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blank list in "Select updates to install" Windows Update

Question: blank list in "Select updates to install" Windows Update

I noticed that when some Windows Updates arrive the list in "Select updates to install" is blank! See the attached screenshot. What to do?
After system restart the list comes back but after next Updates it vanished.
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit, SP1

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Preferred Solution: blank list in "Select updates to install" Windows Update

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Answer: blank list in "Select updates to install" Windows Update

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Hi everyone,I'm using Windows 7 x64 (final RTM build). A few days ago I've started to have problems with the Windows Update control panel. It doesn't show me the description of the updates I've downloaded. It's very annoying!I've taken a screenshot so you can see it:screenshotAre there any hotfixes yet?Kind regards.

Answer:Windows Update "select updates to install" screen is blank

Hi. I had the same problem and contacted Microsoft for help.On a remote session they runned MicrosoftFixit50202 and the problem is for now solved. this help.

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My desktop PC, Windows 7 64 bit. My current security updates will NOT update. I've tried doing one at a time that doesn't seem to work. I haven't downloaded out of the ordinary recently, so I don?t know what?s going on. Any suggestions?

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My desktop PC, Windows 7 64 bit. My current security updates will NOT update. I've tried doing one at a time that doesn't seem to work. I haven't downloaded out of the ordinary recently, so I don?t know what?s going on. Any suggestions?

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To whomever can help:

I was given a computer for my daughter. It was JUST installed with Windows 7 home Premium sp1 when we got it. When I have tried to check for updates, it gets stuck- even if I leave it for hours & hours, it still continues to "check for updates" (& I have very fast internet). I have ran microsofts windows update troubleshooter, but it still does the same thing. Please help.

Thank you for your time & assistance.

Dell Vostro A860
Windows 7 Home Premium (clean install) sp1

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I have a Windows 7 x64 machine that is permanently stuck trying to install the same update.
I have followed various posts off of MS websites to rename SoftareDistribution etc. but none have helped.
HAve tried
1. Boot intoClean Boot Mode and try updating again.
2. Run the Microsoft Fixit and see how it works.

How do I reset Windows Update components?

3. Try System Update Readiness tool by referring toWhat is the System Update Readiness Tool?.
4. Run
System File Checker tool and see how it works.

The WindowsUpdateClient log posts the error 0x80070bc9

CBS log has the following:
2012-09-22 15:09:44, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251211_3937697323 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251212_293967167 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Appl: detect Parent, Package: WUClient-SelfUpdate-ActiveX~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7.6.7600.256, Parent: Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.6000.16386,
Disposition = Detect, VersionComp: EQ, ServiceComp: GE, BuildComp: GE, Distribut... Read more

Answer:Windows Update loops with a "Restart your computer to install important updates"

Thanks Alex
I had already tried the steps in the post you linked.
In the end I have had to reinstall Windows 7 over the top (keeping all settings) and this has fixed the issue with Windows Updates.
It is frustrating that I could not find a solution as I do not like glossing over the issues without first finding a solution but unfortunately it was not my pc and time was against me.
Thanks for all the replies.

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So I have this weird thing happening in my relatively fresh install of Windows 10.
Whenever I search for "Check for Updates" or "Windows Update settings" on the search box of the start menu, I get the results that I want but if I press enter or try to click on those results nothing happens.. As far as I know I can click all others search results but those, and maybe others related to windows update.

I can still get updates by going to Settings>Update & Security though.

In my other computers this works fine, and as far as I can tell all the updates are done.
From what I've searched around other people seemed to have a similar issue where they couldn't acess the settings at all which isn't my case. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results.

Answer:Can't click on "Check for Updates" "Windows Update settings" on Start

.............. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results. .....................

Please clarify what did you mean by "no results".

When sfc /scannow is completed, it will give you one of the following 3 reports....................(paraphrasing)

1. No integrity violation.
2. Found corrupted files and repair is successful.
3. Found corrupted files but unable to repair some of them.

Which one of the above is applicable to you ?

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So I have this weird thing happening in my relatively fresh install of Windows 10.
Whenever I search for "Check for Updates" or "Windows Update settings" on the search box of the start menu, I get the results that I want but if I press enter or try to click on those results nothing happens.. As far as I know I can click all others search results but those, and maybe others related to windows update.

I can still get updates by going to Settings>Update & Security though.

In my other computers this works fine, and as far as I can tell all the updates are done.
From what I've searched around other people seemed to have a similar issue where they couldn't acess the settings at all which isn't my case. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results.

Answer:Can't click on "Check for Updates" "Windows Update settings" on Start

.............. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results. .....................

Please clarify what did you mean by "no results".

When sfc /scannow is completed, it will give you one of the following 3 reports....................(paraphrasing)

1. No integrity violation.
2. Found corrupted files and repair is successful.
3. Found corrupted files but unable to repair some of them.

Which one of the above is applicable to you ?

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At first I completed the download and than waited for around 3 hours for "preparing for installation" and than when i again started the updating after the restart it is showing "checking for update" from past an hour.
What should i do?

Answer:Why does windows to update stuck at "checking for updates" and "preparing for installation" ?

The OS is probably missing some updates during the upgrade process. Be patient and let the process work on its own.

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Hi everyone, I think I've got a fairly tricky problem here.
I just finished installing Windows 7 Pro (SP1 included) x64 on my laptop. Pretty much the first thing I did was go to check for updates. This was taking forever, and upon looking at the resource monitor, it appears that svchost (you can just which services
it's hosting) was hung at %50, or one CPU core. No HDD activity to speak of, just a process spinning its wheels.
I've tried multiple troubleshooting steps, from running the Update readiness tool (Which didn't find anything wrong), resetting windows update using multiple tools, running an SFC (which said the system was in perfect condition), and of course rebooting
several times in between.
Checking the CBS log file, there are many lines reading "Failed to internally open package. [HRESULT = 0x800F0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE]". Windows Update appears to soldier on past that however, where it apparently reads out its last cached package
(successfully it would seem) then stop dead. When I net stop wuauserv, the log seems to mention TrustedInstaller a few times, then that's about all the interesting information I can gather.
The WindowsUpdate.log file is not terribly helpful either; just before the hang it says "PT: Synchronizing extended update info", then it lists off a ServiceId and Server URL. Nothing after that!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello guys,

I don't know what I did, but nothing happens when I click on those two things in the search bar:

View image: wtf

I reinstalled Windows a few hours ago, and IIRC pressing those with the mouse lead somewhere. Now when I click on them, it does nothing. I have to type in "Settings", so I can click on the actual Windows App. Then I can navigate to those settings. IIRC those results were "clickable".

Can somebody help?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Can't open "Windows Update Settings" or "Check for Updates"

Hello iamnewhere,

If you like, here's a Windows Update shortcut to use for now until hopefully an update will sort it for you.

Windows Update Shortcut - Create in Windows 10

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Hello guys,

I don't know what I did, but nothing happens when I click on those two things in the search bar:

View image: wtf

I reinstalled Windows a few hours ago, and IIRC pressing those with the mouse lead somewhere. Now when I click on them, it does nothing. I have to type in "Settings", so I can click on the actual Windows App. Then I can navigate to those settings. IIRC those results were "clickable".

Can somebody help?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Can't open "Windows Update Settings" or "Check for Updates"

Hello iamnewhere,

If you like, here's a Windows Update shortcut to use for now until hopefully an update will sort it for you.

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I'm trying under "Windows Update" to click on "check for updates" however when I do that I get message
"windows update cannot currently check for updates, because updates on this computer are controlled by your system administrator"
I am the admin on the PC however this PC points to a In-office "WSUS server" to normally get its update
Is there a work around to this that I could add to my local group policy or registry?
I have been under Group Policy Object Editor -->Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates -->
Windows Components --> Windows Update
but seen nothing that would allow to override this error
Any suggestion(s) would be most appreciated

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I bought a Dell XPS 15 (9550) with Windows 10 and so far everything have been good, except that I keep getting empty updates from the Dell Update-app. 
I have installed these empty updates ("0 updates are ready to install") many times but they never stop. 

Today, I got this message: "73 updates are ready to install", which got me a bit worried. 
What can I do? 

Answer:Dell Update - Empty updates "0 updates are ready to install"

I'd suggest you uninstall / reinstall Dell Update. Type Settings onto [Cortana] search box, click on Apps, and then uninstall Dell Update. To reinstall: expand Application in the link below, and then Dell Update.
Support for XPS 15 9550 | Drivers & downloads | Dell US

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As the title suggests, every time I open "turn windows features on or off" the box stays blank no matter how long I wait. I have tried several things and have searched for quite a long time for solutions, but to no avail. The things i've tried include; everything in the following - FIX Blank or Empty List in Vista Turn Windows Features On or Off (OptionalFeatures.exe), sfc /scannow, reg delete HKLM\COMPONENTS /v StoreDirty, and making sure Windows Modules Installer is running and set to manual. I'd appreciate any help and suggestions, thanks!

Answer:blank/empty list in "turn windows features on or off"

Is your windows install disk legit or one of those prepatched / preactivated from the torrents?

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1. Updated from 7 to 10, then wanted to do a clean install
2. Downloaded ISO from windows utility (wouldn't recognize my Sandisk Cruzer flash drive)
3. Used Rufus to apply ISO to flash drive
4. Installed Windows 10 like I would any other OS (delete all partitions on C, let it do it's thing, automatic restart, remove USB, but no boot)

BIOS sees my SSD. Boot order is correct. Startup repair didn't help. "Resetting this PC" repair option didn't help. Tried it 5x times and always get "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - "Reboot and Select Proper Boot device" Error

You can try booting off the USB and repairing the install...

Also, do you have AHCI enabled?

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Why do we get the option "Windows Updates. Important updates are available. Go to PC settings to install them" on the logon screen? Need to remove this option but without altering the update functionality. We are using SCCM for windows update.
Can you help how to remove it by GPO or any other option for large scale systems (5000+). At present the user cannot install the updates as it has been restricted. Attached the screen shot also.

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I've tried some solutions to this rare situation and nothing.

I mean the following:
By the way, I've noted that:
1.- In 'View-Choose Details' window, there is "Name" option only (may be this is normal):
2.- But, in 'Tools-Folder Options' window, in the 'View' tab, option "Always show menus" (normally in "Files and Folders" section, second position) has disappeared!:

I didn't pressed the "Restore Defaults" button because I think this is for other purpose, isn't it?

So, I don't know what to do... I wonder someone of you may give me a hand to solve this...
In other words, please help me!

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Windows 7 "Check for updates" window appears in blank!

What solutions did you try? Did you do a sfc /scannow operation? Have you run a complete virus and malware scan? Have you read this?

Solution: #elementModuleHeadertext# Windows update

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The title pretty much says it all. I stopped receiving automated downloads of Windows 7 updates in Dec 2016 (even though my system is checked for receiving automated updates). I went to Windows Catalog and found updates released after Dec 2016, downloaded
them, and when I try to install, the infamous "searching for updates on this computer" pops up and does nothing. I can't even cancel it. I have to right-click on the program line at the bottom of the screen and exit it that way.

Any suggestions as to how to proceed?

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I'm honestly not sure how to word this correctly with the right terms or what topic this should be under, but I'll give it my best effort.

So I noticed a few weeks back that when I tried to install the game 'Warframe,' that when I ran the installer, the "Select a Folder" box/window was just completely blank:

Short video showing what happened:

And if the video didn't work:

Opening the installer >

Pressing "Run" >

Pressing "OK" >


Basically, that was my problem at first. Then I realized, whenever I tried to import a picture to my online photo editor (Online Photo Editor | Pixlr Editor | Autodesk Pixlr) I didn't have the folder shortcuts on the left. And the same went for when I had to choose where to download a specific file.

So right away I understood that this really was not an installation problem with Warframe as I had thought immediately, but a problem or a corruption in my Windows files. I don't know how to fix it, if someone could please help and reply, that would be great. My PC specs should be under my profile, I'm not sure, this is my first time posting. I've searched the internet and used my decent Google skills, but no related topic had shown up, so I'm guessing either this is a rare problem, or I'm using incorrect terminology when Googling.

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Answer:"Select A Folder" window BLANK when installing

I looked at some of the related articles and found the solution:
A sfc /scannow in a cmd window - SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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I'm clean installing Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit on some Dell Vostro 3560 laptops, after installing the drivers I run Windows Update, it detects 200+ critical updates, downloads them and nearly installs them all before I get "Failure To Install
Windows Updates - Rolling Back Windows Updates" and they roll back.
It's been two years or so since I've clean installed Windows 7, is there some prerequisite that's required now that I'm missing?

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Hello all,

I am having this little problem where I install updates via Windows Update and all the downloads are downloaded and installed fine, but when I go to Add/Remove programs and go to the "View Installed Updates" section to uninstall an update, it's all blank.

Answer:Windows 7 Pro "installed updates" blank

I have downloaded probably 4 or 5 different updates since I finished installing the Win 7 Pro x64 pack from MSNDAA and when I go to the Add/Remove Programs -> View Installed Updates I only have one present. Might be only showing significant updates and not small patches.

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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I am looking for a script to disable the annoying Windows Update notification.
For a single PC I can go ahead and turn the message off in the Action Center.
Any help with registry edit?

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I had Windows Update automatic checking for updates disabled, (with the necessary services for Windows update enabled). The last update was sometime back in February of 2016.

After manually activating Windows Update Windows Update was still running after 30 minutes. I then quit Windows Update and was going to wait till a later time to activate again.

However, after running some system cleaners I tried to activate Windows Update which produced an error message. IIRC the error message indicated a program and parameter was required to run Windows Update.

Current Windows Vista WindowsUpdateagent Version is 7.6.7600.256 (Vista x64).

Quite a while back I manually fixed Windows Update after it stopped working and has been working correctly up to now.

This time instead of a manual fix I tried to use MS fix-it program, However MS's current link to download the Fix-it program is not an exe file but a .cab file, uncertain why MS currently has a link to a .cab file instead of an .exe file?

Anyway instead of attempting a manual fix I found a MS windows update agent installation for Vista 64-Bit. After re-installation using the Windows Vista x64, windowsupdate exe file version Windows Update now displays a window with options stating that "Windows is up to date". "There are no updates available for your computer"

If I select "Check for Updates" Windows Update continually runs for over 30 mins without any results.

I was thinking of a... Read more

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My "view windows update" page is blank w/ the exception of one update run yesterday.

Originally I ran the Update Fix-it Tool and that is what wiped my history. I ran the Tool again and but it didn't recover my history.

My "Installed Updates" page is intact showing everything that successfully installed.

Any help?

Answer:win7 "view windows update history" blank/missing

They are still on the PC.
Mine did the same thing back in January.


My bad.
Click the yellow circled link in left picture and the right window will open listing all the updates.
Clicking "View Update history" in left column towards top of left picture gives just the recent ones after reset or Fix it Tool.

My first update in this list is dated Sept. 1, 2010 when I installed Win 7.

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I have this X53U Asus laptop running win7 home premium x64. I have a problem when I reboot the laptop after installing the windows updates. Everything is fine, the "configuring windows update.. 30%" message is fine.. but right after the shutting down message is done, the laptop goes into a "fans still spinning, power button light is lit, but nothing on screen" phase. To get out of that phase i have to force it to shut down, holding the power button. When i boot up after that, the windows updates are successful.

Did this happened to someone here?

I'll provide infos on demand.


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The message "Working on updates 12%" has been hanging on the screen for the last 12 hours on my desktop pc.

I had the same problem, though at a different point in the update process, with my laptop.

I had to abandon the update on my laptop and reinstall.

Do I have to go through all that a gain with my Desktop?

I'm very frustrated and thinking of reverting to Windows 7.

Does anyone have some suggestions to correct the stalled update procedure.

Many thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Update: Update Screen Message: "Working on updates 12%"

Hi, see mine at #137, and more - maybe #160 for example.. about download issues - if that's the stage you're at.
Cumulative Update KB3189866 Windows 10 build 14393.187 - Windows 10 Forums

Some elected to download the update and install manually.

Which update is it?

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The message "Working on updates 12%" has been hanging on the screen for the last 12 hours on my desktop pc.

I had the same problem, though at a different point in the update process, with my laptop.

I had to abandon the update on my laptop and reinstall.

Do I have to go through all that a gain with my Desktop?

I'm very frustrated and thinking of reverting to Windows 7.

Does anyone have some suggestions to correct the stalled update procedure.

Many thanks

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ie9 new browser opens "blank" windows 7. Changing it to "home" doesn't last if you shut down. Next session, it still opens "blank"

Answer:ie9 new browser opens "blank" windows 7. Changing it to "home" doesn't

Welcome to Seven Forums bobbot11. Help us understand. When you 1st open IE, it opens to a blank page instead of your home page? Or is opening new tabs that open a blank tab? Or is opening a new window that opens a blank window?

If IE is opening to a blank page instead of a home page you have set, try re-registering IE.

Download the IE Restorator, and choose Re-register 32 bit IE in (whichever version your OS is) W7

SF IE Restorator - Troubleshooting General Issues with IE

See if that helps. A Guy

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Hope you can help me with this issue that im having. Im using Aspire 3610 portable. Ive recently noticed this weird looking icon that is in my program files that has "no name" but it only point outs to "Desktop" so I tried removing it suspecting that I might have just added it by mistake but it keeps coming back. that happened just when I installed Adobe photoshop CS from my backup disc so tried uninstalling the program thinking that it might be corrupted or something still no go the icon still present. so format the NB using the recovery console from the NB itself reinstalled all security including my AV Nod32(updated), Ad-Aware, Spybot SD and Hijackthis which did not detect anything so everything seems working fine since I installed Cyberlink power DVD. So went looking for the shortcut in the prog files but to no avail the "icon" still there... so back to the same issue all over tried deleting it still doing the same stuff which comes back after. tried uninstalling the program still the same. Ive read a thread here which basically is the same but he was having problems with Real player. Since I dont have real player in my system I guess its not the SW itself whose having the issues...I guess?? Any help would be appreciated...

Answer:Desktop icon labeled "blank" keeps reappearing in Program files List

HERE's MY HIJACK LOG: If anyone can check to see if somethings weird please do... THANKS
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:15:55 PM, on 5/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Arcade\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LaunchAp.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\PowerKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\HotkeyApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\OSDCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\Wbutton.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\eRecovery\Monitor.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Nawras Internet-E220\Nawras Internet-E220\Mobile Connect.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavaso... Read more

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Windows continually fails to update this module:
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664) -I have retried over and over, it continues to fail.
Error in windows update is:
Error: "WindowsUpdate_00003701" "WindowsUpdate_dt000"
So far there has been no solution provided.

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I have been over these forums before posting this, if the answer is already out there, I apologize. My cousin had asome viruses, I did the Read and Run Me First (Ive done this MANY TIMES on other computers, never had this problem) When I went into the Add/Remove Programs list, it was blank. There is no scroll down bar on the right, no words under the icons to the left, etc. I ran "Dial-A-Fix", Add-Remove Pro, Revo Uninstaller, and REGSVR32 APPWIZ.CPL. All to no avail, however, after running REGSVR32 it does tell me that it was successful, so I am not sure. One major thing i did do, was while using combofix, i installed the windows recovery console from the website. Combofix said i should so i told it to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated! This site is AMAZING! Thank the makers.

Answer:Blank Add/Remove Programs List after "read and run me"

Try chkdsk and scannow.

Microsoft article:
Microsoft article:

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525
OS: Vista Home Premium
My teenager (grrrr) downloaded something that corrupted his computer. Geek Squad made a backup of his data, then suggested we reinstall Vista. I did this, then my teenager (grrrrrrr) dumped all the data back on his hard drive--which led (of course) to the same problem. On his own, he decided to reload Vista and finally came to me saying "The computer is broken." (GRRRRR!) When I then tried to reinstall Vista, I get to the screen "Where do you want to install Windows" and I have no choices to click on. I clicked on "load drivers" and get a screen saying that I need to insert the installation media with the driver files. This disk is already in. When I "browse" (which is an option), I have a choice of the CD Drive (D:) and the Boot drive (X:). When I browse on both of those, I cannot find any drivers to even try to install. What do I do next? Is there some way that I can find the correct driver needed and put it on a USB stick? The computer will read a USB stick--I did try one--but I just need to know what driver the computer is looking for. BTW, I have tried starting all over again with the re-install, but always get stopped at this same place.

Answer:"Where do you want to install Windows?" section is blank.

If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

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I just bought the Windows 7 Home Premium system. I partitioned my hard drive so I could keep Windows XP and have Windows 7, and that went over well. When I put in the disk and got to the "Where do you want to install Windows?" page, the list was blank. Neither my C: drive or new E: drive showed up. I clicked around and couldn't get it to work, so now I'm here.

Here are some screenshots I took of my problem for further clarification:

One , Two

Answer:"Where do you want to install Windows?" section is blank.

Hi -

Is Windows 7 a full retail copy ?
XP was already installed on the system?

If so, take a screen shot of Disk Management from XP -
START | Run | cmd | type diskmgmt.msc | EXPAND screen before screenshot

Regards. . .



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Does anyone know how to enable details of registry updates after a Windows 7 update reboot?

On one computer, the registry updates are shown under the Windows boot logo like "Applying update XXXXX of YYYYY" followed by the registry key. On another nothing is shown...

I cannot figure out if this is a BIOS setting or something set in Windows.


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i noticed that recently i haven't been getting my regular windows updates and now when i click on windows update via the control panel, it takes several minutes to load and then when it finally does, it comes up with a red x and the quote above in the
title. I tried opening windows defender as well and it said that it was turned off. i click turn on and it gives me a timeout error after about 2 minutes: 0x800705b4. One thing to note is that i recently got a virus on my computer about 2 weeks ago. According
to AVG it is gone but i have my doubts. i manually downloaded the Microsoft security essential definitions too because it wasn't updating for use and it is now working. The scan is currently in progress but i don't think ill find anything because i did the
same thing with AVG. I tried multiple things from threads like restarting the services and such but to no avail. Please help me, i'm desperate for a windows update. Ill provide any system information that is required for the solution.

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When trying to use Windows Update, the updates download successfully but fail to install. The following message appears: "Problem: A problem on your computer is preventing updates from being downloaded or installed." I have turned my antivirus software off, I have tried updating manually, I have tried updating one at a time. Nothing seems to work. I now have a backlog of 13 updates that I'm supposed to install. Can anyone please help? THANKS!

Answer:Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being installed"

Boot into "Safe Mode with Networking" (restart while tapping F8 repeatedly) and see if you can install the updates. This should work.

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When I launch WU form the std start menu shortcut, it launches wuapp.exe and just hangs. I have to terminate the process in task manager. Additional launches = additional hung processes.

Shortcut target: %windir%\system32\wuapp.exe startmenu
Starts in: %windir%\system32\

The same condition occurs if I try to launch wuapp.exe directly from %windir%\system32\
Yesterday, I checked the Effective permissions for my user on wuapp.exe = full control
Today, after running the Windows WU Troubleshooter and WU MS Fixit, the permissions = read, read & execute.

The issue is twofold. The standard WU shortcut "hangs" but Control Panel WU does not hang, until I try to view installed updates (viewing history seems to be ok). I have to terminate the process in Task Manager once I try to view installed updates.

As a workaround, I created a shortcut to Control Panel WU - this allows me to check for and apply updates.

Shortcut target: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update

A few things that might have caused this - recent activity, but just guessing I installed Advanced Uninstaller Pro and played with it, but did not apply anything it suggested. One thing I tried was duplicate files - eventually killing it due to time (lots of dups, lots of files).
Uninstalled said: Some files must be manually deleted without indicating which files. A serch for the program named turned up a few folders, deleted them and ran cCleaner (nothing in registy associated with the... Read more

Answer:Windows update "hang" - menu shortcut & installed updates

I'm not sure that resetting WU would actually cure your problem - it sounds to me more of a systemic problem, possibly to do with one of the involved technologies (scripting, NET, etc.).

My wuapp.exe has TrustedInstaller as owner, with only Read and Execute permissions for users and Admins.

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I've gone through several threads relating to this issue, with zero luck, so far.  Have had this installation of Win7 x64 for over a year with no WU issues.  Hadn't updated in a few weeks, so I went to do a manual check, today.  The netsvcs
process w/ WU locks one of my cores (25% CPU use).  Initially, this process accesses a variety of files on the drive, but, after a few minutes, there is absolutely zero further file access from this process.  Process never shuts down or releases
that 25% CPU.

I've run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.  Had problems the first time, rebooted, stopped the crypt, BITS, and WU process.  Ran it, again, it "fixed" four issues and claimed that everything was swell.  Rebooted, ran WU... perpetual

Walked through the manual process from, though I did get a number of errors when trying to register many of the modules in step six.  So, didn't have much confidence.  Anyway, continued through the steps,
rebooted, ran WU...  No dice.

Manually downloaded and ran the two updates from and  Both told me they were already installed.

At this point, I'm looking at a complete wipe and reinstall, which I'd really rather avoid.  Any other bright ideas to resolve this?  WU log at Read more

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I have just done a reinstall of the OEM Windows XP installation, and it kindly offered to install WGA for me. I declined, as I don't want that spyware on my computer, but when I unchecked it from the update and checked the "don't offer this update anymore" option, I now get a big yellow banner at the top of my Windows Update screen saying;
"IMPORTANT! You've Hidden Important Updates. You've asked us not to show you one or more high-priority updates but your computer might be at risk until they are installed."Is there any way to get this "reminder" hidden?

First of all, it's kind of shady of them to call this an "important update" and claim that WGA has anything to do with my computer being at risk, but secondly, if I've asked to not be shown it anymore, why do they think it's any better to show me a big banner-ad reminding me that I've asked not to be shown it anymore? Jeez!

Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Any way to hide "you have hidden important updates" WGA nag banner in Windows Update?

Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)

It's pretty basic. The core of it is, they are a company that sells computer Operating System software and don't want to be ripped off. And to prevent rip-offs from updating beneficial security and other support they provide FREE, they require you run the WGA.

That isn't unreasonable.

Don't like it? Get Linux or whatever.


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Hello All,

This is yet another issue with Windows Update on 7; I recently (a couple of weeks or so ago) upgraded my father's computer to Windows 7 and he loves it.

However, whenever either of us try and use Windows Update, it sits there for hours and hours on "Installing Updates 1 of 2."

Does anybody have any ideas where I could look as to why this is happening?

I will post more information on this when I can find more detailed account of what's going on with 7.
- Robert

Answer:Windows Update on 7 stalls while "Installing Updates (2/3)" on AMD64 m

you could try :-

go to services (click start and type SER

stop windows update service

go to c:/windows/software distribution/data store

empty this folder

restart/start windows update service

open windows update and it should be red indicating never searched for updates
then try again

also check installed programs and make sure what your trying to install hasn't already automatically installed when you first installed Windows 7

just an idea

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I've been trying to set up a few second hand laptops for a charity youth club. One went without a hitch, one won't update Windows at all.

It's running Windows 7 SP1, I've tried various fixes but nothing seems to be working.

I've followed the instructions on the post. Attached is my CBS log zip file. I don't have any error codes as it just sits on "Checking for Updates".

Interestingly the first time I ran the SURT it just sat for over 8 hours on "Checking for Updates" as well. Second time, after a power down & reboot it did it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This was meant to be a quick favour & now turning into a long job!



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This is an on-going problem and I am at my wits end.

What I have: Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, 64bit, no additional software installed since I could never get past the update issue.

The symptom: went attempting to run windows update it says "searching for updates". It never stops "searching for updates" until I close or end the program. I have let it run for 2 days straight.

What I have tried:
1. Did the "clear the cache" fix, (stopped BITS and windows update services, deleted SoftwareDistribution folder, then restarted), no change
2. Attempted to install updates manually, it hangs on "searching for updates on this computer".

3. Even when trying to install the system update readiness tool does not work.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thank you

Answer:Windows update not working, hangs while "searching for updates"

I decided to start over, even installed a new, factory fresh hard drive (I have planned to do this in the future and thought this would be a good time to do it).
I installed Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit, SP1 from an original windows disk.
I activated windows successfully and started windows update.
It does the same thing as before, just says "searching for updates" and never does anything else.
Could it be my hardware? I have a good fast internet connection to most sites. Memory tested good.
No driver issues seen.
I did notice when I installed windows, all the window colors were set to red.
I don't remember seeing that before. I changed the color to the default blue color.

Thank you for your continued support.

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System: Dell Inspiron 14 Laptop model 3451 - Edition: Windows 8.1, 64-bit, 4GB RAM.We have received this laptop in our church as a donation. I did a factory default restore from the recovery media (external USB drive).
The system is up and running, but I cannot do any of the Windows updates.
It is still a no-go after various fix attempts including: using the Windows update troubleshooter which "fixed" problems, but no windows updates are being downloaded..., Also used these steps to stop the services wuauserv, cryptSvc, bits, msiserver, renaming C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old, renaming C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old, restart the services wuauserv, cryptSvc, bits and msiserver. I have also done a clean boot through msconfig (on services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, hide all Microsoft services check box, and Disable all other services) - (Disabled each Task Manager startup item) (this means all antivirus soft, firewall are disabled + any non-Microsoft drivers), but still the "Windows Update" screen is stuck at "Checking for updates". Some forums mentioned this might be due to the system using Wi-Fi to download the Windows Updates: as the laptop is not equipped with an Ethernet port, I used a StartTech USB-to-Ethernet adapter to connect to my router for Internet access from the laptop.
Still no-go!
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I installed win 7 recently and activated it. The updates dont seem to install automatically. I have tried many FixIt and manuall installation past 3 to 4 days, but nothing worked. The maximum I could go was getting "193 updates available" alert. Even if I select one update out of those it just loops forever in checking/searching for updates. I installed Win10 hoping that would resolve it but coudnt activate win due to clean install. So I have now reinstalled win7 but again stuck in same place. I tried installing System Update readiness tool and its running for around 2 hours now. But the CBS log file's last update timestamp seems to have stopped an hour before.

I checked the posting instructions and it says wait for few hours after running SRUT, before posting. I see a dialog box with title "Windows Update standalone installer" and message "Searching for updates on this computer..." . Attached CBS folder. Please advise.


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Doing a fresh oem win7 sp1 pro x64 install. After initial setup allowed Windows update to do It's thing (146 updates). Upon reboot I get the message "failure configuring windows updates" Have read extensively re. this issue but, unfortunately, have not found a definitive resolution.

System is dm1-z 4000 CTO (amd 450 apu, 8 GB ram) new hdd. Initially, had installed a new ssd but got the same thing. Thinking that it might be an issue with it, switched to a wd black 500 GB hdd. Same results.

Any ideas?

Answer:Fresh Win7 Install "Failure Configuring Windows Updates"

Hello and welcome Greywolf mate I don't know what the others think but as a general rule I usually do the initial updates in smaller batches.

Have a look at this anyway

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On a Windows 7 Pro, SP1, 32bit pc, local client, non-AD domain computers.

Using the built-in administrator account I have enabled the GPO under Computer Configuration, Administrator Templates, Windows Components, Windows Update, "Allow non-administrators to receive update notifications = Enable.

In Windows Updates, Change Settings, "Who can install updates" = This options has a check mark in it but is greyed out.

The standard user account still receives elevated permissions prompt when installing Windows Updates.

I've gone through all published procedures of disabling and re-enabling, elevating and demoting standard user permissions, and creating a new user as admin-then demoting to standard user... all without success.

Resorting to MSPress published textbooks... any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

These laptops are a group of 10 units that were delivered to me with OS and our custom applications installed and cloned to each laptop.

Concluding there is something wrong with the original install/configuration.

I've compared these settings to other units I've received in the past and those work just as expected.

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Hello again, friends.

Ok so here's my new issue. I got a new hard drive and successfully installed Windows 7 on it. I temporarily slaved the old OS hard drive so that I could copy some files from it because the drive was failing.

My issue is that when I check for updates, it doesn't go beyond the "checking" and it basically times out. Seems odd... has anyone else had this happen and what do I do? You don't think that maybe the computer is confused because the OS still remains on the drive that is temporarily slaved do you? One odd thing is that I checked the update history and clearly some went on there. So I don't know. Help?

You guys rock. Thanks for helping me out with the last issue.

Answer:New install Windows 7 - "Checking for Updates" doesn't finish

I also forgot to mention that at present, it wouldn't allow me to put a screensaver on there and there is no sound coming from the computer. Do you think this could just come with the update problem?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250, x64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3517 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 228121 MB, Free - 156749 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 5340 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0RY206
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Can't install updates, "can't reach Windows install service, usually happens when Installer is not installed correctly. Contact your Tech Support". No Tech Support on home PC, so trying to find answer on my own. Have returned to previous Set Points without resolution. requesting some steering onto the right course for troubleshooting and recovery. Easy, with capital "E" and primitive skill level instructions vital. Thanks in advance.


Answer:Can't install updates, "can't reach Windows install service"

Can you install anything else on your computer?

If not,

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Copy/Paste the following command:

regedit /e C:\look.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSIServer"

Press Enter.

You won't notice anything. However, it will have created a report on your C drive
named look. Attach that file to your next reply.

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I have Windows 10 Pro, and used the Group Policy Editor to disable checking of updates so I can manually install them when I want to. The Install Updates screen when I did manually install would reflect this, saying that it would not check for updates.

I notice this has changed now ever since I installed the creator's update, now it claims it will check and install them automatically... is the Update app just displaying that by default, or is it actually ignoring this group policy now? Is there a new one that took it's place?

And no, I am not talking about deferring updates for X amount of days, I am talking about preventing them at all until I manually choose to run an update.

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hi, windows 7 never seems to complete the update check. it just stays stuck at "checking for updates...". it will stay like this for days. most recent check for updates is listed as 7/9/2014 (almost 3 months ago). i tried the fix and the reset listed here:

windows 7 update stuck at checking for updates - Tech Support Forum

nothing has worked so far, please help.

Answer:windows 7 update stuck at "checking for updates..."

See if there are any methods in this Tutorial you haven't tried: Windows Update - Reset

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Good morning,

I just registered, so I'm not entirely sure how this forum runs. I'm assuming you can see my computer information in my user profile, but please let me know if you need me to post it here again.

When I run Windows Update, it hangs permanently on "Checking for Updates." No error ever displays.

I ran Download System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [October 2014] from Official Microsoft Download Center according to the Windows Update posting instructions on this forum. It completed, but had no effect on my issue.

I also ran the Windows Update diagnostic from It returned error 0x80070490.

I have attached my CBS file.

Thank you for your help,

Answer:Windows Update Hangs at "Checking for Updates"

It looks to me like you've been using either Advanced System Care or Wise software - which has caused some major problems.

Line 16920: 2015-08-23 16:33:54, Info CSI 00000762 [SR] Repairing 5 components
Line 16921: 2015-08-23 16:33:54, Info CSI 00000763 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
Line 16922: 2015-08-23 16:33:54, Info CSI 00000764 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"desktop.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-ehome-samplemedia, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing
Line 16923: 2015-08-23 16:33:54, Info CSI 00000765 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:58{29}]"win7_scenic-demoshort_raw.wtv" of Microsoft-Windows-ehome-samplemedia, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing
Line 16924: 2015-08-23 16:33:54, Info CSI 00000766 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"Kalimba.mp3" of Microsoft-Windows-MusicSamples, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364... Read more

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I'm hoping y'all can help me with this issue with my friend's system, running 64 bit Home Premium, Avast, and Java, Flash etc. all updated. It's stuck at "Checking For Updates."
Yesterday I installed an update to the Windows Update Client, KB3138612, and the System Update Readiness Tool. After that, 62 updates were ready for download, and I successfully installed them. After restarting, a window came up to upgrade the browser from IE 10 to IE 11. I did so, then ran Windows Updates again to check for security updates to IE 11. Stuck in an endless loop again.
I reset the Windows Components with FIXIT 971058. This resolved two errors: Reset Windows Update Data Store (Root Cause) and Service Registration Missing or Corrupt. Still stuck in a loop.
I installed the latest version of the Windows Update Agent and rebooted. Still no joy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I looked over the contents of the CBS.log before coming to this forum. Something is definitely wrong, but I can't make heads or tails of it.
Here's the link:!AiuNs_2Ik1SigQsc8snLSRVeKcNM

Answer:Windows Update Hangs on "Checking For Updates"

Windows Update was stuck on Searching For Updates, I found this information after nothing else helped and this worked for me on Windows 7.

Method 1:
1. Click Start
2. Type ?cmd? in the search bar.
3. Right click Command prompt and choose ?Run as Administrator?
4. At the command prompt, type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command:
a. net stop wuauserv
b. net stop bits
c. net stop cryptsvc

Please do not close the Command Prompt window.
Method 2:

Rename folders pertaining to Windows Update.
At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press Enter after each command:
a) ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old

b) ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

At the command prompt, type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command:
a) net start wuauserv
b) net start bits
c) net start cryptsvc

Close the Command Prompt window and check the issue if issue reoccurs

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Current issue: Windows 7 sp1 update stuck at "checking for updates" for more than a week
My computer: windows 7 professional sp1 installation originally
Last automatic checked and updated successfully: May 11, 2015
CCleaner cleaned up: once every week
Anti-virus: AVG for more than 10 years

Self - troubleshooting done so far but did not work:
1) CCleaner cleaned up & Disk cleanup under safe mode
2) Reset Update following this instruction: Windows Update - Reset
3) Temporarily turned off AVG anti-virus while checking for update
4) System restored to the earliest restore point: July 15, 2015

Please help.

Answer:windows 7 sp1 update stuck at "checking for updates"

This is currently a common issue - partly caused by a poor update from MS which slows the process down, and partly caused by throttling of the MS servers.

Simply leave WU to do it's thing overnight - or longer if necessary - it will get there in the end.
If it's still not completed a scan after 24 hours running...
Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

Please also post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file

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Already tried everything I read on a lot of threads here. The Windows Update is stuck at the "green bar"

I'm using Windows 8.1

1) Already used the Microsoft Fixit from this KB topic: How do I reset Windows Update components?
2) Tried all the fixes I could use from this page:
3) Tried "sfc /scannow"
4) Tried "Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth"

Still nothing, the green bar keep going for more than 4/5 hours

Is there anything left to do? Or just re-install? Uninstall/Install windows again?

Answer:Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

Temporarily disable your antivirus program if it helps.

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Hi everybody,

I am running in to a problem where the Windows Update is stuck on checking for updates, now I have freshly upgraded a Windows 7 machine from Enterprise to Professional with a new product key - which it did work, activated as a Genuine. But it might not be just the Windows Update, any other software would be doing the same thing as for Windows Update - checking for updates, so I am just wondering if there is a one way click to solve this problem?

Everything else works except from the Windows Update, what is doing is just checking for updates and it hangs on checking for hours and hours - so I had enough and I want to find a best solution that would work.

Now, I am not quite sure if the Windows Update is taking time to get all the updates gathered in or it might be stuck. But I don't know, I can't really tell on what the computer is doing in the background process.

During the research for finding this solution, and I have came up with different solutions, but I don't want to risk too much on registry or doing manual servicing including in with deleting a few files from the C: drive, downloading a few tweakers/fixers applications such as Microsoft FixIt - but none of this solved the problem, apart from being patient and wait.

The only thing I haven't done is doing a sfc /scannow check, disk clean up or reinstall Windows 7 Professional and doing a disk check before startup.

I just want the Windows Update to work, so that the computer is ready to re... Read more

Answer:Windows Update stuck on "Checking for updates"

Mines doing this too tonight. Can take a while but tonight's patches is the worst - it took over an hour to find and pull them in. But now it's just stuck on 0% downloading for last twenty mins. Good old MS !

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When I use Windows 8.1 to look for windows updates, it keeps looking for ages and nothing loads. Please help.

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I recently re-installed Windows 7 Home Premium on my Alienware X51 after getting a lot of random freezes. After the installation completed, I noticed that Windows Update was getting stuck at "Checking for updates..." and would not move forward, even after I left the computer on overnight. I was ultimately able to get Windows Update to function by updating the Windows Update Client as described here:

However, that only worked once; Windows Update is now getting stuck at stuck at "Checking for updates..." again. The last few entries from WindowsUpdate.log are as follows:

2016-09-04 16:58:32:098 1060 3cc PT +++++++++++ PT: Synchronizing server updates +++++++++++
2016-09-04 16:58:32:098 1060 3cc PT + ServiceId = {7971F918-A847-4430-9279-4A52D1EFE18D}, Server URL =
2016-09-04 16:58:39:985 1060 db0 AU No pending client directive
2016-09-04 16:58:41:834 1060 3cc Driver Matched driver to device PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0162&SUBSYS_05271028&REV_09
2016-09-04 16:58:41:835 1060 3cc Driver Status: 0x180200a, ProblemNumber: 00000000
2016-09-04 16:58:58:594 1060 68c AU Getting featured update notifications. fIncludeDismissed = true
2016-09-04 16:58:58:594 1060 68c AU No featured updates available.
2016-09-04 16:59:00:460 ... Read more

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Hello Sevenforums.

I have a Lenovo Z500 laptop which i got with windows 8 on it. Later i upgraded it to windows 10, but the performance seemed to be lacking after i updated. I therefore installed windows 7 ultimate SP1 on it, after i formated all the drives.
The installation went smoothly, though the drivers for several components like WAN and LAN had to be installed from a USB.

I then decided to run windows updates, but it dosn't get further than "searching for updates".
I read in another thread that the windowsupdate.txt might have some information to what is going on, but I do not know how to identify the problem from the data.

Also, when i tried to zip the windowsupdate.txt file, it said the drive was writing protected, and that i didnt have permission to create the .zip file, even though i am administrator.

I have attached a zip of the file, hopefully someone can help me resolve this problem, as I use this laptop for my edducation.


Answer:Windows update stuck "Searching for updates"

See this post:
Windows Update Hangs on checking for updates

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I recently bought a used Hp laptop and using HP care tools reinstalled a fresh copy of Win 8. I had serious problems getting updates to install. It kept getting stuck on "Failure to configure updates, reverting changes" I ran the Microsoft Fix
it tool several times. Each time being told it was fixed. It never was. I gave up and did another install. Now windows update doesn't find any updates. 
I have run the check from the control panel and from the Win 8 PC Settings menu. From the PC Settings, checking for updates ran for about 20 minutes before stopping and saying "Never checked for updates" with the option to check again. I also ran
Microsoft Fix It AGAIN. Not fixed....again. The troubleshooting shows problems to be-- Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x80070490 - Fixed and Windows Update components must be repaired- Fixed. It "fixes" these same issues every time.
Even before when it found updates but would not install them. After a fresh install of Win 8 there shouldn't be ANY issues, right?
I have installed no programs since the recent reinstall of windows just in case it was my antivirus as suggested in another help article. Is there any fix for this or should I just give up and install Win 7?  

Answer:Windows update continually "checking for updates"

I finally got it to work. I had to go into Services and stop/restart both Windows Update and Windows Module Installer. Then launch windows update again and it showed the updates. 

They have to be installed 1 at a time. I tried to do 5 at once when it seemed things were working properly again and Windows took that to mean I wanted all updates installed. Of course it failed again with the "failure to configure updates" and I
was back at square one.

To get into services just hit the windows key and R at the same time. Type services.msc then hit enter. I also set both the Update and Installer to manual. Not sure if that had anything to do with making it work. 

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Lately, my Windows 7 Update gets stuck at the Checking for Updates step.

After running the Windows Update Diagnostic tool a few times, every time it runs it finds the same few errors and fixes them, but it also finds Windows Update Error 0x80070057 and is unable to fix it.

Any ideas?

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I am running Windows 7 Home, 64 bit edition.
Since Monday, Aug. 1 when I had a notification that Windows update had 44 updates available for me, the Update window has been constantly "Checking for Updates". When I first checked the notification, I was shown a window with the listed updates.
After looking them over, to be certain that there was no Windows 10 in the list, I clicked ok. Since then for three solid days it has been "Checking for Updates". I have rebooted each morning, and the same screen is there. My computer is usually
on at least 12-15 hours, and in that time it appears only 2 updates have actually taken place. The list I was shown at the beginning consisted of mostly files less than 5 megabytes each. Nothing remotely large enough to cause delayed downloading. 
How can I get the Updates to actually begin, and stop "Checking for updates"? or is there some alternate way to get the necessary files?


Steve ZV

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is it a good idea to install the 26 "update for Windows 7" "kbxxxxxxx" updates that sit in the 'optional updates' section of my Windows Update notification bar. are they needed for anything? do they make my computer work better? what are they there for?

Answer:"Update for Windows 7" (in optional updates section)

Some optional updates are useful and should be installed, some like Bing related items, Silverlight aren't, since you don't mention the KB numbers it's really hard to answer that.

Post a screenshot of them.

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I work for an IT firm in The Bahamas, and as a result, do a lot of Windows 7 reloads.  However, I have noticed that recently (within the last year) Windows 7 has a very difficult time updating after a fresh reload with SP1.  When I check for updates,
it starts scanning and says "Checking for Updates", but never finds any.  It just keeps checking.  I've left it running for 48 hours without ever finding a single update.

Here's the thing, it isn't a particular computer.  As I said, I do a lot of reloads.  This happens on almost every computer after a reload of Windows 7 regardless of brand.  Sometimes I scan before activating Windows, sometimes after. 
There is no antivirus installed and I've tried it with Windows Firewall both enabled and disabled.  Sometimes after scanning for a long time, it will automatically install updates without having me select any of the updates.  It still says "Checking
for Updates." Other times, it just never finds or installs any updates, but it still says "Checking for Updates".  I'm not the only one who has recognized the problems, my colleagues have also experienced it.  I've also tried updating
on many different networks: home, work, customers network, etc.  Same result.

I have done lots of research online to see if other people have been having this issue, but I have not found anything.  Has anybody else been experiencing this probl... Read more

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Asus p5q-deluxe
WD6400aaks SATA hd set to IDE mode
Nec 3520a dvd-rw

I have the dvd on the IDE cable as master.

The SATA and dvd drive are both detected in bios/post.

I have the boot priority set to dvd and then the HD.

When I go to enter the os it just keeps saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key" no matter what I do.

I have tried both my original legit XP disc and a slipstreamed SP2 xp disc, both give the same thing.

Answer:New computer can't install XP, "reboot and select proper boot device.."

The problem is that the installation CD does not have drivers for your SATA devices. You need to first download the dos drivers (on a disk!), and when you start your setup of windows xp, It will say something like "press F6 to install 3rd party SCSI Drivers" or similar.

You will go into those options, and windows will load your drivers into its setup so it can see your drive!

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Long story short: upgraded from W7 to W10.
Decided to have a clean start and made a wipe.
Always got the error 0xc0000225 when booting, except when the installation USB was plugged-in.
So decided to take on a full wipe: deleted all partitions and reformatted everything.
Installed W10 from scratch again.
Now, every time I boot I get the "reboot and select proper boot device".
Funny thing, though, is that if enter BIOS and go to "Override Boot" (an option that allows me to boot from any available recognized media) and choose the SSD where W10 is installed... everything works just fine.
Already checked BIOS booting priorities (SSD is first and only), and I have Secure Boot off (so that my handy flash-drive is available to save the day).
I'd appreciate any insight into this problem.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device" after fresh install

I can boot from my Windows 10 install media, USB thumb drive or SD card, with secure boot enabled? What is on your "flash drive"? If your PC has UEFI, the boot menu option should say "Windows boot manager on (drive descriptor)". It's something like that. I'm on my legacy BIOS desktop PC at the moment, and I think its listed different for legacy BIOS.. I'd have to reboot to confirm but I'm in the middle of a big file transfer, just now.

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I'm trying to install win7 on my SSD, but when i try, i get "Reboot and select proper boot device " message.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" Win 7 won't install on SSD

You need to go into the BIOS Setup and change the setting for the SATA controller to AHCI mode.
Then "Save & Exit" the BIOS Setup (F10).

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Just finished talking to a Toshiba tech support person. I called because my six-week-old Toshiba Satellite L745 laptop has developed a problem: there is a slight delay between keyboard commands and their execution in every program I use regularly (Word, Outlook, Quicken, etc.).

For example: I'm in Microsoft Outlook and I double-click on the name of a saved task. Instead of opening instantaneously (as happens on my desktop, which has a slower processor, less memory, and a smaller hard drive), I get the hourglass for a second or two before the task opens. Or else a dialog box appears asking whether I want to archive my old items in Outlook and when I click the No button, the dialog box lingers there for a second before closing.

Toshiba says this is an issue they've experienced and it is caused by Windows and other "third-party" updates using up system resources. I should not accept or install those updates! They want me to perform an entire reinstall of Windows 7 Home Premium and never allow another update.

So (1) if the problem is the Windows (and other) updates, then why am I not having the same problem on my desktop computer (running Vista, but accommodating updates with no problem) and (2) if all these updates are not really necessary (according to Toshiba), then why do companies keep producing them?

It has taken me weeks to get this laptop customized and configured with the programs and content I need to use on it. If what this tech support person tells me i... Read more

Answer:Toshiba technician says, "Don't install Windows 7 updates"!

Toshiba are talking out of their nether regions.
The first thing you need to check is what's booting at startup - use MSCONFIG for that.
Uncheck anything you *know* you don't use, and list the rest in a reply.
Open Task Manager - what's taking up most resources (enable viewing of processes from all users)?

4GB is quite enough for most purposes.

What Security software is installed? - what different Anti-Virus programs have EVER been installed?

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I had Windows XP Home installed on my C drive.
I purchased Vista Home Premium and when I installed it on my 500 Gig Drive--
The "System(s)" automatically made a partition of about 100gigs -leaving XP Home OS as Drive E: and My new Vista install went on Drive C:
And Voila! It ("System(s)" ) also constructed a Dual Boot Selection for me!

I have recently bought Windows XP PROFESSIONAL to Upgrade(Home) and proposed to install XP Pro on
Drive E:

I First got a message that the copy I have is already "newer" than the one I'm trying to Install.
I let this fly by and then I got Question: "Would YOU like to select the Partition and Drive Letter for this Install? Naturally I ticked BOTH Options (YES)

As the 56 minute install was into 10-12 minutes I got an Warning error that the (Install) CAB on Drive C was going into an Error state.

I REALLY don't want to mess with drive C: AT ALL --as I've installed the Windows 7 Candidate Release OVER the VISTA OS on Drive C

Can anyone help me out here ?

Answer:"Would YOU like to select the Partition and Drive Letter for this Install?"

Well firstly if you want to upgrade your XP Home install make sure you run the XP Pro setup from XP HOME!! Then it should tell you that your current OS is older than the one on disk, and offer you the option to upgrade.

NB: When you boot into XP you should notice that the drive letters will be different (usually the current system drive is associated to C:- so in XP, your XP part will be C, but in Vista/7 your vista part will instead be labled C:).

As long as you've booted into XP, and run the upgrade setup from there you shouldn't encounter any problems, and it shouldn't touch your Vista partition.

The only issue you may find is that the XP Pro setup might re-write your boot selector with the old legacy one used back in XP, so you wont be able to boot into Vista/7, but that can be fixed by either using EasyBCD in XP to restore the BCD boot manager, or by booting your PC from the Vista/7 disc and selecting the option to repair startup issues.

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Windows Update error code 80070490 appeared on 20 September 2013 and message "Windows can't check for updates". I use Windows Vista Home basic 32 bit, Service Pack 2. I tried almost all suggestions in Internet (including these on Microsoft Web-page) about this how to fix this problem, including Microsoft Fix It, System Update Readiness Tool, Windows Update Diagnostics DIAGCAB file and etc., but the message continue to appear. The last successful update was on 13.09.2013. All updates made before and on 13 September are written as "successful" in "Update history" folder, but when I open "Installed Updates" folder, I don't see nothing and there is written "No updates are installed on this computer", which is strange, because by this moment Windows Update was made automatically without any problems. Please help me to fix the problem with this error code!

ps.: On 23 of September I reinstalled Windows Update Software from Microsoft Web Page:
Microsoft Update
and the notification message " Windows can't check for updates" from my taskbar dissapeared and never appeared again, so..i thought the problem is solved, but yesterday evening(13 October) when i opened Widnows Update in my Control Panel and pressed "Check for updates" it started to seek for updates but after some time again showed me the same error code and the same message "Windows could not search for new updates". seems Windows... Read more

Answer:Windows Update error code 80070490 and message "Windows can't check for updates"

Have you run a full scan with Malwarebytes and your anti-virus to make sure that's not an issue?

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Hey guys,

I have newly installed Windows 7 Prof. 64 Bit SP1 on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60p (with T61 Mainboard and Penryn T8100 processor).

So far this is what I did:

1) installed IE 11 through the browser (i.e. the old IE 8)
2) installed Microsoft Security Essentials by downloading the installer through IE 8
3) ran the first check of MSE - all good
4) actived Windows successfully
5) changed some visual settings to have better graphics in Windows (nothing special)

I have done nothing else to the system. No driver, no whatsoever.

Unfortunately Windows Updates will simply not download let alone install any of the updates that should be abundantly available. Automatic update is enabled, firewall is on. I've been having this problem all day long and tried reinstalling Windows several times, but it would not wipe out the error.

I am currently running the SURT file, also trying to get updates via wsus offline (dunno exactly what's going on with these).

See the attachments for the full windowsupdate.log of this installation.

What do you suggest?

Thank you very much!

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I get an error trying to install an update: "WindowsUpdate_80070103" "WindowsUpdate_dt000".  The title of it leads me to believe it is important to security.  Information I've seen related to this starts at the 'graduate program'
level of computer ability whereas I am in Kindergarten, having taken a solemn oath to never program again back in 1977.  Will someone please give me a keystroke-by-keystroke instruction on how to get this update to work?  Thanks!

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Been getting an error message lately when attempting to update "Windows Defender". A little balloon appears from my task bar that says "Windows Defender cannot install updates". The following error message appears within the software window "Error found: Code 0x80070643"

Any idea's?

Answer:Windows Defender "Can't Install Updates"

Have you used a registry cleaner? It appears, according to other users who had this problem that this problem is generic to windows not the program itself. I will continue to look for a soultion as all other issues with this error code is based around other programs. Will keep looking.

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I have no idea how it happened, but my windows updates do not show (for 2016) and when I try to download updates-it just looks like it is trying but never does who any progress.Any suggestions on a work around for this?I'd tried doing a system restore, but that did not work either.Windows 7Satellite L750-A7280AMD A6-5200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 2.00 GHz6 gb installed Ram64-bit systemInternet Explorer stops working often lately, and that is main reason I was trying to update, and figure out why.Thank you.

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I have no idea how it happened, but my windows updates do not show (for 2016) and when I try to download updates-it just looks like it is trying but never does who any progress.Any suggestions on a work around for this?I'd tried doing a system restore, but that did not work either.Windows 7Satellite L750-A7280AMD A6-5200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 2.00 GHz6 gb installed Ram64-bit systemInternet Explorer stops working often lately, and that is main reason I was trying to update, and figure out why.Thank you.

Answer:Windows updates say "never" and wont install

Was system restore completed with the media to bring the system back to new factory build just as you bought it ( or ) did you only use a restore point?

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Hello - would anyone have any assistance or info on update error code #80070002 ? - keeping most of my auto windows 7 updates blocked or 'failed'. - Would like to see more of my windows 7 updates be 'successful'.
Also (upon my restarts and shutdowns), my 'Widows Configuration' advances to ONLY 30%, instead of 100 percent??
Thanks! - from alskalsk11 

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I'd like to assign a few select "domain users" to be local admin over their test machines which log into a domain. The test machines are Windows 7 64bit and the domain is Win2k8 R2. I have been searching around for the best way to do it but I've come up short on my search.

Anyone know off the top of their head?


Answer:Assigning "domain user" to "local admin" on select PCs

Create a new group in AD, for example, TestUsers
Add the required users to the group
Go round each machine and add the group as a member of local admins.

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Computer Specs:
CPU: I5-2400
MB: Asus Pz868
Ram: Corsair 8GB Vengeance LP
Using on board VIdeo For now
Maxtor HD Sata
WD Raptor Sata
HP Lightscribe DVD-r Drive Sata

Problem I was having once I completed my new build with old system parts was as listed in title. It started out as select proper boot device, and now it states ntldr is missing. From what I have been reading it seems as if my partition with my windows 7 install is not set active. I do not have my windows 7 DVD only my old vista DVD. I tried to boot into it to make use of CMD and attempt to make my partition active but I was unsuccessful to even get into CMD. I went into bios and forced booted from the drive with the OS and still same error, also I attempted to disable the other sata and run the computer again with no success also. Look forward to hearing from someone soon. I will be sitting by my laptop all night until this computer gets running.

Answer:"Select Proper Boot Device" now "NTLDR is missing"

Finally Got to command prompt but it shows my current drive listed as x: dunno if this will be relevant and helpful to anyone.

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You are notified that there are updates available.
You can select a link to show you the "Select Updates you want to Install" list.
From there you can select which updates to install.

Is the list ordered by what needs to install first, then second, then third, etc?
Can I deselect all and select a number of them in order, at my discretion?

Due to a virus, I just reformatted C: and re-installed Win 7, so I have 107 updates. This took all day last time on my machine.
In Win XP I had to get out of everything for a windows update. Still true for Win 7?

I don't want the machine down all day, but I have pockets of time to let it update.
Of course, I won't know how long each takes to run, but at least it won't be down for hours at a time, hopefully.


Answer:Is the 'select updates to install' list in install order?

You can select or deselect to your hearts content.
Only those updates which will install without requiring other unselected updates will install.

My usual routine is to select updates in batches

#1 - Windows Security Updates
#2 - Other Windows updates
#3 - IE updates (go through IE9, update that, then install IE10, update that, then install IE 11)
#4 - .NET updates (these are usually the ones that cause most problems)
#5 anything else I missed

Keep doing each group until no more appear in that group (or you get a repeating fail) before proceeding to the ned

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Hi, I need to find a fix for this issue I have with a change in Windows 8. I am running Windows 8 Pro and normally (in windows 7 and older) when I Right click on a folder, the default option for properties is "r". Nice and quick and next to my
left hand which rests on the left side of the keyboard. Now it has changed to "o" and not only that, there are 2 options for "o". Open and Properties. Very frustrating and not very easy to get around. Any way of getting around this whether
it be alternative software or reg hack or something... anything. Itsvery annoying.

Answer:Right Click on folder and select "R" for Properties has changed to "O"

Well it looks like the US version oif the upgrade iso/cd is the version that has the r has properties. UK version is O which really doesnt make sense as open is O aswell so you have to press it twice then enter. I like my keyboard shortcuts so US version
is. Problem solved. language to install must read US (English) on the install screen.
Prolem solved
cheers all for your assistance.

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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When trying to update with Windows update, i get a spontaneous reboot or a bluescreen-crash.
The filename "lzx32.sys" is mentioned.

The updates i'm trying to install are the following (roughly translated from norwegian):
"Update for Windows Media Format 11 SDK for Windows XP (KB939399)"
"Windows Tool for removal of dangerous software - march 2007 (KB890830)"
Other than that, i believe i have all other windows-updates.

I do however recall there beeing a third update on the list when i started the installation for the first time.
After the third or forth spontanous restart/bluscreen, when i figured something was wrong, it has disappeared from the list.
I do not know if it actually got installed or not.

I've been following the 5-steps-before-posting as good as possible.
From my normal startup programs msn-messenger and daemon-tools were shutted down before the dss-scan.
Here are the three logs (panda-activescan, dss-main and dss-extra attached):
PS: note that the "extra.txt" is from the first scan, which was done abit earlier than my last scan where the pasted "main.txt" is from.
This is because i was unable to get a fresh "extra.txt" from the last scan (no minimized window at all).
OK, here we go now:

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Answer:Windows Update - spontaneous reboots/bluescreens "lzx32.sys" - "Exploit/ByteVerify"


In addition I've done some work myself (Rustbfix.exe, SpywareGuard, SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition, AVG Anti-Spyware), and it seems to be cleaner than it was (i.e. Windows Update works).

It would be nice anyways to get the facts straight, so here's a fresh log from Deckards System Scanner:

Deckard's System Scanner v20070318.32
Run by Claw_ on 2007-03-22 at 14:16:44
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- HijackThis (run as Claw_.exe) -----------------------------------------------

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 14:17:16, on 22.03.2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Programfiler\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Programfiler\Fellesfiler\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
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I've got a Dell netbook with a problem. It's running Win7 Starter. When I go to check for updates, it first wants to install the latest Windows updater, but that fails with error code 80004005. If I try again I get error 800700B7.

After trying system restore and running SFC, which found a trivial (I believe) tcpmon.ini error, I finally opted to restore the system to factory condition. Surprise, the exact same error persists.

I can do a lot of updating via local file stores, but I want this machine to be updateable on a continuing basis.

Also, I have a Win7 installation disk. When I tried a repair install, it tells me that the existing system is a later version and it refuses to install.

The only thing I have left is a fresh install from the disk. But I have no idea what is going on here.

Answer:Can't install "new Windows Update software" -errors 80004005, 800700B7

Please follow the instructions at Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data - then we may be able to see what we're dealing with.

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Whenever I try to get updates I get the following message:
"Restart you computer to install important updates" and "Windows
can't update important files and services while the system is
using them. Save any open files and restart the computer, and
then try to check for new updates."
This is constant, never ends.
It may be related to the fact that I once clicked on getting
Windows 10 (download later) and realized that was a bad mistake,
because after that MS didn't give me any real choice: either do it
now, or do it in the next 72 hours! I tried to follow some advice
on various forums to get rid of this, but none of my attempts were successful.
I do NOT want Windows 10 right now, nor in the next 72 hours.
I apparently can no longer get updates, including security
updates, not absolutely sure. The one thing that is certain is
that I am getting this nag screen from "Windows Update" about
restarting my computer, which I have done a hundred times in
the past couple of days.
I need some help.
Thanks in advance.

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To be honest, I just downloaded Windows Update Readiness Tool because my "Turn Windows Feature On or Off" shows up blank every time I open it just like the picture attached.

So, I researched that the way to fix it is by installing Windows Update Readiness Tool, and so, I did. But, when I try to install, it LITERALLY "fails" to do so (as seen on the other pic) . Can anyone help me resolve this problem? I want a concrete answer with steps for me to follow. I don't care however complicated those steps may be, as long as they definitely fix the issue.

Thanks to all who help

Answer:Windows Update Readiness Tool Literally "Fails" to install

Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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the title pretty much sums it up.The little balloon popped up in the taskbar, telling me I had windows updates ready to install.So I clicked it and selected custom install, just so I could see what it was gonna do to my machine (always wise when dealing with Microsoft ).after this, it said "initializing installation...Done! then, installing Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1...Failed!"after that screen it went to a final screen of the installation, to show that one upgrade had not been installed (Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1).So now, I have that annoying icon in my taskbar, and there's no way that I can see of getting rid of it.  I wen through a couple of KB articles on microsoft support, but nothing that I could find seemed to fit my problem.lastly, this is considered to be a "critical" update, so even if I go to the microsoft update website, I cannot check the "do not remind me of this update" (or whatever that box says, you know what I mean) box.  So it will always appear as an update that I need for my pc.Other possibly relevent info:►Windows xp service pack 2►no pirated sofware- so my key should be fine►all other updates have been up-to-date so far, aside from this one►latest versions of IE, WMP, Microsoft Office suit (2007)►have recently posted hijack this logs and gone through a couple of known online scanners (like panda active online scanner) and have a firewall and li... Read more

Answer:windows update "Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1" fails to install

.NET framework can be stubborn to fix.First see if it is listed in Add/Remove programs if so remove it.Travel Here for the Windows Installer clean up utility and run it.DLoad a fresh copy of .NET 1.1.Disconnect from the web and disable your Anti-virus program and turn off Windows firewall if it is enabled.Install .NET 1.1

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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Answer:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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Hi guys- October is coming soon - and as I just did a quick search here in the forum, there does not seem to be a compiled list of suggested tweaks after a fresh install. For instance I just read about tweaking the Aero Peek speed from 400ms to 40. It was a new one to me, but something like that might be handy. WHich got me wondering what else might be....

SO what I'd like to see is your suggestions and instructions for tweaks after you do a clean install (like many of us will do come October). Some folk with BuKu RAM may disable the page file, add certain screen savers from certain sites or add specific tools and gadgets... What are you planning to do with YOUR next clean install?

Answer:Time to start "Fresh Install" tweaks list!

One of the first things I do is disable UAC .

Them goes system restore etc and unwanted services.

Black Viper's Web Site

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Hi all,

I have been searching the web for an answer to this question since first getting Windows 10 last year. I would like my File Explorer to open using the "List" view rather than the current default of "Details". I have seen many responses that reference how to change the default view template from Documents to Music, Pictures, ..., but none that actually address this question. Is there a way to do this at all in Win10?

I'm thinking of changing Documents template for Details to remove all columns except for Name. The Details view as it currently has been useful in the past so I hate to lose it all together.

Am I SOL in my request? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Want to change File Explorer default View from "Details" to "List"

Open File Explorer, in the menu bar click view > choose your view (mine is medium icons)

To get the menu bar (if you don't have it showing) put the cursor in the top window bar, right click, click Menu bar. On mine it's the first choice.

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A few days ago I discovered that the list of installed Windows updates (via link "View update history") disappeared. When selected it merely shows a blank screen with only the column headings.

However, if I select the link "Installed Updates" it does indeed populate with all (329) currently installed updates.

Also, if I run the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2 it does not complain about hoards of missing updates. Similarly, if I run Belarc Advisor it too lists all the updates installed.

I have a full system backup from a few weeks ago that I likely could use to restore the functionality of the
"View update history" link if I knew the name of the specific file, and where it is kept. I've looked in
C\Windows\SoftwareDistribution but cannot determine if anything is amiss.

Can someone provide information regarding the name of the specific file, and where it is kept.

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