This Servicing Stack Update addresses an issue that was affecting the time it takes to install a new Windows Update. This Servicing Stack Update improved the efficiency of evaluation of newer updates, thereby reducing the time it takes to install new Windows Updates.Microsoft recommends installing this servicing stack update, to ensure you have the latest stability improvements and reliable experience acquiring and installing updates from Windows Update.
Note: this update has been reclassified as a security update. For more information, go to the following Microsoft blog page:
Known issues for this update
Restart stuck on "Stage 2 of 2" or "Stage 3 of 3"After you install update 3177467 together with other updates, a restart may be required to complete the installation. During this restart, you may find yourself stuck on "Stage 2 of 2" or "Stage 3 of 3".
If you encounter this issue, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to continue to log on. This should occur only one time and does not prevent updates from installing successfully.
Note In managed environments, such as by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), you can avoid either of these issues by deploying this update as a stand-alone update.
How to get this update
Method 1: Windows Update
Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog
Update detail information
To apply this update, you must install Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
To apply this update, you don't have to make any changes to the registry.
Update replacement information
This update replaces the previously released update 3020369.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information
The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) that are installed are not listed.