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I've got Windows 7 Ultimate. For the last 3 days or so, it has tried, repeatedly, to install some updates. Each and every time I shut it down, it tries. What's wrong? Why doesn't it install whatever the heck it's trying to install?

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can you be more specific? which updates? do you get an error message? if so, what does it say? – MaQleod Oct 2 '10 at 3:53
    
OK, I've just looked at my system logs and found 3 updates not installing properly. Here they are: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x800705b4: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2158563). Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x800705b4: Update for Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2362765). Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x800705b4: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB979538). – Rod Oct 2 '10 at 13:44

Check the application and system logs in the event viewer. I know there were updates to most all versions of the .NET framework this week, so especially if you have multiple versions of .NET installed it could take a while to get through them all. We had several computers take a few days to get through everything successfully. 'Install Updates and Shut Down' would succeed for one update but fail for others and take a looooooong time trying. As I said, they finally completed but you can probably tell what's going on more clearly from the events.

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Thank you for the suggestion. I just checked my application log and found several errors related to the attempted upgrade. Here's some from the first one: Log Name: Application Source: Windows Error Reporting Date: 10/2/2010 6:39:42 AM Event ID: 1001 Task Category: None Level: Information Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: TARDIS Description: Fault bucket , type 0 Event Name: CbsPackageServicingFailure2 Response: Not available Cab Id: 0 – Rod Oct 2 '10 at 13:06

I did the following in order to stop this irritating behavior. I went to the system log in event viewer and found the updates it was trying to install, that failed to install. I then went to Windows Update, found the relevant updates and installed them, one at a time.

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