020 (KB890830)

        I don’t use Outlook. Should I install the other two patches? (Oddly enough, my machine is 64-bit, not 32. So are the Office 2010 updates an error?)

        Thank you.

        • #2140008 Reply
          jabeattyauditor
          AskWoody Lounger

          Do you have Office 2010 installed on your PC? If so, you can check in Programs & Features to see if it’s the 32-bit version (that’s what most people install, regardless of their OS).

          Even if you’re not using Outlook, I’d patch it.

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          • #2140101 Reply
            Morty
            AskWoody Plus

            I couldn’t tell from Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features, so I opened word and checked Help. Sure enough, it’s 32-bit. Much obliged!

            Will do the updates.

            After backing up, of course!

            Thank you!

             

            • #2170619 Reply
              ht
              AskWoody Lounger

              Hi Morty. I have the same notifications for February 2020 office updates. All well with your win7 after you installed them? There’s been no mention of them when I search The Lounge. Thanks.

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              • #2170624 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                I have Office 2010 on 3 machines – no apparent problem with Feb updates.

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              • #2170629 Reply
                Morty
                AskWoody Plus

                I still have my old Office 2010 programs working in Win 10. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

                Thanks,

                Morty

              • #2170628 Reply
                Morty
                AskWoody Plus

                So sweet of you to follow up! Much appreciated.

                Yes, I installed the updates and everything was fine.

                Then (head hanging low and voice lowered to whisper) I finally caved and “upgraded” (MS’ word, not mine) to Windows 10. Semper Phooey.

                Thank heaven, everything seems to be working.

                Only one program wouldn’t come along. Printshop 23.1 wouldn’t play in Win 10. So I’m looking for a new way to print greeting cards. Minor casualty, I’d say.

                All the best,

                Morty

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              • #2170634 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                Have you tried reinstalling it in “Compatibility” mode? If you right on the installer, on one of the tabs it will give your the ability to install it in Win7  (or one of the earlier versions) mode.

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              • #2170650 Reply
                Morty
                AskWoody Plus

                Thanks. I decided not to try that after I wrote to the company (Encore Software) and they told me:

                PS 23.1 older version will not work properly in windows 10, means it will not save project as PDF etc. You will face lot of issue like this in windows 10.
                We have launched the PS 23.1 version for windows 10 so you will need to purchase it when you will upgrade to windows 10 OS.

                 

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