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Windows Update problems on two machines

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    Windows Update problems on two machines

    Currently I have Win8 Pro in a VM on my main PC, and even though it is a brand-new install without any other apps (I actually haven't installed any other software on it), I've had several updates fail to install. I've noticed a fair few people here with consistent update problems so I'm wondering if this is a Win8 issue rather than a freak occurrence (I can't remember ever seeing Windows Update issues on a brand-new install). Looking at the update history, 80% of updates have failed to install since day 1.

    Is anyone aware of whether Win8 will fail to install updates if the licence hasn't been activated yet? I'm wondering because if it is stupid enough to seemingly allow changing the wallpaper the Win7 way but then not actually changing the wallpaper, yet if one uses the new method through the 'charms' bar (what a stupid name), it says "you can't do this until you've activated Windows".

    The first machine I tried Win8 on was my parents' old machine. The default GeForce driver wouldn't work properly with DVI, nor did the update (the machine would try to use the VGA only sometimes and class the DVI connection as some weird TV composite connection), which was a serious problem, but I gave up on Win8 on their machine completely when I also had a string of updates which consistently wouldn't install. For theirs I had to go to Vista which they're happy with.

    The other weird thing with my parents' machine on Win8 was that updates would fail to install but then the update history wouldn't mention them at all. Has anyone else seen this?
    Last edited by mikeymike; 03 Jan 2013 at 05:17. Reason: Forum borked the message formatting

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Mike,

    You could activate Windows 8 as a test to see.
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    What is the percent when the update fails?
    Usually people complain Windows Update to fail on between 12%, 13%, and 15%
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