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I'm a noob and want to update the kernel of my raspberry pi 2. I used the rpi-update utility but after I reboot I still see the old kernel under uname -r

ls /lib/modules/
4.1.17+  4.1.17-v7+  4.1.19-v7  4.4.38+  4.4.38-v7+

The files are there, but the output of uname -r is:

uname -r
4.1.19-v7
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"In normal circumstances there is NEVER a need to run rpi-update as it always gets you to the leading edge firmware and kernel and because that may be a testing version it could leave your RPi unbootable". https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=916911#p916911

What you SHOULD have done was sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade.

You could try this and see what happens.

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