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Posted 1/3/17 , edited 1/3/17
Even though "extended support" for Windows 7 SP1 doesn't end until 2020, some "funny stuffs" are already starting to happen.

I installed Windows 7 on a machine that's different than the first machine that I installed it on, and it didn't ask me to call a phone number. Looks like the "hardware coupling" thing doesn't matter anymore.

I supposed that's a good thing, but I don't know if it's just in my case. So that doesn't count; It could be a fluke.

However, what's not a fluke is that nowadays, if you update to SP1 right after you install Windows 7, the Windows Update mechanism breaks and no update comes after that.

Nope, not a fluke. Other users are reporting the same. Some people have to leave that Windows Update window open for a whopping 24 hours before it detects any update

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/389904-no-updates-after-installing-windows-7-sp1.html

Ok Microflaccid, I know you peeps don't (want to) give a rodent's butt about Win7 and would like nothing but to have everyone move every Windows machine over to Win10, but there was a STATEMENT MADE regarding that 2020 date and I would like to see it being STUCK TO.

*leaves that update window open for another 20 hours, at which time it would HOPEFULLY detect updates*



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Get IE11.
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Ocale wrote:

Get IE11.


IE11 was already on the machine by the time I tried to update SP1. This has nothing to do with it...
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Ocale wrote:

Get IE11.


Ugh, Internet Explorer SUCKS.

By the way, I have a computer that runs Windows 7 Home Premium and I use Mozilla Firefox. I've used Firefox ever since I discovered it and I've always had some type of Windows OS on every computer that I've had. Once I discovered Firefox I never went back to using IE.
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It is the update program glitching out, go to control panel and kill the process, then head to services and stop the service, then start it back up.
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I ran into similiar problems when I installed Windows 7 on my new PC last year. The only workable solution I found was to download key patches manually and then install them, effectively avoiding Windows update.

Start with the April 2015 Servicing Stack Update:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46817
This is a small patch but it's neccessary for the next step, as the next download won't install without this patch.

Then download the July 2016 Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3125574
This is a large file (at 476.9 MB) but it contains every key patch for Windows 7 from SP1 to July 2016. Once you get this installed you should never have to worry about another Windows update again.

Lastly, you can also download the July 2016 Windows Update Hotfix:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53332
This patch should fix the download rate problem with Windows update, allowing you to download new patches again without the program getting stuck. Of course, Microsoft being Microsoft, you can't install this patch until both the downloads above are already on your system.
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Could just be that the updater is outdated somehow and it wont connect to their servers properly. Most other problems I've had were either fixed using the command prompt or doing a windows update repair. Their update servers are pretty crappy / slow too anyway. Windows 10 switched to a peer to peer system to try to speed them up
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Posted 1/3/17 , edited 1/3/17
funny stuffs ?

yes.. it is funny stuff


and you can leave it for months and it will still be "checking for updates"

there's an easy fix if you search microsoft website..

disable auto update.. restart and then manual download the 1-2 small files required and it should fix the problem.

it's a common problem with Windows 7.. and an easy fix if you know what you are doing.. it shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes.. the update files you need are pretty small..

"update for windows 7 (some #)"

some will just need one.. but you might need 2

check Microsoft website for more details


also be prepare for a 1GB+ of updates after windows update is working again (from clean install/reinstall)
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Windows update not working right like that has been going on for ages. Try the 24 your thing then try Microsoft support, they can be pretty good.
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To be fair this has been a problem for quite a while. I remember this happening with a Win7 install 4 years ago. That service always seemed to randomly bug out. I've resorted to installing updates as-needed.

Thankfully I haven't had any issues with Win10 updates (outside of that one time it tried installing updates during a power outage when my UPS told it to shut down; the UPS lasted with plenty of battery to spare)
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I had that problem, but deleting the update cache (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download) seemed to fix it in my case.
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I had that problem too a couple months ago, but fixed it with those standalone hotfixes that were posted above. Now all is fine in win7 updateland.

On a seperate windows note, I just got my first win10 machine this Christmas and I hate it so, so much more than windows 8. No option for manual updating is such massively epic bullshit.
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Oh FFS I was just going to create a virtual windows 7 machine on my linux and now it's gotten even worse than it was 2 years ago. Fuck you microsoft I hope a meteor hits you!


Ocale wrote:

Get IE11.


IE is an abomination that should be aborted.

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Rujikin wrote:
IE is an abomination that should be aborted.



I'd show the MacOSX kid, but he's away on Safari, hunting tigers in his pith helmet.
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Ejanss wrote:


Rujikin wrote:
IE is an abomination that should be aborted.



I'd show the MacOSX kid, but he's away on Safari, hunting tigers in his pith helmet.


I do web design and I have literally dropped support for IE. I can program a website to be cross compatible in every browser BUT IE because its a piece of shit. If I did do IE support I'd spend 2-3X as much time getting it to work properly or have to include giant libraries that slow everything down.
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