Despite the tech media having shrieked confidently and loudly about the death of Windows 7, Microsoft continues to update it and I continue to use it.
Last week, an update alert appeared in the operating system's taskbar, and so I installed it. I think the update had to do with that 20-year-old hole in the print spooler software that could let a malicious actor (bad guy) wreck your computing experience.
I installed it, and after rebooting the computing, Windows Update stalled at 35%. I let it sit there for a long time before manually restarting the computer. I won't describe all the details of my attempts to fix the problem, but it took four hours to get my computer running again.
I was the cause of the problem.
My desktop computer's CD drive no longer works, but the computer dutifully checks for it during boot-ups. That slows the booting process, as the near-broken drive grinds away for a half-minute of so. I figured I'd be smart and disable the CD drive through the BIOS.
Solving that problem mixed up Windows, causing it to not complete the update. When I clued into what the problem was, I re-enabled the CD drive, and Windows gratefully completed its appointed task.
During the Windows update process, make no changes to the hardware!