Personally, I'd use System Restore, after turning off automatic updates, then apply them 1 by 1 and test each before doing the next. YMMV.
I had a problem with Vista last week - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Vista (KB2586448) managed to make my computer 'hang' on restart at the point where it was updating '3 of 3 - 0%'.
The machine would start in safe mode after a forced shut-down (AKA switch off) from where I could use system restore - successfully.
After several tries to install, (having to use system restore each time to get back to the start point) I went to the Microsoft help site (more in hope than anticipation) and was directed to 'Fix It' - surprise surprise this worked, telling me that Windows Update had corrupted, and then restoring it.
The update then downloaded and installed appropriately.
After seeing your post I checked and found that Windows Update had been reset to update everything and yes it happened on the 13th (not a Friday either)! So far no other problems I don't use the programs you mentioned. Have reset Update to only inform me but I'll certainly keep a very close watch on that. Thanks for the tip off.
Like retiredgeek, my dvd drive stopped working, though whether as a result of the October updates, I don't know. On a Toshiba 655 with Win7. I did a restore to before the updates and it is now working fine. During this process Firefox became unbootable and had to be reinstalled.
Thanks RetiredGeek - I was going to do that, but our son called in and un-hid some updates, checked for more and then did a new update download/install.
So far, no Outlook 'not responding' etc, and web pages are moving faster. Some sites still seem a bit slow, but do open. When I click the link to this thread in email notifications, it can take 20 seconds to open the page.
So, seems improved if not perfect, and I'll see how things go in the coming few days.
i gave had 2 machines freeze up using outlook 2010 or Firefox so badly i had to roll back to before the updates. This corrected the issues.
There are two separate issues with the October updates. System Restore works just fine in most cases where regular MS Updates mess things up. This we see in this thread.
But for .NET updates, things are a bit trickier. The recommended approach to a bad .NET update experience is to uninstall all versions of .NET Framework, and then reinstall them in numeric sequence. Essentially performing a clean reinstall of the whole .NET Framework.
I like to follow Woody Leonhard's blog about Windows updates (www.askwoody.com). He is currently taking a "wait and see" approach to all the October MS Updates, including .NET Framework. Susan Bradley here at Windows Secrets Newsletter also is skeptical of the current (and some older) .NET updates, and recommends not applying them just yet.
Set Windows Updates on your computers to "Notify but Do Not Download" to avoid future nasty surprises. And keep tuned to Windows Secrets and AskWoody for signals as to when and what to apply. That's what I do anyway, and I am currently having no bad updates experiences, since Windows 7 SP-1.
No problems with Win7 updates, and settings remain unchanged at "notify".
System runs slow,but updates installed smoothly. Have been getting message " security settings do not allow downloading this file " ,but e-mail downloads anyway.
Subject: Quicken Suddenly will not Launch
Supposedly, because of NET 4, Quicken 2011 and other versions will not launch. I spent a whole day run-around with Quicken Tech support - uninstall NET 4 - no - re-install NET 4 yada yada. Something is really screwed up. And, if you were to Google "Quicken Launcher has stopped working" you will find pages and pages of frustrated users with insane fixes that don't fixit. It appears that there is "suddenly" a compatibility issue and I nor many others cannot resolve it. I am using Win 7 = 64bit. I am seething over the incredibly inept tech support who are using me as a testing guinea pig because they don't have a clue how to fix it. When I saw them heading towards an unistall of Windows, I ran like a rabbit. Do you have any clues? Please help.
Just joined pardon the intrusion please.
I haven't got around to making any changes like system restore etc yet, but have noticed something odd in the past few days:
I suddenly realised there was a picture of Ted on his posts, and thought nothing more of it until next time I was on the site, realised I couldn't see any such pictures.
Today, I saw photos beside peoples names again, tried to answer a thread and wasn't logged in. As soon as I logged in, there were no pictures! further more, the site was moving pretty quickly until I logged in: navigating, I had to stop and try again on page loads!
Is this a clue to why some sites are behaving oddly for me and loading slowly? (Not all slow loading sites need me to be logged in) The slowness only began ealier this month.
Resolved - Revo Uninstaller deleted sensapi.dll in my Windows System folder (64 bit)
Quicken won't launch - Resolved
Revo Uninstaller deleted sensapi.dll from my Windows System folder - 64 bit.