The Microsoft operating system, Windows Vista relies on regular updates to keep it secure, and to make sure new features are added properly. Microsoft brings out new updates for Vista all the time, including regular feature updates, security patches, and service packs. You may often see your system downloading updates, and depending on your settings, they are usually installed automatically onto your system.
What happens however if there is a problem with updates? Some people have noticed that recently the updates sent from Microsoft do not integrate properly causing them to fail.
The first thing to do is reboot your computer. Certain programs that may be running in the background can cause issues with updates. By rebooting your computer, you may find that the updates then install correctly. Rebooting can also reset the Windows Update database.
If this doesn’t work, you might want to check your anti-virus software, or your anti-malware software. Some of these programs restrict the installation of programs as part of their function. If they are configured incorrectly, or their settings are set too high, they may actually stop Microsoft updates from installing correctly.
You can check this easily by temporarily turning off the software while the updates run. Don’t forget to turn them back on again afterwards.
If Windows is trying to update many updates at the same time, you can sometimes tell it to do them one at a time. This could take a while because you may have to reboot your computer between each one. However, updating one at a time can sometimes solve the problems associated with failed updates.
Finally, there is a System Update Readiness Tool available from Microsoft that is designed to solve problems with Windows Update. The filename is CheckSur.exe and must be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
You can find this download on the Microsoft site in the Windows Vista section.