Shutdown > 9 Windows updates = curious results.
Posted on 2011-10-14
When I was preparing to shut my computer down, I noticed the "windows update" icon.
So, I clicked that. As usual, it said do not turn your computer off, it will turn off after the updates. Ok, the day's pc use was over.
Today, I turn the computer on and it is slow to bootup. I got to a solid black screen. And it sat there. I tried to write down what it said but only got this much:
Then it slowly got to the desktop.
Twice I tried to open a browser (IE9) and it would not open.
Also on my lower right hand corner toolbar was this icon: "safely remove hardware."
I never added any new hardware, so why would that icon suddenly stop being "hidden?"
So, I tried, "restart." Again it was slow to boot. I got to a screen similar to "safe mode."
At the top it said Windows failed to start, A hardware or software......then way down the page, I think it was set on "start windows normally." I never pressed my enter key to proceed since I was trying to read and write down the message. It proceeded to start up, normally, on it's own.
Then it booted to the desktop.
I right clicked on the tool bar and hid the "new hardware" icon.
I first went to Hotmail and for a minute or two things did not work normally. I got live.com is not responding. I then opened Windows Mail. Five new messages. I tried to click on 3 of them to delete them and there was resistance.
Finally, everything seems to be working properly, at the proper and normal speed, proper page loading etc.
What about these 9 updates caused all of this?
Is there a way to find out what the updates were?
Why did the "remove hardware icon" become visible?
What about the two black screen messages?
What are the consequences of doing a system restore to a date before those 9 updates?