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Windows update fails on Hyper-V 2012 R2 generation 2 virtual machines

Windows Server 2012 R2

If you have deployed a Windows Server 2012 R2 generation 2 virtual machine on 2012 R2 Hyper-V server you may find that Windows Update fails on any generation 2 virtual machines.

Generation 2 virtual machines use UEFI rather than BIOS. UEFI is a firmware interface to the hardware that will gradually replace BIOS on newer hardware. It is more secure than BIOS and designed to protect pre-boot prcesses from attack, improve startup times and support larger disks, as well as a number of other enhancements.

So a Generation 2 virtual machine uses UEFI, and therefore has the Enable Secure Boot option enabled by default.

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