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Windows 7: Endless Update Attempts On PC Shutdown

18 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Endless Update Attempts On PC Shutdown


Every time I shut down the PC, Windows 7 tries to install 9 updates. Next day, when I shut down again, I find it is again trying to install 9 updates. It keeps doing this over and over, forever. Yesterday, the number went up to 11.

It looks like something causes the update procedure to fail and so it keeps on trying the same updates over and over again, seemingly forever. It is frankly a mystery to me as to WHY it should fail in the first place, since it it basically Windows 7 trying to update Windows 7. What could be the problem with that?! But there we are...

Anyway, it wastes a lot of time when I am waiting for the computer to shut down, which seems to take 10-15 minutes nowadays. Is there any way to get the updates to work, or else to stop it doing this the whole time?

On a related issue, it seems to be impossible to upgrade to IE9. I tried doing this manually several times but keep finding that it unwinds back to IE8. I was told by my computer person that the only was to do it is to do a complete new installation of Windows 7, but this will wipe out everything I have installed, which could take days or weeks to reinstall again. Hence, this is not an option.

Any ideas on any of the above would be appreciated. Thank you.


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18 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

You could try a manual update by opening Control Panel and clicking on Windows Update. See if they will install from there. If not, look at the Windows Update log file to see what errors there are.
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18 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium


To Ztruker: I will try what you suggest. Thank you.

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19 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7

I have the same thing happening. Every time I shut down it's installing 5 updates.=/
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19 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by asokas View Post

To 1Bowtie: I don't believe I mentioned anything about Vista at all. I am on Windows 7 Home Premium.

If, from me just making a post here, you are somehow able to detect my PC's operating systems, then yes, I do have an old Vista installation on a dual-boot PC. However, this was from the early days when I transferred over to Windows 7 and I no longer use that anymore whatsoever. I only boot up in Windows 7.

If you can show me where I go to get the system specs, then I will happily post them here. Thank you.

If you look to the left below your name and join date you will see Vista Home Premium, under that lower left corner you will see System Spec's, click on that and you will see OS Vista Home Premium. Thank you
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19 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 Pro

I've encountered similar problems. In some cases a manual install from the windows website solved my issues. Try opening your windows update app and try installing from that menu, you should be able to see an installation failure there, and you may have a link provided directly to Microsoft and that might save you some time searching around. Additionally, you can check your installed update list to see if any of those updates actually DID install already, in which case you only have to ignore the repeating ones.
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