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For the last week whenever I shutdown my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, I get the yellow shield telling me I have updates (both updates are shown below my question). I shutdown the system, the updates download and install. The next time I shutdown my system, the exact thing happens again, with the same updates.

So far I have run the Microsoft Mr. Fixit tool no success, uninstalled and repaired both the .NET Framework 4 extended and the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, with no success. Any suggestions?

First update:

Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2600217)

Download size: 32.2 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Recommended

This update addresses stability, reliability, and performance issues in Microsoft .NET Framework 4. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

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You mentioned two updates, but it looks like you only posted one. Do you have a second? –  dav Apr 1 '13 at 19:47
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As an administrator, stop the Windows Update service (Start > Run > services.msc, stop Windows Update). Rename the Windows\SoftwareDistribution directory to something like SoftwareDistribution.bak and restart.

Occasionally I've seen updates become "stuck" and cached, prompting the behavior you're seeing. This method normally works for me in most cases.

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How does it help, and what is affected by renaming/removing system folder. Would it stop working at all after that? –  Roman C Sep 11 '13 at 15:51
    
It in effect clears the update cache, giving you a "clean start". When the service is restarted the folder will be recreated by the system. Barring any major underlying system issues. Additional info here: support.microsoft.com/kb/2509997 –  Qwilson Sep 12 '13 at 12:42
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