Disable Your Anti-Virus When Installing Software and Updates

May 8, 2017

My main computer was useless for about 24 hours and it was all my fault. One simple change and I could have avoided a lot of headaches. Instead I had a computer that wouldn’t reboot after installing some routine Windows Updates.

Thankfully I had other working computers so I could create a repair disk. After running a CHKDSK and other utilities from the Command Prompt (DOS prompt), the computer rolled back to an earlier restore point and booted.

Why did this all go bad? Actually it was quite simple. I didn’t disable my anti-virus software before installing the updates. Yes, I often forget to do this and it’s never really been a problem before. This time, it caused utter chaos. So anytime you are installing Windows Updates or major software, disable your anti-virus temporarily.

Once I had the computer running again, I installed the updates the correct way. Yes, I disabled the anti-virus this time. While I was at it, I also installed the Windows 10 Creator’s Update. Again I did this with the anti-virus disabled. Now I’m up and running again and the computer is working great. Whew!

Post Discussion


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like…

Keyboard Cleaning Gel

Use Cleaning Gel on Keyboards, Laptops and More

Keyboards can be pretty disgusting. Apart from looking bad and being covered with germs, some of that dirt can prevent them from working well. A few years ago I took a very drastic step to get a keyboard clean. If you don't remember it, check...

Read More

Blog Makeover

Blog Posts Receive Makeover

Since we migrated the Graphics Unleashed Blog to a dedicated site in 2015, the layout of the posts was mostly the same. We did make a few minor changes every now and then, but it didn't change the overall layout much. Now we've made a major...

Read More

You Shipped It Where? What Were You Thinking?

Loyal readers know that I recently moved. Part of that move was selling the home where I had resided the previous 22 years. While I've provided a new address to more than 100 places, I'm sure there are some I've missed. Today I have a story...

Read More

Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

Recent Posts

Web Design Blog

Build Divi WordPress Site
WordPress Site Care
Divi Tools
Graphics Unleashed Logo