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      I do not know whether it is related and might give a direction for a solution, but this year I have had 2 or 3 occasions (I do not remember anymore how many exactly) that on (only) one of my Win7 x64 machines the updates halted at a certain percentage (mostly 67%). It was always the same computer on which it happened. I did troubleshoot it and the only solution that worked was to manually install the cumulative update from the catalogue. All the other updates could be installed with Windows Update (Office 2010, MSRT, .NET), but just not the cumulative update. That one had to be installed manually. A.o. I had tried installing every update separately via Windows Update, but that did not work.

      The last time it happened is however already about 4-5 months ago and I have not touched the December updates, because we are at MS-DEFCON 2.

      Maybe the solution is to manually install the SSU?

      Also, I always restart the computer after installing the SSU, even though Windows Update does not ask for it.

      Also, on the same computer I have had 1 or 2 times the situation that the computer would reboot well after installing the Windows Updates, but I got a black screen instead of the login screen after rebooting the next day (i.e. the 2nd reboot after installing the updates). I then restored an image from before the updates, did the updates again, but to be safe not all at the same time but one by one and then everything went fine.

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    • Pim
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      Thank you very much for looking into this. I have already been looking for details today but could not find much. One particular thing I am interested in is whether I can buy exteended support for Windows 7 Ultimate. I use it in my small business and chose it for a good reason: I can easily switch between languages. For me it is not a comsumer product, but a business product. Switching languages was only also available in the Enterprise version which, of course, was not an option for my small business. I am hoping Microsoft will treat me like a business, but I do not trust them much though…

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    • in reply to: Macrium Black Friday sale 2019: 50% off #2012245

      Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      If you look at this chart, you can see that there are quite a few differences between Free and Home. For me it is certainly worth the money. I notice that Changed Block Tracker is not even on the chart. CBT increases the speed of differential and incremental backups.

      Reasons for me for choosing the paid Home version are:

      • incremental backups
      • Files and folders backups
      • CBT
      • Encryption
      • Bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware
      • And I believe, but am not sure, that Free does not include sending an email after a backup.

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    • in reply to: When Windows 10 Feature Updates don’t go smoothly #2006203

      Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      And this is why one ALWAYS, ALWAYS needs to make a rescue medium for the imaging program before ever using the program. If you had a rescue medium for your imaging program (I understand from your story you did not or did not think about it) you would have been able to restore the system image from before the update, without the need to have Windows running properly.

      I never start using an imaging program before having made and tested (!) a rescue CD. I always make two rescue CD’s in case one of them does not work. It has saved my b*tt a couple of times.

      Kirsty, I wish you good luck with restoring your computer! These jobs are the most *&%$#@! jobs to do, because it feels like a waste of time. Been there, done that more times than I can count 🙁  That is why I now have a very strong discipline of doing installs & updates only the safest way possible.

      BTW: I highly recommend Macrium Home (the paid version). With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner: Macrium usually gives a 40% discount then.

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    • Pim
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      I would like to know whether Windows 7 Ultimate can also get updates. I use Ultimate in my small business because with ultimate it is possible to switch between languages. I always install the English language version and then add a Dutch language pack. The advantage of that is that whenever I get an error message I can switch to English and then search the internet using that error message in English. This has helped me many times and saved me a lot of time, especially because Dutch is such a small language and finding a solution on the the internet for an error message in Dutch usually is much harder, if possible at all.

      I would be helped by adding 1 more year to one or two of my computers, while upgrading to Windows 10, in order to avoid too much work for having to upgrade several computers in 3 months, which I just cannot handle right for personal reasons.

      Yeah, the $50 is too much IMO. Microsoft keeps pampering large businesses and forgetting about small businesses. How do they think large businesses start? As a large or a small business?

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    • Pim
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      Here in the Netherlands voting machines have been banned since 2007. Some hackers proved that they could be unsafe, although the “main-stream” thought they were. One of the issues was that the electro-magnetic interference could be received over tens of meters away and it was possible to check from that distance what somebody voted. Also, the lack of a paper trail could be problematic. I do not know how the machines have been declared safe, but I am still amazed that their use is so widespread in the US.

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    • Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks. If MS does not want to play it nicely for Ultimate users, I may going to play it not nicely too with the updates.

      However, be aware that the download links provided in the forum post you linked are already superseded. The most recent download is included in the opening post of that thread.

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    • Pim
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      But this output would mean that Ultimate is supported. How do you then conclude “but it seems they retreated the decision and it’s not officially supported”?

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    • Pim
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      Thanks. That would be a bummer, but in line with what I wrote about trusting Microsoft. Are you certain? What is your source for this?

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    • in reply to: When Windows 10 Feature Updates don’t go smoothly #2006348

      Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      You sound like me 🙂

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    • in reply to: When Windows 10 Feature Updates don’t go smoothly #2006343

      Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      You are correct. I had missed her remark “Apparently there had been some issue prior to the update attempt?” My bad. I had read that Kirsty tried a system restore, but when doing that she got the same gpsvc error. My logical conclusion was therefore that she tried to restore an image from within Windows. How could you get the gpsvc error when booting outside of Windows? If you then restore the image from before the upgrade, i.e. before the first occurrence of the gpsvc error, everything should be alright. But now I understand that the issue occurred even after restoring the image. I have had something similar happen to me before. But that brings me to my next point.

      I make images very regularly. Every week, every month en when I think it is appropriate, e.g. before updating a particular program These are 3 separate images. The monthly images I always keep as an archive, I never delete them. The weekly images I delete (automatically) after two months. So I am always able to go back further in time. I have even gone back 2 years in time to find out what the cause for something was, which then helped me repair it in my current installation. Such a disciplined approach might have helped in this case. It is because of events like the one Kirsty described, that I have come up with this approach. I wrote above that I had something similar like Kirsty’s case happen to me before, that an error occurred for the first time after making an image and therefore assumed that restoring the image would solve it, only to find out that it then also happened. My solution then was to restore an image that was one week older. I also keep a log for every computer in which I record the changes that I make, like installations, update etc. This helps me greatly when considering which image I want to restore. And after the restoration I can then relatively quickly perform the changes again, that I lost because of the restoration, because I know what the changes were.

      I mostly use Macrium Reflect and in some cases TeraByte’s Image for Windows for imaging. Both programs are able to remove partitions and then restore the partitions included in the image. And if it is not possible to restore one image because it is faulty (which has never happened to me) I just take another image close to the original image.

      My advice to everybody is, exactly for what Kirsty described, to be very disciplined in making images, preparing rescue media en (preferably) also keeping a log. I cannot tell you how much time, effort and frustration it has saved me over the years.

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    • in reply to: When Windows 10 Feature Updates don’t go smoothly #2006231

      Pim
      AskWoody Plus

      I think you are approaching this too technically. My tip is a procedural one and I was able to give it without having technical details. Without giving specifics a fruitful discussion can still follow. And if you want more specifics: just ask. Many discussions can lead to new and unexpected insights.

      I do not know your background, but there is more to technology than just the technology. This is a common mistake many technically trained/involved people make, they just look at the technical side of the matter (I am not technically trained at all, everything I know I have learned myself). You do not want to know how many times I have been declared a fool for still having Vista on one of my computers without replying to the actual question I had (not on AskWoody though, that is why it is such a great site). Even people who are using Windows 7 are at some sites sometimes also looked weirdly at: “You should already have upgraded to Windows 10. Why are you still using Windows 7?”, or “Just upgrade to Windows 10 and your problem will be solved”. Well, people sometimes make a conscious decision to use Windows Vista/7/xx or for some reason cannot upgrade.

      The reason why I still have Vista on one of my computers is because of personal issues which have prevented me from upgrading yet. To then receive remarks that I should have known better is, IMO, a lack of empathy and looking at the world rather black and white. I do not mean you did that, it is just an example of what I have experienced elsewhere, but I do invite everybody to take a broader perspective, be open and willing to think outside of their own box. To repeat myself: there is more to technology than just the technology.

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    • in reply to: When Windows 10 Feature Updates don’t go smoothly #2006212

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      I do not agree. It may result in tips that can be used to prevent situations like these (see f.i. my other comment). A post like this can thus be helpful.

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    • Pim
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      But only if you are an enterprise and pay. This will be a relatively (very?) small portion of all current Windows 7 users. Now THAT would have been a much better point in time to change to SHA2 only.

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    • Pim
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      What 5 months ? 3 years.

      Win7 EOL is January 2020. That is 5 months from now, not 3 years.

      Edit: this was meant as a reply to the above post by Alex5723. I do not know what I did wrong, but it apparently was not posted as a reply.

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