I recently ran some updates but had to cancel them part-way through. The cancellation didn't work (although the machine would respond, it wouldn't actually complete the cancellation). When I clicked the "Cancel" button, the machine continued to respond, but the box doesn't disappear and just said "Cancelling updates", and so I terminated the iexplore processes via task manager.
Ever since, when running Windows Update and selecting the updates, the machine gets stuck on "Initializing installation" and I am in the same position as described above when attempting to cancel.
Any ideas how to resolve this one?