I had turned off Windows 7 updates on February 13, albeit after I installed the contentious batch of February 9 updates. I don’t get good vibes about what is happening on the Updates front, at present. Though WAT update, KB971033, hasn’t wreaked havoc, as yet, I don’t trust that one — and I have a bona fide, legit copy of Windows 7 Professional. I would not be surprised if KB971033 clobbers more users of valid copies of Windows 7 than it does those with pirated copies. That just seems to be the Microsoft way — just as, Ballmer looking best in drag.
Well, KB977863, specifically for the Windows 7 Media Player intrigued me. I have had problems with the Media Player from the start. It also appears that I am not alone and that Microsoft knew of these Media Player problems before Windows 7 was released. The bug fix list for KB977863 is rather esoteric — and didn’t list ‘FIXES the widely reported fails to start problem.’ But, I have a sneaking feeling that Microsoft might have snuck in some code to fix this basis problem — in much the same way that Ballmer likes to snuck about in drag. So, I went ahead and checked what updates were outstanding.
There were 8. Three were marked IMPORTANT, but one was the all too frequent update to Windows Defender. << This was actually the first Windows Defender update since Feb. 12. In the past we got these updates much more frequently, sometimes two in a week. >>
One was KB971033, which was marked optional. So I opted out of that.
I installed the other seven, successfully. They were: KB977863 [Media Player], KB976662, KB979306, KB915592 [Windows Defender], KB978637, KB979099 [Rights Management] & KB976264. Some of the ‘generic’ Windows 7 updates were for relatively innocuous issues such as incorrect daylight saving date calculation and sleep mode with some Intel processors. They didn’t look too scary.
With my book published and a 19-page technical White Paper on mainframe management I had to write, in a hurry, now done, I have some latitude with POTENTIAL system outages. On Thursday night we lost power for the whole night. High winds. We now have two generators. [As a mainframe guy I like redundant hardware.] I powered up the generators. Though I have UPSs, I decided not to power up this Windows 7 rig with its 720W power supply. Instead I cranked up one of XP machines. I could continue to work seamlessly on the White Paper (using copies backed up online and on an USB key). So I know I can go for a few days IF these updates screwed me up.
But, so far, so good. Yes, I had to do a restart.
I will keep you posted. Good luck.