Why does life have to be so complicated?


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Menno Hershberger

I have a Dell Studio laptop here. Windows Home Premium, 64 bit.
All the important updates it finds are installed, but Service Pack 1 still
isn't showing up as an option. A help page suggested a few options, the
last of which was download the service pack and it took me to a link which
produced this: http://mewnlite.com/WTF.jpg

How am I supposed to decipher that mess? :)
 
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Sunny Bard

Menno said:
How am I supposed to decipher that mess? :)
Download the first file (wave1 iso) burn it to a blank DVD and install
from there ...
 
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Paul

Menno said:
I have a Dell Studio laptop here. Windows Home Premium, 64 bit.
All the important updates it finds are installed, but Service Pack 1 still
isn't showing up as an option. A help page suggested a few options, the
last of which was download the service pack and it took me to a link which
produced this: http://mewnlite.com/WTF.jpg

How am I supposed to decipher that mess? :)
"Symbols" packages are for the support needed to run a debugger.
That eliminates six of ten. Only four left.

The first one, equals the sum total of the last three (in size).
That tells you the first one is the "granddaddy", and it only
makes sense to get that one, if you have some Itanium computers
around, as well as the other flavors.

That leaves the three at the bottom. Best guess is IA64 is Itanium
(dontcareium).

Now down to two

Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe is for a 64 bit OS install (903.2MB)

Windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe is for a 32 bit OS install.(537.8MB)

You can do a search against Microsoft, look for KB976932, and verify
it's the announcement of SP1.

For my 64 bit laptop, I used the 903.2MB one.

One other bit of warning - Windows 7 has some "bad habits" when it
comes to dialog boxes. Clicking on the EXE got no apparent
response. There was a dialog box that had minimized itself and was
sitting on that crappy task bar. It took me a while to realize something
had changed. On another occasion, something "popped behind".
So you have to keep an eye peeled for the sneaky OS. Dialogs
hardly ever do the right thing.

I think I eventually ran mine elevated, but I'm not 100% sure that was
necessary. I elevated it, because of the "no apparent response" on
the first try. Whatever I did, it worked.

Make sure you've done a backup, before running that thing. It may set
a restore point for you, but that won't necessarily help you escape
all possible failure modes.

Also, disable your AV. I did that on mine, and after the first reboot,
the AV re-enabled itself all on its own.

HTH,
Paul
 
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Menno Hershberger

Download the first file (wave1 iso) burn it to a blank DVD and install
from there ...
I picked the next to bottom one (903.2 Mb) and it seems to be working.
But I think I will download the iso anyway and have it on hand if this
situation arises again.

Thanks.
 
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Menno Hershberger

Paul said:
"Symbols" packages are for the support needed to run a debugger.
That eliminates six of ten. Only four left.

The first one, equals the sum total of the last three (in size).
That tells you the first one is the "granddaddy", and it only
makes sense to get that one, if you have some Itanium computers
around, as well as the other flavors.

That leaves the three at the bottom. Best guess is IA64 is Itanium
(dontcareium).

Now down to two

Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe is for a 64 bit OS install (903.2MB)

Windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe is for a 32 bit OS install.(537.8MB)

You can do a search against Microsoft, look for KB976932, and verify
it's the announcement of SP1.

For my 64 bit laptop, I used the 903.2MB one.
That's the one I went with. I'm running it right now (fingers crossed).
One other bit of warning - Windows 7 has some "bad habits" when it
comes to dialog boxes. Clicking on the EXE got no apparent
response. There was a dialog box that had minimized itself and was
sitting on that crappy task bar. It took me a while to realize
something had changed. On another occasion, something "popped behind".
So you have to keep an eye peeled for the sneaky OS. Dialogs
hardly ever do the right thing.
I think I posted something about that 2 or 3 weeks ago. I was doing an
update to Windows Live Essentials I think. Left it sit all night and when
I went to cancel it there was a popup behind the main window. A couple of
the "Windows Defenders" in here chastized me for being so stupid as not
to notice a flashing icon in the taskbar (which there wasn't). However,
it was a learning experience I won't forget... :)
I think I eventually ran mine elevated, but I'm not 100% sure that was
necessary. I elevated it, because of the "no apparent response" on
the first try. Whatever I did, it worked.

Make sure you've done a backup, before running that thing. It may set
a restore point for you, but that won't necessarily help you escape
all possible failure modes.

Also, disable your AV. I did that on mine, and after the first reboot,
the AV re-enabled itself all on its own.
Thanks as always!
 
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Twayne

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Menno Hershberger said:
I have a Dell Studio laptop here. Windows Home Premium,
64 bit.
All the important updates it finds are installed, but
Service Pack 1 still isn't showing up as an option. A
help page suggested a few options, the last of which was
download the service pack and it took me to a link which
produced this: http://mewnlite.com/WTF.jpg

How am I supposed to decipher that mess? :)
Same thing here:
I found one area that said if you didn't have the proper updates installed
yet, that SP1 couldn't be installed. It gave NO hints any further than that
in typiical microsoftese, so maybe that's the issue you're having. Anything
written to/for win 7 is even worse than anything they've ever produced in
all history, I swear! It was in a KB but I forget which of the hundred or so
it was. Ever get the feeling MS uses its customers for covert BETA testers?
Woof! The only advice was to keep updating, manually or automatically,
until SP1 showed up. What a bag of bs!

HTH,

Twayne`
 
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Stan Brown

I have a Dell Studio laptop here. Windows Home Premium, 64 bit.
All the important updates it finds are installed, but Service Pack 1 still
isn't showing up as an option. A help page suggested a few options, the
last of which was download the service pack and it took me to a link which
produced this: http://mewnlite.com/WTF.jpg

How am I supposed to decipher that mess? :)
Others have already addressed your direct question. But I wonder how
you ever found that page. When I went to search doe Windows 7 SP1 I
got a straightforward page with 32-bit and 64-bit choices.

Like you, I had previously installed all updates; yet SP1 was never
presented as a pending update in my Dell Win 7 Home Premium system.
I guess we'll never know why.
 

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