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Windows 7: Error occuring when Updating Windows


23 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64/x86
 
 
Error occuring when Updating Windows

I am occuring a strange error when I use Windows Update on a fresh installation of Windows 7 Pro. What happens is that when I install the first batch major updates. which is around 100 security and straight updates before Service Pack 1. I restart Windows to install them and during Stage 3 my computer restarts and then goes back and finishes the installation. Then when I get back into Windows I have a Error in Event Viewer with the ID of 7023 stating that Windows Modules Install had exited with error code %%16405. Windows Updater says that everything installed correctly and has no failed updates and doesn't show a error. Searching the internet has only given me a few hits and the one suggested installing SP1 before updating which I did and did not stop this problem.

I am wondering why this is occuring and is there anything I can do to try and prevent this and well if this a normal occurance.

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23 Nov 2011   #2

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Heh - I was going to point you at this thread - Repeatedly offer windows update Windows Modules Installer error - Microsoft Answers
- and then realised you were the OP there
The 16405 error appears to be undefined, so it's not going to be any help to us.
TrustedInstaller failing is a bit of an odd one - I suspect that it may be the result of a race condition. Is there any AV installed at this point? Any non-MS software?
What happens if you use a Clean Boot to do the update/install?
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24 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64/x86
 
 

All I have said in that thread you linked is pretty much how it goes, but after said error nothing seems to be a problem with updating. I can go through the remainder of the updates without a single problem or error with or without AVs or other programs installed. As for a clean boot, I have not had anything installed other than the wireless drivers to get the updates so I do not know if it can help.

One thing does come to mind involving AVs is that I do download the Microsoft monthly malware remover during said updates and all updates after and sometimes before, if I decide to not manually check, do not have it and do not have problems.

As for that topic, well they changed the topic to the current title from "Windows Modules Installer error %%16405" and marked it as answered when clearly I am not so that is why I am here.
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24 Nov 2011   #4

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You always have the option to unmark it. - you do tend to find that if an MS techie gets involved, a thread that doesn't get any activity for a couple of days is tagged as Answered (by another MS techie, usually) by the techie. There have been many long discussions about the practice in the Feeback forum and eslewhere.
MSRT is usually the last update to run in WU, to prevent timeouts, as it does a scan of the system while it's 'installing' - although if there's a product also being installed which requires it (e.g. IE9) then it is shifted up the order, and may be quite near the top of the list.

So long as the error is a onetime thing, I don't honestly think there's much point in pursuing it - it may simply be that one of the updates has problem closing TrustedInstaller, and has to wait for a timeout - then WU starts the next instance up again as normal.
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24 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64/x86
 
 

I usually don't install IE9 during the first update when the problem occurs, mainly because it has a wonderful prompt and I usually do something away from the computer for the hour or so that it takes to install. I should now try installing both or neither the next time I try, but that is going to be in 2-3 days since it is busy around here at Thanksgiving. One thing I will say is that the win32_exit_code stays around until I boot up Windows Update in Windows even, so it stays around even after the mid-update restart for whatever that is worth.

Lastly I tried to unmark the answer, but the problem is that I cannot unmark my reply to the answer so it just looks like a wash for that thread.
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25 Nov 2011   #6

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I have to be honest here - and say that I have NO IDEA what you're talking about!
Please rephrase ti - that way I may get a glimpse of teh problem you are seeing.

IE9 installs ALWAYS require user input - if that input is not forthcoming, then that is the cause of your timeout error.
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25 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64/x86
 
 

Sorry about that, it was a rushed response since I though I had enough time to to type out something but I then got called away.

What I was trying to say was that I never installed IE9 during the first round of updates due to needing a user prompt because I leave my computer after starting the 100~ updates due to how long they take. Then I was going to say that the next time I try to install I will installing IE9 along with the Malware Removal Tool and if that doesn't work I will try installing neither to rule the Removal Tool as a source of the problem but that will be in a few days due to the holidays currently happening.

I then brought up a point that may or may not help you involving something from the Event ID 7023 article on Microsoft's site involving win32_exit_code and how the error state persists until I have logged into Windows and then bring up Windows Update, even after successfully completing the updates.

My last point was involving how you said that you can unflag a correct answer on Microsoft's Answers Forum and how I cannot due to my reply to the marked answer is now being shown as the answer.

Yet again sorry about the bad reply, but I have managed to secure a little time to type out a much better reply.
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25 Nov 2011   #8

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Makes more sense now.
You should be able to unmark any answer in your own thread.... no matter who it's from and who marked it as an answers (in this case another MS idiot techie who I've crossed swords with before, for bad answer-marking<g>)

I have to admit that i'm struggling to envision the exact problem that you're seeing, but if I remember right, IE 9 isn't usually offered in the first round of updates anyhow. at least in RTM Windows 7. (but I could be wrong)

Let me see...... On this machine it didn't actually get installed until after SP1 (the machine is is only 9 weeks old, but still only came with RTM), but I don't remember whether that was my choice or not.

I have 2 7023 errors on the first day - the second one had the same error, and was after a reboot (for updates) when the system changed the startup type for Windows Modules Installer from Auto to Demand. This appears to have been the effect of one of the updates, but I can't work out which one. (RTM was released with WMI defaulting to Auto start, SP1 with WMI set to Demand.... haven't found out which update made the change).
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27 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64/x86
 
 

I would say it is debatibly good to hear that I am not alone with this error just for the fact that is not just two people that have had this possible problem.

What I will say with IE9 is that it used to be offered to me but I had to manually check it to get it installed on the first round of updates, then in the past 1-2 weeks it has become a checked inclusion in first round of updates.
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27 Nov 2011   #10

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I would be inclined to believe that it's in the category of "expected behaviour" - it's an update that changes a fundamental part of Windows in a significant way, and this may be the inevitable result.

I wasn't aware that IE9 was being 'pushed' in RTM yet - but I'm not surprised to hear it. MS tend to do things like that in stages - first offering it as an optional update, then as a Recommended one, then as an Important one, and staggering it aorund the world. This reduces strain on the servers and support staff when the inevitable calls come in.
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