winows 7 doesn't update automatically

I have my Windows 7 system to update automatically in the middle of the night but often it just doesn't do it. It will show there are updates to do (i.e. 2 Imporatnet, 5  Optional) but it doesn't do them and it takes my intervention to actually do the updates. I am on a satellite connection and so I need to do these in the "free" time slot in the middle of the night.
Any suggestions as to how to get this to work without my input?
BobArnettAsked:
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sylenixCommented:
change your Update Settings to Install updates automatically
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
Yes, that is how it is already set up.
Windows-Update-Settings.jpg
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sylenixCommented:
try disabling your anti-virus & third-party firewall if you have one before the update happens.
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jcimarronCommented:
BobArnett--How far along are the updates getting?  Downloading but not installing or just nothing?  You say this happens "often".  But not always?  Are you sure the PC is not asleep or in hibernation?  Error messages?  Look in Event Viewer.
Look into the WindowsUpdate.log in C:\Windows to see if there is any hint as to what is happening.  Look for negative comments in the right hand column.
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
1. I went in and added wuapp.exe as an allowed progbram in Windows Firewall and my anti-virus software.
2. Although I can't understand a lot of what is listed in the windowsupdate.log, it would appear to me that it downloaded everything that it was supposed to. So if it did, any idea as to why it would wait for my approval to install them even though I've set it to do it automatically?
3. I also checked and found that my compter was set to 'sleep' after one hour of inactivity. So are you saying that if the computer is sleeping, it won't update? I have a schedulted task to download itunes podcasts that comes on in the night and it definitely goes ahead and does that task even though the computer must be sleeping according to the settings. I went ahead and changed the sleep setting to 'never'.
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jcimarronCommented:
BobArnett--
"So are you saying that if the computer is sleeping, it won't update?"
Quite likely.
If you show the Updates as downloaded, can you now install from Windows Update?  If you can, it is a nuisance, but it at least means the downloading takes place during your "free" time.
However your changing the sleep to "never" may solve the problem.
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
Ok. I'll watch it and see if it now does what I expected... download AND install. Of course I have to wait until there is an update.
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jcimarronCommented:
BobArnett--
Of course let's wait and see.  
There were some Updates late last week. They were for .NET Framework on Win 7  (KB2656356 and KB2656351) Are those installed?
"If you show the Updates as downloaded, can you now install from Windows Update?  "
I do not know if there are any such downloads still uninstalled.  Did you try installing?
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
I believe I've installed all the current updates... and... I think that may be what happened; I was notified there were updates to install which I approved to do (and then walked away so didn't observe whether it downloaded them then) but now from I think it probably HAD already downloaded but HAD NOT installed them. Like you said that at least alleviates my concern about downloading at the free time. I'll keep my eye on it and see if that really is the case.
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jcimarronCommented:
BobArnett--Good luck!
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