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I'm sure there are windows 7 updates missing on my pc despite the fact it is up to date but the look is a lot different to the ones on google images.

Is there anyway of finding out as the update checker can be sometimes quite unreliable?

What mine looks like

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What it should look like

https://i.stack.imgur.com/DfJ91.png

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  • What is the last cumulative update that was installed? I have found Windows Update is very reliable, you will need to be more specific,on what you mean the "look is a lot different" since that statement is not clear.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 15:23
  • The last cumulative update was a security update for Internet Explore 11 realised 13th September 2016. The layout on the top right corner looks a lot different than it should be.
    – T.E
    Nov 5, 2019 at 15:34
  • You will need to provide a screenshot, the look and feel of Windows 7, has never been updated. However, it sounds like you are not even running Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which will indeed be a requirement to receive any update from the Windows Update catalog. I also wanted the KB number itself.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 15:38
  • You need to make sure you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed. After you have confirmed that, install KB4490628 and KB4474419, After you do that updates should be seen.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 15:44
  • What do you believe in incorrect in that screenshot? It looks identical to my fully patched Windows 7 VM I have at home.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 15:56

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Is there anyway of finding out as the update checker can be sometimes quite unreliable?

Windows Update is indeed reliable. The reason updates are not being discovered is due to your system missing required updates. One of those required updates is KB4490628 which is a Servicing stack update (SSU).

Updates for legacy Windows versions will require that SHA-2 code signing support be installed. The support released in March KB4474419 and KB4490628 will be required in order to continue to receive updates on these versions of Windows.

All legacy Windows updates signatures changed from SHA-1 and dual signed (SHA-1/SHA-2) to SHA-2 only at this time.

You also are missing KB4474419 which is required in order to support the migration to SHA-2.

Starting in early 2019, the migration process to SHA-2 support began in stages, and support will be delivered in standalone updates.

Source: 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS

The following required updates must be installed and then the device restarted before installing any update released August 13, 2019 or later. The required updates can be installed in any order and do not need to be reinstalled, unless there is a new version of the required update.

  • Servicing stack update (SSU) KB4490628. If you use Windows Update, the required SSU will be offered to you automatically.

  • SHA-2 update KB4474419 released September 10, 2019. If you use Windows Update, the required SHA-2 update will be offered to you automatically.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is obviously required in order to install KB4490628 and KB4474419

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  • @harrymc - You have indicated that I am missing some critical information but have failed to provide specifics. I cannot improve my answer if vague statements like "you missed out on the most important one" is the only feedback that is provided.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 12, 2019 at 17:22
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You can verify your installed updates against Microsoft's catalog. You will find it at Microsoft Update Catalog for Windows 7.

But the better solution for updating Windows 7 is to install the
Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Follow the instructions in the above link. This will get you all the updates in one go, so you don't need to worry about missing ones or to trust Windows Update. This update is installed offline, not via Windows Update, so you cannot miss out on anything.

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    That could take several hours.
    – Moab
    Nov 5, 2019 at 16:01
  • I am not sure I understand how the author is suppose to do anything with this answer. There are literally hundreds of updates that will be listed compatible with Windows 7. Only a handful of those updates should actually be installed since the majority of the updates will have already been superseded by newer updates several dozen times. So what updates specifically should the author focus on trying to install?
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 16:14
  • @harrymc - If the author were to attempt to install any of the current updates they would be told their system isn't applicable due the missing the SSU. While the suggestion to install the rollup update is helpful, I am not sure, it will completely solve the author's current problem by itself.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 5, 2019 at 17:41
  • @Ramhound: I added more instructions. This will solve all his problems in one go. With your cumbersome method, it's unsure what he will have, or not have, at the end. Again, downvoting instead of waiting for the final version of my answer, is diverting the poster from the best solution.
    – harrymc
    Nov 5, 2019 at 18:08

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