by Tim Fisher
Updated March 09, 2017
Windows Update exists to keep Windows and other Microsoft software updated, usually with little intervention from us. This includes security updates that are pushed out on Patch Tuesday.
Unfortunately, sometimes one or more of those patches will cause a problem, ranging from serious ones like error messages preventing Windows from starting to less serious ones like video or audio problems.
If you’re confident that the problem you’re experiencing began only after one or more Windows updates, whether manual, automatic, on Patch Tuesday, or otherwise, continue reading for help on what to do next.
This might also be a good time to look over my Windows Updates & Patch Tuesday FAQ page if you haven’t already.
Important: Please read the How To Use This Troubleshooting Guide and Are You Sure This is an Issue Caused by a Windows Update? sections below before moving on to the troubleshooting steps! To get your computer running again, you need to understand how this troubleshooting is organized, as well as make sure that your problem really was most likely caused by a Windows update.