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.

  • You mentioned two updates, but it looks like you only posted one. Do you have a second? – dav Apr 1 '13 at 19:47

As an administrator, stop the Windows Update service (Start > Run > services.msc, stop Windows Update). Rename the %WINDIR%\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.

  • 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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