Microsoft’s Monthly Rollup Updates

Windows monthly rollup updates

 

You may have noticed that since October 2016 Microsoft introduced monthly rollup updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.

Why?

Well, according to Technet it’s because:

“Historically, we have released individual patches for these platforms, which allowed you to be selective with the updates you deployed. This resulted in fragmentation where different PCs could have a different set of updates installed leading to multiple potential problems:

  • Various combinations caused sync and dependency errors and lower update quality
  • Testing complexity increased for enterprises
  • Scan times increased
  • Finding and applying the right patches became challenging
  • Customers encountered issues where a patch was already released, but because it was in limited distribution it was hard to find and apply proactively

By moving to a rollup model, we bring a more consistent and simplified servicing experience to Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1, so that all supported versions of Windows follow a similar update servicing model. The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues. Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required. Rollups enable you to bring your systems up to date with fewer updates, and will minimize administrative overhead to install a large number of updates. (Note: Several update types aren’t included in a rollup, such as those for Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash.)” (Technet)

Now, as a user, you will get a monthly rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update.

Sounds OK, but what about this single monthly update rollup means users don’t have the ability to figure out exactly what fix in the rollup is causing the headache.

Only time will tell how successful this approach is going to be, so we shall continue to monitor the situation.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Problems with Windows 7 SP1 Installation?

image

Windows updates – don’t you just love them? If you own a PC they are a constant source of annoyance popping up at the most inconvenient times.

Mind you, having said that, more often than not they download without incident.

But Windows 7 SP1 has just been released this week (available for download now) and seems to be causing a few problems.

It doesn’t actually offer any new features but does include all the previous updates which were delivered through Windows update. And so the problems start. If you regularly update Windows 7 and there are no problems with you PC’s performance you don’t need to install Windows 7 SP1.

If you’ve never updated your PC (shame on you) there is a chance you may encounter a problem or two (actually there are 7 potential issues) – here goes:

Problem 1:

Installation error 0x800FOA12 (Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2) means the installer can’t access the system partition of your computer’s hard disk to update the files (click here for Microsoft’s solution).

Solution

This partition is usually accessible to Windows (but can’t be browsed in Windows Explorer). In some cases access to it may be blocked after Windows has started. For example:

  • The system partition isn’t automatically mounted, or made accessible to Windows, during start-up
  • A hard disk containing the system partition was removed prior to beginning SP1 installation
  • Windows is running on a storage area network (SAN) and access to the system partition has been disabled
  • A disk management tool from another software manufacturer was used to copy (or clone) the disk partition on which you’re trying to install SP1

Problem 2:

You may get an “Installation was not successful” error message due to your Antivirus, Anti-Spyware programs and inconsistency in the Windows Servicing Store.

Solution:

Try the System Update Readiness Tool which may be able to help fix problems that might prevent Windows updates and service packs from installing.

Problem 3:

If you try to install SP1 with Microsoft Security Essentials or Microsoft Forefront Client Security already installed on your computer, your security program might prevent the successful installation of the service pack.

Solution:

Uninstall both and re-install later.

Problem 4:

If you get the “Windows has detected unsupported languages files” error message, opt for the standard Languages in W7 and start the installation

Solution:

SP1 can only be installed on a computer that is running a German, Spanish, French, English, or Japanese version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Problem 5:

Samsung Galaxy S phone drivers, Chrome 10 and 11, EVGA Precision Utility 2.0.2, and Third Party firewalls may cause the installation error in Windows 7 SP1.

Solution:

Uninstall these if they are present before you start SP1 installation

Problem 6:

If you get Windows 7 Update error code FFFFFFFE it may be caused by a virus infection.

Solution:

To solve this problem, reinstall Windows 7 using the Custom installation option and format the hard disk.

Problem 7:

If you see Windows 7 Update error is 84C40007 (for Windows Server 2008), it means an update to SQL Server 2008 can’t be installed because of a problem with a .NET Framework installation.

Solution:

To solve this problem, you need to install the full Microsoft .NET Framework 4 package.

Hopefully that should help you solve any problems you may be having with the Windows 7 SP1 download.

Author: MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.