Step #3: Install the additional updates not included in the rollup. Now manually run Windows Update and check for the remaining updates not included in this rollup. If Windows Update is not set to manually check for updates click on ‘Windows updates’ in the ‘Control panel and then click on ‘Change settings’ in the upper left corner and in the drop down list select ‘Never check for updates’ and click ‘OK’. Close Windows update and the next time you launch / run Windows update you should see the following.
Now click on ‘Check for updates’. The “Checking for updates ..” scan process will take about 7 minutes.
On my Desktop system there are now only 31 “Important” updates and 35 “Optional” updates listed, which is a far cry from the 170 plus updates and hours of time typically associated with installing updates after a “Clean Install” or even just installing the monthly updates.
In a few days Microsoft will release the next set of Windows “Patch Tuesday’s” (second Tuesday of each month) updates so you can expect to see a few more “Important” updates added to the list to list.
I unchecked the .NET Framework updates, Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8, the IE11 update and at the bottom of the update list the Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 and the Windows Defender update. This reduces the number of updates down to 22 to be installed which took about 8 minutes to download and install. (the other updates will be installed separately in small groups as you will see later). Please note that more than likely a restart will be required.
Once again I checked for updates, this time the check only took a few minutes with 9 important updates and 35 optional updates listed. I only selected the .Net Framework updates, then I right clicked on the KB971033 update and hide it (again no optional updates were selected). Click ‘OK’ and install the selected updates.
No restart is required, so click on the ‘Review important updates’ option to see the remaining updates yet to be installed.
This time around I picked the ActiveX Killbits for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11 update (IE8 is just too old to bother installing), a restart is required to complete the installation of the update.
Again I manually started Windows Update and checked for updates. This time you will observe that it takes a noticeably longer time to complete the “Checking for update” process. This is due to the installation of IE11 which after being installed in the previous step comes with its own set of updates.
I selected all of the remaining “Important" updates plus the updates I previously had not installed; a restart is required to complete the update process.
Total time to install the prerequisite / rollup updates and all “Important” updates (as of May 22nd, 2016); 2 hours and 30 minutes. Far less time than the all-day marathon required if the Rollup never existed.
I ran Windows Update one more time and the only updates listed were the “Optional” updates. These can include device drivers. The choice is yours as to which optional updates you want to install, however I would stay away from “Device driver” updates if your computer is stable. If you are interested in checking for or installing the latest driver update then go to your computer manufacture’s support web site for your make and model number and review the details on what problems the latest driver fixes before you download and install.
Notes: A) After you power on the computer the next day you may find the GWX (Get Windows 10) icon is not displayed in the right corner of the ‘Task Bar’. This is because KB3035583 and KB2952664 or for Windows 8.1 KB3035583 and KB2976978 are optional updates and are not installed. If you want the free upgrade to Windows 10 while it is still available (ends July 29th 2016 unless Microsoft decides to extend the offer) then run Windows Update and in the list of “Optional updates” for Windows 7 place a check mark in KB3035583 and KB2952664 and install these 2 updates. If you view your update history these two updates will be listed as “Recommended”. You should see the white GWX icon almost immediately or about an hour or two after you turn the computer the next day.
B) If you want to speed up the GWX process of appraising your computer for compatibility then open a command prompt (run as Administrator) and enter the following command: C:\Windows\system32>schtasks.exe /Run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" and tap the Enter key and wait about 30 minutes.