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Windows 7 Keeps Trying Configure Updates & Failing

Since the beginning of August my Win 7 system installs updates at shutdown and then at the beginning of the next bootup, it tries to configure the updates and fails. I'm pretty sure it's the same updates. How can I find out what updates these are and stop this from happening? My Win 7 is 32 bit.

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Best Answer chosen by jbschwartz--2008

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Tell more.

In reply to: Windows 7 Keeps Trying Configure Updates & Failing

I'd have to know what updates are pending and if there are security softwares such as Norton, Spybot or others installed.

Also we saw this with malware or registry cleaners as both do odd damage. In my opinion you waited too long for System Restore to be an option so let's pop the hood and hear more about this.


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How do I find out what updates are pending?

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I'd look in a few places.


2. Windows Update and it's status pages.

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Re: Try

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Hi Bob, I was able to find a list of updates that failed but I can't find where they are on my PC so that I can delete them. There are no updates pending.

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Just another tip.

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Either share the update by KB number for members to comment about or try downloading and installing that update manually.

Without a KB number I can't see if it's one of the usual failures like .NET or something new.

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According to the message I get, there are 23 updates that are backed out. I will take your suggestion about doing this one by one. Thanks for all your help. Happy

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Re: Another Tip

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Hi Bob... Okay, the updates are in the Program Data folder. I managed to play with the registry and my issue is gone! Thank you, again.

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Good to read.

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Hopefully the forum helped you along here.

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Well, it almost was gone. It started happening again.

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There is that Windows Defender item.

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It updates all the time. And we do have issues like this with some "protection" software installed (this includes antivirus.)

Again, I have to know the KB number to guess what it is.

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Issue Solved

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Here is how I finally solved the issue...
1) I ran Malwarebytes.
2) I went to Windows updates and chose the oldest important update to install. That installed three other updates that had previously failed.
3) I continued to do step #2 until there were no more Windows updates. Each time I chose an update, various other updates were installed.

This morning I booted up and, voila, Windows no longer tries to configure updates at startup and it no longer tries to install updates at shutdown.

Thank you for all your help. I will never again choose to install all the updates at once.

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Simple fix

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Find out the recent updates you installed by going to windows update, then go to control panel and go to hardware and programs then you need to select windows up dates and then uninstall them, all the while in updates, make sure to hide those updates from being installed. Problem solved. Regards, JEREMY

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Jeremy, I tried that and it didn't work. I think the updates that are causing the issue are backed out because they can't be configured. If you know where these updates are downloaded, I might be able to delete them.

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I see the problem your having

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This happened on my vista machine 2 years back, It happened when the machine tried installed 64 bit drivers for my display. I ended up having to reinstall windows, I didn't look much into trying to fix the issue because It was a family members computer. I just looked out for that particular update next time I installed windows. I checked youtube and there's nothing on this issue, I am sure you have had the same problems. My best suggestion would to defrag start up. Where these files are hidden in start up folder "I don't know" keep on searching or just reinstall.

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Start>control panel>windows update>view update history.

Do you see some update/kbxxxxxxx that fails?

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According to update history list, there are no updates that failed.

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I suspect you have winup set to auto-update.
I don't do such a thing so I don't know what the results are if an update has a problem.
Never ending loop maybe?

I have the winup settings set to TELL me if there is an update......don't download....don't install.
I then look at the list and select/deselect what I on install.
If there is a problem it's a little easier to back track to see which update is the culprit.

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Nope #2

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Auto updates is set to off. The settings are set to tell me if there is an update just like yours. At any rate, this is closing the barn door after the animals have left. I need to know how to resolve the issue not prevent it.

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Does the update history show kb2539636 successful?

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