Windows update nearly screwed my laptop

Not good!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Uvah | Discussion: Personal Computing

Auto updates worked fine for a while until today. There were 68 updates and it was stuck on number 41 for over two hours! Hell with that. I forced a shut down, restarted and the updates went through anyway. No fuss no bother. Then I changed the settings. Updates will download but I'll decide if they get installed. Shades of Win 10......

the_Monk
Reply #1 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:33 PM

If you needed 68 updates that's a problem not related to 'windows update' specifically......

Jafo
Reply #2 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:00 PM

the_Monk

If you needed 68 updates that's a problem not related to 'windows update' specifically......

What the_Monk is saying is that 68 is such a number that it indicates you're not doing the updates in a more timely manner....

Wizard1956
Reply #3 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:08 PM


Updates will download but I'll decide if they get installed.
I don't even go that far. I let it check but I decide if I want to download and install them. I don't auto update anything, MS or otherwise.

Daiwa
Reply #4 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:24 PM

Looks like Uvah said he had updates set to automatically install.  68 does seem a big number if that was indeed the case.  Updates can come for other MS applications at the same time, though, not just OS updates - I've had updates numbering in the 20's not too uncommonly between the OS & MSOffice.

the_Monk
Reply #5 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:47 PM



Quoting the_Monk,

If you needed 68 updates that's a problem not related to 'windows update' specifically......



What the_Monk is saying is that 68 is such a number that it indicates you're not doing the updates in a more timely manner....

 

Thanks Jafo (I suppose) for translating my perfectly clear English into 'american'?  

Wizard1956
Reply #6 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:56 PM

the_Monk

perfectly clear English
Your "English" was fine, it was your wording that was somewhat nonspecific.

Jafo
Reply #7 Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:04 PM

the_Monk

Thanks Jafo (I suppose) for translating my perfectly clear English into 'american'?

Yep, I'm fluent in 3 languages....

English, Australian AND American...

[I get by in Canadian too]

Uvah
Reply #8 Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:12 AM

I check for updates weekly. What I did notice was the optional updates. That number has jumped to 81. I counted 16 updates for yesterday, 14 of them security updates. I've updated this machine three times since I got it yet I have the installed updates open in control panel and the only updates showing are the ones from yesterday. Other updates before them are from August 2014. It should show updates from June and July. Now its showing 61 important updates, all of them security.

Uvah
Reply #9 Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:14 PM

They did screw it up. Updates from as far back as June were not installed. Three months of updates accounts for the high number. The down side...it made my laptop next to useless. Did a system restore, that worked. Installing my programs, fine. Except photoshop. The installer fails to initialize and I tried it three times. So...no more PS. Boogers.

Uvah
Reply #10 Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:09 PM

Thanks for the referrals.

 

 

*walks away not a happy camper*

Jafo
Reply #11 Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:46 PM


The installer fails to initialize and I tried it three times

Disabled AV and right click run as admin?

Uvah
Reply #12 Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:07 PM

Nope. I'm out of options. PS is history.

Jafo
Reply #13 Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:27 PM

"I found a solution after 2 days and 2 nights.


Just move the installation files to C:\CS5 and run setup from there.

Don't use white space in path name. "

 

Something I found with google....

Wizard1956
Reply #14 Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:54 PM


Something I found with google....
  Google makes me smart.

Uvah
Reply #15 Friday, August 28, 2015 5:40 AM

Did that. Moved files to C:\CS5 (made a folder) still no go. What I'm getting a lot is that the installer detects a pending system restart even though I just turned it on. I even dl'd a trial version from Adobe and it encounters the same problem.

Daiwa
Reply #16 Friday, August 28, 2015 9:14 PM

Found this on a forum, Uvah:


Look at the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

and see if there is an entry for PendingFileRenameOperation

If so, you can try deleting this value.  By the way you should backup the key first....

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