Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Continual Update of GFWL

Over the last couple of days, I've been plagued by Windows 7 continually prompting me to install Games for Windows Live 3.5 via Windows Update. I noticed the update was available over the weekend and I followed the usual Windows Update process to install the patch, but upon completion I was instantly prompted to install it again!

I actually ran through this a couple of times, both times the OS instantly reported the same GFWL update being available to install. The update history even showed the patch being installed multiple times... Anyway, a quick search online found a post describing a similar issue, but this time for for GFWL 3.0, instead of 3.5.

The solution, as it turns out was to completely remove Games For Windows Live from the PC and re-install. I accomplished this by following these steps:
  1. Navigated to "Programs and Features" in Control Panel.
  2. Located and uninstalled the application "Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE"
  3. Located and uninstalled the application "Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable"
  4. Rebooted the computer (not strictly necessary, I wasn't prompted to, but I wanted to ensure no remnants of the GFWL client or application remained in memory)
  5. Downloaded and installed the latest Games for Windows Live client from the GFWL site.
After carrying out these steps, I went back to Windows Update and refreshed and found that the GFWL update disappeared from my list of available important updates!