After the updates have downloaded, Automatic Updates must be able to connect
to the server to be able to install them. Until that's possible, the AU
icon won't appear. The same behavior is seen in WinXP.
How to troubleshoot Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and Windows Server
Update Services installation issues:
1. See the "Need more help? Tell us what problem you are having" section of
2. You cannot install some updates or programs
3a. Check your WindowsUpdate.log (%windir%\WindowsUpdate.log) for errors
associated with the download/install.
How to read the WindowsUpdate.log file
3b. Compare errors to those listed here:
and/or go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
> click on Help and Support
link in left pane > Solve problems on your own.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
> I have a Windows Vista Ultimate PC. When Windows Update is downloading
> updates there is an icon in the tool tray to show this. But after the
> download is done there is no icon to tell me that the updates are being
> installed. XP would keep an icon in the tool tray while it was installing
> the updates and you could open it to check on progress. But I cannot
> out how to do this in Vista.
> Can someone clue me in or do I have to just wait until Vista tells me to
> reboot to know that the updates are installed?