There are several reasons why the installation or finalization of one or more Windows updates can hang.
Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.
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Giving the tool administrative privileges helps ensure that it can delete files in the download cache.
The troubleshooter works through its process and then lets you know whether it could identify and fix the problem.
The troubleshooter performs three actions: To run the troubleshooter, hit Start, search for “troubleshooting,” and then run the selection that search comes up with.
In the Control Panel list of troubleshooters, in the “System and Security” section, click “Fix problems with Windows Update.” In the Windows Update troubleshooting window, click “Advanced.” In the advanced settings, make sure that the “Apply repairs automatically” check box is enabled, click “Run as administrator” and then click Next.
Windows includes a built-in troubleshooter that may be able to help fix a stuck update.
It’s the easiest method to try, so go ahead and run it first.
Obviously you don't want to do this if you don't have to but it's a very likely fix if the troubleshooting steps prior to this one were unsuccessful.
Yesterday i had to shut off my pc because it simply wouldnt stop updating as the title siad, it said update 21 of 38 for 4 hours and the hard disk was completely sillent, after i did a hard reset power off, it didnt say updating but the hard drive was doing something, then my pc reeboted ( didnt get into windows) and after that i got into my windows as normal, shut off my pc again and then it said inatalling update x of 17, after it insalled those succesfully i still havent seen any problems with my pc, so my question is, should i take action or fix something?
You're probably explicitly told *not* to do this by the message on the screen, but if the Windows update installation is truly frozen then you have no other choice but to hard-reboot.3.
Complete a System Restore to undo the changes made so far by the incomplete installation of the Windows updates.
Here are Microsoft’s official instructions for fixing the problem. After the computer restarts, you’ll need to manually download and install two updates for Windows 7.