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Windows 7 update stuck "cheking for updates" (new install)

Question: Windows 7 update stuck "cheking for updates" (new install)

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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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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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'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
"checking."

Walked through the manual process from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058, 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 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810 and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083710.  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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/3... Read more

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Hi
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!

Thanks

Nick

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Hi,

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.

Regards,
Shah

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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!
The "Windows Update screen shows "Never" for both "Most recent check for updates&... Read more

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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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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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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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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: https://www.winhelp.us/reinstall-windows-update.html
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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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: https://blog.krissmilne.tech/windows...ng-for-updates

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:


Code:
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 = https://fe2.update.microsoft.com/v6/ClientWebService/client.asmx
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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Hi,
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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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.

Regards,
FedtetLyn

Answer:Windows update stuck "Searching for updates"

See this post:
Windows Update Hangs on checking for updates

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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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hi,
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

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

Install SP2 standalone version and all hotfixes.If it don't help
observe your system for a while on clean boot How to perform a clean boot procedure to determine whether background programs are interfering with a game or a program that you currently use

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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.http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9665683Hope this help.

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Hi,

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.
Simon

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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

Spanker,
.............. 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

Spanker,
.............. 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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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.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

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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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The latest Windows 10 Insider update has my laptop stuck at "Working on Updates 78%" for several days and nothing more. When I shut it down (power button) it restores the previous version and will then just get stuck again when it tries to apply the Updates the next night.
Machine has 1Tb hybrid drive, 12 gig RAM, i5
Any assistance would be appreciated as yhe laptop is now out of commission for 4 days.

Answer:Update stuck at "Working on Updates 78%" for several days already

Hi Welcome to Windows Central. Your issue is well discussed on this link here on the forum. Give it a look. If you need more help, please join the forum!http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...s-service.htmlhttp://forums.windowscentral.com/ask...community.html

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The latest Windows 10 Insider update has my laptop stuck at "Working on Updates 78%" for several days and nothing more. When I shut it down (power button) it restores the previous version and will then just get stuck again when it tries to apply the Updates the next night.
Machine has 1Tb hybrid drive, 12 gig RAM, i5
Any assistance would be appreciated as yhe laptop is now out of commission for 4 days.

Answer:Update stuck at "Working on Updates 78%" for several days already

Hi Welcome to Windows Central. Your issue is well discussed on this link here on the forum. Give it a look. If you need more help, please join the forum! Windows as a service....: Join the Windows Central Community!

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I've decided to upgrade my Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 with the free upgrade. Unfortunately, it has been stuck "Checking for Updates" for the last 30-45 minutes. Is this normal? I've updated two laptops, one Windows 7 Home and one Windows 8 and it didn't take nearly this long. I'm afraid I'm stuck in some kind of loop. I've searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

Answer:Upgrade Install Stuck on "Checking for Updates"

Originally Posted by ARAMP1


I've decided to upgrade my Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 with the free upgrade. Unfortunately, it has been stuck "Checking for Updates" for the last 30-45 minutes. Is this normal? I've updated two laptops, one Windows 7 Home and one Windows 8 and it didn't take nearly this long. I'm afraid I'm stuck in some kind of loop. I've searched the forum and couldn't find anything.



Well, please disregard. It finally started installing.

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I've decided to upgrade my Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 with the free upgrade. Unfortunately, it has been stuck "Checking for Updates" for the last 30-45 minutes. Is this normal? I've updated two laptops, one Windows 7 Home and one Windows 8 and it didn't take nearly this long. I'm afraid I'm stuck in some kind of loop. I've searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

Answer:Upgrade Install Stuck on "Checking for Updates"

ARAMP1 said:

I've decided to upgrade my Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 with the free upgrade. Unfortunately, it has been stuck "Checking for Updates" for the last 30-45 minutes. Is this normal? I've updated two laptops, one Windows 7 Home and one Windows 8 and it didn't take nearly this long. I'm afraid I'm stuck in some kind of loop. I've searched the forum and couldn't find anything.



Well, please disregard. It finally started installing.

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Hi,

I've purchased a refurbished Dell notebook that has Windows 7 home Prem. Have had it for a few months and everything works great. However it has never been able to do a Windows update. Been trying to get the update to work on and off since I bought it. It's a valid Windows install and has a registered product code.

I mention that because it is compatible for a free Windows 10 upgrade. (it's a notebook that can be used as a tablet and I really like how Windows 10 works on my other PCs).

I have been trying to get the regular windows 7 update to work so I can start off with an up to date 7 to 10 upgrade. I've tried everything ... with no success.

BTW, the update history shows only two MS file updates .. and when I start the update process the first screen says "Most recent updates .. Never Updates were installed .. Never.

And it continues in a "Checking for Updates" mode ... (I've even left it overnight) ... It's not frozen and the activity bar is moving .. Network activity is zero .. and I'm using 50 percent of my memory (with nothing else running) So I can not update my OS ..

On a whim I tried the MS windows 10 upgrade. (I've done it on a couple of other computers without issues). The upgrade goes smoothly and quickly and get all way to the last point where it checks for any OS updates ... and then sits there ... not frozen .. running ... and doing nothing. So at that point I find I can not cancel or go back and my only option is... Read more

Answer:Win 7 update "checking for updates" stuck

I do it by integrating updates into install.wim before installing.

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Hello!
I'm trying to install Windows 7 retail with no luck.
I've been installing it many times before, from beta to rtm with no problem whatsoever, it's an excellent OS!

But now it just won't work, it gets stuck on "installing updates" or "installing features", mostly the first.
I have tryed with the dvd and a bootable usb, same thing.

I am using the following hardware:

Asus P6T Deluxe
Intel i7 920
Corsair Dominator 3x2Gb
AMD HD4850
OCZ Vertex SSD (for the OS)
Samsung F1 1Tb (for storage)

Questings and answers:

? Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation?
I'm doing a clean install, I have no OS on my computer now.

? Are you multi-booting now?
No

Current Hardware
? How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system?
1 ssd and 1 hdd
? Are they IDE or SATA?
Sata
? How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
1
? Are they IDE or SATA Drives?
Sata
? Any external HDs used?
No
? Are they connected by USB or eSATA?
-
? Check Disk Management for any HDs listed with a yellow triangle and explanation point?
Where can I do this?
? Is this a New Clean HD?
Not new, but clean. I format it before installation every time I tryed, when it asks where you want to install.
? Have you pre-formatted the HD?
No

Windows 7 installation details
? Which build number and version of Windows 7 are you installing?
The retail
? Are you installing a 32 bit (x... Read more

Answer:Install stuck on "Installing Updates".

Hello!
I'm trying to install Windows 7 retail with no luck.
I've been installing it many times before, from beta to rtm with no problem whatsoever, it's an excellent OS!

But now it just won't work, it gets stuck on "installing updates" or "installing features", mostly the first.
I have tryed with the dvd and a bootable usb, same thing.

I am using the following hardware:

Asus P6T Deluxe
Intel i7 920
Corsair Dominator 3x2Gb
AMD HD4850
OCZ Vertex SSD (for the OS)
Samsung F1 1Tb (for storage)

Questings and answers:

? Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation?
I'm doing a clean install, I have no OS on my computer now.

? Are you multi-booting now?
No

Current Hardware
? How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system?
1 ssd and 1 hdd
? Are they IDE or SATA?
Sata
? How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
1
? Are they IDE or SATA Drives?
Sata
? Any external HDs used?
No




Try burning at 4X
Disconnect everything except monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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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
JMurphNE

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Hello!
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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Same issue here. Fresh install of Win 7 Pro x64 w/SP1 in a VM. Also tried installing Win 7 Pro x64 and manually adding SP1 ( from .iso )-- after SP1 is added, Windows update just runs and runs and never finishes. Been running for the past 4 hours.

Installs earlier this year did not have this issue. Wondering if since the Windows 10 rollout started maybe something changed on MS update servers?

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

This tutorial needs to be completed.

Windows Update Posting Instructions

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Hi, i'm having a hard time with Windows Update. When i check for for updates it gets stuck and even if i dont check for updates, the Windows Update service starts anyway. In both cases it is accompanied by high CPU usage as shown here:



List of things i did:
1. Anti-virus scan (nothing)
2. Windows Update Troubleshooter (didnt fix it)
3.Check Disk for Errors (no problems were detected)
I eventually tried Resetting Windows Update Componets Manually (following step 4)using the proccess described here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058
I ran into trouble Reregistering files (step 6).
Many .dlls were NOT successful, such as regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll (pop-up message said something along the lines of "Connected but failed to register, check if .dll is vaild and try again later'')and some more which i cant remember. That said, i completed all steps because i didnt know what else to do.
The results were the same as before apart from having my Update history whiped and new folders in Windows (don't know if i need the two them in each file):


No solution to this has been found yet. Please help.

Answer:Windows Update stuck at "Checking for updates'

This is a common problem now with many many people that started here over a year ago and has gotten progressively worse. There are threads on various forums (Wilders, DSLR) about it and so on. It took 4 hours and 15 minutes of "checking for updates" on my Win 7 system yesterday, but eventually they did show up and I then had no trouble installing them. All I can suggest is patience, just let it run until it shows the list. I hope MS will fix this issue at some point, because a lot of people are getting very very frustrated with all this. And yes, the entire time mine was checking, the cpu usage was at a constant 50% more or less. However, I was still able to use the machine during this time, so not too much of a hardship. This issue needs fixing though, for sure!

PS: Various people have posted various temporary fixes, but nothing sticks. The next month the same problem occurs on the next update check. So at this time, there is no real solution. Don't bother looking for one, in other words...

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Quote: Originally Posted by sleepless









  
Quote: Originally Posted by Mayank Parmar


is the computer booting in Safe Mode?
if Yes then run a disk cleanup


seems to be working after a run in safe mode. thanks all, for your time.



I know this is an old thread, but what exactly did you do in safe mode? I have the exact same problem. I tried to boot in safe mode. Tried opening Windows Update, but nothing at all happened (it would not open). I seem to have found info saying that Windows Update cannot open in safe mode.

Anyway, nothing new when I rebooted again and tried to check for updates in Windows Update again. It just keeps checking and checking and checking for hours...

I've also tried the Microsoft Fix It tool, but what happens there is that it says "Checking for updates on the Internet" and is stuck there. So basically the same thing as in Windows Update...

Btw, I have just done a clean install of Windows 7 Professional x64 (SP1) on this computer, so this is the first time I run Windows Update after that (meaning no updates have ever been installed).

I am not tech savvy at all, so now I'm clueless...

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

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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Same issue as josefine. Recent clean install. Got some updates done, including service pack 1, then Windows Update updated, and now I'm stuck. No earlier version of Windows Update detected, so I can't roll back, tried the above fixes (including Windows Fix It, which wasn't able to install properly), and in Safe Mode with networking, Windows Update won't run at all

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

Here's my log file

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I think the "updates freezing" issue has come up in another thread and apologies if it has, but I can't find it momentarily.

The screen shots show what I've been looking at for two days now. Obviously something is amiss with Automatic Update but I dunno what, or what to do about it.

Any advice, help????

Mods, please feel free to move me to the other thread I suspect exists.

Cheers

ausgumbie

Answer:Windows Updates - Stuck on "Downloading updates 37%" for 2 days!

G'day mate!

Have a look here.

Windows Update stuck downloading updates in Windows 10

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like in the last post i made i made a video since its easy on me then typing.

Windows 7 Bootcamp. Updates stuck - Video Dailymotion

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I think the "updates freezing" issue has come up in another thread and apologies if it has, but I can't find it momentarily.

The screen shots show what I've been looking at for two days now. Obviously something is amiss with Automatic Update but I dunno what, or what to do about it.

Any advice, help????

Mods, please feel free to move me to the other thread I suspect exists.

Cheers

ausgumbie

Answer:Windows Updates - Stuck on "Downloading updates 37%" for 2 days!

G'day mate!

Have a look here.

Windows Update stuck downloading updates in Windows 10

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Note: I can't take any screen shots because my problematic laptop won't even start up fully.

So as a bit of background, my 6-year-old Toshiba A505-S6005 laptop battery has been horrible for ages (as in my laptop MUST be plugged in at all times or else it will immediately spontaneously turn off without a proper shut-down. It also spontaneously turns off it it overheats or starts working too hard or something), so I don't use it very much - but it's where I keep all my music and movies, and I've been gradually transferring these files to other devices, which is why I still use it occasionally...

Anyway, 2 nights ago, I downloaded and installed updates, and after taking a while to install updates, it stayed on the "shutting down..." screen for a long time... And when I woke up the next morning, it was STILL on the "shutting down" screen - and it had been 8 hours by that point (I was actually very surprised that it hadn't spontaneously turned off overnight). So I did a force-turn-off because I thought it would start up ok.

Today, I turned on the computer figuring it would boot up ok. So we get to the start-up screen - it even spends a mere split second on the usual improper-shut-down-how-would-you-like-to-start-up screen (it usually spends 30 seconds on that screen) and it goes through "configuring updates," and this took a while, and then it went back to the "shutting down..." screen. And it was stuck there for about 20 minutes be... Read more

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Hi,
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 installed an ocz vertex 4 ssd (256g model) into my msi gt70 laptop. A product key came with the laptop, and I've burned windows 7 to a disc. I made sure the ssd has priority in the BIOS too.

When I start up the installation, it gets to the "Installing updates" step, but doesn't progress any further, the laptop is effectively frozen on that step. I've tried re-installing a couple times now and it continues to get stuck on "Installing updates".

Do I need an active internet connection for this step by any chance?

Answer:Windows 7 64B installation stuck on "Installing updates"

Hello angrychair, welcome to Seven Forums!

You do not need 'active' internet to install.

Study the information and steps outlined in the tutorials linked below to sort through each in-turn and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

If the installer is one you acquired perhaps the ISO file is bad and another will work; or if you burned it to DVD, another burn is needed, use ImgBurn at no greater than x4 speed with a verify. ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software
If the PC is capable, add the installation files to a USB stick and boot that for the install. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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When I click to search updates, it stays stuck at the screen "Checking for updates...". I left there for 20 hours and it is still stuck.
My computer is having other problems too. sfc /scannow doesn't works (Windows resource protection could not start the repair service)
My computer isn't shutting down. It stays on this screen: Screenshot by Lightshot
Recently my computer failed on updating windows and I couldn't initialize my machine. So I entered in secure mode and typed this command on cmd: Dism /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions. But the problems were happening before I did this.

*Sorry for bad english

Answer:Windows stuck at "Checking for updates" and other problems

Hi Gabriel,

been using slmgr /rearm, by any chance.

Looking back over your earlier posts, Axe0 was wrong, your install was/is non-genuine.

If you have purchased yet another key, run this tool copy/paste the output

Roy

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After I installed Windows 8 I started having the "0 KB Total, 0% Downloaded" issue while attempting to update, sometimes it does work, but most of the time it doesn't

Answer:Windows Updates stuck at "0 KB Total, 0% Downloaded"

Is Windows Modules Installer set to Manual ?

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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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My system is stuck. It had Windows updates. Went to restart. "Configuring Windows updates". 32% complete. And its stuck. Spinning and spinning and spinning......

So I manually forced computer off and restarted. Same thing. "Configuring Windows updates". 32% complete. Stuck. Now what?

Someone please help. Windows 7 on a Acer desktop

Answer:Help! Stuck on "Configuring Windows Updates"

How long did you let it go for before you called it "stuck"? I know on my system it took almost 5 minutes for it to finish that part, it then restarted and finished updating. In total it took almost 20 minutes from the start o the first restart till i got back to a desktop.

Posted from a Samsung Galaxy Tablet using the Tech-Forums App

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Windows installed some important updates last night, then I shut the machine down. Started it up today and it is stuck on the Starting Windows load screen (the black screen with the Windows icon and the Microsoft Copyright info on the bottom). No progress indicators of the updates loading however. It's been like this for about 30 minutes. I assume I need to do a hard reboot at this point...
 

Answer:Stuck on "Starting Windows" load screen after installing Windows updates

you may want to attempt an OS repair. I'm assuming your running Win 7, so boot from media and it should walk you through the process
 

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I have an Asus VivoTab Smart that comes with Windows 8, and before I can do the 8.1 upgrade, I have to install all 112 updates.  This was going just fine until after it rebooted, and now it's been stuck on the "Failure configuring Windows updates,
Reverting changes" screen for about the past 12+ hours.  I restarted it a couple of times by holding down the power button, but it comes right back to the same screen after the Asus splash screen.  Were this a laptop, I know exactly how
to fix it (go to Advanced Recovery Options), but since it's a new tablet that I haven't yet connected its Bluetooth keyboard to, I'm basically stuck.  I can't even boot to a flash drive because that requires a keyboard to get to the boot options.
What can I do?  None of the other forum posts related to this work because I don't have a keyboard attached to it and because the OS isn't loaded (can't get the Charms  bar so I can restart it that way or boot into Safe Mode or anything.)

Answer:Windows 8 tablet stuck on "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes"

All right, I got it figured out - for Windows tablets, holding the Volume Down button while pressing the Power button will give you the Boot Options menu, so I used my 4-port USB hub (tablet has one micro USB port) and plugged in both a Windows 8 recovery
disk flash drive and a USB keyboard and mouse and did a System Restore from there.  Updates are still taking eons to install, but at least it's working now.

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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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Hello,

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 3.7.xxx 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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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

Answer:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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Answer:After cumulative update, stuck on "getting windows ready don't turn off your computer"

haw long has it been that the system is trying to do so ? turning off the system in the middle of update wont be a good idea in my opinion. just be patient and it should finish.
If you need additional help or want to reply to this thread , learn how to join windows central.

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This problem started when I accidentally agreed to upgrade to Windows 10 which put that update in my queue. I subsequently cancelled the update but the upgrade remained. This was a problem for me because Windows 7 could not update itself while the Windows 10 update is in the queue and I have important third party software that won't let itself be installed on an un-updated computer. So I am stuck.

I called Microsoft and they were able to (after much time) get rid of the Windows 10 update. However they left me in a never-ending loop of "Restart your computer to install important updates" and my software still won't install. I spent another 2 days on the phone with Microsoft techs and they exhausted their tools and told me reinstalling Windows 7 was my only choice - trying to avoid that. I do have a restore point but it's back in May which is doable I guess but I've had bad luck with restore and am looking to solve this another way.

More details:
* Restarting from the prompt in Windows Update does nothing
* Clicking on check for updates tells me I have to restart first
* I have the original Windows disc that came with the computer, but it is a recovery DVD only and did not give me the option of repairing Windows Update.
* I ran scannow and SURT. Didn't work.
* I have not got any windows error codes
* The only update in my history is the KB947821 hotfix. Something the Microsoft techs did removed the other history
* I uploaded the SFC details file. The CBS... Read more

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So I installed windows 10. Everything as far as installation went perfect. Until it loaded, and gave me the "hi there, welcome back!" Message and then a "next" button. I click next, and all that happens is my computer acts like ts not responding and then reboots itself. And this ALWAYS. I need my computer to work. I don't know how to fix this.

Answer:Windows 10 update is stuck on the blue "welcome back!" Screen!

Perhaps your computer hangs on an "invalid" driver. Try disconnecting all devices so you only have the bare computer and try again booting.

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i was forced to format because i had trojins like crazy that i couldnt get rid of. I formated but deleted everything and now when i put the driver disc in that came with my computer it wont load the drivers. when i got to browse i can see the files on the disc but its not getting me anywhere. i even tryed to put the driver disc on a flash drive and load them but all its saying is

"NO NEW DEVICES COULD BE FOUND.MAKE SURE THE DRIVER FILES ARE CORRECT AND LOCATED ON THE DRIVER INSTALLATION MEDIA."

NO DEVICES WERE FOUND. MAKE SURE THAT THE INSTALLATION MEDIA CONTAINS THE CORRECT DRIVES,AND THEN CLICK OK."

im stuck at the install "windows screen" when it prompts you to install the drivers

can anyone help?
 

Answer:Solved: stuck at the "install windows" screen! please help. i was forced to format be

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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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After following the tutorials on the site to get windows on a flash drive or dvd, i used that to run the installer. sadly, after you hit "start to install" it goes into a seemingly infinite setup is starting cycle where ultimately nothing happens.
any solutions would be appreciated
also, i read somewhere that i can fix this with cmd by using this
At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT
however, after typing diskpart my cmd does not let me type anything else, effectively rendering this useless.. also regarding the infinite loop startup repair guide here it didnt let me issue any commands after typing D:

thanks in advance, help is much appreciated!

Answer:Install windows stuck on "setup is starting", cmd won't use commands

It sounds like you might have a faulty installer - try writing the ISO to USB again.

Be sure you get the iso here:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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Hi to all

Hopefully I would find help here.
I have bought a new machine with 4GB ram, 500GB HD, Intel DG41KR motherboard and Intel G41 Graphics Card.
I received the machine with Windows 7 installed, but wanted to format and install XP since I would not be able to upgrade my screen reading softwares (I am totally blind) and other necessary stuff are too much for my little budget. I can not go on with 7 since they are not that compatible. So I planned to install XP.
The problem is that XP can not be installed on the machine. Everything is ok till a screen with the sentence "Setup is starting windows" appears and seems to stay till the end of life. By googling there were suggestions to replace the HD, I replaced it with newer one and nothing changed. Others suggested that might be due to falty ram, also replaced with no change. Some other suggestions recommended burning new XP and installing the one that is new and no change. I unplugged all devices; keyboard, mouse, speakers, everything unnecessary for the installation procedure to go on but all were in vain.
I disabled all devices in the BIOS and the problem is the same. No change.
And to narrow things down:
1. I changed sata mode to native, so that the problem is not in the correct SATA, SCASi, RAID, IDE AHCI, ICH etc drivers. Even I integrated the compatible SATA drivers and burned them into the XP disc and there were no change.
2. I created a bootable USB XP thump drive to instal XP from and the problem is the sa... Read more

Answer:Can't install XP on computer; stuck on "Setup is starting windows"

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I torrented a windows 7 install disc iso. I burned it to a disc but when i tried to install windows 7 it gets to "expanding files" and freezes at 0% . After that i tried using the exact same iso but from a thumb drive, and it worked. I tried the disc on multiple computers and it always sticks at 0% on expanding files. I have also reburned the iso multiple times and it still doesn't work. If i use a jump drive it always works. I know someone is gonna say that its the iso because i got it from a torrent, but the same iso works from a usb drive so it cant be that. I know someone is gonna say it is the optical drive, but i have tried it on 3 different computers with optical drives that i know work but it still sticks at 0% so its not that. Its also is not that i haven't waited long enough because i have left it for multiple hours and it still didn't move from 0%. I suspect that its an little feature in the burning program that i overlooked during the burn process. Has anyone encountered this or know how to fix it?

Answer:Windows 7 install stuck at 0% on "expanding files" but works off USB

I assume it has to do with the burn speed. If burned at anything higher than 1x, there is a chance of the disc being corrupted.

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I now formatted my hard drive and installing windows vista ultimate. I thought it was stuck on the screen that says that it was checking windows performance so i did an improper shutdown anf reinstalled it again. Now its stuck on thr screen and its been like 2 hours already. There is a green progress bar i think, but its less than 5% and its been stuck there since who knows when.

Answer:vista install stuck at "please wait while windows checks your computers performance"

Okay? You did a improper shut down while the HDD was in motion. You then proceeded to overwrite that area again and now you are complaining? You possibly have corrupted your HDD. Since it hasnt fully installed you cant do a chkdsk but i think that what happened.

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Hello Technet,
i recently tried to make use of this fine powershell module to manage some windows updates on the clients: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/2d191bcd-3308-4edd-9de2-88dff796b0bc

I downloaded and installed it, but the "core cmdlet" get-wuinstall immediatly stops after executing the command.
When I run "get-wuinstall -verbose", I see "Connecting to Windows Server Update Service server. Please wait..."

This won't go away.

When I run the same command with the -debug switch instead, I get this:


I thought to myself, maybe the Windows Update Service is not ready, so I ran the get-wuServiceManager command, but from what I can tell, this looks good:

Any Ideas why this module won't work? I've also been trying to put this question in a more appropriate forum section, but coudn't find one that specifically was for powershell questions.
thanks for reading and have a good time
regards
Martin

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Hi everybody. I have a problem with Windows Update. It just permanently hangs on the message, "Checking for the latest updates for your computer . . ." I'm not sure what to do about this.

I've tried a few things, and they haven't worked. so any help would be very welcome.

I have checked the settings on the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) and I also checked the Automatic Updates service. It doesn't appear that anything is wrong with these or the settings are off. I deleted the catroot2 folder in system32, but that didn't fix it either. (I made a backup. No worries.)

I'm using Windows XP with SP2 installed. I have Internet Explorer 7 installed, and all the windows update sites are added in the trusted websites list.

So, what do I do?

---------------------------------------

Okay, I think this was fixed after I installed Windows Genuine Advantage tools. hmm....
 

Answer:Windows Update Hangs - Stuck "Checking"

I too experienced this problem. After contacting tech support for Windows Update they gave me several things to try. Then the problem progressed to offering the high priority updates which I said to download and install. Well the update process froze at "Preparing to Download". Then I made a further discovery that if I let the download process run for 10 to 15 minutes and then abort it with the Task Manager and then return to Windows Update, and select "Custom" the updates had downloaded and were ready to install.

Through such convoluted actions I was finally able to bring my system up to date.

BTW, during this time Automatic Updates never offered an update.
 

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I've got a Fujitsu Lifebook T730 laptop with Intel Core i7 and on board graphics. I have Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit. My problem is that I have like 60 updates to do but Windows Update always gets stuck at 0 kb total, 0% downloaded. I tried letting it for hours but that didnt solve anything. I also tried doing net stop wuauserv in cmd and that didnt work, I deleted Software Distibution folder and that didnt work, I checked if the Wifi was defined as a metered connection but that didnt solve anything I tried Windows Update troubleshooter and that didnt work neither. I dont know if this is releted somehow to the fact that most of my Metro Apps(Including Store, Mail, Foods and Drinks, Health, News etc...) cant connect to internet. Please help me!!!!

(Sorry if this thread might have already been posted but I did many Internet Searches and found nothing.)

Answer:Windows Update stuck at "0 kb total, 0% downloaded"

In control panel > system > does it show as activated?

I also tried doing net stop wuauserv in cmd - after running cmd

delete windows\softwaredistribution folder

run windows update again

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Windows 10 prompted me to restart to install the Creators Update. It's now been sitting for a little over an hour on "Getting Windows ready. Don't turn off your computer". I can still move the mouse around and the dots are still spinning, but there's no activity on the disk.

I'm not sure what my options are at this point. I'm almost 100% sure it's frozen, so I may be in the position to turn it off with the power button, but I don't want to lose everything. Any suggestions?

EDIT: about 30 seconds after posting this, it restarted on its own. It's now on the "Working on updates... this will take a while" screen, so all seems good. I'm still not sure why it was so slow, but maybe it has something to do with my OS drive (SSD) being nearly full, so it might have had to write and install small chunks of the update at a time if it didn't have enough space.

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Last night at about 8 pm my computer got stuck and would do nothing. It displaying nothing. Then about a hour later it said "Updating your system 100%" and was just spinning with the dots going around in a circle. Now, at almost 6:00 am the next day, after doing this all night, it is still in the same spot...... "Updating your system 100%". I upgraded my Acer laptop about a year ago from Win8.1 to Win 10. It is still just sitting there, spinning. What should I do to fix this?
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Last night at about 8 pm my computer got stuck and would do nothing. It displaying nothing. Then about a hour later it said "Updating your system 100%" and was just spinning with the dots going around in a circle. Now, at almost 6:00 am the next day, after doing this all night, it is still in the same spot...... "Updating your system 100%". I upgraded my Acer laptop about a year ago from Win8.1 to Win 10. It is still just sitting there, spinning. What should I do to fix this?
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Answer:Windows 10 update stuck at "Updating your system 100%"

If there is no sign that the hard disk is spinning (small LED light on) then you should force a restart by holding down the power button for about 4 or 5 seconds. Then turn on the laptop again and hopefully the update will resume. Be patient, there have been some recent updates that do take a while to complete.

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So last night a big windows 10 message thing came up on my laptop and told me that I should upgrade for free. I did, and when I restarted my laptop it went to the normal update screen and said "keep your PC on until this is done. installing update 1 of 1". It took a long time so I had to leave it on over night. So now it's been about 12 hours and it's still installing? I really need my laptop so should I turn off my laptop? I tried doing Ctrl + Alt + delete but that didn't do anything. Do I need to just give it more time? Please help!

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I bought a new SSD today.It is a kingston v+200 60gb.so I want to install windows 7 on my new ssd.I already have 2 HDD installed.One had the old windows 7.so I install the SSD and do a complete rewiring of my pc because its to messy.Then hooked up everything except the 2 old HDD.

So i go to the bios and change the boot priority to my dvd drive but i notice that is doesnt detect my ssd.I just proceed changing the setting to AHCI for TRIM.Then reboot and go to the BIOS again.Now it detect my SSD.So i proceed install windows 7.

On the "Where to install windows",It says something like "windows cant install on the drive" (cant remember).I reboot the pc and enter the setup again and it went fine.

After reboot once,it stuck at "completing installation".my mouse pointer wont hover.Tried reinstalling it twice but still stuck there.So i unplugged my ssd and just connect to my old HDD that has windows 7.but now when it boot up on my old HDD,it stuck on "starting windows".Did i do something wrong?

Answer:Stuck at "Completing installation" install windows 7 on new SSD.

Now it doesnt posting. is my pc dead?

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I purchased my laptop in January and I'm not really sure what happened, I must have been struck by a pretty bad virus or something because I had a lot of protection and ran regular scans. But anyway, one day I booted up my computer and it said error recovery or something a prompted me to repair my pc but I choose start windows normally, and it loaded normally but just before it could get to the login screen a blue screen error flashed for a split second then my laptop restarted and took me to the error screen again. when I try repair my computer, it takes me tow blank lie screen,ole the login screen, with a cursor in the middle, but no dialog box. I left this running for up to 3 days, so it's definitely not just loading. so I decided my computer is pretty much screwed, and searched for my installation disc it came with. (windows was already preinstalled so I'd never used it before. on startup I pressed f12 and booted from cd rom, then it said press any key and took me to a loading screen, which took about 5 minutes and then to the installation screen. I said my language is English, choose uk English etc. then it says install now or repair your computer. when I click the repair option, I am taken to the same blank blue screen from before. when I press install it says setup is starting... and the loading cursor is spinning, so I know it's not frozen. I left it for half an hour, tried again, and this time left it for 11 hours, but still no setup has started. ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

It probably isn't a virus or any kind of malware if you are experiencing issues when attempting a fresh Windows installation.
It's possible the hard drive has developed a fault, despite being only six-months old. You should test it to confirm if this is the case.

Download SeaTools for DOS from here (click Downloads): http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

Now download & install (on a working PC of course) IMGBurn from here: http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/
Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools for DOS ISO CD-Image File.
Now boot your laptop from that CD and SeaTools for DOS will eventually appear on the screen.
Select your laptop's hard drive and test it using the long/extended test if available.

Hopefully the drive will pass the test, but at least you can then move on to troubleshoot the problem elsewhere, confident in the knowledge that it's not a faulty hard drive that's causing it. So testing it is definitely not a waste of time.
 

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Hey there! Been having some trouble installing windows 7 and need some assistance.
I recently downloaded windows 7 from my MSDNAA e-academy. When it finishes downloading and starts unpacking, at the very beginning the progress bar is stuck on the very first bar of "checking file CRC"
I've downloaded it twice now and got the same thing both times.

Answer:Windows 7 Pro x64 install stuck on "checking file CRC"

how long did you wait for "checking crc"? what are your system specs?

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Hi,I am attempting to install windows 7 x64 onto my pc and it hangs at the "Setup is Starting..." screen.  I waited for the screen to go away overnight but to no avail.  My system's specs are: Phenom II x3 720 beMSI 790GX-G65 Motherboard with integrated video and the latest bios2 Gigs of ram (going to expand to 6)640 gig Seagate sata hard drive in IDE modefirewire and integrated audio have been disabledusb enabled but usb compatibility mode disabledno floppy drive and it has been disabled onboard lan has been disabledThere was an instance where the installation got past that screen and asked me to choose a drive to install but none were selectable.  I used seagates utility to set up the drive with ntfs but that didn't solve the issue.  Is there anything else that I should try? 

Answer:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

Hi,You can run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, it will tells you about any known compatibility issues.  If you have 64-bit version of Windows XP installed, trying to perform Upgrade install and check if the issue persists. Thomas Lin

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Hi all, this really wierd bug just happened and not sure what to do. My homepage is stuck at "http:///" and can't change it no matter what. The other problem is no matter what page I visit, there is no "windows internet explorer" in the title bar.I'm not sure if this is a virus or just a bug. I had IE 6 with this problem then upgraded to 7 hoping for this problem to disappear with no luck.Any help would be highly appreciated.Thank you

Answer:home page stuck at "http:///" and can't see "windows internet explorer" in bar

Will Firefox work OK?

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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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The "configuring update for windows 10 71 % complete has been on the screen for over an hour." I read this thread, http://www.redmondpie.com/fix-windows-10-anniversary-update-install-stuck-issue-heres-how/ but based on the date of this thread, I can't imagine that I would be installing the anniversary update at this late date, since I have auto update turned on. I even manually checked for updates last week when the news of #wannacry spread.
Is it possible that old thread is still applicable?
Or should I be doing something else? I am afraid to reboot....
Thanks!


 

Answer:Windows 10 update stuck at "configuring" 71%

Reboot you'll be fine then run the Windows update diagnostic tool and get it to run any repairs

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
 

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I received an upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro from school, and get all the way through the installation process, but for some reason, during sections when it does the "windows must restart" it restarts, and never "comesback on" ie, the screen doesn't come back on, and it doesn't boot windows... I have to hold my power button to start it back up again.

When I got through all of that, and does the rest of the installation process, and it starts to boot under windows 8, it gets through most of the steps, and it gets to Getting Ready... when it gets to 25% the computer freezes, there is no hard drive activity, nothing happens. I have to restart my computer by holding the power button, again. It's stopped at 25% twice already.

Well at that time windows rolls back to Windows 7, and tells me that it couldn't install because of an error. Any suggestions? Has someone seen this problem in other threads?

Answer:Windows 8 Pro Install gets stuck at "Getting Ready 25%"

Welcome to EightForums.

Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows







Originally Posted by Microsoft



• Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

• Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:
XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

• Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.




Always better to do a clean install.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Restore Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Forums
Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8

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Hello!

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.

Thanks,
S?ren

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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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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 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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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.
-Doug

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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.
Thanks,
- 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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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 https://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358

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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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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.

Conclusion
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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I am stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"
When I choose "Start Windows Normally",it gives me blue screen with the following error:Unmountable_Boot_Volume.On "Launch startup repair" I am stuck on the Windows 7 wallpaper with cursor and can't even open Cmd trough Shift+F10.I've tried re-installing windows from USB stick and I am also stuck on "Setup is Starting".Any help please,and how much I am screwed?
P.S-On Advanced boot options I can't use Safe Mode,Safe Mode with Networking,Safe Mode with Command prompt and Last Known Good Configuration,it gets me back to "Start Windows Normally" and "Launch startup repair".

Answer:Stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"

Time to boot to an external testing/repair environment, such as a Win7 Repair disk or a hard drive test disk.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
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.

FRandallCat
 

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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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?

Thanks

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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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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