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system restore and automatic updates

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Yesterday I used system restore to go back to a restore point about 3 months ago.  For at least a month my laptop has been ridiculously slow to start applications.  I tried a bunch of stuff but nothing worked.  Seems like this restore did the trick.  Anyway, my problem now is that Windows Automatic update keeps going in circles.  It tells me it has 79 updates to install, and then tells me that it couldn't install any of them.  Then update.exe consumes half my CPU bandwidth for a time, then tells me it has 79 installs to do, and on and on.  How do I fix this?
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There is also some info in this thread by someone else with the same problem

http://discuss.pcmag.com/forums/thread/1004388790.aspx
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It tells you that you have 79 installs to go, then fails when you try installing them...

Does it fail on each one individually? What happens if you choose which ones to install and un-tick the first couple?
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Have you tried downloading a few separately - then install some.

Browse to http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=xxxxxx

where xxxxxx is the Microsoft KB number.

Sometimes, downloading and installing a few updates fixes Windows Update - and allows you to download and install the rest normally.
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