Post by Art Todesco Post by Ed Cryer Post by Paul Post by Art Todesco
Anyone know why there are so many Windows 7 updates coming through?
I've had updates everyday for about the last week.
Did you check your Windows Update history for
"failed" items ?
Â Â Â Paul
All were successful and about half were MSE updates.Â Also they
started on July 1 and there are updates for each day; and several on
Same here with the MSE updates. It started about the time you mention.
They used to update automatically.
I have "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and
install them"; and it's been like that for years. So this change in
behaviour must have been occasioned by some MS amendment.
As you say, they now function just like Windows updates; and we get the
message saying updates available, leaving it up to us to download.
Yup, just got another one this AM. It was optional "Silverlight" and
not optional MSE update.
Art, can you tell us what is the Virus definition version and the spyware
definition version appear in your MSE program? I have both as 1.271.1136.0.
If I press the update button, I get that they are up to date. But, if I go
to Microsoft to download the 'current' version, I am presented with version
4.10.0209.0, not version 1.271.1136.0 (supposedly up to date?).
Long ago, I turned off automatic updating and have been set at "Check for
updates but let me decide whether to download and install them". Today, I've
got 43 important updates sitting, waiting to be downloaded/installed. I have
not downloaded or installed any in years (well, maybe a few Security and
Office updates). I suppose that if I did install those 43 updates, that
would trigger another heap of updates , etc, until I was up to date.
About the MSE updates...I have at least one, sometimes two, per day, going
back to 1/20/2015, showing up in "Review your update history". There is a
small gap between 6/14/2016 and 8/28/2016 in which there are other updates,
but no MSE updates. There are a few other updates which I intentionally
installed throughout the years.
But, I did not install any of the MSE updates. None.
Your post got me to look closer at this MSE update situation, because for
you, having so many MSE updates was unusual, but for me, it 'seems' to be
Also, from 1/20/2015, all MSE updates listed in "Review your update history"
were 'Optional'. Then, beginning on 7/5/2018, they became 'Recommended'.
Again, I did not download or install a single one.
So how did they get there? I've been watching the Windows Update
notification in the system tray more carefully since I read your post. It
(has)always (said) says "New updates are available", but normally there's
nothing in there that I want. Paying more attention shows me that at least
once a day, there is a MSE update listed as 'Important', and ready for
download. The latest was 1.271.1119.0. I expected this one to later appear
as installed in the "Review your update history", and disappear from Windows
Update. Sure enough, later in the day 1.271.1119.0 disappears from Windows
Update, and a new MSE update does appear in the "Review your update history",
but the new one it is not 1.271.1119.0. It is 1.271.1136.0 (installed at
2:33 PM). It seems that the version number that makes it to the installed
list is never the version that shows up in Windows Update.
Holy shit. As I am writing this, I went back to "Review your update
history", and there's a new MSE update, 1.271.1140.0 just installed at 7:18
PM. There are still 43 'Important' updates in Windows Update. Don't know if
1.271.1140.0 flowed through Windows Update while I wasn't watching, or not.
Anyway, what is the Virus definition version and the spyware definition
version appear in your MSE program?
I may try to get the most current version, since now I'm not sure about this
version, even though it reports up to date. I do have a tested clone and
backup image should things go south.