I have automatic updates enabled (rightly or wrongly) and downloaded and installed the latest 'critical update' from Microsoft yesterday (which the BBC etc have been mentioning as a must have download !).
On starting the PC up again today it just froze on 'windows starting' and after 4 or 5 restarts I got to the Window log on screen, but I couldn't log on. ie the mouse cursor would not change to a hand (if you know what I mean)and I could not click on my logon name/logo. In the end I got into safe mode and did a system restore to the a checkpoint before the Microsoft update...and so far all is well.
Has anyone else had a problem like this ? Do you think it is a problem with the update and my system configurations or is it something else ?
BTW I run Sophos AV which is up to date and I have swept for viruses - all clean.
Mine went in clean and no problems with booting, but when I accepted the re-boot after the download/install [5 updates] the screen froze and I needed to do a re-set.
Tried several re-starts after that an Win. loaded fine but would take 3 minutes to close down. Found a link to help section and a simple registry alteration fixed the problem. Now it closes down in 10 seconds.
Yes please Djohn, I'm sure many ppl would be grateful for that info.
It seems worrying that the MS update has caused (apparently) a few problems. Infact just before typing this, it downlaoded the update again (in the background) but I have told it 'to remind me in 3 days'....just in case !
As in my post above it has reduced the shutdown time from 3 minutes to 10 seconds. Be careful in altering the registry but if you follow the above guide it really is straight forward. This is the first time I've ever done anything similar to this myself. Good luck, hope it helps. j.