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Posted 07 March 2016 - 11:08 AM
Posted 07 March 2016 - 08:51 PM
Hello MrChanceMan, a longtime Vista user here.
Windows Update has been very slow for Vista and Windows 7 since August, and there is no known fix at the user end. SP2 was released in 2009, so the number of updates since then is large.
Online installers generally require a more modern browser that Internet Explorer 7 to function. If you're in a hurry, I believe you could install Firefox. (Chrome will no longer support Vista beginning next month.) The only IE version that Microsoft still supports on Vista is 9. (It was released in 2011 and has a few more prerequisites after SP2.) You can get IE 9 via Windows Update; but only if you "Click here for details" about free software from Microsoft Update and accept the terms - which would mean even more updates to check for, especially if Office is installed. When you finally get it updated and all desired software is installed, I highly recommend making an image because restoring Vista from the ground up is for the birds, as you have come to realize. Good luck!
Posted 08 March 2016 - 07:31 AM
Posted 08 March 2016 - 12:04 PM
Well you could open an elevated command prompt and run sfc /scannow. I wonder if the factory image included a free trial of Norton or something else, and if a removal tool was used? MSE is better than generally believed, but Vista users have reported problems with the latest 4.9 update: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/606422/windows-vista-x64-bksod-after-login-or-no-access-in-normal-mode-suspect-mse/. I'm sure that Avast and Norton still support Vista, but some products do not.
Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:09 PM
I just went ahead and did a clean install of 7 Pro. It appears they still don't have an SP2 Unless I'm missing something here. If they don't, I have a question for you. Have you used 10, and do you recommend it? To a user that doesn't much care for an OS that restricts the user more than usual?
Edited by MrChanceMan, 10 March 2016 - 08:19 PM.
Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:29 PM
Vista was the last Windows version to get more than one service pack. Like I said, Windows Update has been very slow for Vista and Windows 7 since August, I have not used 10 myself
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