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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Slowpoke47, Jun 9, 2018.

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    Running W7 HP 64 bit on Dell desktop. This morning I booted up as usual and the first screen I got was the familiar MS "configuring updates, don't turn off..." This screen lasted quite a while and when it eventually went to the home page I checked the list of installed updates, and there were 98 installed just today. I don't understand what happened, as automatic updating is not enabled. My first thought is to uninstall all 98, but I thought to ask for some advice first. What should I do?
     
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    MS Updates, are important. Leave them installed.
     
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    A while back, MS attempted in various updates to "update" W7 to W10 by use of several different updates with disguised titles. For the last several months, I have been using https://www.askwoody.com/ for update advice and the general consensus there is that MS has been causing big headaches by poorly vetted updates. This site monitors updates and reports which ones to use and when they are safe to accept.

    Judging by the numbers on the updates I received today, some go back years.
     
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    Recheck your settings for the Windows update. Something may have been changed by another update that Windows preformed. Have also seen Windows force the updates (Usually on Ten not Seven)
     
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    That was my first move, the setting remains at "check for updates, but let me install...".

    My concern is that there are unwanted bogeys in there, what with MS' past attempts to install telemetry, forced switching to W10, etc.
     
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    Change it to never and manually check for updates and select the one that you want.

    The are no longer forcing the Windows Ten update. Have not for a long time.
     
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    Actually, before today, I was at "never..." and relied on the Woody's site I mentioned earlier for guidance. Today, after this onslaught, I changed back to "notify..." just in case it makes any difference. But I have no way of knowing which updates to take, and which to avoid.

    And yes, I know they gave up on that w10 sneak job but according to the gurus at Woody's there are other updates featuring snooping telemetry as well as flawed updates that have caused early installers no end of unintended consequences. By the Woody descriptions, the MS update staff keeps shooting themselves in their feet.

    I think what the Woody site does is monitor complaints and trouble reports for the various updates and once they seem patched up, then gives the go-ahead to install them. After the guinea pigs have led the way, be it utopia or purgatory.
     
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    Microsoft has been shooting them selves in the foot for decades.

    Will have to say that Woods it one of the better sites for reference on Windows updates and other various windows information. I also agree with the guinea pig I am usually about one month behind on updates. Now with s many people tweaking their systems for this and that there are and will be updates that the system configuration may conflict with. Especially if they have use some sort of hack to accomplish what they wanted.

    To prevent that form happening do not go on the internet.:biggrin:
     
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    Or just leave Window's updates alone and stop being ludicrously paranoid about Window's updates.
     
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    So I should ignore the recent MS update problems described there?
     

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