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Fix Windows Update KB3004394

There’s nothing glamorous about a designation like KB3004394, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned with it.  It’s a Windows Update that’s been released recently (Black Tuesday) and sad-to-say it’s been causing some problems … but only on certain computers. This update is affecting machines running these operating systems:

  • • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) x86      (32-bit)
  • • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) x64      (64-bit)
  • • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

What’s the Problem?

Because Windows Updates often address several issues at once, this particular update could have various results.  The most common though is that – gulp – the update is negating your license so Windows is telling you that it isn’t activated; that you’re version isn’t genuine!

Other issues include:

  • • Various UAC (User Account Control) prompts that say weird things
  • • Windows Diagnostic Tool error 8000706f7
  • • An inability to install the AMD Catalyst driver
  • • Windows Defender error 2147023113

The Check

system_properties1If you’re not sure whether your system is one of the affected ones or not, find Computer in Windows Explorer and right-click it.  Then choose Properties.  The properties box will open showing you what version of Windows you have installed and whether or not you’re using a 32bit or 64 bit computer.

It’ll also tell you whether or not your version of Windows is properly registered.  If you haven’t received any alerts about your Windows Activation, or you haven’t experienced any other problems, you probably don’t have update KB3004394.  But it’s still a good idea the check here and make sure every thing is set right. Continue reading

Work Like It’s Supposed to: Automatic Updating

It’s like this:  there are some programs that need to be updated.  It may be a pain, but the truth is updates are more than just bug fixes and improvements to the way something looks.  9 time out of 10, updates provide security features that make the program safer, keeping your data protected while also providing those key features that you rely on.

At the end of the day, you need updates, especially for Microsoft products (Microsoft updates), for vital 3rd party products (like Java updates) and for Windows itself (Windows updates.) 

But if you ask anyone how they feel about auto-updates you’ll likely get the same response: they’re pushy and they always come at the wrong time!

There’s no doubt about it, auto-updates can feel like bullying, especially if Windows is pressuring you to restart, over and over again.  Some people just turn updates off, but that’s no solution – especially when it turns out you really need what the updates offer.

The happy medium is learning the tricks to controlling auto-updates.  Changing the settings so that these things still get through, but on your schedule.

Windows and Microsoft Updates

Control updates that come from Microsoft by opening the Windows search and typing Windows Update.  This will open the update manager, a controller that will tell you how your computer is set to receive updates. MS07_2

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