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      • #217030 Reply
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        Things to Do Before You Apply System Updates

        If this were an ideal world, you wouldn’t need to do this stuff before system updating. But it’s not an ideal world, and updates sometimes fail. Make sure your computer, what you can change, isn’t the reason for failure.

        If your computer has been running flaky before system updates, chances are updates are not going to improve operations.

        •    Run DiskCleanup or your cleanup software of choice.

        •    If necessary, defrag your system.

        •    Optionally, run sfc /scannow.

        •    Optionally, run chkdsk.

        •    If necessary, reboot your system.

        •    Run, at least, a quick virus scan.

        •    Backup your system.

        •    Save important files as a separate step from backup. If you have catastrophic failure and you need important files quickly, you have immediate access to them.

        •    Exit optional software. Make sure your anti-virus software is active.

        •    Now, check for updates.

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        Bill C.
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        Good list!

        I will only add one “best practice” additional step for new visitors.

        Check and read before you start, and wait for the DefCon level to change.

      • #217184 Reply
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        I would add to your list, as a last step: “create a restore point, so the system can be returned to its state previous to the installation of the patches, if things go south after that.”

        “Creating a restore point” and then “returning the system to its previous state” means: first using Window’s “restore” feature to save copies of all the System files (not the user’s own files), including the all-important Register, as they were just before patching — then patching and then, if there is trouble, using the restore point to replace the files changed by the patches with those saved copies, to return them, and the System, to their “previous state”.

        That means that the patches are no longer installed and the problem has gone away, at least until one decides to reinstall the patches, or to install their allegedly corrected versions. If something else has gone wrong because of the bad patches, then having also backed up one’s own files, as per the previous points in the list, should make it possible to get over that as well.

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      • #1876959 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        Good list, but for me, all those items are already taken care of via Task Scheduler while I sleep, so I’m always ready for an update/upgrade.

        I don’t use System Restore and have it disabled.  I much prefer restoring a drive image, because I’m absolutely sure of what I’m getting in that restoration.  My system is split into multiple partitions/logical drives, and a restoration of any one partition (like my OS) takes ~6 minutes at most.

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
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      • #1876989 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        I’m with bbearren here, NOTHING beats a drive Image for safety! HTH 😎

        May the Forces of good computing be with you!


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