Why Windows Update KB4457144 Failed to Install
Windows updates failing to install isn’t necessarily a new thing, but Microsoft has managed to refine the experience with its patches lately, reducing the percentage of issues encountered when new updates were published.
Windows 7 users, however, probably think this isn’t true after the September fiasco when the September 11th Monthly Rollup (KB 4457144) and the September 11th Security-only update (KB 4457145) failed with error 0x8000FFFF.
In a technical analysis of the problem, Microsoft explains that the culprit was, just as we described in the article linked above, the Windows 7 SP1 servicing stack update KB3177467.
Originally released back in October 2016, this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) was mandatory to get the new patches working, and because many people skipped it, the new updates failed to install on their systems.
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