Windows Updates install but fail to configure

I have a strange problem that has only recently started. I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and normally my windows updates download and install without any problems, but as of last Thursday, the updates not only wouldn't configure but they wouldn't install.

I went to the Microsoft FixIt site and downloaded the diagnostic and repair tool which was able to correct thedownloading and installing problem, but I still have the problem of windows updates failed to configure, and I've tried the FixIt tool for that problem as well only for it to have no effectat all.

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Driver install fails when installing and repeats install on every boot
I just installed Win7 32-bit on a new PC. I then applied all the Windows recommended updates - approx. 100 of them, including SP1. Now I am installing vendor supplied drivers (not from Microsoft). All have installed except for the VGA driver. Here's what is happening:

The vendor shows three separate installation files. Not knowing which one I should use, I (foolishly) tried each of them. One appears to have installed successfully.

The other two are partially installed and require a re-boot to finish the install - which is standard procedure. When I restart I get the standard "wait while Windows prepares the update" messages during shutdown and rebooting.

Then the updates are applied but fail due to missing or invalid files. Windows starts up and there are six error message windows on the desktop showing the error along with an "OK" button. I press all the OK's and the system runs fine.

Because these two installs fail they are never removed from the "got to be installed" queue so every time I boot or restart these two attempt to install and fail.

So, how do I kill these two installs?


Install Windows updates
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I thought that by downloading the windows updates from the internet. It would have downloaded the component updates as well.


Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updates
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I "deselect" them and click OK but the message keeps coming up. With XP I was able to tick a box to indicate that I did not want to be asked again toinstall those updates but I can find no way of doing that in Win 7 - is there a way.


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Win7/SP1 Configures at each Reboot
I finally got around to installing SP1 on Win7-Pro, after Susan Bradley gave her OK on Patch Watch. Since then with each reboot, following the MS Logo, I am greeted with "Preparing to Configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer." This is followed by "Configuring Service Pack 35% complete", etc. Then I eventually get a Login screen.

Q1. Why is this still happening? Did something in the SP1-Install not complete properly? The Install did return a Successful Completion notice.

Q2. After the above SP1-Install, I was immediately offered 12 Important Updates but I chose to pass, pending Ms. Bradley's permission for each. Since then the offer has grown to 17 Important Updates and 1 Optional.

Out of curiosity I looked at "Uninstall an update" and after a lengthy scan it reported "No updates are installed on this computer". Perhaps it meant that the list had been cleared by the SP1-Install and I hadn't installed any updates since then.

I took the one Optional Update (for a MS Mouse Driver), but a rescan still reports "No updates are installed .".

What gives? It appears that I couldn't uninstall SP1 or anything else if I wanted to.


How to Check for & Install Windows Updates
Windows Update is one of the tools which were redesigned completely in Windows Vista. Instead of having to browse to a specific Microsoft web page, the whole update process was managed directly by the operating system. Windows 7 keeps the same approach and introduces a very small number of changes to this process, mostly cosmetic. In this tutorial I will show how to use Windows Update to check, select and install updates. I'll also show how to prevent certain unwanted updates from being installed. If you have skipped from Windows XP directly to Windows 7, then this tutorial is a must read.


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Failure Configuring Windows Updates
I have Win7 64 bit on a PC that's about 4 months old. I had automatic Windows update enabled but I choose when and if to install Windows updates. When I run the install process it gets to the restart and reboots but it tells me that there has been a problem with the updates and tells me it's "Reverting Changes' then reboots.
I checked out which updates failed and downloaded each file individually from MS, installed them one by one and it looked as thought they had taken until I rebooted then I got the same failure/reverting changes message.

I guess that somehow the Update procedure has been damaged somehow but I'm unsure of how to fix it.


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The most bizarre situation ever for me: All of my scores and scores of Windows Updates are gone. Checked System and Security, view installed updates: No updates installed in this computer! Checked Windows Updates in All programs: nothing.

My last Belarc Advisor profile listed countless KB updates, but the latest printout shows absolutely none. For several weeks, the exact same updates notifications in the system tray say two critical should be installed.

I've installed them about 20 times: Security Update for Windows 7 (KB977165), Security Update for Windows 7 (KB2393802).

I've customized the system tray to "show icons and notifications" but only the same two are there!
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How to turn off Windows updates
Ok so I have pretty much EVERYTHING turned off in the UAC and everywhere else I know of. I really am not that concerned about the constant security updates or whatever else. I would rather windows notify me that there are updates available, and then give me the option to download/install them.

it doesn't do this. I don't know why they are trying so hard to make computers do **** automatically so we don't have to think. its just going to make people so stupid to the point they are more easily exploitable.

anyways with that said, I realize Microsoft has set up so that it automatically updates. even with my thing checked to NEVER install updates. it still downloads all the stuff without me knowing and then it waits for me to install it.

a primary reason this annoys me? it screws with my computers auto shut down routines. I typically leave my computer on at night before going to sleep to watch movies or other things.

I rely on its automatic shut down/sleep/hibernate functions which get totally screwed with by I can only assume the automatic updatingi cannot turn off.


Windows Updates Won't Stay Unselected
This is rather long winded because I tried posting a short version in a different thread and it got lost in a different discussion.

I have Win7 Updates set to automatically look for updates but not to download or install. Here's the thing, I don't want to install the updates until I've had a chance to go through them and see what they are.

My most frequent reference for this is Susan Bradley's column in the WS Newsletter. But since these updates trickle in, often one or two a week, it may be a coupleweeks before I get around to reviewing them.

The problem is, when it finds new ones, it automatically marks them to be installed and will not take no for an answer when I say Don't Install. If I open the Update program right now, itsays "12 important updates are available" "4 important updates selected".

If I click the available tag, it gives me the list and I can then uncheck the 4 selected. I then click OK and it takes me back to the main screen which now says "no updates currently selected".

BUT if I close this windows and open it back up again, it's going to once again show 4 selected. It's like a dog with a bone it won't let go.

Now, on two occasions, I've had to reboot for some reason and caught Win7 installing those updates. Once was at a time when I had it downloading but not installing and it installedsomething that I had to uninstall to fix a problem it had created, the other time I was after I changed and had to abort the download.

Now, I know that I can "Hide" the updates if I never want to install them, but what I really want is for it to just stop re-selecting these things while I decide what to do. How can I make it behave?


Difficult Installing Updates
Everytime there are multiple updates thyere are always ones that fail to install but after several tries they usually install. But, the following one just keeps failing. Also, from the description I am totally clueless as to what it is.

I have been trying for two days to get this update installed.

Security Update for

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package (KB2467175) Download size: 5.6 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect. Update type: Important

A security issue has been identified leading to MFC application vulnerability in DLL planting due to MFC not specifying the full path to system/localization DLLs. You can protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.


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