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    Quick way to update Win 7 for all of 2016

    I recently revived a Win 7 PC, but it hasn't been updated since 2015. Any ideas on how to upgrade this PC in the least amount of time and hassle? Are there any updates I should definitely forbid.

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    You'll probably want to install update KB3020369 then re-start the computer and install the Convenience rollup update (KB3125574), followed by update KB3181988. KB3181988 resolves an issue stemming from the Convenience rollup update. You'll also need to install update KB3172605, which is required for Windows Update itself. Without it, Windows Update will no longer function correctly. You can download all these updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Home.aspx
    After that, simply let Windows update check for whatever other updates your system might still need.

    As for updates you don't want, that depends on whether you object to Microsoft harvesting usage data from your PC. If so, avoid updates KB2952664, KB3021917, KB3068708 & KB3080149.
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    It may have problems checking for updates as my Win 7 had following a factory reset.

    I ended up using WSUS Offline Update -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXAOvbNJYyE

    http://download.wsusoffline.net/

    It won't download all but after it has downloaded and installed what it has found, go to Windows Update where the rest should be waiting to download.

    After they have installed, go to Installed Updates and enter those KBs that Macropod has warned you about into the top right search box where you can right click on them and select Uninstall.

    Of those, I have only recently seen KB2952664 offered in this month's updates which I hid.

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    If you need to reinstall, reset or update multiple W7 older installations, the method here will be useful.

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    To access any MS websites on an outdated system, you will first need to bring Silverlight up to date which was my experience following a factory reset.

    https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    To access any MS websites on an outdated system, you will first need to bring Silverlight up to date which was my experience following a factory reset.

    https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
    Which Microsoft sites require Silverlight? I don't have it installed and haven't found any that need it.

    Silverlight is not supported on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Android, iOS or Windows 10 Mobile.

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    Sorry Sudo15 but I'm not sure that's the case. I've never installed Silverlight and have never had trouble with any Microsoft website... or any other website, for that matter. Perhaps I've just been lucky but, even after factory resets and installs of Windows 7 from scratch, I always just hide it (now up to 11 different versions I think):

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    A Register article in July of last year claims that even Microsoft were advising against using Silverlight in preference to HTML5 and this month's Usage of Silverlight for websites survey by WłTechs shows Silverlight share has dropped to 0.1%... and doesn't include Microsoft in the list of 'popular' websites still using it. I'm more than happy to be proved wrong but I think Microsoft has followed its own advices and embraced HTML5.
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-10-20 at 10:24.

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    That could be the case now Rick, but I had to factory reset a win 7 laptop that pre-dated SP1 and because I wanted to update IE 8 to 11, I needed SP1 installed first.

    When I went to the MS website to manually download SP1 I was prompted to update Silverlight to access the website..

    I recently had to initially factory reset this one to resolve a problem with Win 10 and while I was bringing things back up to date to the Win 7 system image I'd restored with - I checked my online banking and was told my Silverlight was out of date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    That could be the case now Rick, but I had to factory reset a win 7 laptop that pre-dated SP1 and because I wanted to update IE 8 to 11, I needed SP1 installed first.

    When I went to the MS website to manually download SP1 I was prompted to update Silverlight to access the website.
    I probably don't see it because I tend to use WSUS Offline Update in auto-reboot mode so it bungs in SP1 and IE11 automatically.

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    It may bundle Silverlight in with those updates as that is how it's usually updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    When I went to the MS website to manually download SP1 I was prompted to update Silverlight to access the website.
    The SP1 download page doesn't need Silverlight. I can download it in Microsoft Edge: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932)

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    Win 7 doesn't use Edge and I can only relate my experience on more than one occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    Win 7 doesn't use Edge and I can only relate my experience on more than one occasion.
    I know that, but Edge can't use Silverlight but can download SP1.

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    I would think that Edge has been designed so that it doesn't have the frailties of IE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    It may bundle Silverlight in with those updates as that is how it's usually updated.
    I did a Win 7 re-install using WSUS Offline Update about a week ago. I've just checked again and there's no Silverlight installed or waiting to be installed in Windows Update.

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