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Are there any more Vista updates being issued?

#2
Hi bromberg:

Extended support for Vista SP2 does not end until 11-Apr-2017 (see Microsoft's Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet) so you should be receiving security updates on Patch Tuesdays (the second Tuesday of each month) for a few more months.

That being said, many Vista SP2 users are currently having problems with extremely slow Windows Updates where the initial "Checking for updates..." phase hangs for several hours (or even days) and consumes one core of the CPU (e.g., 50% CPU activity with a dual core CPU) while the Windows Update Agent searches for available updates. Please today's post # 485 in ScousaJAY's thread windows update just seems to hang while checking for a possible workaround.
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32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1
 
#3
Hi bromberg:

Extended support for Vista SP2 does not end until 11-Apr-2017 (see Microsoft's Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet) so you should be receiving security updates on Patch Tuesdays (the second Tuesday of each month) for a few more months.

That being said, many Vista SP2 users are currently having problems with extremely slow Windows Updates where the initial "Checking for updates..." phase hangs for several hours (or even days) and consumes one core of the CPU (e.g., 50% CPU activity with a dual core CPU) while the Windows Update Agent searches for available updates. Please today's post # 485 in ScousaJAY's thread windows update just seems to hang while checking for a possible workaround.
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32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1
Thanks - guess I'll just have to be extra careful!
Dan
 
#4
Well you could go to the Microsoft Catalog and download those updates. That will at least patch you up.

I have wondered if any recent updates might fix this automatic updates issue. Is anyone able to successfully use Automatic Update in Vista?
 
#5
Hi bromberg:
Please today's post # 485 in ScousaJAY's thread windows update just seems to hang while checking for a possible workaround.
Hi Jody Thornton:

Did you read the post I mentioned in ScousaJAY's thread? There is a link in that post to the step-by-step instructions on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours that gets Windows Update working again on many Vista SP2 machines.

There are six Windows kernel-mode driver (Win32K.sys) updates listed in STEP # 2 of the instructions in m#l's thread that must be manually installed on your computer to speed up Windows Update if any of those updates are currently missing. And "speed up" is a relative term. This workaround can reduce the "Checking for updates..." hang from days down to hours, but Note 6 of those instructions warns users to be prepared to let Windows Update run several hours after the Win32K.sys speed up patches are installed if Windows Update hasn't installed updates for several months or you have a supported version of MS Office that has to be updated along with your Vista OS and IE9 browser.
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32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1
 
#6
I have wondered if any recent updates might fix this automatic updates issue. Is anyone able to successfully use Automatic Update in Vista?
Hello again Jody Thornton. Some might not comprehend your concern about the plight of an OS you are no longer using, but I know you were as attached to Vista as I am. I'm afraid that using Vista has begun to feel very much like a cruise on the Titanic. No, Microsoft has not issued any updates to fix our Windows Update problems, which have been growing progressively worse since August 2015. Why would they? Vista users are just a group who should purchase Windows 10 PCs ASAP, otherwise a burden that they will soon rid themselves of. It's not that our antique Windows Update Agent is completely dysfunctional. If a Vista PC is fully patched as of December 2016 (as mine is), and if Microsoft issues only one security update for Vista (as they did on January 10), then we don't have to resort to manually installing any "speed-up" patches in order to get it. Of course I have hidden that update (KB3216775). If there's only one thing Microsoft can think of that is "Important" for Vista now, I figure it might very well contain nagware set to explode in our faces on April 11. Speaking of which, Microsoft Security Essentials begins to nag on January 10.