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I recently had a Windows 7 update (1-8 of them) and when I restart the computer there is an error message that say there was an up date error. When I shut down the computer it says there are updates 1 of 8. This has been going on for over a week. What can I do to fix this?

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My experience with fixing these kinds of problems has been a lot of googleing the specific KB numbers of the updates that failed. Sometimes a Fixit (like climenole's below) will work. Other times it was a very specific and particular issue. There is no silver bullet. You may however, get lucky and find a quick solution. – JoshP Sep 7 '12 at 14:02
Please review your Windows Update Log files for specific error messages and to find out which update exactly is causing the issue. – Oliver Salzburg Sep 7 '12 at 14:06
Also try googling the error code reported by the Windows Update control panel, post-boot. – Zac B Sep 7 '12 at 15:23

You've probably encountered a conflict between the updates preventing them from being applied all at once. Apply them one-at-a-time, starting with the oldest (lowest numbered).

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