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Windows Update hung up?

by royfarnol / July 3, 2011 8:29 PM PDT

The latest Windows Update that imposed itself onto my machine (A six-pack) is not installing but seems to be freezing, unfinished.
At least, its not finishing number 1 of six in many hours. So it's either a ginormous update, which I doubt, or summats up.

For three days I have been having to switch off power and reboot "Windows Normally" to access my stuff.

What I would like to do is get rid of this six-pack that wants to update so can anyone please tell me where to find it and how to squash it out of existence?

The prospect of switching off and rebooting "Normally" for ever is not a pleasant one.

Thanks Roy.

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For the time being
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 9:48 PM PDT

For the time being, but not recommended for ever, turn off Windows Updates.

Goto the Control Panel,(from the Start menu bubble), then if you are in Category view select "Review your computer's status" under System and Security, then find the Windows Update option in the left hand collumn. If you are in Classic view, click on the Windows Update option.

In the Windows Update page, click the "Change Settings" option in the left hand column.

Change the settings to "Never check for updates", and remove the tick for "Recommended updates".

See if that halts the updating procedure.

FYI, that first update in that latest list wasn't large, and was nothing special as I recall.

So, summat's up!

At least you should now be able to investigate further.


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After Turning Automatic Updates Off...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 3:17 AM PDT

Try visiting the Windows Updates site on the web and installing the updates from there.. Open the Control Panel, then click on the "Windows Updates" icon and let it scan the computer.. Once it finds the appropriate updates, click on the little blue link that says something like: You have 6 important updates available".. When that screen opens, try UNCHECKING the update you were having problems with but CHECK all the other appropriate updates.. Click on OK which will take you back to the original screen, then click on the "Install Updates" button. This should download and install the updates that were checked, after which you will probably need to restart the computer..

If everything goes right, do the manual update thing again and if the problem update is still there, place a CHECK mark in it and see if the problem update will now install..

Just a note: If the updates you're installing are for NET Framework 3.5 or 4.0, then they DO take a really long time to install.. For example, I had a couple machines take about ten minutes to install the NET Framework 4.0 update alone.

Hope this helps.


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