Please can someone help.
We applied the Windows 7 updates October 10th onwards. My Win 7 professional x64 installed it, no problems. My son's win 7 home installed after several hangs and re-boots.
Our other machine on Win 7 Pro x32 has almost been rendered unusable. During the update install, it stalled on update 15 of 26, we left it for 12 hrs to see if it would resolve itself.
Then had to shut down, on re-start it would not complete loading desktop, hanging with everything looking right, but, loading circle showing when cursor moved to taskbar and a total stall if the mouse was clicked. Over the day we tried 3 re-boots.
Next day it started saying it was completing the other updates and then said 100% complete. Since then it will neither complete a shutdown, nor complete a desktop loading, stalling in both cases.
In safemode (with networking) I managed to run system restore to take it before the first update, which was the earliest restore point. Since then I have run scannow which says all ok. Despite many reboots, it remains unable to either complete desktop load or shutdown, both stalling.
Yesterday it did complete a desktop load and I could open Outlook ok and open websites, both very slow to load. Now it will not complete a shutdown as before stalling with the usual "shutting down" screen.
I suspected the problem is connected to Skype. When I did get the good startup, I removed Skype, but, it stalled at the end of removal. An Avast update also stalled at end its install. On next re-start, Skype was still there.
This link below acknowledges the problem for other people describing their Oct 2013 update problem, with an acceptance of the issue from Msoft who say no solution yet. I find it strange that no other websearch return is found for the issue.