While we might check and install updates manually from time to time, most Windows 10 computers are configured to apply important updates automatically while older versions usually apply these fixes the night of Patch Tuesday.Sometimes however, when the patch, or maybe even service pack, is being installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation gets stuck - freezes, locks up, stops, hangs, clocks, whatever you want to call it. There might be some wording differences too depending on which version of Windows you're using.
Many times the updates are downloaded but are scheduled to get installed automatically during Windows shutdown or startup.
However, there might be times when you find that Windows 8 freezes while updating.
The version known as Media Player Classic 188.8.131.52 was meant for fixing bugs and updating outdated libraries; its branch's development is inactive.
MPC-HC updates the original player and adds many useful functionalities including the option to remove tearing, additional video decoders (in particular H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 with Direct X Video Acceleration support), Enhanced Video Renderer support, and multiple bug fixes.
If your computer fits that description, install Windows Vista SP1 or later or this update to solve the problem.
Some Windows updates can take several minutes or more to configure or install so you want to make sure the updates are truly stuck before moving on.
This freezing issue may arise due to an application that is pre-installed on the computer, or sometimes because of incompatible service that is running in the background.
In either case, administrators can restore the system to an earlier restore point which takes the system back to the state where no incompatible services were running or inappropriate applications were installed.
The active forks are Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) and the Black Edition (MPC-BE).