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MS Updates messed my comp.

by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 1:33 AM PST

The yellow emblem is in the task bar after I boot. Nothing happens when I click on it. When I try to restart the timer goes on and it seems like the computer is frozen. I have never had problems with updates before but this time the download was very slow yesterday and I never got the message to install. When I went to turn off computer 3 updates were ready to install so I let them install. Now I have this problem. Dan

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Name the updates.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2009 1:48 AM PST

Remember that no updates involve drivers unless we opted in. I have always said no to those.

Tell more. The KB123456 numbers so others can check up on those.

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right now after ...
by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Name the updates.

rebooting the yellow emblem appeared again but this time it seems to be dowloading updates. Right now it seems to be stuck at 7%. Dan

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Tell more. The KB123456 numbers so others can check.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2009 2:24 AM PST
In reply to: right now after ...

For now all that I can say is to let it do its thing.

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this is a few of the
by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 2:38 AM PST

latest I got from belarc...

passed verification KB973687 on 11/24/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB973815 on 8/13/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB973869 on 8/13/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB973904 on 12/9/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB974112 on 10/14/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB974571 on 10/14/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB975025 on 10/14/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB975467 on 10/14/2009 (details...)
passed verification KB976098-V2 on 11/24/2009 (details...)

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by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 2:50 AM PST
In reply to: this is a few of the

The MS emblem is gone from the task bar now. Usually I get another to inform me to install. Hmm..I guess I should wait it out for a bit. Dan

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Still messed up......
by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 3:21 AM PST
In reply to: well

Everything seemed ok so I pressed "Turn Off Computer" to get to restart so I can boot into Ubuntu and the timer came up and is still up. I'm on my laptop now. The only way I can restart is to hold the button to shut down and then boot. The timer has been ON since my last post. DAN

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I tried to..
by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 3:31 AM PST
In reply to: Still messed up......

shutdown thru task manager and it's stuck at "Windows is shutting down screen" blue screen. Dan

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by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 4:03 AM PST
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I think I solved the problem. I downloaded google chrome yesterday. Uninstalled it and now things seem normal. Seems like the only browser this computer gets along with is SeaMonkey but it is very slow to come up. Otherwise it's pretty fast. Dan

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There's the clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2009 4:15 AM PST
In reply to: Okay...

I learned to set the internet back to all MSFT products when such happens. Go figure why it matters.

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I wonder why..
by dansar99 / December 9, 2009 4:45 AM PST
In reply to: There's the clue.

the updates are so slow this time. After I installed 3 more updates when I shut down then rebooted I get another cumulitive security update for Windows Explorer 7. It's been stuck downloading at 4% for 15 min. Dan

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Look at BITS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2009 5:28 AM PST
In reply to: I wonder why..

They call it DRIZZLING for a reason. They are in no hurry to download the update.

If you are in a hurry, use Windows Update instead.

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read the fine print
by mittens / December 9, 2009 8:10 PM PST
In reply to: Look at BITS.

I disabled automatic updates two years ago, and deleted most (but not all) of the ones I already had. If you accept all the updates you're clogging your computer with stuff that often doesnt even pertain to you or your OS.

And if you go to the info site to see just what it is you're getting, often the cure is scarier than the apparent and so-called danger.

Only accept those (if you accept any) that pertain to your specific OS and version. And decide if the possible risks (it might say, for example, "could cause XP to shut down unexpectedly") and the cure for the cure is worth the effort.

another important thing about auto updates, the older ones are no longer supported!! After a certain length of time, if you click on one of your older updates (they are all in the add/remove section ), many of them will tell you that MS no longer supports any problems you may have with this.

This is not encouraging. There are thousands and thousands of MBs being added to your computer, most of them unnecessary.

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