After each WU group or individual install mentioned in my OP yesterday, I did a restart but the failed and cancelled updates remained in History. About 12 hrs later I shut down the computer for the night. When I turned on the computer next morning (today) my Windows Update told me new updates were installed.....I checked my History, and it was born anew -- it showed 21 successful installs, and the 4 failures and 1 cancelled that were there yesterday had disappeared. Although I ended up with 5 extras (probably the 4 failures and 1 cancelled) and not the original 16, I am going to accept the "magic" at face value
There were 16 Important Updates for me....I chose to install in two groups of 8. The first group of 8 installed fine, but the second group stopped after downloading and would not install. History showed 4 failures and 1 canceled. Finally got it going again and WU successfully installed 3 of the 4 failures and the 1 canceled. One failed update (KB2984981) was completely left out of the successful reinstall.
My question is should I not worry about the 1 failed update that was not reinstalled and hope Windows Update will realize the error and bring it forward again, or should I download it myself from Microsoft? I am wondering if I was meant to have it or not.
Windows 7 64-bit