"Every day without fail I have to go through the ordeal of a minimum of 2 updates before shutdown is completed."
That's not right at all and it sounds like one or more updates are failing and your computer keeps trying to install them. You need to do this:
Go to Control Panel -> Windows Update -> "View Update History". Look through the list for any that are listed as "Failed", and if found, double-click on the entry to view the full details. Post back the following information and I'll see if I can offer a solution:
The update's KB code (for example KB2846960)
The failure code