Of the various Windows 7 PCs that I've set up for customers, I've heard of two which have got stuck in the "processing Windows updates" phase when the PC is booting up - though this is only two of probably about twenty that I've set up without any problem. The problem is that once the PC has got into this state, it stays there, with the disk light flashing away, for many hours - one of my customers said that it stayed like that for about 12 hours before finally booting to the desktop and working perfectly ever since. There is no way (as far as I know) to break out of the update process or to prevent it happening on the next boot, and there's always the risk of corrupting the disk if you turn the power off. Does anyone have any hints and tips on how to avoid the PC getting into this state? Is it best to download updates manually, maybe chooing to do just a few at a time, rebooting and then doing a few more, rather than letting the automatic Windows Update process run when it has been scheduled? Is there any advantage in having the PC connected by Ethernet rather than wireless while it is going through the critical first round of Windows updates to take it from the factory state to the current list of Windows updates? Am I right that the updates are downloaded over the network connection while that PC is still booted up, and that any work done as the PC shuts down and as it next starts up is simply installing those downloaded updates without using any network connection?