Here’s what my computer screen looked like this weekend. When I’d walk away from my computer for more than a couple of hours, Windows would reboot and attempt to install two critical updates.
I let it run for a few hours. No luck. I left it to install overnight and woke up nine hours later to find it at 12%. I don’t know what 12% of a Windows update gets me, but I wanted my computer back.
And here’s where I shouldn’t worry that computers are getting too easy to use, and I’ll bet out of job in couple of years. When I shut off my computer and tried to get back into Windows, the update would attempt to install before the Windows boot screen would appear. I couldn’t tell it to stop installing either. No cancel button in sight.
My computer was caught in the loop from hell.
I decided to boot into Safe Mode which is always an adventure. Massive fonts and crazy colors and all, I was able to see a screen saying the update had not installed properly. Over the next few minutes the update was reversed and my computer was back to normal after I rebooted again.
Let me say here that I’m a big fan of Windows 7 and its ability to handle problems like this. Although I wasn’t able to install the updates, I was able to get back to my desktop within a few minutes. This is the first problem I’ve had running Windows 7, and I will still recommend it to friends and family.
Here’s a screen showing the updates that refuse to install correctly. Has anyone else had problems installing these?
I told Windows Update to ignore the updates while I wait for Service Pack 1.