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#1 TxTrapper

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:10 AM

What's the best way to check the contents of optional Windows 7 updates?

Too many to check one at a time IMO, I see 67 optional updates (attachment 1). 

Is there a program for this purpose? Trying also to copy and paste them in this message.

 

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#2 Willy22

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:09 AM

- Try to find out what the update is about on the Microsoft website. Each update has a separate webpage.

E.g. info about update KB 2830477 is found at https: support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2830477

 

Or try to GOOGLE it.

 

- If you don't want to upgrade to Win 10 (yet) the don't install KB 3035583 & KB 3123862.

- But one update you must install is KB 2852386. It allows you to reduce the size of the infamous "C:\Windows\winsxs" folder with the "Disk Clean Up" tool. A word of WARNING: If you have reduced the size of the "Winsxs" folder with that tool you won't be able to remove (previous) updates.


Edited by Willy22, 06 June 2016 - 07:12 AM.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:01 AM

Thanks Willy22 taking your advice on KB 2852386.



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:21 AM

- Take your time. There's no need to install all optional updates right now.



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 12:56 PM

See my thread here for general advice on updates

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/551980/the-windows-updates-monitoring-thread/

but usually the "optional" ones can be skipped unless any offers some particularly useful feature or fix you want.


For descriptions look to

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/xxxxxxx

where xxxxxxx is the 7 digit number of the update. Also you can use the "more information" blue text "link" which appears in the right hand side panel when you have clicked on a particular update in the list within windows update. Clicking this "link" will open your browser and bring up the page at https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/xxxxxxx where xxxxxxx is the number of the update you had just clicked on before you clicked "more information". Don't bother with the "support information", blue text "link" though as that just takes you to a standard webpage about what windows updates in general are, it doesn't give information specific to individual updates.

Edited by rp88, 06 June 2016 - 12:56 PM.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 02:56 PM

I got it, thanks

 

 


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:11 PM

- I think KB 2852386 shouldn't be "Optional" but "Recommended.






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