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?
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.
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.