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How To Cancel Pending Windows 7 Updates? The key is pending.

The shutdown button has the windows update symbol meaning that there are updates that were selected to be installed which were download and will be installed upon shutdown.

The only thing is that my machine will no longer boot if I let it install those updates! They are incompatible with a driver needed in the system and I did not found out until too late. The system admin used a recovery disk to get back to the previous restore point, only the updates are now pending, so I need to cancel those before the machine shutdowns next.

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You can edit configuration from the group policy editor.

Start -> Run
Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update /Donot Display "Install updates and shutdown" option
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1) Go into the Windows Updates configuration and disable automatic updates. I don't recommend leaving it set this way, this is only a temporary fix, the better solution is #2

Control Panel (icon view) > Windows Update > Change Settings

2) Open Windows Updates and de-select the updates you don't want installed, then right click on them and select "hide", you can unhide them later when you get things sorted out.

Control Panel (icon view) > Windows Update

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Unfortunately this did not work since the problematic update was no longer on the list of available updates. –  Itai Nov 15 '11 at 15:06
You said "pending updates" if it is pending it will show up in the list. –  Moab Nov 15 '11 at 15:36
Guess I'm missing the right word for pending installation vs pending acceptance, sorry. –  Itai Nov 15 '11 at 16:41
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