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Old 02-15-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed the Windows 7 February rollup? With the whole Spectre/Meltdown problem and the problems the fixes have caused, I'm just wondering if anyone has had issues with this month's updates. I haven't read anything bad about it but I thought I would check here.
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Has anyone installed the Windows 7 February rollup? With the whole Spectre/Meltdown problem and the problems the fixes have caused, I'm just wondering if anyone has had issues with this month's updates. I haven't read anything bad about it but I thought I would check here.
My updates installed yesterday. I have seen no issues thus far on my Win7 machine.
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Ditto. Not using the machine it installed on for anything other than internet. Might be different for someone using any programs that tax resources more than I am
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Ditto. Not using the machine it installed on for anything other than internet. Might be different for someone using any programs that tax resources more than I am
I would suggest that internet is the MOST IMPORTANT reason to keep up with the updates.

Internet security is the top priority in many of these updates.
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I have a used W7 machine I want to hook up. It is a couple of years old now, so I need to update quite a bit.

I heard there is a new way to get updates for W7?

I also have a used W10 laptop I need to get up and running - came out just before the first major update. No change for these updates I guess, but might take a long time - like overnight?

Sounds like I have a lot to do to get up to date. My purchasing is outdoing my consuming!

XP has been so good, I just hate to leave it, but the time has come to retire XP to offline only.

I downloaded Revo Uninstaller to be the first program I load on both, and the XP machines, better late than never.

Any other suggestions for key programs to get in on the ground floor?
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I would suggest that internet is the MOST IMPORTANT reason to keep up with the updates.

Internet security is the top priority in many of these updates.
I completely agree. My response was just to add some color for the OP who was asking for any potential issues with the recent package.

Iím not running anything that would tax the limits of any chips was my point. The funny thing is that in composing this response, I realized I have an AMD chipset anyway.

I know they can also be subject to the flaws in question but I think Intel were the main culprits.

Iím getting less and less useful in this thread. Think Iíll throw in the towel.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I will probably download and install the updates today.
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I heard there is a new way to get updates for W7?
M$ just packaged things differently. Once per month they do a rollup which includes all the updates in a 200+MB install. Only in dire circumstances will M$ release something between rollup releases. You still get them the same way through Windows Updates, unless you want to use the Windows catalog method but that's not really the normal way to do it.

If you have trouble with the Win7 updates just post here. When M$ was pushing Win10 I had some problems with the W7 update installation. You may have to download the latest version of the installer to get updates to work.

Make sure to update things like Java and Flash if you don't have them on auto updates.
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Paid or free? CCleaner Free probably, although I hate the inclusion of the Chrome install if you're not paying attention. Media Player Classic. 7-Zip. Most of the things I use are pay versions: Bitdefender and Sandboxie to name two.

Good luck with the updates Tom.
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Thanks, HH.....going to try to update the whole mess next week.
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I have Windows 7 and have it set up so I have can review and decide if I want to install updates. I rely on http://www.askwoody.com to determine which I install.
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I like that site. Going to bookmark it. Thanks.
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I have Windows 7 and have it set up so I have can review and decide if I want to install updates. I rely on http://www.askwoody.com to determine which I install.
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Agreed. I have had too many problems with automatic updates from Microsoft. So now I rarely update 7.

My computer works fine and I don't have any viruses -- or at least none that I know of.

I stay away from shady sights and never never never never never never never click on links in emails.

I updated my windows phone one time and it got bricked. I couldn't even restore it. I really liked the phone and the operating system, but after that experience I got an iphone. I've never been a big fan of apple products, but the iphone is the market leader and my kids like the iphone. It helps us as a family that we all have the same kind of phone.

That said, my wife's iphone is less than a year old and it appears to have died today. She said it was very hot when she picked it up and then it wouldn't turn on.

Update: She just got off the phone from iphone support. They told her to hold the thumb button down while pressing the start button on the side for 20 seconds. It worked. It turned back on. They said she probably missed some updates.

If a phone or computer works before updates, why do you need updates to keep it working? All we do is send texts and make phone calls. Occasionally we use our phones for the internet.

I just watched Oliver Stone's movie "Snowden" the other night. Now, the only reason I can see for updates is because they found some new way to track you better.
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Agreed. I have had too many problems with automatic updates from Microsoft. So now I rarely update 7.

My computer works fine and I don't have any viruses -- or at least none that I know of.

I stay away from shady sights and never never never never never never never click on links in emails.

I updated my windows phone one time and it got bricked. I couldn't even restore it. I really liked the phone and the operating system, but after that experience I got an iphone. I've never been a big fan of apple products, but the iphone is the market leader and my kids like the iphone. It helps us as a family that we all have the same kind of phone.

That said, my wife's iphone is less than a year old and it appears to have died today. She said it was very hot when she picked it up and then it wouldn't turn on.

Update: She just got off the phone from iphone support. They told her to hold the thumb button down while pressing the start button on the side for 20 seconds. It worked. It turned back on. They said she probably missed some updates.

If a phone or computer works before updates, why do you need updates to keep it working? All we do is send texts and make phone calls. Occasionally we use our phones for the internet.

I just watched Oliver Stone's movie "Snowden" the other night. Now, the only reason I can see for updates is because they found some new way to track you better.
They need updates with new versions of iphones become available - put in a 'slow down' program so that the new version is bought.

I am pretty sure Microsoft updates made a couple of my laptops unusable.
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They need updates with new versions of iphones become available - put in a 'slow down' program so that the new version is bought.

I am pretty sure Microsoft updates made a couple of my laptops unusable.
My iphone is definitely getting slower, but I only use it for calling, texting, and an occasional email. Rarely do I surf the web with it.

I have had windows updates cause my desktop to completely stop running. I had to reboot in safe mode and then restore to a previous point.

If I did every update I'd run out of hard drive space!
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While I have occasionally had a minor issue with windows updates (more so on Windows 10) , I have been running my Windows 7 since


2009


and have not once had to reinstall the op sys or revert to a backup .

Could all come crashing down tomorrow, but it probably won't.


Just a data point for your files.

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