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  • What happens to those Win7 “enabling” patches when July 29 rolls around?

    Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 10:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good question from MFM:

    As you know, Windows 7 & 8.1 users have been fed multiple updates to Windows Update specifically designed  grease the skids for switching to Windows 10.

    And millions of us with no plans to make the switch have chosen not to install these updates.

    So I am wondering what happens to them after July 29th. Do they quietly disappear from our lists of pending updates as others have in the past? Or do they keep coming back in case someone decides to update to Windows 10 at a later date?

    And what happens if we do decide to install them after July 29th? Will they have any beneficial impact on the operation of Windows Update in general?

    Have you heard anything or do you have any educated guesses as to what happens next?

    It’s a very good question – one I’ve been pondering quite a bit. to put it in a different perspective, after July 29, is there any ongoing reason to avoid non-security patches for Win7 and 8.1?

    Short of “telemetry” snooping patches, I would tend to think not, but I don’t know, and I’ll be anxious to find out.

  • Unwanted updates for Windows 7

    Posted on February 14th, 2016 at 17:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve received many variations on this request over the past few weeks:

    Hi Woody, I hope you are well. With all the knowledge you have of the Windows Updates, can you provide me a complete list of Updates to avoid in Windows 7 so not to end up with W10? It would be VERY much appreciated!
    Thanks, TP
    A list of “good” patches would be several hundred entries long, and vary depending on all sorts of things.
    Your best bet right now is to follow my advice on, and only install patches with “Security update” in the name.
    When you’re done, download and run GWX Control Panel.
    Depending on how long it’s been since you last installed Windows 7 patches, you’ll probably be OK. If you haven’t patched for several months, you need to get right on it. Don’t skip the security patches.
  • MS-DEFCON 2: Lots of little updates trickling in

    Posted on January 27th, 2010 at 11:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For a couple of years, now, Microsoft has been dribbling out little updates for Vista on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Starting this month, the little dribble now includes Windows 7 as well.

    If you see a notification for new updates that you haven’t seen before, it’s just the little guys knocking at your door. Ars Technica has details.

    There’s nothing in the dribble that’s of any interest to most of you. Well, OK, if you fit the following description:

    your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer has an NVIDIA USB Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) chipset, at least 4GB of RAM, and while performing general I/O operations on an external USB device, such as copying data from the computer, either your computer stops responding or the copy operation stops abruptly.

    For everybody else, it’s a yawner. We’re still at MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.