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I have Automatic Updates enabled and every now and then I'll get that little pop-up window that nags me to reboot to complete the update process. Usually, I ignore it and after 2 days my computer crashes. It crashes by freezing all the programs, including Windows Explorer, to the point that I can't even use CTRL-Alt-Delete (and my mouse lags).

I'm pretty sure it's Windows Updates that is causing this. So, for now, I've disabled Windows Updates.

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I agree that the nagging window is truly irritating, but are you certain it is related to the freezing? I have left it go for weeks and never had an issue. Does it happen every time you get that nagging window? What other applications do you keep open? What version of windows are you running? – MaQleod Aug 12 '11 at 17:01
It has happened every single time that little windows update window is there. I usually have chrome, foobar, and digsby opened. And I'm running Windows 7. Chrome might have something to do with triggering because every time it's happened it happened right after I opened a new tab. – this is a dead end Aug 12 '11 at 17:03
I had almost some problem, the computer started to lag when updates begin to install. But i had broken HDD and after replace everything worked fine. – Little Helper Aug 12 '11 at 17:05
After two or three days, if your computer still freezes, then you'll know it's not caused by Windows Update (because you've disabled automatic Windows Updates). – Randolf Richardson Aug 12 '11 at 17:07
possible duplicate of Windows 7 Freezes (No BSOD) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 12 '11 at 17:16

I would check your hardware. Windows Updates NEVER cause those types of problems for me. Go to Start, type 'Memory Diagnostic' and select the program in the menu. Let it run and see if your RAM is OK. After that, check your hard drive with a program like HDTune, or even Windows' own CHKDSK. Click Start, type cmd, then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run as Admin. Type CHKDSK C: /f /r and press Enter

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Hardware is definitely the next logical suspect (+1), and bad sectors on the hard drive can definitely cause this sort of problem. – Randolf Richardson Aug 12 '11 at 17:14
Memory Diagnostic returned no errors. And CHKDSK returned "0 KB in bad sectors" – this is a dead end Aug 12 '11 at 18:19
Did CHKDSK show that it fixed any errors or issues in the partition table or security indexes? Do you have any hidden folders on the root of the C:? – Canadian Luke Aug 12 '11 at 18:25
I closed the cmd window already. And I don't have any files in C root. – this is a dead end Aug 12 '11 at 19:55
In the Command Prompt, type dir /a /d c:\found.??? and see if it finds any. If it does, then you had hard drive errors that were recovered. If not, then your HDD is probably fine – Canadian Luke Aug 12 '11 at 19:57

The simplest answer to your question is this: reboot the computer. Or if it crashes during an update, just hold the power button for 10 seconds until it shuts down, then reboot. Hope this helps.

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I want to keep my computer on forever. – this is a dead end Aug 12 '11 at 17:05
'on forever' is probably not a good idea with Windows. – DaveE Aug 12 '11 at 17:07
You may need to use an OS that has a known track record of "extended periods for up time," such as Linux/Unix. – Randolf Richardson Aug 12 '11 at 17:11
I do use linux on my other computer from programming related stuff. But I have windows on this because of a few windows only programs. – this is a dead end Aug 12 '11 at 17:29

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