Have the patches from sept 8, 2015 been withdrawn?

On sept 9 this year I got 9 patches to be installed in Windows Update - as usual most were security patches, so I accepted download and installation. This required a reboot.
At reboot I got BSOD c000021a, but at the next start I could start Startup Repair. Eventually it found the root cause "A patch is preventing the system from starting".
I found advice how to get rid of the failing update(s) (only topic 6 in this forum gave a sufficient answer) and hence could work again.
Later in my session Windows Update again offered these updates and I tried it once more. This time Windows Update set a restore point which allowed me at the - again I got a BSOD at reboot - to use the Restore point.
The patches offered were KB3069114, KB3086255, KB3084135, KB3087038, KB3092627, KB3087039, KB3074543 and KB3083324. Even after hiding the last one (some sources considered it harmful) I get this darn BSOD.
But after restoring again and running now the third session, Windows Update claims "Windows is up to date" with the details:
Most recent check for updates: Yesterday at 17:37
Updates were installed: 2015-09-10 at 12.58 (failed) - the history shows all my attempts to install 3 times.

So the question is: Have the patches from sept 8, 2015 been withdrawn?
Or does this darn BSOD come back?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No, September 8 patches were not withdrawn.

1. Try running System File Checker. Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW twice. Allow to complete.

2. Now go to Windows Updates and set them to Never.

3. Shut down, and then start up.

4. See if updates start (they should) and then are they working correctly.

5. Go to the Microsoft Windows Update troubleshooter site and run the fixes there.


Please let us know.
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
John, I have now done this
run "sfc /scannow" three times. All runs reported items they could not fix.
In Windows Update > Change Settings: Never check...
Shut down; then Start
After a while I looked what's going on with Windows Update. It did not do anything
Afte another while (coffiee) I selected "Check for updates" and there it turns now its thumbs
BTW the Windows Update dialog now shows:
Most recent check for updates: Today at 16.10 (this was the time when I run SFC)
Updates were installed: 2015-09-10 at 12.58    (still the same at reported initially)
Looking into "Installed Updates" shows 4 updates done on 2015-09-10, when all the updaes according to 2View update history" have failed - this is really strange.
I will close this session now and start Windows again and look into Windows Update. I have set now "Check for updates, but let me choose ... as it was before.
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
I have now rebooted and inspected Windows Update again:
winupd-01.pngEverything seems to be OK, but the history since 2015-09-10 clearly show, that only the few mentioned updates were really installed - everything else (causing that darn BSOD) has failed:
winupd-02.pngIt would be possible to clear the update DB by a batch file (renaming stuff to *.old):
ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old 
ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\application data\Microsoft\Network\downloader" downloader.old

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But IMHO this destroys the history - well not that a loss. But has this other consequenes?
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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
What antivirus / internet security software has been installed?

Most likely, it is the cause of your problem.

Besides, you may need to run a full scan for virus and malware. I suggest that you shall install Malwarebytes to do a full scan.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In addition to scanning for viruses, try a different (new) Windows User Profile (Account) to see if you have issues with a new account.
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
@Jackie Man: Nod32 from Eset - never had a problem the past 5 years (DB is updated at least twice a day).
Well, will do a full scan with Nod32 before installing Malwarebytes to do the same.
@John: Have no problem to create a new account (Standard User). I will switch to that and check what's going on with Update.

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kdaubeAuthor Commented:
Dear experts,
In the meantime I did this:
Run a complete virus scan with Eset NOD32: one item was found within 5h in a recycle bin.
To be prepared if things go even worse I set a Restore point manually
Change setting in Windows update to "Never check"
Crate a new user account Test with a special password
Change into that user account: The system insisted to use the finger print authentication, which fails, because this device does not function (on my laptop) since more than a year. I was not able to enter the user password for Test and hence could not switch user. => Will try to switch this feature off in BIOS.
I have no chance to enter the extened boot menu with F8 to select Repair Mode - boot is always to Windows.
I discover that my Restore point no more exists! What has deleted it?
Run the Windows Update Readiness tool: The visual feedback is really poor, nevertheless I let it run and after 40 mins it reports: successfull operation - but what did it do?
Decided to start from installation medium (DVD) and enter Repair mode:
DISM /online /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions did not find anything to clean or revert...
So my next things will be follow the list from jcimarron. Maybe the order of things is essential.
I continue to report.
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
Success due to jcimarron tip:
Reset Windows Update: none of the ideas from this URL haf an effect:
- Windows Update troubleshooter (MicrosoftFixit50123.msi) runs but does not report anything useful
- Windows Update hangs => This is not my problem; WUP just turns its thumbs
- Most common Windows Update error => Update does not report any error, it just turns its thumbs when I start "Search for Updates"
Fixit http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/en-us
=> have tried these things already
Reinstall Windows Update Agent: This was the great thing, although I needed to find working update at http://download.windowsupdate.com/windowsupdate/redist/standalone/7.6.7600.320/WindowsUpdateAgent-7.6-x64.exe
Immediately after that Agent installation Windows update reported the 9 important and 1 optional updates I now know very well. However, I decided to not install the following ones which I suspect to have created the problems:
KB3087039 this is the cause of the slow boot at least for my system. Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems.
            Otherwise it should be safe
KB3083324 http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/380402-kb3083324-any-info-please.html: it updates the Update Client
            This patch is not listed as optional on my system, although this source claims:
            http://www.infoworld.com/article/2980285/microsoft-windows/dont-check-that-box-windows-7-patch-kb-3083324-sneaks-in.html "lucids" on that post: "Yes true KB3083324 has been pulled from windows updates. The recent turn of events prior to and after the launch of
All went fine with the 7 installed patches:
List of installed updatesAnd all expected Restore points exist:
restore-points01.pngSo - I will be brave and try next the until now not installed updates - one by one...
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
Entered Windows Update just now and what do I see?
win-updates02.pngSo Either I'm back to normal
Or I am again faced with a problem. Will wait until next patch day or what WUP says in the system tray (it is set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them".

This month of Free Trial for this forum was very good for my health...
kdaubeAuthor Commented:
Well, this is really a pain in the neck.
Prophylactic I have set up a scheduled “Set Restore Point” to be executed last Friday each month.
But at the time of writing up a summary of this darn experience the dubious items are back (KB3083324, KB3087039)
Since I have installed the latest Update Client, I do not install the install KB3083324. It anyhow seems to install the same item (+ some dubious things).
Let’s set another Restore point and install KB3087039 only.
BSOD; Restore to last Restore point
Of vourse my last Restore point is eaten by that action, but also others have gone. Thrre seems to be only little room for them.
I have now hidden KB3087039
I strongly hope taht this is the end of the story.
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