> > However, that doesn't necessarily fix the issue of the machine that hasn't been
> > patched in months. It might be possible to use that media to patch it to current,
> > I don't know if that's even possible - and, if it is, I doubt that it would let you
> > pick & choose the updates to apply.
> It is possible. I recently resurrected my 2011 ASUS 17" battlestation/laptop - it had
> last been used with gold master Win 10 and it got put in a closet because 5400 RPM
> drives + Windows 10 = pain. I swapped the boot drive for an SSD and added an 802.11ac
> USB dongle and then updated it to latest with the install media (if you download it
> on a Win10 system it gives you an option to just use it directly to update the
> machine without writing it to media).
> You can't choose which updates you get, but you're fully up to date after doing it,
> as advertised.
That's good to know - and I was kinda surprised to realise that I didn't know the answer to it since it's just not something I've ever had to do. Every Win10 install I've done directly (with the exception of the gaming PC, which is the last physical Windows box we have remaining) has been in a VM, so they've all been clean installs from the start.
> What kind of surprised me is that that machine plays games OK - it's got a 1080P
> display and an Nvidia 460M GPU but it can play GTA V at better than console quality
> and better than console framerates even though on first launch it warned that the CPU
> was too weak (quad-core Sandy Bridge i7). For MAME it gets embarrassed by my
> Haswell-powered MacBook Air though.
I do have to give Win10 some credit for its performance: it does seem to - by and large - run surprisingly well even on not-terribly-new or -powerful hardware.
BTW: still working off of the (late 2011) Sandy Bridge i7 MBP here. Sierra runs OK on it, but this is definitely the year of replacement. The cracks have been showing for a while, and are becoming more and more egregious as time goes on.