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I shut my machine down last night and it started installing 7 updates, it skipped through the first 6 quite quickly but the 7th one has been running now for 14 hours, what should I do?

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Shut it down, try again. –  ubiquibacon Jun 19 '11 at 4:20
    
Yeah but what will shutting it down do? it says don't turn it off or unplug it... –  Rob Jun 19 '11 at 4:33
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It is smart enough to figure out the updated didn't stick and it will start over. If it messes up again then you can investigate further. –  ubiquibacon Jun 19 '11 at 5:11

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Any idea what the updates were?

I would manually restart my system. You'll then restart and may be prompted to do a chkdsk (if I remember right). There's no harm in that at all. If the aborted update screwed anything up, windows might be able to patch things up.

When you boot into Windows it wouldn't be a bad idea to hit:

Start Button-> type "command prompt"-> right click on "command prompt" option-> choose "run as administrator"-> type "sfc /scannow" at the prompt.

That will run a scan of your system and make sure everything's intact. At that point I would try Windows update again.

If you're so inclined, checking the event viewer might give you more info as well.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Open-Event-Viewer

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This worked, thanks - it didn't seem to have any issues with being shut down. –  Rob Jun 19 '11 at 5:37
    
That's good. When you say "this worked", you mean the chkdsk and system scans came back clean? Were you able to install the update later? –  Lil' Smokey Jun 20 '11 at 23:26
    
I didn't do a scan disk (naughty I know) but it just restarted without any problems and there was a failed update in the update list, I slowly went through and applied all the updates manually and now it all seems stable again. –  Rob Jun 21 '11 at 9:15
    
Sounds good. Updates can be a real pain. –  Lil' Smokey Jun 24 '11 at 23:30

If Windows won't boot after restarting in the middle of the update, you can boot startup repair, if you cancel it before it starts scanning and go under Advanced options and you can use System Restore to go back to before the updates were installed.

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That is not true for all updates, in fact it rarely happens from what I have seen. –  ubiquibacon Jun 19 '11 at 5:12
    
A System Restore Point is created by Windows Update before installing updates if System Restore is enabled. Although it doesn't do a restore point for each update, it just makes one before installing the selected updates. Now whether that will fix the issue or not is another issue... –  Sean Jun 19 '11 at 5:40
    
I'm talking about Windows not booting after restarting during an update. –  ubiquibacon Jun 19 '11 at 5:45

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