Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:41 AM
I'm not an expert on this, but at least I tried.
When you "download" the update they take the thing from Microsoft's servers. Then you "install" the updates by verifying they're safe and real. The update itself won't be available to see, but the installation will.
The yellow shield will also disappear after a while, even if you're still downloading. It'll keep downloading the updates and slow the computer down, so a good idea would be to just let it sit there when you don't need to use the computer. I think it continues to work even after it goes into hibernation, but I will need confirmation.
If you want to monitor every step of it, just go to the Microsoft web page and do an online update. It'll take longer because of that @#)% DirectX and the whole progress bar that takes forever, but at least you can see how far everything is. Bad thing is that you'll have to open another window to continue working.
Hope that helps
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