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Windows Vista just updated but shows old date

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by beadmaster, Jan 16, 2017.

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  1. beadmaster

    beadmaster Thread Starter

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    I booted up today (January 16, 2017) and found there was a Windows Vista update in progress. This was interesting, as I hadn't seen an update since July of '16.

    The system chugged and chugged away. There was a "Windows Update" in the taskbar, but it wouldn't show until update was finished. I watched the percentages go up, and finally, it was finished. Then it allowed me to see the window. This was doubly confusing, because the update date hasn't changed, and it's telling me there are no new Windows updates. A couple of weeks ago, I'd tried to run update, but it got stuck while checking for updates, so I finally quit the update.

    I'm attaching a screen shot of Windows Update from today so you can see there were no new updates since July. What was Windows doing? Should I be concerned about a virus?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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    To my knowledge, there have been one or more updates every month for Windows Vista.
    There were about 10 updates in December 2016 and only 1 update in January 2017.
    It's a real challenge now to get Windows Update to work properly in Windows Vista.
    I obtain the monthly updates by doing a search at the Microsoft Update Catalog site and then downloading and saving them and then installing them one at a time.

    If you're not aware of it, Windows Vista will be going "extinct" in 2 - 3 months.
    That means there will be no more monthly updates for it, and most if not all browsers will be dropping support for it.
    I run Windows Vista in a test machine so I can monitor when apps drop support for it.

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  3. beadmaster

    beadmaster Thread Starter

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    @flavallee
    Thank you very much! That's a great idea, to download from the Microsoft Update Catalog and installing the updates singly. Running Windows Update hasn't worked in a long time. Anytime I'd tried running it, it never did anything. That's why I was surprised there was an update that was doing something today.

    You're correct about browsers dropping support for Vista. It's been at least 3 months already (and probably much longer) since Chrome has dropped support for it, and it's not even extinct yet! o_O

    Thanks again!
     
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    Mozilla Firefox 52 will supposedly be the last supported version for Windows Vista.
    Version 53 and newer supposedly won't support it.

    Version 50 is running fine in my Windows XP/Windows Vista dual boot test computer.
    Version 51 is due out any time, so the next versions will be here soon enough.

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  5. beadmaster

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    Yes, I'm running the latest Firefox, as well, always keep it up to date, and it works great! I keep Chrome around for testing and it's unfortunately the only alternative for one site I use regularly; the site stopped supporting Firefox long ago, grrrrrrr.

    Thanks for the info about Firefox versions. I'll probably stay with 53 until I have a new computer and just hope for the best.

    I'm almost offended at how Google stopped supporting Chrome under Windows so early and abruptly. At least Mozilla won't precipitously abandon Vista users the way Google did!
     
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