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Windows 7: Previous updates disabled my CPU and I want to disable future updates


12 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Previous updates disabled my CPU and I want to disable future updates

Until about 3 weeks ago, my Dell laptop was set to download and install Windows updates automatically. It did so, periodically. But I noticed that about 3 weeks ago, around January 20, 2014, updates were downloading and installing daily. At least three days in a row.

One such update completely destroyed my PC's ability to boot. I had to bring it to a tech and have him do his voodoo. Cost: $80. Thank you, Microsoft.

I have since turned off automatic updates. Unfortunately, about a dozen updates have downloaded but not installed. I do not want them to. But now, if I go and shut down the PC, those updates start installing.

I need to find out a way to abort this process. As it is now, I hit the pwer button which causes an improper shutdown, and I know that's not desirable. Upon reboot, the PC goes to the "Start Windows normally" screen.

Is there a way to PREVENT updates WHICH HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED but not installed from installing? Will I ever be able to shut down this PC?



Many thanks to anyone who can offer a solution!

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12 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

That kind of errors from updates do not happen often. You should take the risk and update unless you never use the Internet since there are many helpful security updates.
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12 Feb 2014   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It may or may not have been an update that caused your problem (I personally doubt it but, who knows?) but, if you keep M$ updates disabled, it won't be long before you will be up to your neck in viruses and other nasties.

If the tech did his job properly, your original problem should have been fixed. To avoid it in the future, set your updates to notify you when there are updates but let you choose when to download and install them. I never download and install mine until the Saturday after they come out. That way, there is plenty of time for me to find out if an update is wonky or not and I can avoid that specific one, if necessary, until M$ fixes it. Usually, by the time Saturday rolls around, M$ has either fixed the problem or pulled the update. For that reason, I manually check again for updates before I actually download and run them.

I would go ahead and let the updates you have now install themselves, then change your update settings as I suggested above and wait a few days before downloading and installing them (be sure to manually check before doing so). Also, don't try to download and install them all at once. Do them in batches of no more than ten. If any were unchecked to begin with, save those for last. You can check here at Seven Forums to see if anyone has had any problems before you download and install.

Trying to stop them now that they are on your computer, especially by hitting the power button to shut it down, is likely to wonk things up even worse. If, right after installing the updates, your computer goes south again, take it back to the tech and "ask" him to fix it correctly this time.

Once you have everything working smoothly for a couple of months, come back and ask us how to make images you can use to restore your computer to an earlier, working state should you ever run into this problem, or any other, again.
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12 Feb 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have never heard of an update destroying the boot. There must have been something else going on. If you stop the updates, you run a big risk of being infected by malware because most of the updates are security updates.
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12 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

OK, here I go....

I'll report the results in about 20 minutes....
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12 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If Windows 7 Updates from Microsoft stopped systems from booting their would be million of post all over the web stating so.
This Forum would have notices posted if their was such a problem.
Because you have had your computer to the shop I recommend starting with two things.

One is to make sure the computer is set to the proper time and date and time zone.

Two is run and post results of this Tutorial.
We have experts that can look at the log and give advice.


By Brink:
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions
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12 Feb 2014   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fluoric View Post


Is there a way to PREVENT updates WHICH HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED but not installed from installing? Will I ever be able to shut down this PC?
While you are working out what the overall problem is, you can disable updates from installing when shutting down,

Option one, Number two of this tutorial is the easiest,

Shut Down Windows - Enable or Disable "Install Updates and Shut Down"
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12 Feb 2014   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

OK, it worked! I feel so....up to date!
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12 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I've disabled "automatic" and I'll manually accept installation in the future. Many thanks, forum members!
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12 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What worked and what did you do to get it to work?

edit.
I see we posted at the same time. Glad you got it fixed.
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