While the system is updating
This went ahead in what seemed a normal way until it got to "Flashing ME now, please wait..." That proceeded fairly quickly to 99% - and it has been stuck there now for at least an hour and a half. Have to do a bit of cleanup and backup there, although that laptop holds very few data files not also present on the desktop.
Am I safe in assuming that if msinfo32 tells me the BIOS is version A12, that means the update did go to completion and nothing more need be done?
That feature does not, however, seem to conflict with conventional third party AV software.
If you don't see anything at all on screen, especially if you think the updates might have been installed completely but could be the cause of whatever you're experiencing, see our How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates tutorial instead.Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.Much more rarely are they caused by a mistake on Microsoft's part regarding the update itself, but it does happen.MB is a little different, not exactly a true AV program, and is supposed not to interfere with any of the well-known AV suites (or with Windows Defender for that matter).It is supposed to deal with some kinds of threats that lie outside the scope of standard AV programs.
Search for while the system is updating:
I may or may not keep MB, depending on what I can learn and on what develops in the meantime.