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[personal profile] yuuago 2011-07-15 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, so I figured out a way to make Windows stop installing that thing that makes my computer not start. Figured you might want a hand since you've had the same problem.

Sorry if these instructions seem super dumbed down. I can't remember how computer literate you are. (I'm not overly much myself, so)

Okay, I think I might have isolated the issue.
I don't know what version of Windows you're using, but anyway. This is how you get it to stop downloading the update - the one I /think/ is causing the problem.

Control panel - windows update
Sidebar: "change settings"
In the drop-down, select "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them"
OK, then restart the computer if necessary.

Back in Windows Update again.
Under updates were installed, select "view update history". It should show you which ones were successful and which ones failed.
Now, one of the failed ones might be this:
Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2555917)
That's the one that is giving me trouble. If it's also the one giving you trouble, it will be listed as "failed". Some others might be listed as that too, but this is the problem one.

With the computer set so that you have to tell it which updates to do, you can stop it from auto-installing this fucked one that way. Now, if you want to install the other updates as well, do as follows:

Go back to Windows Update. Click "X important updates are available". You'll see probably a few different ones, including that one I listed above. De-select everything and install them one at a time by selecting one and installing it, then restarting, lather rinse repeat, except KB2555917. Things should be good after that, though you might have to turn off auto-installation again after everything is done.

Haven't figured out how to install that one update without it making my computer not start, but ehhh for now this is fine.

[identity profile] diplopod.livejournal.com 2011-07-15 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Aha, thanks! This helps a lot!

I found my way to the update history earlier, but only a couple were listed as failed, but they were mostly from 2010. And there were so many updates in the last few days that I just gave up trying to figure out which one was causing issues. orz But I had a KB2555917 for Windows 7, so I uninstalled that. We'll see if it helps any.

And if you have any firewalls or security programs running, they might be the ones interfering with it installing correctly? They used to get in the way of mine until I got fed up with them and just got rid of them all together, since I don't go to any particularly sketchy websites anyway.