Ensuring your computer stays up to date and has the latest security protections is important for keeping your computer secure and running properly. If you have a computer with a Windows based operating system, then you have the option of either turning on automatic Windows updates or keeping it off and manually installing updates as they become available.
Most users choose to have automatic updates turned on as this presents the most convenient option and does not require users to remember to check if new updates have become available. While most of the time Windows updates offer a convenient way to ensure the core software of your machine stays updated, sometimes you can experience problems. Problems can occur with the automatic Windows update system itself which means your computer stops receiving updates or an update can create a problem with a different part of your machine.
Both problems can be equally frustrating and can take quite some time as well as effort to find a fix. Knowing how to fix Windows update problems takes a broad range of knowledge in how computers work and also how different software programs interact with one another. Most of the time, it takes a trained computer technician or a very experienced user to fix Windows update problems.
Every once in a while Microsoft will offer a Windows update that creates a problem with how your computer operates. This can create relatively small issues such as random error messages or functionality problems with desktop icons or much more serious issues. One of the most serious issues cause by Windows updates in the past is an update in Windows 10 that caused systems to go into a never ending automatic repair loop at boot up. The automatic repair loop prompts users a serious error has occurred and initiates the automatic system repair. Once the automatic system repair software is initiated it locks users into an endless cycle of a failed diagnostic process and then rebooting the system over and over.
What made the problem worse was the fact that it did not happen to all users, only some users experienced the problem. Therefore, it makes trying to diagnose the problem and the exact cause that much more difficult. It is well documented that some updates can cause this problem for users, but details on which users it will affect or what system configurations are most at risk are still very unclear.
Perhaps the most unfortunate part of the problem besides the many frustrating hours of trying to fix Windows update problems such as this one is the fact it ultimately led to users having to do a completely fresh install. This means they had to wipe their hard drive and probably lost quite a bit of data, a huge headache for many Windows users.
There are a few different updates that this problem is attributed to and it can happen if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10. There are some things that can be done within your system to minimize the chances of this happening. Additionally, if it does happen to you there are some ways to minimize the damage that may be caused. However, it is best if the adjustments and changes in your system are done by someone who understands exactly what they are doing.
There is a long list of other specific issues that can be attributed to Windows updates as well, although most are much more minor compared to the automatic repair loop mentioned above.
If you have automatic updates enabled then you can experience several different issues with the system. You may stop receiving updates completely or updates may begin to trigger errors when you are trying to install them. There can be multiple causes for these issues and many times the problem can be linked to some type of virus or other malicious software.
Trying to fix Windows update problems when they are caused by a virus or malware can be extremely frustrating. Even if your normal antivirus software shows that your system is not infected, if a virus has managed to get control of your Windows automatic updates then it may be hidden deep within your operating system files. Some of these malicious programs can be quite good at hiding themselves and appearing to be legitimate programs at first glance. It takes a trained eye and someone that has specific skills to find malware like this and remove it safely.
Finding malware like this takes a combination of knowledge, skill and software. Many times the antivirus software on your computer is not much help because the virus might already have control over it and changed its settings. To help find malware like this you often need to use programs that are run from a USB stick or online as they have not been infected by the virus yet. Additionally, once you find the virus you will also need to do a complete check of your system to determine what files have been damaged and check to see if the virus is hiding in multiple files. This can be a tricky proposition and should not be done by amateurs.
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