There was me thinking that the Windows Update mechanism was designed to streamline updates to the operating system, eliminating the need to go to a website to download fixes and patches. Ha ha ha.
Without realising it, I’ve been repeatedly shutting down to install the same Windows Updates on Vista for the past 2 weeks. Windows Update never registered the installs and kept on asking me to do it again. Many of the help sites I found just suggested ignoring the updates in the future, which didn’t seem sensible given that they were mostly security updates, i.e. important, and one optional update that supposedly was for some hardware I had just bought.
The answer lay here:
There is a downloadable fix offered by the Microsoft website (a “Fix It” troubleshooter) that seems to have done the trick. I followed the steps and it identified that there was a problem with Windows Update, and reset its database. Happy days, now I can actually shut down the computer at a normal speed instead of it taking half an hour to install the updates again.
So, in summary:
- Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910339
- Download and run the Fix It program (if it doesn’t pop up, look for it on the page, it’s there)
- Run it, follow the prompts; it only gave me one option so it didn’t matter if I picked auto or manual fix
- Try to install the updates that keep on appearing
- Hopefully now you’re done (you might need to restart too)
Hope that works!