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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – Does Woody tell you to not patch? #2088774

      Given that the banking-with-Win 7 caution is included at the tail end of a paragraph about extended-support availability, it kind of reads as if that caution applies even with ESU.  But based on your earlier AWP article about Closing the Book on Win 7, I don’t *think* such a reading is correct??

    • in reply to: Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license #2086354

      Been informed by Norton that they will no longer provide software updates for installations on Windows 7.  Essentially, you’ll be “stuck” at the latest version available today.  “However, your Norton client security software will continue to receive the latest malware definitions by LiveUpdate, vulnerability updates, and compatibility fixes.”  Then they go on to warn about the risk of staying on Win 7.

      Just curious as to what, if any, notifications other people have received from their AVs/Security Suites regarding continuation of support for Win 7 past this point?

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    • Group A here.  Three Win 7 Pro machines (2 Lenovos & a Dell) with ESU (just added yesterday).  90% of the time I wait for MS-Defcon 3 or better.  But yesterday, for reasons I won’t recount here, I took the leap early, installing the January Rollup, the .NET updates and the MSRT.

      Basically no problems except that the updates were S-L-O-W, starting with the downloading.  Pre-reboot, it was the .NET update installs that were painfully slow, using  about 95% of the total pre-reboot time.  Post-reboot, of course, I couldn’t tell which update was slowing things down, but again it was painfully slow, with one machine stuck at 67% for a half hour.  (Interesting how one of the Lenovos was even slower than the other machines pre-boot, while the other Lenovo was the laggard post-boot.)

      Then came the SSU’s — 9mb updates that took about 15 mins (!) to download (including about 7 minutes at 0%).

      No new problems evident with any of the machines today.

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    • in reply to: Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license #2085966

      I am in Group A, so I’m not sure of the applicability of my experience to.your situation — though it might help other Group A-ers.

      I  enabled an ESU license on three Win 7 Pro machines yesterday.  For some reason one of the three machines did not have the October ’19 rollup installed.  It did have the November and December rollups.  After reading the link below (which says “the latest SSU and the current quality update are required” — with no specific reference to the October ’19 rollup) I decided to go ahead and try applying the ESU license on that machine, and it seems to have gone fine, same as the other two (although I guess I can’t tell for sure until ESU-only updates start appearing?).  In fact, could that statement “the latest SSU and the current quality update are required” suggest that the January versions of those must be installed before any ESU-only become available and installable?

      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4522133/procedure-to-continue-receiving-security-updates

       

    • in reply to: Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license #2084296

      I’ll second that thank you  to Amy and Ted.

      BTW, is there any possible benefit or disadvantage to waiting until January updates have been applied before activating the ESU?

    • in reply to: Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license #2039822

      Another question, related to the fact that the ESR licenses are only for Win 7 Pro or Ultimate:  I have 2 Win7 Pro machines, and 1 Win7 Home Premium machine.  I also have a valid, never activated Win7 Pro retail key that I bought several years ago (as a backup), as well as a Win 7 SP1 Pro iso.  Can I use those to upgrade my Win7 Home Premium machine to Pro, thus making it eligible for ESR if I obtain an ESR license?  I’m thinking the answer should be “yes,” but I’m not sure…

      OK, one more question 🙂  The two Pro machines are both Lenovos, one purchased with Win 7 as a manufacturer-installed downgrade from Win 8, and one purchased with Win 7 as a manufacturer-installed downgrade from Win 10.  Might the downgrades present any issues when trying to apply the ESU key?

    • in reply to: Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license #2039817

      Thanks so much for this, Susan.  Question:  Is the “Year 1” referenced in your ESU license a standardized period that is the same for all buyers (e.g., the year ending Jan 20, 2021)?  Or does the license instead last 1 year from when you bought it (or installed it)?

    • in reply to: December 2019 Patch Tuesday foibles and quibbles #2018278

      I see that the Win7 EOL date of January 14, 2020 is a Patch Tuesday.  (BTW, isn’t it curious how Patch Tues is on the latest possible date that month?) Does anyone know whether people who still have Win7 on Jan 14 (probably including myself, Group A) will be offered the January updates?  And if so, will they remain available later in the month?

      EDIT:  I now see that the ghacks article says Win7 updates *will* be offered in January.  But I still wonder if they will *remain* available.

    • On October 2, on one of my three Win 7 64-bit pc’s KB4516655 failed for me, too (worked OK on the other two).   I tried again about an hour later, after a couple reboots, and it installed OK.

    • Just as another data point:  Win 7 64-bit Group A.  I recklessly went ahead and installed KB4524157 (pre-checked, BTW) on all 3 pc’s on October 3.  No issues.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get the August 2019 patches installed #1941955

      Just to follow up, today I installed the two Win 7 updates that had eventually failed on one of my computers.  I did them one at a time (KB4474419 first, and then KB4512506), and everything went fine.  The only slight oddity (although I think I’ve seen this before) is that it took 4-5 minutes before KB4512506 started downloading.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get the August 2019 patches installed #1941255

      Apparently the edit window has passed.  But I meant to point out that the first stuck-at-58%-configuring message I refer to was *after* the first reboot and welcome screen, i.e. things seemed to be going normally before the first reboot.  Same goes for all the other stuck-at-58% and “reverting” screens, although it all became kind of a blur…

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get the August 2019 patches installed #1941247

      Kind of similar situation on one of the three Win 7 pc’s where I attempted to use Windows Update to install KB4512506 Quality Rollup, KB4474419 Security Update and MSRT all at once.  While everything went fine on two of the computers, the third was stuck for ~15 minutes at 58% of “Configuing Windows.”  I had had a couple of past instances where I would have to wait as long as an hour for one of my computers to complete “configuring,” so I just let it continue chugging.

      But instead of eventually progressing past 58%, it  gave the “Failure Configuring Windows Updates – Reverting Changes message” and rebooted.  Then the exact same thing happened all over again — stuck  at 58%.  Then it happened yet again.  But the fourth time, instead of a configuring countdown it gave me the “reverting” message immediately upon reboot.  Then THAT behavior repeated again.  But after the second no-configure-attempt reboot and immediate “reverting message”, on the next reboot my desktop came up, with a system tray balloon message that some updates had installed, but some had failed.  Turns out only the MSRT had installed, while KB4512506 and KB4474419 had both failed.

      I haven’t yet made any further attempts on the affected computer, but I’m glad I just patiently “let it run its course”, and was happy it gave me the “privilege” of seeing my desktop again, without having to deal with any possible forced-shutdown/safe mode machinations (not that having done so would have necessarily been a problem…and besides, who knows what the next attempt will bring…).  I’m leaning against doing a System Restore before the next attempt.  But regardless, I will do (“try”?) one update at a time the next time.

      Maybe this is all related to incompatibility with some program or driver that is on the third computer, that isn’t on the other two??

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get the August 2019 patches installed #1941213

      KB4512506 Quality Rollup and KB4474419 Security Update are both dated August 13 for me as well.  I wonder if the Computerworld article reference to August 17 for one of them was an error?  Or does it somehow vary among Win 7 users?

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    • Group A.  3 Win 7 machines, two with 64-bit Pro and 1 with 64-bit Home Premium.  Installed the Monthly Rollup and MSRT on all three, plus Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0 update (KB 3114879) on the applicable Pro machine.

      Everything seems fine, although — unlike Blizzard — I did have to reconfigure Windows Media Player on all three machines.  This seems to be required more often than not these days.

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