computer is working slow and wants to do windows updates all the time

My computer has been operating slowly most of the time and almost daily windows wants to do about 5 updates.  After I take the time to do the updates, restart the computer and finally get on again it sometimes works faster.  I have done msconfig to remove everything but avast from my startup, I have done defragmenting and I have done virus scans.  I don't know what else to do so I would love some advice on what may be going on with my computer.
 

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Last updated March 16, 2020 Views 4,658 Applies to:
Hi,

Are there any error messages?

Do you need those updates? Have they already installed or do you not have the programs they are for
(Windows Updates does occasionally suggest ones that are not needed). If so then go to Control Panel -
Windows Updates - right click on and HIDE.

Try this 1st to see if it helps and it should :

Description of the Patch Registration Cleanup Tool
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976220/

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If needed :

Try this - Control Panel - Windows Updates - on each Update that will not install - Click the Important Updates
or the Update itself - double click one then click View More Informations (or click on it then View on right side)

Those will take you to a page where  you can download the update.

Or go here and put in the KBxxxxxx number to download it.

Download Center - put in the KBxxxxxx.

Microsoft Download Center
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/default.aspx

Download - SAVE - go to where you put them - Right Click on - RUN AS ADMIN

Then you can Right Click on the Update in Windows Updates and HIDE.

If you get an installer error install this version :

Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5a58b56f-60b6-4412-95b9-54d056d6f9f4&displaylang=en

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Then run these :

How do I reset Windows Update components? - a Mr Fixit
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, and
for Windows 7
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821

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Since these are all Office Updates you might get more info if needed in Office Groups from those who
might have experienced the same issue.

Office Discussion Groups
http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/FlyoutOverview.mspx

Discussions in microsoft.public.office.misc
http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.office.misc&cat=en_us_01cb749f-c998-4762-8099-df71793c11c7&lang=en&cr=us

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If needed you can get free incident reports however the above should take care of it for you.

For Windows Updates - Free Incident Report

Go Here and Click -> Windows Update fails while scanning for, downloading, or installing updates
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/wusupport#tab3

For Security Updates you can get a Free Support Incident Report
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/resources/support.aspx

Hope this helps.

Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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hi thanks for your answer.  5 updates installed yesterday and seemed to complete themselves, now my computer is working well.  I don't know for how long it will be fast though as it seems to do this and then slow down again.  Should I be ignoring certain updates when my computer slows down until I install them?  How do I know what I don't need?  Could there be something wrong with my computer that windows keeps recommending updates?   

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Did you do the Reset and SUR as above? If so you should be good to go.


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Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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