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I have windows update set up to download but not to install, I then normally click on the yellow shield, review the updates and install them.

Now when I shut down it tells me I can turn off and install updates... which indicates there are some updates downloaded but there is no yellow shield to review what they are.

How can I get the yellow shield back?

Update 1
I can confirm that I have the following selected;
"Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them"
I also have "Hide Inactive Icons" unchecked

From the WindowsUpdate.log file , I have the following lines.

2009-09-02  21:58:27:343	3504	5a8	Shutdwn	Install at shutdown: found updates to install
2009-09-02  22:00:40:953	1864	9c4	AU	AU found 1 updates for install at shutdown

I also have

2009-09-03  05:26:41:281	1864	1768	DnldMgr	  * Update is not allowed to download due to regulation.
2009-09-03  05:26:41:281	1864	1768	DnldMgr	Regulation: { a guid } - Update { a guid }  is "PerUpdate" regulated and can NOT download. Sequence 3187 vs AcceptRate 0.

Googling "Sequence 3187 vs AcceptRate 0." doesnt give anything But still no yellow shield.

Update 2
Googling a bit more has given these links, I havent had time to go through them yet but they look promising.

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I'm seeing the same thing - "PerUpdate" regulated and can NOT download - on a fresh install of XP SP3. It refuses to update automatically - apparently the only 'fix' is to run Windows Update in IE - hardly what you'd call 'automatic'! – Umber Ferrule Mar 5 '10 at 13:33
as an update, a little while later the yellow shield came back again... not sure why it did. – Paul Rowland Mar 9 '10 at 3:24

It sounds like your update preferences got changed somehow. Make sure your Automatic Updates setting is firmly on Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.

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You might not see it because windows is not updating.

Another option is that you have hidden inactive icons in the task-bar.

To fix this:

  • Turn on updates, as noted above
  • Make sure that you have not checked "hide inactive icons" in the task-bar menu, via right click > Properties
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