WARNING – latest Windows update may cause problems

Obviously, one swallow doesn’t make a summer, and one user’s experience doesn’t indicate a trend:  but I installed the latest Windows updates this evening, and my computer went bonkers!  Ultra-slow, buggy, stumbling . . . very bad news.  I tried three or four fixes before giving up and restoring to a pre-update version of the operating system.  I’m currently running Spybot, Ad-Aware and a few other utilities to make sure I didn’t pick up anything nasty from somewhere else, but they’re clean so far.

Just a word of caution to those of you who haven’t yet installed the latest Windows updates;  they may cause problems.  Make sure you create a system restore point before you update!

I won’t put more blog posts up tonight, until the update/re-update/system-check process is complete.  Check back for more tomorrow morning.



  1. Mine are working okay, so far – but they haven't rebooted since the update process was complete. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. Was the update that's causing your computer problems listed as:


    or just


    When I get an update notification I only run the "critical" ones.

  3. Mine started doing all t5hat when I last updated Avast. Just installed the Windows updates, and it seems to be working fine.

  4. That's not good news, because the Internet Explorer fix in that update is pretty important. If you drop back to a restore point, don't use IE.

  5. IF you think it's Malware/Spyware related. I would suggest downloading & running Combofix from Bleeping Computers. Afterwards, MalwareByte's anti-malware & Spyware Terminator – both free & downloadable from download.com.

  6. The reboot following the restart following the update was unsuccessful and ominous but a retry was successful. I had me going for a bit this morning.

  7. Thanks OZ you beat me to it. I spend 8-12 hours a day as a EE on a windows box where I day-dream about my company switching to Linux. My Linux computers at home are FAST, clean, no annoying Microsoft updates. I do all the security updates though of course. With so many distros available, you'll find one with a setup that works for you or better yet build one yourself. Having to use the command line so much can occasionally be frustrating, but its usually quite liberating. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you've played with it before at some point. I think you'd really like using a GNU system like Trisquel. Windows seems to be a dying OS to me. When your CEO has to give millions upon millions to foreign nations to try to keep them from adopting the free/superior alternative, you know you're fighting a losing battle (Turkey and Pardus OS).


  8. I started the latest Win 7 update at 11 p.m. last night. As of 6:30 a.m. it shows 8 of 12 updates done. This seems to be an excessively long time. It's apparently the computer, or the updates, as I'm on the laptop, using the wi-fi, so the HSI seems to be OK. If it's locked up, or something, what are my options?


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