Category: Windows Installer and Updates

ESET Uninstaller / Remover Tool
article #1133, updated 45 days ago

If the Windows Installer method doesn’t work, ESET has a tool. It does have to be run with the OS in safe mode:

https://support.eset.com/kb2289/?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US

Categories:   ESET Antivirus   Windows Installer and Updates

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Install .NET 3.5 with WSUS
article #1125, updated 97 days ago

Another from Matt the Quick:

By default, WSUS does not have .NET 3.5 available to install. This creates issues when .NET 3.5 is needed after a machine has joined the domain. Below is the workaround steps to install .NET 3.5 using the operating system ISO and not Windows Update or WSUS.

  • Mount the ISO of the operating system. The Server 2016 ISO is known to work for this.
  • Open an Administrative Command Prompt and run the following command:

    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:netfx3 /all /source:D:\sources\sxs /limitaccess

    NOTE: The Source flag will have to be changed to reflect the Sources\sxs folder on your installation media. This is likely going to be the D drive (as in the example above), but it’s possible your results may differ slightly.
  • Reboot machine.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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.NET 3.5 Install Produces Error Code With WSUS
article #1108, updated 125 days ago

From the indefatigable Matt Quick:

Sometimes, trying to install .NET 3.5 either via Add/Remove Programs or via the standalone offline installer produces an error code. This is due to WSUS not having the files for .NET 3.5. Use the following workaround to avoid taking the machine off the domain, installing .NET 3.5, then putting it back on the domain:

This worked for me. Windows has to download the 3.5 installation files, but the server is configured not to use Windows Update (common for managed servers), but WSUS. The above article describes how to fix this. In a nutshell:

  1. Start the Local Group Policy Editor or Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then select System.
  3. Open the Specify settings for optional component installation and component repairGroup Policy setting, and then select Enabled.
  4. Select the Contact Windows Update directly to download repair content instead of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) check box.

Make sure Windows Updates Service is set to Manual or Automatic to apply this fix.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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Download any Microsoft KB
article #1101, updated 138 days ago

Right from the source:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012216

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   

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Install All Microsoft Redistributable VC++ Runtimes
article #643, updated 217 days ago

Below-linked is a tool which will automatically install all of the redistributable Microsoft Visual C++ runtime DLLs, all versions, 2005 to present:

http://appnee.com/vc-redist-installer/

This is a great way to handle many missing DLLs. Below is another tool, a PowerShell script, newer-fangled engineering with additional capabilities, definitely better for enterprise use, and quite a lot faster:

https://github.com/aaronparker/Install-VisualCRedistributables

Once you have all of the files for the latter, the best command to do the fully automatic install is probably this:

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -xml VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml -install

It may be helpful to do this first:

Unblock-File .\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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Very interesting alternative to wsusoffline
article #1040, updated 301 days ago

Here it is:

http://www.portableupdate.com/

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   

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Upgrading Windows 10 Versions
article #1036, updated 334 days ago

When going to version 1607 of 10, it is reportedly supposed to be automatic:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/

but can be done by ISO:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-anniversary-update/fab99802-4358-49d9-8278-e9664cd56311

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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The System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
article #1034, updated 336 days ago

A 539-megabyte monster! Appears to be designed to solve lots of problems.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Download current ISOs for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
article #1015, updated 392 days ago

A very nice downloader provided by Microsoft:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Windows Update freezes / gets stuck while searching for updates, in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
article #1000, updated 445 days ago

This has been happening on long-installed machines for quite a while. But in the last week, four different sets of Windows 7 64-bit install media, over seven different reloads, have had Windows Update get stuck, or freeze, while searching for Windows updates, eating 100% of one CPU core. Several changes in reload pattern were attempted, some of which included WSUSoffline, without success. Profoundly expert help provided the following. Before deliberately attempting Windows Update, we are to install these, in this order:

  1. Servicing stack update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: September 20, 2016:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3177467
  1. July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605
  1. September 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3185278

Windows Update may get stuck again, searching for new updates, the first time any of the above is attempted. If this occurs, each time, we do this:

  1. In TASKMGR, terminate process wusa.exe
  2. Restart service wuauserv
  3. Try the install again.

The second time we do each install (after the termination and service restart), the popup for searching for Windows updates comes up for 3-10 seconds, and then we are asked whether we want to install. We then say yes, and it installs. Then we move to the next one of the three!

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues