Installing October, November and December 2016 Windows Update cumulative Rollup results: October 11th, 2016, Revised October 16th, November 8th and December 13th and 15th 2016 By: J W Stuart
Computer #1 with Windows 7 64Bit installed: Prior to the October 11th, 2016 “Monthly” Quality Rollup for Windows 7 x64 based systems (KB3185330) the computer was completely up to date as of October 10th. The size of this rollup update is 119.4MB (no additional information was available as of 1:15PM EST.
Two other “Important” updates were also listed: 1) October 2016 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server R2 SP1 for x64 (KB3188740) 5.7MB 2) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 October 2016 (KB890830) 3.5MB
1 “Optional” update listed: Upgrade for Windows 7 for x64 based systems (KB2952664) 4.7MB This is a compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10
Total size of all 4 updates is 133.4MB and a “Restart” is required.
The November 8th rollup (Windows 7 KB3197868), (Windows 8.1 KB3197874) This rollup installed without any issues and there "was not" a long and tiresome wait for Windows Update to finish scanning for updates as was the case in the past. Note: MS Office updates are listed seperately.
The December 13th rollups (Windows 7 KB3207752)), (.NET Framework KB3205402) This rollups installed on Dec. 14th without any issues and there "was not" a long and tiresome wait for Windows Update to finish scanning for updates. Note: MS Office updates are listed seperately.
December Updates notes: Computer #1 was temporarily off line, problem was caused by a lose SATA cable (not fully inserted and locked) to my hot swap drive tray. Have no idea what caused this.
Computer #1 with Windows 8.1 64Bit installed: Prior to the October 11, 2016th Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 x64 based Systems (KB3185331) the computer was completely up to date as of October 10th. The size of this rollup update is 116.6MB (For more information about this update: Click on this update to highlight it and click on “More information” link located on the right side of the Windows Update window).
Four other “Important” updates were also listed: 1) Security update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 8.1 for x64 based Systems (KB3194343) 20.1MB 2) Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2976978) 3.3MB. This is a “Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 3) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 x64 Edition, October 2016 (KB890830) 3.5MB 4) Definition Update for Windows Defender – KB2267602 (Definition 1.229.1456.0) 234KB
No “Optional” update listed.
Total size of all 5 October updates is 143.8MB and a “Restart” is required.
The November rollup: (B week / Patch Tuesday) update KB3197874 is 133.9MB and a "Restart" is required.
The December 13th rollups (KB3205401) This rollup installed on Dec. 14th without any issues. Note: Windows 8.1 users should read this notice: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3205401 "All future security and non-security updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require update 2919355 to be installed. We recommend that you install update 2919355 on your Windows RT 8.1-based, Windows 8.1-based, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer so that you receive future updates."
Summary: December 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 x64 Systems (KB3205401) December 2016 Security and Quality rollup for .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 For Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 for x64 (KB3205404) There also was an Adobe Flash Player Securit Update (KB3209498)
October update notes: A) Even though it would appear that all updates have been installed I would make it habit to run Windows Update at least one more time. For the 32bit version of Windows 8.1 (KB2976978), this is the “Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 that was not listed in the initial scan for Windows Updates.
B) A second Windows 7 disk drive was swapped with the 1st drive used above and the list of updates were the same except after a reboot to complete the installation I as above reran Windows Update and 1 more “Important” update was listed: KB3177467 (Service Stack update). No obvious reason why it was not listed on the original scan for updates or the 1st disk drive, except for the possibility the 1st drive has Windows 7 Pro 64Bit installed and the 2nd drive has Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit installed. After this update was installed I reran Windows Update and this time there were no additional updates to install.
The same KB3177467 (Service Stack update) showed up after installing the original pack of updates and then rerunning Windows Update on a Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit system.
Computer #2 with Windows 7 64Bit installed: I used an old Image Backup to restore this computer’s Windows 7 disk drive back to the point in time where it was last updated in March of 2015. After running Windows Update (WU) for 8 hours no updates were listed as WU was still “Checking for updates”. So I tried the steps listed below.
Step #1) I stopped the Windows Update service (Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services / and click on the Windows Update service and in the upper left click on “Stop the service”).
Step #2) Next I installed the both the now obsoleted and latest set (as of October) of Speedup updates.
Step #3) Next I manually ran Windows Update, the Windows Update “Service” will restart and scan for updates. Again there was no improvement as Windows Updates was still scanning for another 8 hours without any results. So I proceeded to step #4, which you should do and not waste your time performing step #3.
Note: If you already started Windows Update, reboot the computer and then proceed to step #4.
Step #4) Not generally known is the fact that there exist a number of rollups released earlier this year by Microsoft, so I decided to install a set of 4 rollup updates released in May, July (July’s update superseded June’s update), August and September of 2016. This would in effect reduce the number of updates that still had to be installed.
Start by stopping the Windows Update service then downloaded and install these rollups in the following order: (Note: The total size of all 4 files is about 100KB so the download(s) will not take long)
Time to complete installing all four rollups is about 20 to 25 minutes (less if you have a fast computer with a Solid State Drive).
Step #5) Next you need to manual run Windows Update, the “Service” will restart and scan for updates, this time completing in a matter of minutes.
Results showed 99 “Important” updates available (33 for MS Office 2010) and 64 Windows 7 updates and 1 Windows Defender update. The Windows 7 updates included both the .NET Framework October rollup and Windows 7 October Rollup. There were 70 “Optional” updates also available, which included Security Essentials (which I had not previously installed as I had use this computer in the past for beta testing), Silverlight, Skype and Graphics Adaptor driver update, only Silverlight was installed, the others I right click on and hide them.
I split the updates in groups, installing the security updates first, then the .NET updates, followed by the security update for IE11 and then the Office updates.
October 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup: I saved the “October 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB3185330)” and the October 2016 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (KB3188740” for last. These updates are also known as “B week” updates (AKA Patch Tuesday).
November 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup: The November Security rollup for Windows 7 KB3197868 was available (Checking for updates) within a matter of minutes and downloaded / installed without any issues, a restart is required.
December 2016Security Monthly Quality Rollup: The December Security rollup for Windows 7 KB3207752 was available (Checking for updates) within a matter of minutes and downloaded / installed without any issues, a restart is required. For December there is a Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1 and 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 for Windows 7 SP1 (KB3205402).
For more information about the October / November 2016 “Cumulative” rollup updates and going forward each months new cumulative updates, click HERE