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    Help on Win 7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based systems - Is this a good update?

    On 12-18 I got notice from MS that I needed to update my laptop with Win7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based system. I updated with this large 77MB file. Today, 12-20, I got notice from MS that I have 87 available important updates totaling 405MB, plus 44 optional updates. I have previously never had that many updates from MS at one time.
    Can anybody tell me what this is all about? Does the service pack 1 replace all the updates that MS now says are available for me? Should I try to install the latest available updates?

    Would appreciate any insight on this!

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    That sounds like you were a very long way behind in patching and are now catching up. Service Pack 1 was released in February 2011.

    cheers, Paul

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    I'm surprised you haven't been prompted to update SP1 before now - how long have you had the machine or updated to Win 7 ?

    The updates will be for the SP1 version but just load a few down at a time and check to see if there are any for Bing Desktop that you may not want.

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    I've had the laptop 4-5 yrs and I update Win7 every time I get the Windows update notice. I did notice that SP1 was released in Mar 2011, but I just got the Windows update notice for SP1 on 12-17-2014 (couldn't get it to install) but was successful on 12-18. I have no idea why I'm just now getting the SP1 update notice 3 1/2 yrs after release.

    So the 87 important updates & 44 optional updates are valid updates for me to install?

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    If the updates are from Windows Update then they are valid.
    I would make an image backup before installing that many updates.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks for the help. Gives me a lot more comfort feeling before I try to install all those other updates.

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    I recommend you backup your system and then install SP1 first and separately from the other fixes. Once SP1 is installed then run WU to set what fixes are needed.

    Joe

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    Speaking from very late experience there will be quite a few updates after SP1 is installed. Do keep the Notebook/Laptop plugged into AC power until done.

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    I usually download & install a Windows Service Pack, in this case, Win7 SP1 x64 through Microsoft download center instead of thru Windows Update since it's a very large update. The package I used is more than 900Mb since I am updating two or more PCs that came with the original RTM release of Windows 7.
    I use a 3rd party download manager to download and resume the interrupted SP1 download.

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    Modern browsers perform download re-start correctly so you no longer need a download manager.

    cheers, Paul

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