The only indication is when I shut the system down and there is a little shield on the shutdown button.
Clicking this causes the updates to be installed and when finished, the system shuts down.
In my case it was the display drivers which needed to be rolled back to earlier version and that enabled the updates once again.
After the update finished installing a new version of display drivers was available again - and now all works well.
I hope this helps GL;-}Hi Jason, it isn't obvious from your question whether you are explicitly running Windows Update or using Windows Update's Automatic Update feature.
Are you running the Windows Update from the Start Menu or are you responding to the "Yellow Shield" in the task bar?
If you keep an up to date antivirus then there is no reason you should have to reinstall so often.