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  • MS pulls buggy KB 3161608 Windows Update speed-up patch

    Replaces it with KB 3172605, KB 3172614… and sticks it to Intel.

    If you’re struggling with slow Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update speeds, take a look at this article. I end up recommending that you ditch Microsoft’s “solution” entirely and use the approach listed on to fix the slowdowns.

    The German solution works for Win 7 and Vista. I have no idea how to fix the problem in Win 8.1 — or if Win 8.1 people are experiencing significant slowdowns.

    But it’ll be fun to watch Microsoft and Intel getting into a real expectorating match.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • Win7 scan speedup patch KB 3161608 breaks Intel Bluetooth

    This from BillC:

    Here is a link in the Intel communities for the June rollup KB3161608 breaking Intel Bluetooth.  It is confirmed by Intel.  The fix it to remove the KB until the Intel fix happens.

    I have not found a single piece specifying of which update in the KB rollup is the true culprit.  The Intel® Wireless-N 7260 adapter was my specific hardware affected.

    I removed the update and have not noticed any decrease in WU speed.


  • OK to install KB 3161608?

    Great questions from Q:

    I just wanted to verify that it is okay to DL & install the KB3161608 from the “Optional List”. I would think that I should be able to DL & install the KB3161608 from the “Optional List” however there are so many messages about this update that after a while it makes me dizzy because each person has his/her own opinion.

    Also may I ask exactly what does a “manual install” mean?  Not being computer literate makes a lot of the acronyms and other terminology impossible for me to fully understand.

    At this point, the only reason to installl KB 3161608 is if you want to speed up the Win7 Windows Update scan for updates. Most people don’t need to do that – so I say wait until you need to scan for updates.

    “Manual install” means you download a patch and run it. Most of the time, you use Windows Update to get your patches, but sometimes it’s better to do things manually.

    I’m painfully aware of the fact that I tend to get too technical for most people. I just imagine a car mechanic explaining how I should fix my timing belt – or a doctor stepping me through a prefrontal lobotomy.

  • How to get your Win7 updates in less than glacial time

    Good question from Q:

    I was thinking about the instructions relating to the Updates.    I see that we are told to select
    “Check for updates but  let me choose whether to  download and install them”.

    My experience this morning was that after about 1 1/4 hour, it finally showed the updates.
    I had only selected the IE cumulative update.  When it was finally downloaded, and installed
    (with a restart), I then selected one of the smaller updates.   It reverted to the same menu showing
    that it was downloading (with no progress reflected)….    This took about 1 1/2 hours before it
    reflected that it was beginning to DL & install.

    I’m beginning to wonder if this will be occurring for every single update (??).   It doesn’t make sense,
    however after an update FINALLY gets downloaded and installed and another one is selected it
    goes through the same extremely protracted process.   The size of the update does not seem to be

    What would occur if the “choice” was “download”, but let me decide when to install??  I just
    can’t understand the reason that this would change…… OR do you recommend that we should
    select more than one update so that more can be installed at a time?   I’ve always installed only
    one update at a time in the event that there was a problem with the update.    Never have had
    this problem EVER before, and I’m just searching for answers.    It just doesn’t make sense.

    Nope, it doesn’t make sense.

    Unless you want to spend hours and hours going through updates, it’s very important that you follow the instructions here exactly:

    If you haven’t yet followed this month’s trick for speeding up Windows Update scans, you should first install KB  3161647, which involves installing the update rollup KB 3161608 and seven other patches you probably don’t want. Details in my InfoWorld article.

    That article will tell you about checking for KB 3020369, then downloading and installing KB 3161608. It’s messy, it’s manual – and it’s the only way I know to avoid hours of waiting. One little tip that I didn’t include in the article: Disconnect from the internet after you download the KB 3161608 patch, but before you double-click on the MSU file.

    If you choose “download,” Windows will install the downloaded updates the next time you reboot your computer. No, there’s no reason to install individual updates. Just check what you want, uncheck the rest, and let it fire.

  • An official fix for slow Windows 7 update scan times

    Looks like it’s working. This month, anyway. Or maybe it’s just the latest whack-a-mole monthly mess-up.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.


    Got this note from EP (thanks, EP!):

    The KB3161647 WU client patch is included as part of the KB3161608 June 2016 update rollup
    and the KB3161647 patch is not available as an individual update.  So it looks like Win7
    users will have to download & install the KB3161608 update rollup instead.

    Guess what?  I installed the KB3161608 update rollup and temporarily uninstalled the
    KB3161664 win32k.sys security update, rebooted and did a WU scan.  It took a lot less
    time displaying a list of available updates; about as effective as installing the latest
    win32k.sys update.  Therefore the WU fix from KB3161608 worked.

    Too bad Microsoft did not make an updated Windows Update Client patch for Windows
    Vista SP2 as Vista is on life support until April 2017.  So Vista users will have to keep on
    installing newer win32k.sys fixes to improve WU search/scan times but at least Win7
    users have a more permanent solution.