Steps For Installing & Updating Windows 7 SP1

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The following tutorial is a collaboration from our Trusted Advisor flavallee and Malware Specialist askey127

1. Do a clean install of Windows 7 SP1.
Keep Windows Update turned off for now by selecting "Ask me later".
Skip the activation process for now and don't enter a product key.

If Service Pack 1(SP1) isn't part of the clean install of Windows 7, it needs to be installed first before proceeding to step #2.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842
windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe (32-bit)
windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe (64-bit)

2. Install the necessary drivers and make sure all primary devices are working okay.

3. Establish an active internet connection, then activate Windows 7 SP1.

4. Install April 2015 servicing pack update (KB3020369).
(32-bit)
(64-bit)

5. Install May 2016 convenience rollup (KB3125574).
(32-bit)
(64-bit)

6. Install July 2016 update rollup (KB3172605).
(32-bit)
(64-bit)

7. Install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/microsoft_net_framework_4_5_final.html

8. Load Windows Update, then change the setting to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them", then put a checkmark in the Recommended Updates box, then click OK.
The "checking for updates" process will start.
Windows Update should work properly now and should detect the necessary updates within 5 - 10 minutes.

9. When the list of important updates appear, uncheck and hide the Internet Explorer 8 updates, and make sure Internet Explorer 11 is selected.
Most of the optional updates can be unchecked and hidden, but there is one important exception.
If an optional update appears for the monitor, make sure to select it.
Download and install the selected important/optional updates.

10. If more important/optional updates are detected after the restart, uncheck and hide the unneeded ones and select the needed ones, then download and install them.

11. Repeat step #10 until all the needed important/optional updates are installed.


IMPORTANT! Before running each of the installers in step #1(if SP1 is needed) and in steps #4 - #7, stop the "Windows Update" service as follows:
Go to Start and type services.msc in the search box, then click on "services.msc" in the popup.
When the Services window appears, scroll down to the "Windows Update" service, then right-click it, then click Properties, then click Stop in "Service status".
After it stops running, click OK.

IMPORTANT! Most of these steps require you to restart your computer afterwards.
If you're prompted to restart your computer, make sure to do it before going to the next step.


(This tutorial was updated on May 1, 2018)
 
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Thanks! I just edited and added a bit to it. (y)

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Frank....I think you should preface virtually any advice you give with the following:
ALWAYS make a full system image especially when you make drastic changes....like up (or down) grading OSs, changing HDDs, etc. I read posts every day by people who can't recover from something they did to their computer, and are going to have to reinstall their OS and/or all their programs. Anytime I get, build, or work on another computer I make a full drive image of everything. That way, I can always get back to where I started.
 
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I did another test clean install yesterday, and the steps in post #1 worked fine.
The steps will be kept up-to-date, as needed.

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HERE is some good reading about how Windows 7 SP1 can be kept up-to-date - which goes into affect in October 2016.

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I did a third test clean install today, and as before, the steps in post #1 worked fine.
The entire process from start to finish took about 2 hours.

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Very nice guide Frank. (y)

(I found that howtogeek page a while ago and I've been doing something very similar to you except I didn't install IE 11 separately, I think the big April 2016 convenience rollup (KB3125574) installed it for me).
 

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Thanks.

If that's true about the KB3125574 update, I may need to remove step 4 and then place step 5 between steps 7 and 8.
I'll know for sure after I do the next test clean install.

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I did a Windows 7 Starter 32 bit install just now on an old laptop and I had to install IE 11 before I could install KB3172605 as in your step #7 !

So you are correct Frank, IE 11 does have to be installed separately. Sorry for doubting you.
 

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Thanks for the update, Allan.
I'll leave things as they are and hold off doing another test install. (y)

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I have found that installing IE11 and the March 2016 Windows Update Agent is all that is needed; but, you still have to wait a while for Windows Update to tell you there are 200+ updates......
You might also add a strong note to only go to the PC manufacturer's support page to get the drivers. I can't begin to count the number of PC's where I've seen the wrong drivers installed.
 

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Doing steps 6 and 7 before installing the updated WUA showed less than 60 updates(which is better than dealing with over 200 updates), so I'll leave things as they are at this point.

This thread focuses on installing and updating Windows 7 and not on where to obtain drivers, so that's why that wasn't mentioned.
I don't use only drivers that come only from a computer's support site because some of them are very outdated and some of my computers have had hardware upgrades.

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Thanks Frank,
Excellent and concise..worked as advertised!
Great! :D :p :)

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