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Old 01-24-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Microsoft gearing up GWX (or the like)...again?

Woody Leonhard's article on the possibility that Microsoft might (re)gear their GWX approach--or something similar--in a continuing attempt to get users to switch to Windows 10 is interesting:


"With Win10 adoption stalled, recent events have me wondering if we could see a resuscitation of the much-maligned GWX effort."



"Consider what’s happened since Microsoft rescinded its free Windows 10 upgrade offer six months ago"


"So I’m going out on a limb here, but I’ll make a prediction: I bet sometime in the next few months, Microsoft will re-institute its “Get Windows 10” free upgrade program. This time, I bet there’s a whole lot more carrot and a whole lot less stick."



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Old 01-25-2017, 07:19 AM   #2
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Aside: I found another use for GWX Control Panel.

Getting Windows 7 updates has turned nightmarish. I leave updates off entirely on some of my PCs, but need the updates on others for various reasons. Tell them to update, they go into this perma-Checking For Updates mode. I'm told that for some people, if they wait long enough, the updates eventually start to flow. Sorry ... when it didn't work after almost 24 hours, I went looking for other medicine. There's an offline updater I may have mentioned earlier ... that got one brand-new Win7 PC sorted, but it failed to work on another one.

What finally broke the logjam was to make sure that KB3172605 and 3020369 were installed (they didn't fix the problem but seem to be a necessary step along the way) and then use GWX Control Panel | Click to Clear Windows Update Cache. There are other ways of burrowing down to where the cache is ... er ... cached, but if GWXCP remembers it for me, I don't have to write it down and then forget where I've written it.

Once I did that, it did spend a fair amount of time checking for updates, but after a non-unreasonable time, the stuff started coming down the pipe. Gobs of it, fair enough, since I'd deleted its cache of already-sucked down sludge, but it did work.

Now if I only knew where at MS to send the bill for my time to ...

   
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:09 AM   #3
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I must check out GWX Control again and see if he talks about upgrading to match anything that may come along. At this moment I don't want to Upgrade my Windows 7 -- I will be moving my daily stuff over to Windows 10 I'm sure but I want to choose when since I do have a licensed Windows 8 upgraded free to 10 set up and being checked out.

   
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People are not going to be excited about upgrading unless they come out with Windows 11.

   
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steve: What finally broke the logjam was to make sure that KB3172605 and 3020369 were installed (they didn't fix the problem but seem to be a necessary step along the way)
Yes, there are at least 2 (possibly more now) KB's that if installed first, kick the rest of the updates to install--I have taken notes on these kick-butt-KB's and will double check the KB numbers and let you know if there are any additional ones.



>>then use GWX Control Panel | Click to Clear Windows Update Cache.

Ohhhh!!! Very cool! I didn't know about that option...nifty!



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andrew: unless they come out with Windows 11.
and...only...if W11 restored to users control over Windows Update (among other things)...'-}}


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Remember reading somewhere that there will not be a Windows 11. It was on the internet so it must be true.

   
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Oh indeed!!! Everything on the internet is true...'-}}


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FWIW, https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/220

   
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Thanks...comments are interesting too...


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