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    Today I got my laptop out of hibernation in its case for the first time since late June. It still had 10% left in the battery. It woke up into Windows 8, and I restarted and booted into Windows 7 Pro. I knew that I was several updates behind, and wanted to get that squared away, do a defrag, and create a fresh drive image.

    There were 72 updates (Windows and Office 2010 combined). I clicked install, went back to my desktop PC. A while later I checked, and the updates had failed – all of them. So I tried again, but got the same result. There was an error code, and I clicked on “More details” to see this:

    There is very little information on error code 80243004, but on technet there are some strange referrences to the size of the System Tray having an effect. I checked the System Tray, and sure enough it was a lot bigger than usual, icons randomly scattered around. I clicked on “Customize”, then put a check in the box to put all the icons on the Taskbar. Then I went back through, and set the System Tray like I had it previously.

    I ran Windows Update again, and everything worked just like it should. All updates installed successfully. I ran sfc /scannow, and it reported that it had successfully repaired corrupted files. Perhaps that was the problem, corrupted files having to do with Windows Update, but I didn’t think to run sfc until after.

    I proceeded with my defrag, and I’m now updating the Windows 8 installation on my laptop so I can defrag and create a fresh image for it, too.

    Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
    We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do to our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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