Solved Windows 7 Home Premium latest service pack if it downloaded

December 23, 2013 at 04:56:00
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium. The latest update if it downloaded correctlyy.
Every time I switch off my machine (HP, Windows & Home Premium) I get a notice not to power off because updates are loading. Is there something wrong as I must have downloaded hundreds od of updates?
Another thing, the arrow/hourglass flashes continually. Are these connected? My son, who is more computer savvy than says he will reload Windows for me. I am nearly 93 but still reasonably sensible.Thank you in anticipation.

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#1
December 23, 2013 at 05:48:34
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That message not to power off is quite normal when Microsoft updates are being installed. I don't get that message because i have deliberately disabled automatic updates. Some of them can prevent Windows from starting properly or can cause other problems, so I always disable them.

I've done that on every computer I've owned over the past 15 years and never regretted it.

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#2
December 23, 2013 at 07:13:48
If Windows was just recently reloaded, it most likely has a lot of catching up to do in terms of updates.

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#3
December 23, 2013 at 09:27:56
Thank you for your reply.I am a bit taken aback because I thought that not loading updates would stop Windows working properly. Has anyone else not loaded updates without any problems? If I switch off the power to my machine as soon as I see the legend about not powering off will that upset my machine?

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#4
December 23, 2013 at 09:46:37
There are various opinions on automatic updates (which is recommended by MS).

However, your computer will continue to work without them but security updates are important. I have had no issue of any consequence with them. I elect to do updates manually but that's because I am a control freak as far as computers are concerned.

If they have got badly stuck then at odd times I have found this works:
Turn off the computer and disconnect from domestic power. If it's a laptop remove the battery too. Finally, hold in the power off/on button for about 20 seconds. Put it all back togeter - you might be lucky.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
December 23, 2013 at 10:47:58
Not had a problem with automatic updates myself. All the PCs I fix up for folks, I set up for auto-update. I found they never got updated otherwise.

Way behind with updates by any chance? WIndows trying to catch up?

If there are exceptionally large/major updates, then with some PCs, it can take Windows a good while to install them at power-down. Not forgetting, the installation of updates may resume at power-on also.
It takes as long as it takes, though if it stretches to +20 mins, it may indicate a problem.

My own inclination is it's best not to force a shutdown while updates are installing, unless the process really does freeze.
Chances are nothing seriously untoward will happen. Windows is pretty good at recovering, but why take that chance?

Give Windows its head. Be patient, see how it goes. If it doesn't resolve itself, then post back.


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#6
December 23, 2013 at 11:00:48
"Give Windows its head"
Yes, better to be safe than sorry.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
December 23, 2013 at 13:45:16
If you shut off the computer before the updates have completely finished their thing you will see the same message again and again. Let them finish.

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#8
December 24, 2013 at 09:40:46
Thank you everyone who has replied. It appears my best bet is to let Windows carry on with its updates.
Happy Holiday.

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