Windows update

How can I stop my Windows laptop from updating?

Episode 1152

Lauren from Mission Viejo, CA

Lauren's laptop has green horizontal lines. She tried to restore her OS and that seemed to fix the lines issue, but now she's dealing with Windows installation issues. Leo says that's interesting because the green lines usually point to a hardware issue. Leo says that it's important to install all the updates, otherwise she's vulnerable to security issues.

How can I update Windows all at once?

Computer frustration

Episode 1147

Kahn from Seal Beach, CA

Kahn knows that when he visits the family for the holidays, they're going to ask him to fix their computers. He's working on one but he has to deal with restarts when running each update. Leo says that every once in awhile, Microsoft has a "rollup" of multiple updates to get him up to speed. But unless he brings a disc with all the updates on them, he'll just have to work through rebooting for each and every update. It's a pain.

How do I fix a stuck Windows update?

Episode 947

Larry from Denver, CO

Larry is having trouble getting updates on Windows 7. He ran "Fixit" and it says the update database is corrupted. He tried a few other Microsoft solutions, but they haven't helped either. He's stuck and can't get new security updates.

TWiET host, Father Robert Ballecer (PadreSJ), says it's a common problem and could be a broken .NET issue. This article has a fix. There's also a cleanup tool he can download there.