Once the debacle of Microsoft forcing Windows 10 on so many users was over, Microsoft began a campaign to “upgrade” Windows 7 to Windows 10 like systems by using the Windows Update function built-in to Windows 7.
Many people defended against this by selectively rejecting updates that industry experts identified as the culprits.
Microsoft’s next move (beginning October 2016) was to prevent that selectivity by rolling all updates including security and non-security updates into ONE update. Leaving you with no choice.
Insiders figured out a strategy to find and use “security only” updates that were supplied through Microsoft’s “catalog”. The catalog is used by IT people in institutions. That turned out to be a viable strategy until June 2017. In that month’s updates fixes to erroneous security only patches were not supplied in a security only patch, but included in their roll ups. Consequently that strategy became far to risky to continue.
Now you have 2 choices:
- Turn off Windows Update and never do another Microsoft update agan
- Accept all updates with all the implications that goes with that.
In any event, no matter which you choose, set Windows Update at Never… and leave it that way. Periodically, visit Woody Leonhard’s page and get his advice on when to update. He publishes there right on the top of the page his “MS-Defcon” rating. If it is 1 or 2, do not update. If it is 3 or above, follow the advice you will see there. Woody is regarded by most experts as the expert on Windows Update.
Be aware that the quality of Microsoft updates has become very problematic. Every month brings a list of defective updates, followed by a parade of retractions and corrections. Some corrections span more than one month. Frequently leaving computers in a seriously degraded state. This has been particularly hard on Windows 10 users because Windows 10 offers no control over the update process to its users.
The links that I use to download and install October 2016, through May 2017 security only updates. These are useful today. I make no promises about tomorrow, nor that one or more may be messed up by Microsoft’s bumbling. Look for the x64 in the address to find the 64 bit updates and x86 for 32 bit. The firs of each is the 64 bit
Restart not necessary until all patches installed
Feb 2017 – No security-only patches were issued
Mar 2017 KB4012212 – Download 32 or 64 bit