Windows 7 will not install updates properly without changing the User Accounts Control Setting RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a new machine (HP) with Windows 7 already installed. The User Accounts Control Setting is set at the Microsoft recommended "Default" position.  However, Microsoft's usual updates wil "fail" at that setting.  What I do to get the updates to install is:

    1. Change the User Account Control Setting from "Default" to the lowest "Never Notify," which means the computer is wide open.
    2. I then have to reboot to effect the changes.
    3. I then "check for updates"
    4. Then "install"
    5. Then change the User Account Control Setting back to the recommended "Default" setting
    6. Reboot, and the previously uninstalled updates are now installed.

    Can anyone tell me what's going on here?  And in case anyone's thinking there may be illegal copies on this machine ... there aren't.  I bought the tower model direct from HP (well, through Amazon because delivery was faster) with all the software pre-installed.  No discs included.  Just boot and run.

    I'm confused.

    Monday, September 20, 2010 5:27 PM