Computer shutdown while updating

22-Feb-2015 14:51 by 9 Comments

Computer shutdown while updating

Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.Much more rarely they're caused by a mistake on Microsoft's part regarding the update itself.

Note: There's an actual issue with Windows that can cause Windows Update installations to freeze like this but it's only applicable to Windows Vista and only if SP1 hasn't yet been installed.If your computer fits that description, install Windows Vista SP1 or later or this update to solve the problem.Some Windows updates can take several minutes or more to configure or install so you want to make sure the updates are truly stuck before moving on.Trying to fix a problem that doesn't really exist will just [email protected]{font-family:'q-icons';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.eote446cf4077ee362c.eot);src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.woff292b41bdc86b861d1.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.wofff1c783d9ec0bf07d.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.ttf7fcfa28acae529ca.ttf) format('truetype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.svgfb8266081b6dbe92.svg) format('svg');font-weight:normal;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.eot651be22211d4a304.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_regular.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.woff2be8dd97e5046f08c.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.woff602cb4559cd94b40.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.ttf6a775376ffc77827.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:400;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular_italic.eot87cc7d3939486fa9.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_regular_italic.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular_italic.woff23d04f1f5dcd10655.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular_italic.woff735184ca7de70a2f.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular_italic.ttfe312efcac6c9aad8.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:400;font-style:italic}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium.eot216e2dc497d47d5b.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_medium.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium.woff2c2a8e1f1e8a5dbd1.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium.woff58c5448831defa13.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium.ttff41a8191a49478f7.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:600;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium_italic.eot96a11b644cc87ffa.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_medium_italic.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium_italic.woff23c2fe4e561db32fe.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium_italic.woff734bd7c0556f28b3.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_medium_italic.ttf007b95337d71f370.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:600;font-style:italic}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_semibold.eot3e59f3042904736b.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_semibold.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_semibold.woff2058b86b37946d3b5.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_semibold.woffaf6109f2bcc668ff.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_semibold.ttfc53197838e9c8da3.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:bold;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_sans';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_regular.eot2a769a82ec73ba56.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_sans/q_sans_regular.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_regular.woff2aec3081d36df431e.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_regular.woff6fb9efc19bbaba61.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_regular.ttf6b33c3833bed888f.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:400;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_sans';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_medium.eote6b66c4803e9d08a.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_sans/q_sans_medium.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_medium.woff2033b42537e732615.woff2) format('woff2'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_medium.woffdfb545e7cebd2970.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_sans.q_sans_medium.ttf45e6c5db304637bd.ttf) format('truetype');font-weight:bold;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif_bold_italic';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_semibold.eot3e59f3042904736b.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_semibold.eot? Most of the time, Windows Update does its job with little attention from us.

While we might check and install updates manually from time to time, most Windows 10 computers are configured to apply important updates automatically while older versions usually apply these fixes the night of Patch Tuesday.

Sometimes however, when the patch, or maybe even service pack, is being installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation gets stuck - freezes, locks up, stops, hangs, clocks, whatever you want to call it.

The installation of one or more Windows updates is probably stuck or frozen if you see one of the following messages persist for a long time: is all you'll see on screen.

There might be some wording differences too depending on which version of Windows you're using.

If you don't see anything at all on screen, especially if you think the updates may have been installed completely, see my How To Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates tutorial instead.

There are several reasons why the installation or finalization of one or more Windows updates can hang.