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Windows Update never finds updates (Checking for updates never ends)

Question: Windows Update never finds updates (Checking for updates never ends)

I'm trying to add the latest updates on my Windows 8 (64-bit) laptop (Asus Q400A-BHI7N03) and the checking for updates... never completes. I've even tried leaving it over night with no success.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Answer: Windows Update never finds updates (Checking for updates never ends)

try running the Windows Update Troubleshooter:"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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As the title says, I have problems with Windows Update. I tried some fixes like: Reset_Reregister_Windows_Update_Components, Reset_Windows_Update_History, MicrosoftFixit50362 (which is a Microsoft Installer Fixer that couldn't install PowerShell), MicrosoftFixit50202. But what I really need is installing .NET Framework 4. I tried forcing it to install, installing it step by step, but it couldn't go further than .NET Framework 3.5. I need that Framework, the other updates don't really matter. And the interesting thing is that my antivirus doesn't say that Windows is not up-to-date, which is not normal, in ESET Smart Security, if Windows is not up-to-date.
If specs matter:
AMD Athlon ll X4 750K
AMD Radeon R7 240 4GB GDDR3
Vista SP2
I don't know how to obtain CheckSUR.log.

Answer:Windows Update stuck at Checking for Updates and can't install Updates manually

Hi antoniu200:
Many other Vista users have reported that Windows Update seems to get stuck at "Checking for updates..." for long periods of time, and this problem dates back to the August 2015 Patch Tuesday updates - see my screenshots in ScousaJAY's thread windows update just seems to hang while checking in the VistaForums. This month's December 2015 Patch Tuesday updates required a full hour on my machine before it finished the  "Checking for updates..." phase and finally presented a list of available updates, so you might want to try running a manual Windows Update and leaving your computer alone for an hour or so to see if it eventually runs to completion.
You might also want to read Nikilet's recent thread Updates were not configured correctly in that same forum.  Some Vista users, including myself, received an error message this month stating "Updates were not configured correctly. Reverting changes. Please do not turn off your computer" when they tried to install the December 2015 Patch Tuesday updates.  Six updates for the Vista OS and one cumulative update for IE9 were marked as "Failed" on my machine after Windows forced an automatic rollback and re-boot of my machine.  I re-ran Windows Update today and all Important updates that failed yesterday eventually installed successfully ("Checking for updates..." still took about one hour and I declined one Recommended update KB3112148 for Vista and one Optional update KB3106614 for Silver... Read more

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I recently (one week ago) made myself a dual-boot to Windows Vista SP2. I installed everything I needed and set the Windows updates to Automatically install updates. When I needed to make a video smaller (no need to talk about this in this thread) on Handbrake it said I needed Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. I was surprised to see that. I went to see what Windows updates does and it wasn't checking for updates, as I set it to do. I started the check myself. I left it like that 30 minutes. When I closed my game, it was in the same state: checking for updates. So, I went to my .NET Framework 4 installer and, after 15 minutes, it gave an error: another installer is running. There were no installers, besides Windows update. So, I closed its process and let the installer run. After 15 minutes, it gave me an error (I don't remember the name of the error, I'll post it ASAP). So, I started researching, tried everything (MS FIXIT 50202, reset windows update history, reregister windows update components which gave me error 1060 and error 5 - error 5 is after trying MS FIXIT). I tried to "force" the .NET Framework 4 install by installing it step-by-step: 1.1  1.1 SP1  3.5  4. No succes. I AT LEAST need to install that .Net Framwork somehow. And the most interesting part is that my antivirus doesn't say that my OS is not up-to-date . SPECS: 6GB RAMAMD Athlon ll X4 750K 3.2-4.0 GHzAMD Radeon R7 240 4GB GDDR3

Answer:Windows update stuck at Checking for updates and can't install updates manually

Now it doesn't even give the error anymore. It just sits there and fake-installing .Net Framework.

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Hello and thanks for reading.

My Win7 system has run without issues for years now (I keep a clean, well-organized PC). However, within the last few months (I believe it started in late November or December) Windows Update simply stopped working (FYI, I have it set to automatically check for, but not install, updates, at which point I trigger the system to download and install). It's been "Checking for updates..." perpetually for hours (never left it for more than, say, four hours) until the present.

I made some rudimentary attempts at fixes, like running Windows Update Troubleshooter, but nothing worked. I did receive a few errors at one time (that I didn't record), but then whatever steps I took seemed to clear them. Now it simply goes nowhere.

The same applies to Windows Defender. I believe that one of the updates that my machine is unable to download and install is a Defender definition update.

At some point, I read about a fix that included resetting your Windows Updates, which I was able to implement to at least some degree. I believe that this involved booting in safe mode, clearing C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and deleting all files. So now my update log appears clear (as if I've downloaded no updates), but the updates through November 2016 are still clearly installed.

I assume that this is inadequate information for an accurate diagnosis, so could you please let me know what you need and, if somewhat involved (error report, etc.), how to... Read more

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I'm having trouble with windows update on my Vista PC and need some help to get it fixed. If I check for updates, it will find the relevant updates OK but it fails with error 80246008 when it try's to download them.
I have done some research and found that it is throwing this error because my BITS service will not start, now further investigation leads me on to one of it's dependancies that wont start - COM+ Event system. I'm sure it is this COM+ service that is causing my problems. If I try to start it manually it throws up this error: "Windows could not start the COM+ Event system service on local computer. Error 0xc0000096".

I have searched for references to this error but haven't found much yet that relates to my problem.

I hope one of you gurus on here can help me troubleshoot this issue.

Vista Home Premium 32bit SP2.

Answer:Windows update finds updates but cant download

Either reset the permissions with subinacl
or try this:

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I just installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on an HP Envy m6 laptop. I went to check for updates due to the fact that this laptop originally had Windows 8.1. Windows updates just keeping Checking for updates with the green progress bar keeps turning and
turning. I had this problem awhile back and there is an issue with two KB files which are windows update agents but I did not write them down. Does anybody have that information?
Thanking you in advance,
Dennis Sturgill

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I've got a Windows 7 fresh installation, and the first thing I did was to try to update my windows. The problem is that windows keeps checking for updates without coming up with any results (and I did wait a lot).

I had to change my HDD, because the previous one failed altogether. I wouldn't see why there could be any compatibility issues. I have a HP Pavilion dv5-1141en and the hdd inside is a 500GB Seagate. The previous one was a 320GB WD.

I tried resetting my windows update components (, but it didn't work.

I really have no idea where to go from here. It's weird, given that the installation is new.

Appreciate any suggestions,

Thank you!

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I am attempting to update a new install of Windows Vista that is currently at SP1.
Initially, attempts to run the update failed with error code 80080005, but I got by that with the help of a post on this forum. The advice there was to change the settings to never update, exit Update, re-enter it and and set it back to update automatically. That worked fine.
Now, however, when I open Windows Update and click on Check for updates, the screen flashes immediately and no update are found. I don't even think it's checking.
Any help with this problem would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows update not checking for updates

I should have mentioned that both "Most recent check for updates" and "Updates were installed" are both set to "Never".

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I have a Acer E15 E5-575G. I have installed Win 8.1 Pro UEFI with GPT partitions... installed all drivers and when trying to check for update, the progress continues to run forever and CPU spikes to 30%.
If I stop Windows update service, the CPU usage will get back to normal, and the checking for updates will fail.
Please help if you could solve this issue.

Updated BIOS to latest version. Tried to install KB's suggested out there for this issue but setup too takes forever to check for updates installed in PC!

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earlier it was windows 10 updated from windows 7, recently i compolete new install windows 7 after installation i m not able to update this PC. always i am see Checking for updates so many time i restarted and trying to update no use. i even ren software
distribution folder and tried no use. 

Regards, K Suresh

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When i want to update windows throught windows update it will search for windows update but, its gonna take too long . I have waited for 1 hour when it was searching and nothing happened. So i restarted my pc and then tryed it again and i have waited for another 30 minutes.How do i fix it please ?

Answer:Windows Update Keeps checking For updates forever for Win 7

See my TIP posted here:

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this is not fixed by anything i've tried everywhere, i left the computer in question sit for 12+ HRS, and still checking for updates, and it will stay like that for days upon days if i let it, i don't know how to fix it, windows vista home basic sp2, i've even tried microsoft's fixit tool to no avail either, anything that will fix my problem is appreciated minus reinstalling, as i really don't want to.

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I have installed Windows 7 starter on my netbook. Now it's time to update

WU first said it had to update a component and seems it did correctly.

After each boot, WU says "Check for updates for this computer" (I have it set to check but not download them)
Windows Update is stuck at checking for updates, and while that, CPU usage remains at 50% with occasional spikes at 100% by svchost.

No error codes, SFC scannow returns OK, no log files, and no error codes as per the "Windows Update Posting Instructions" thread.
I have defragged, cleaned registry, reset Windows update as per the "Windows Update - Reset" thread, and waited for hours and hours.

I searched and can't get a clue some say to simply wait but I've waited too much.
What else can I do?

Thank you-

Answer:Windows Update stuck at checking for updates

Well you can always close the update window and shut down or restart and see if that shakes it up
Resetting windows updates also removes any wifi or lan drivers that are loaded that I know of pretty much resets everything which there are hundreds of updates to display

You might check but reset also reset updates settings to default which is to download and install so you might double check that if you haven't already.

I've always gotten in a habit to use wired internet connections when checking for or loading updates.

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Hey, everyone. About a week ago I did a factory restore on my computer to go back from Windows 10 to Windows 7. My computer came with Windows 7 x64. Here is the basic system information for my computer:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4863 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9100, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 584 GB (544 GB Free); D: 10 GB (1 GB Free);
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

So anyway, I was able to download and install numerous Windows Updates but then it started doing this thing where it never stops checking for Windows Updates. In other words, it continues checking for Windows Update for hours upon hours and never finishes. I am not sure what to do to fix this. I ran the Windows Update Troubleshooter from Microsoft and it found a couple of issues which it fixed but it was unable to fix one other issue. I can't recall what that issue was at the time but I am going to run it again here shortly to see if it will do the same thing again. I'll report back to you what it says it cannot fix if the error is reproduced.

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I recently installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Previous operating system was Windows 10. When I run a Windows Update, it doesn't stop Checking for Updates. I left it for a 24 hour period yesterday, restarted, and then let it go over night again today.

When I was installing the Network Adapter driver, I received this message: Microsoft SNMP Service was not detected. You must install this service for the Advanced Server sub-agent to work properly. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is checked when I look at the Windows Features under Turn Windows features on or off in the Control Panel. The driver installation finished and I am able to make network connections. I am not sure if this is related to the Windows Update issue so I though I would mention it.


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Hello all,
I have a Dell Inspiron 15 7000. Restored it recently to scratch and following this, windows update has been stuck on checking for updates ever since. I've let it run overnight several times and tried various fixes to no avail. 
So far I've tried
- restarting,
- the windows troubleshooter,
-, but half the commands failed.
- A fix on youtube which involved deleting two folders
- A fix that just shows all the taskbar icons
However it never passes checking for updates. Everything else seems to be working fine and I have only recently restored it so I can't imagine restoring again would help.
Thanks to anyone who tries to help as this is damn frustrating!

Answer:Win 8.1 - Windows update "checking for updates" eternally

Forgot to mention that I tried twice to upgrade to windows 10 straight away, but they failed again. 

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I have let the Windows Update running for more than 24 hours and still nothing to show to download the files from Windows Update for my desktop. I did ran through one program trying to fix Windows Update and got one problem. Here is below:

Windows Update error 0x80080005 ( 2016-11-07 - T_12_04_56P ) not fixed.

I am not sure what is that and won't be able to fix this problem.

Any idea to fix this problem so I will be able to run Windows Update.

Thank you,


Answer:Windows Update stuck at checking for updates

Also run Windows Update Troubleshooter as well but stuck at checking for updates online.

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My Win 7 Windows Update never completes when looking for updates. I've let it run for many hours. I've also run two Microsoft FixIt's. No help. I've also run Option Two "Reset and Re-register Windows Update Components" from the thread at Windows Update - Reset

No help.


-- Larry

Answer:Windows Update Checking for Updates... Never Completes

Had the same problem. This fixed it:

Download standalone installer for the update from Microsoft Update Catalog using Internet Explorer. Stop Windows Update Service. Just stop it - do not disable it.

Run the installer and reboot when done. You should see svchost.exe (netsvcs) and trustedinstllaer.exe running in task manager. Wait for them to do their thing and if you are lucky new updates will appear. At least that's what worked in my case.

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Hello everyone!

This is my first post

At some point my Windows Update started to take forever when checking for updates. I don't know why. So I decided to re-install Windows 7 (Ultimate 32-bits edition on my DELL Dimension 9150) to see if this could get fixed. My HDD is partitioned so before installed I formatted the partition with diskpart (NOT a quick format, took long but I thought it would be better than quick format) and proceed to install Windows 7.

To my surprise Windows Update still keeps on checking for updates for ever.

I have my Windows 7 activated. I haven't installed anything else but Windows Explorer 11 (which managed to download some updates) and followed the instructions to make this post: ran SURT and SFC Scan (which found nothing wrong).

Find my attached.

Hope you guys can help me with this.

Thank you!

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Hi, i have windows 7 64 bit sp1, and when i check for updates it checks for updates with no results. I have let it run overnight and still nothing. It says checking for updates with the green line going back and forth, but never gets any results. Can someone help me with this it is very frustrating.

Answer:Windows Update Keeps checking For updates forever

let's try cleaning up any temp files and folders you have for a start.
Easiest thing is to just do it with ccleaner.
CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

don't use the registry cleaner (yet) just the normal clean function.

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Original thread: /windows-updates-activation/393818-windows-update-checking-updates-forever.html

Since my original thread was closed based on an ASSUMPTION, I just wanted to post the solution:

FYI: Windows licenses are not bound to HW and I have a perfectly legal (spare) Ultimate license to use, so I was in my right to install Win 7 Ultimate onto the laptop which came with a Win 7 Pro license. (Even if I didn't have a license, Win 7 allows a 30 day trial after installation, before I need to activate it!)

Thanks, @Callender and @Barman58 for immediately assuming piracy and closing the thread before I could react...

The solution for the mentioned problem seems to have been to do the steps listed in KB971058 manually (stopping the services, removing the SoftwareDistribution cache, re-registering the DLLs, etc.). After that the update check found some 100+ important updates and installed everything.

I hope I could help somebody else with this solution.

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My Win 7 Windows Update never completes when looking for updates. I've let it run for many hours. I've also run two Microsoft FixIt's. No help. I've also run Option Two "Reset and Re-register Windows Update Components" from the thread at Windows Update - Reset

No help.


-- Larry

Answer:Windows Update Checking for Updates... Never Completes

Had the same problem. This fixed it:

Download standalone installer for the update from Microsoft Update Catalog using Internet Explorer. Stop Windows Update Service. Just stop it - do not disable it.

Run the installer and reboot when done. You should see svchost.exe (netsvcs) and trustedinstllaer.exe running in task manager. Wait for them to do their thing and if you are lucky new updates will appear. At least that's what worked in my case.

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Hi Forum

I have done a clean install of Windows 7 pro N 32 bit on a little acer aspire one d257 nothing wrong in device manager and sf /scannow returns no errors.

when I check for updates it installs the updated agent and a hotfix for Microsoft Windows (KB2534111) then just hangs on checking for updates.

any help would be appreciated

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Hi All,

I've been having a major problem with windows update for the last week or so, it's getting stuck "Checking for updates". Not only that, but I'm seeing this problem on 3 different installations with different underlying hardware. The 3 systems are:

1- VitrualBox (Linux Host) running Win7 Pro 32bit. This was last used July 2015 and was fully updated then.
2- Thinkpad X61 with SSD (which does NOT report 4k physical sectors/advanced format). Clean install this week of W7 Pro 64bit SP1 from official Microsoft retail disc, so no manufacturer extras.
3 - VirtualBox (Linux Host, different underlying hardware to install 1) running Win7 Pro 32 Bit, clean install this week. I did this one as an experiment after the other 2 failed to work.

All 3 systems exhibit the same problem when trying to update, the "Checking for updates" process never completes and after a period of activity, the svchost.exe process will sit at the top of the process display with unchanging memory usage and it will consume 100% of a single processor core, indicating to me that it is stuck in a single thread race condition. This continues to be the case even if I leave the computers for several hours.

I have used the automatic Windows "Fixit" for windows update on all systems, it did no good.

I have followed all of the instructions on this page:

to no avail.

I have used the SURT tool and run sfc /scannow. There are no error c... Read more

Answer:Windows update never stops checking for updates

Quote: Originally Posted by tim1mw

...the "Checking for updates" process never completes and after a period of activity,
I'd appreciate any suggestions,

Patience :-)

Set the computer not to sleep.
Manually start the check for updates.
Leave the computer alone for at least 24 hours.

For some people, the check for updates ends after 20 minutes. For others, it takes many hours. Lots of speculation; but no hard facts as to why this is happening. Perhaps you are connecting to busy servers.

If you want, delete your experimental VM and create a fresh one. Before checking for updates, manually download/install the latest Windows Update client: Then manually check for updates and leave it alone.

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i can't check for any updates windows update always get stuck at and i tried most fixes on the internet like sfc dism , windows fix it tool , troubleshooting windows update. pls help i need to fix this so i can upgrade to windows 10

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Hello, i have been trying to update my computer for some time now, but i have had no luck as an error message keeps popping up.
the error message says 
"windows update encountered an error, error code 800f0900."
i have ran both the update diagnostic and Fixit tool but to nothing has worked, anybody know how to fix this?.
i also have full up-to date avg antivirus which shows no viruses?

Answer:Windows Update - Error checking for new updates

Have you run any other scans to check for other types of malware? Have you booted from the install disk and run startup repair? Do you have any other security programs installed and active?

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Problem of windows updates getting stuck on checking for update.  I did system restoring to factory setting using recovery manager, either restore from drive "D" or USB still doesn't solve the problem. What can I do? Can I reformat drive "c" then restoring to factory setting again? Will it solve the problem ? If so, how can I format the drive "C", I can't find any where to allow me to do so.  Please help!!

Answer:Windows update getting stuck on checking for updates

Hi,Try installing these updates on your system and then launch the check for updates again:,-windows-8.1,-and-windows-server-201... Download the right ones for your system (x64) and install, this should bring your OS up to date. Let me know,David

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I followed Thrashzone's instructions from another thread to fix the update issue on my laptop, but it isn't working on our desktop, so here I am requesting some help.

HP Desktop P7-1019
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Intel Pentium G620 @ 2.60GHz

I've been playing around with different fixes and tools all day, but nothing seems to work.

Any help is appreciated...

I downloaded and ran the latest System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) a couple of hours ago and it's been stuck on Searching for updates on this computer the entire time.

Ran an SFC Scan- did not find any integrity violations

No error codes to report- the update screen just hangs for hours and hours.

CBS Log- attached; hope the compression worked.

MSA Report:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-73CQT-WMF7J-3Q6C9
Windows Product Key Hash: KaFG+RmurcM3ZxzWyfEP9WtPUJw=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00010
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {F0F1F059-6934-4BD8-816D-59323D416979}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_ldr.160408-2045
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
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I got a used Thinkpad T420 laptop which had Windows 7 Professional installed. Since I can't change the GUI language on Professional I reinstalled the laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso directly from MS).

The fresh install won't install any updates, the "Checking for Updates" bar simply doesn't do anything. I waited over 3-4 hours.

1. Installed SURT (KB947821), no change.
2. sfc /scannow says that everything is in order.
3. Error codes: in the WindowsUpdate.log I see a warning with hr=80242013, or sometimes the codes 0x8024000B or 0x8024000C.
4. The CBS folder doesn't allow me to compress it's contets, so I can't post that (not enought permssions?).

The only time I got a reaction was after manually installing KB949104 (Windows Update Agent) to the latest version (7.6.7600.320). After this it found 219 important and 50-something recommended updates. About 190 of the important updates were installed, but then it hanged. After a reboot I'm back at square one, the "Checking for updates" bar does nothing anymore.

I searched the Internet for 2 days now and tried more suggestions that I can count, but nothing helped. I also reinstalled the laptop, that didn't help either.

Please guys, I need the laptop done by tomorrow. I hope somebody can help me.

Another thing: I could install WUA and SURT only by pulling the LAN cable from the laptop. Otherwise the manual updates also hang at "Checking the sy... Read more

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hi everybody im having a really tough time trying to get updates for win7 windows update stays stuck on the checking for updates screen non stop without showing any signs of progress at all i have tried numerous fixes like renaming the software distribution and catroot2 folders as well as running batch files that completely reset all windows update components and cleans the update history completely to no avail. I have also tried restore points and have scanned for viruses and nothing comes up nothing seems to be working anyone have an ideas at this point i might have to do another clean reinstall which i really dont wana do

Answer:windows 7 update stuck at checking for updates

how are you trying to get the updates? if manually, what browser? did you try another browser? also try going into safemode with network and see if you can get the updates

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Came to check my secondary machine which usually remains locked but powered on and windows update said your device is up to date last checked 06/08/15 at 23:01, today is 12/08/15. Anyone else seeing this?

Answer:Windows update not checking automatically for updates

Seems like a nice problem given all the issues with auto updates right now

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Hi forum

I'm running windows 7 pro N with service pack 1 32 bit, I have just done a clean install of the OS but when I search for updates it just hangs on checking for updates. I have attached a image

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Windows Update Hangs on checking for updates

Usually after a fresh install, it takes a little while to search for updates because there are so many of them, the last time I did a fresh install on my operating system which was about 6 months ago and installed Office 2010 right afterwards I ended up with 229 updates in total and most of the time after you install all of those and check again, more will pop up so you have to install everybody until it says Windows is up to date

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Hello! Thank you in advance for your assistance. My PC's have been running smoothly, but today I cannot update Windows. The process stalls while checking for updates.
Both computers are loaded with Win 7, Service Pack 1, 64 bit OS. I turned off automatic updates about 6 weeks ago. I didn't want MS to switch them to Win 10 unexpectedly and without my permission. Three weeks ago, I had no trouble checking for and installing updates. Now both computers have the same problem, stalling while checking for updates.
Thank you, again, Gardener2

Answer:Windows Update Stalls When Checking for Updates

It is getting to a point where every month requires a new update to be manually installed. See this post. This month's required update is KB3161664.
In the future every month look at this site for the next update to manually download.
Edit: Install the update. It will ask to reboot. After reboot shutdown then reboot again. Check for updates.

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Hi, I would be grateful for any advice or help with the following issue I am having with this laptop.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Samsung RV510

I noticed Windows Update was getting stuck on Checking for updates and tried to troubleshoot the issue. (WindowsUpdateDiagnostic, KB947821, manually updating update agent etc)
I eventually did a a system restore (built in samsung recovery solution 5) to the condition it was sold in.
Microsoft Update was working but stopped working again after updating to SP1.

Have run SURT and SFC. CBS logs attached.

Answer:Windows Update checking for updates issue

When using WindowsUpdateDiagnostic, sometimes the following error appears and is or isnt fixed.

Windows Update error 0x80070005

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Dear all,

my windows update on W10 is checking for updates forever. It seems to have stucked. How can I solve this, please?

Thank you in advance!

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Good morning everyone,

Problem description:

After logging-on to my computer around 2:00 a.m. (U.S. EST), I went to Control Panel and clicked on "Windows Update." As I'm typing this, WU is still displaying the progress bar, and says "Checking for updates." This has been going on for over 1.5 hours now. I tried to end the process in Task Manager, but get an "Access denied" message.

* Please note that I am not seeing any error codes.

My question: How do resolve this endless 'checking for updates' situation and get WU to actually update my computer with the "Patch Tuesday" updates released yesterday?

[EDIT @ 4:15 a.m.]: I restarted the computer about 15 minutes ago, and the WU "Checking for updates" has stopped (when in the Control Panel & clicking on Windows Update). WU is shown as "Running" in Task Manager under the "Services" tab. I continue to note in Task Manager, my CPU is still hovering around the 50% level.

[Additional steps taken - as of 5:18 a.m.]:

1. Performed scans with ESET, MBAM & SAS - no issues found.
2. Ran sfc /scannow. NO problems found.
3. Ran the Microsoft "Fix-it" tool. NO issues reported.
4. I've attached the CBS below.

At this point, I don't know what to do next and frankly...afraid to try anything without expert guidance from someone here.

Thank you for your time and any help!


Answer:Windows Update: Keeps checking for updates for over 1.5 hours?

I'm no expert so Cbs log means little to me. But in last few months the 'checking for updates' is pretty screwed. Patch Tuesday is a nightmare as for many it takes many many hours to find them. Your best to leave it overnight, eventually it will find them. I started mine about 3 hours ago and it's still checking. It was the same the last couple months. I can only think that MS has deliberately placed Windows 7 updates server traffic in an extremely low priority behind 8 and 10. It's prob part of their ruse to force people towards the bug riddled plague that is Windows 10

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Why is Windows Update stuck on checking for updates?

Answer:Windows Update Stuck On Checking For Updates

Welcome @tpdavd Have you just installed a fresh W7 OS??? REO

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Dear all,

my windows update on W10 is checking for updates forever. It seems to have stucked. How can I solve this, please?

Thank you in advance!

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I have a Toshiba T235D-S1340 running Windows 7 Home Premium version 6.1.7601 SP1 Build 7601 currently on my bench, trying to work out extreme slow-downs for a friend.

While I have seemed to have solved the slow-down issues, when running Windows Update, it seems to just spin it's wheels indefinitely while "Checking for updates..."

I am running Windows Update from the system control panel, not a browser.

I tried the steps detailed in this thread...

Windows Update - Reset

...running the third batch file as administrator, restarting when it's done. Did not resolve the issue. I also tried running the Windows Diagnostic utility as described in that same thread, and it did find and fix several problems, but Windows Update still seems to sit checking for updates for hours, never completing. The HDD activity light does go on and off somewhat furiously during this time.

I did notice that there are very many failed updates in the update history list before running the .BAT or Windows Diagnostic utility.

Any ideas? How long should I typically let Windows Update run before giving up hope?

Any help would be appreciated. I wasn't sure if it was better to post a new thread for this or post in the thread linked above, figured a new thread made more sense.


Answer:Windows Update stuck at Checking for updates?

> How long should I typically let Windows Update run before giving up hope?
Typically, 20 minutes.
Currently, 20+ hours.

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Hi Guys, Windows 7 security updates does not download, if showing N number of updates, it won't
download and the downloading shows life forever.\<o:p></o:p>
This problem has found in Windows 7 Ent and Windows
7 Ent SP1 in clean formatted PC with windows Activated and Domain not joined. Tried on several PCs and either it won't ever start or it will be showing 112 or 114 updates but it won?t ever download. Domain joined PCs have different
story, because GP options are enforced. There is no WSUS or patch management software yet on network. <o:p></o:p>
I am purely looking for an answer for this problem of Windows Update either not initiating at all if ever it is showing number of updates to be installed,
it never them downloaded and downloading screen with 0% activity is running forever. Please share any experiences and solutions. If there is a KB about it please refer. <o:p></o:p>
Any or all help is appreciated. Regards.<o:p></o:p>


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I installed windows 7 yesterday but windows update is now stuck on checking for updates all the time. Doesn't download or install any updates

That said i looked up and tried a lot of solutions/fixes online but no luck, nothing worked.

Any help is much appreciated. I don't wanna upgrade to windows 10 by the way.

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Hi Support,
We have a new desktop PC which contains Windows 7 Professional operating system (64 bit).
The issue is that when i click on Windows 7 update,it shows checking for updates
for more than 6 hours and still it is continuing the same.
The screenshots are attached for your reference.
Pls. let me know why it shows the same message for more than 6 hours and still it remains the same.Its a new desktop PC of  HP.
Your support is highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. 

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Hi all,
Am on Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
This problem has got me frustrated for the past few days and seems to be persistent. I need to install the 2015 C++ runtime redistributable package for some applications to work. (Both the 32-bit and 64-bit version of the 2015 redistributable) 
I tried running both of the installers at the first time, but it ended up hanging up until the "Processing Windows 7 MSU" for hours, i googled it and it seems that i need an update to be installed for it to work. 
The Problem:
I go to windows update>Click check for updates, then Windows update is "checking for updates..." forever
So if it wont let me update through that, I try updating windows via the standalone installer exe files from the microsoft website...
Ex: I try to run the installer for the update KB3050265 x-64 (64 bit version), and then the installer gets stuck on "searching for updates on this computer"
Then i try to run the 32 bit version of the update, ending up on the same result. 
Basically, i can't update windows through the windows update and downloading the standalone installers directly because it gets stuck I then can't install the needed redistributables to run new programs that need it (only have the 2010 C++ redists) 
Solutions i've tried:
I tried running some solutions in the internet as it may be a common problem but so far, none of them have worked.
Downloaded and ran the windows update trou... Read more

Answer:Windows Update Stuck Checking for Updates forever

Try to reset the components manually:
Also do step 4.

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same goes with win defender can't get updates just says searching... and action center can't get solutions for problems,

win update just gets stuck on searching, I have done what this youtube vid says but nothing has fixed the issue
I have install there's manual patched from Microsoft website mentioned in the vid above

screenshot of the persistent problem here

Answer:Windows update stuck on 'checking for updates' proplem win 7

Have you read this post:

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Hey everybody! 
I'm in the process of overhauling our old family computer to run games and not much else (and not high-end ones, either).  I've removed bloatware, slimmed down the program list, updated all the drivers, etc.  Then I ran into a snag.  Windows Update won't progress past the "Checking for updates" phase and actually install anything.  It last updated in May 2015.
From following the advice over at the Microsoft Support area regarding Windows Update not working, I came up with two error codes: 0x80070057 and 0x80080005.  A search of these codes led me to this page (not advertising here, just full disclosure on how I've tried to solve my problem):
Running sfc /scannow gave me the error message of "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log."  I couldn't open the CBS.log, so I moved on to the next step. 
Running SFCFix gave me the following report:
SFCFix version by niemiro.
Start time: 2016-11-27 07:28:04.828
Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - amd64
Not using a script file.

CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_security-malware-windows-defender_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18170_none_b59db7296f030a55\MpSvc.dll

SUMMARY: Some corrupt... Read more

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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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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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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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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this?
But I need help.  When I go to Windows Update and click "Check for updates", my laptop just gets stuck there on "Checking for updates...".  I gave it about 6 hours and it never changed.  
This is for an older laptop that I don't use anymore.  I just turn it on every couple months to try to keep it updated.  It runs Windows 7 Home Premium.
Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Answer:laptop stuck on "Checking for updates..." during Windows Update

Please answer to these two questions,
When current Windows 7 was installed, and whether SP1 is installed.
When did you last got an upgrade? Was it ever updated after installed.
I had similar problem couple days ago that's why I ask.  Now it is solved. So, maybe is the same problem.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update stuck checking for updates.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do?

Answer:Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update stuck checking for updates

Microsoft has released a script to run which resets the Windows Update service by correcting some errors.
This file called WUReset.bat can be downloaded for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 and also for Windows 7.

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I recently purchased a new Samsung 850 PRO SSD. I did a clean install using the recovery partition from my HP DV7 HDD and then cloned to the SSD.

The very fist thing I did was Windows Update and it just has the window that says "Checking for Updates Online..." with the bar constantly going.

I managed to download and install the SURT (KB947821) and that is the only update listed as installed under the Windows Update history.

SFC Scan passes with no issues.

On the Windows Update screen, no error codes appear. Just says "Never Checked."

Error code that I have come across in my CBS log file (multiple instances):
HRESULT = 0x800f0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE attached

Answer:Windows Update Issues / Stuck at Checking for Updates

Did you try searching for the topic? Many recent posts about the issue including several that provide tips as to how to get it to work better.

edit: Here is one that was just below yours. It may link to some of the potential solutions.

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OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit Home Premium
I am unable to install recent Windows Vista updates because the updater hangs at "Checking for updates". Attempts to fix the problem seems to have made the problem worse.
Before attempted fixes 13 updates were detected and I selected 11 to install ... but the download stalled with 0 bytes downloaded.
Then I tried a couple of fixes ... and now "Checking for updates" hangs ... and "Most recent checks for updates" says "never" ... and "Updates installed" says "never".
Here's what I've tried:
"Resetting the entire Windows Update Component manually"
I did this using the command prompt as outlined in the article. This created a new Windows\Catroot2 folder and a new Windows\System32\SoftwareDistribution folder ... which I assume is the reason for the "never" labels mentioned above.
Installed the latest version of the Windows Update Agent.
I used file "WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe" with the /wuforce switch and ran it from a HDD not containing the OS.
3. Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Update Hangs at "Checking For Updates"

Is KB3145739 already installed? If not, you can try to download and install it manually:
This patch can really help.
(First disable Windows Update. After applying this patch, check the updates manually. Later you can enable it again if you want.)

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OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit Home Premium

Answer:Windows Vista Update Hangs at "Checking For Updates"

Is KB3145739 already installed? If not, you can try to download and install it manually:

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Answer:Windows Update Stuck Checking for Updates forever

Try to reset the components manually:

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Hey everybody! 
I'm in the process of overhauling our old family computer to run games and not much else (and not high-end ones, either).  I've removed bloatware, slimmed down the program list, updated all the drivers, etc.  Then I ran into a snag.  Windows Update won't progress past the "Checking for updates" phase and actually install anything.  It last updated in May 2015.
From following the advice over at the Microsoft Support area regarding Windows Update not working, I came up with two error codes: 0x80070057 and 0x80080005.  A search of these codes led me to this page (not advertising here, just full disclosure on how I've tried to solve my problem):
Running sfc /scannow gave me the error message of "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log."  I couldn't open the CBS.log, so I moved on to the next step. 
Running SFCFix gave me the following report:
SFCFix version by niemiro.
Start time: 2016-11-27 07:28:04.828
Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - amd64
Not using a script file.

CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_security-malware-windows-defender_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18170_none_b59db7296f030a55\MpSvc.dll

SUMMARY: Some corrupt... Read more

Answer:Windows Update Error - Stuck on "Checking for updates"

So... have you removed all of the updates and tried again, as a troubleshooting step? This would be a start, but only do so when you are not going to be browsing around. Until the updates are installed again, this computer will be risky to use due to the outstanding number of vulnerabilities over the past year-and-a-half. Let me know if this works or if you have done this already.

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when i update window ,nothing done hours to  hours(stuck at checking for updates)  with CPU uses high 50 to 80%
while i checked services under task manager , found windows update taking maximum CPU.
when i stop this windows update service CPU uses suddenly comes back to normal 2%
i tried all troubleshoot,
windows error fix,
rename software distribution folder
but no one solve my still continues ...
please help me to overcome this problem

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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:
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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Today I made a format and a clean install on my Laptop puting the same Windows as always in this device, that is the Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. The first thing I made after Windows installation finished, is to check for updates. The loading bar was loading for about 15 minutes without any result, so I decided to make a Windows reastart. After the restart, and after I gave 20 minutes of inactivity to the system (in case of Windows wants to configure something), I ran again the Windows Update process and it stucks there for about an hour until now... The progress bar still stands on 'Checking for Updates...' stage.

Does Microsoft has problem on its updating servers? How can I fix the problem, what can I do?? Please help!

System Configuration info:
Device: HP Laptop
CPU: Intel Celeron Processor T3000 (1M Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
RAM: 2GB (DDR3 1333MHz 1.5V PC3-10600)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (Version 6.1, Build 7601, Service Pack 1)
OS State: Clean install, no drivers (doesn't need) or other software installed
WU Client: Version 7.6.7600.320

(Ask me if you want to know any other system parameter)

Answer:Windows 7 Update Client hangs on the 'Checking for updates...' screen!

I found the solution my own! (By reading other posts inside this forum with the same problem like mine, which I didn't have see before..)

Well the solution is more than simple: Patience!!

You just have to press the "Check for updates" button and leave the PC or Laptop alone - and connected to the internet obviously - for hours! Warning: Turn off sleep, hibernation and hard disk shut off feature temporarily before check for updates.

My laptop, with the default settings in Windows Update (Install Updates Automatically) took 4 hours to find and download the appropriate updates...

This is Microsoft's problem on it's servers, due to the excessive traffic they have on downloading Windows 10 ISO's to the computers with older operating systems...

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My Windows Vista machine for some reason is checking for updates and it's been sitting there checking for updates for 2 hours and nothing has changed.  It is Windows Vista Ultimate x64.  I installed about 2 updates on it that are supposed to fix this problem but nothing has fixed it.  I tried a few 3rd party programs to see if it could install the updates.  The Vista installation has almost no updates.  I know Windows Visa is not supported but is there like an update problem on Microsoft's servers?  I don't know if it's that the version of Windows Vista is too old to install updates or is it that because it's not supported that I wouldn't be able to install any old or fairly recent updates before April 11th and the patch for the wannacry ransome.    
I took a look at the Windows update log and I noticed I had a lot of warnings and errors and it had a lot of problems downloading something so does anyone know what is going on?  

PS:  I am not able to show the Windows update log at this time.

Answer:7/02/17 - Windows Vista update problem (stuck on checking for updates)

See this tutorial on resetting Windows Update...

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I have a Windows 7 Enterprise x64 virtual machine that I use as a template in my vSphere environment that I keep up to date with all Windows updates. This VM only contains Windows 7 in its disk.
Last time I was able to fully patch this machine was back in May 2016; a few nights ago I tried to update Windows 7 updates and it's stuck at Checking for updates... (I let it sat there for 12 hours)
I read several blogs on resetting Windows Updates services (stopping BITS and Windows Services then deleting all files in Windows\SoftwareDistribution) and none of them seem to work. I also ran a Windows Update troubleshooting tool that is supposed to Fix
problems with Windows Updates - didn't work either as it tries to get updates from the internet.
Next, I decided to create a brand new Windows 7 machine, and tried to run Windows Updates...nothing, still gets hung up at Checking for updates...
Anyone has any ideas on how to fix Windows Updates so I can get updates? It seems that something changed recently that broke it. Windows 10 patching seems to work just fine as I've had no issues with my Windows 10 machines.

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Basically my old HDD died from bad sectors and I had to format and install Windows 7 Enterprise on a back up hdd that was flooded with useless documents from the past.

Went ahead done what I had to do and left Windows to check for updates, Steam install some games and League of Legends update.

However everything finished but Windows was still checking for updates and I noticed the svchost.exe (netsvcs one) uses about 1.5 GB out of 4 RAM. Immediately knew that this was caused by the Windows Update service that's under it.

However turning Windows Update off is never a smart thing to do and I don't have the kind of time to manually download updates.

I know that it will probably blast me with 200+ updates (has happened in the past but never used up so much RAM and finished way faster than 6 hours with all my usual post installation stuff.

Anyways some info you should probably know:
-I'm using a Wireless adapter (TP-LINK TL-WN722N) and I have read threads here that Windows Update would sometimes fail to do what it should with Wireless adapters, unfortunatelly that isn't an option at the moment.
-Resetting Windows Update manually and through Fix It doesn't work.

So first thing I'm looking at is updating the Windows Update client, please do tell if you think otherwise, or if not link me to the newest Windows update client or probbably any hotfixes that could fix the problem (never done this before and wouldn't want to mess up, so I decided to ask you guys )

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Answer:Windows Update stuck on checking updates (on fresh and clean install)

Hi Qualtrox,
might be due to fact that Enterprise and Ultimate, are different versions.
If you using the Ultimate key on an Enterprise install, or visa versa, then it will hang as its failing validation.
We can check if you run this too, copy/paste the output


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I have been attempting to install Windows Updates as well as the Windows 10 upgrade over the last few days but each time the Update gets stuck at "Checking for updates". I haven't seen any error codes however it was stuck at this status for 8+ hours today. I have attempted to install updates via the standalone installer as well and that gets stuck at "Searching for updates on this computer".

Link for CBS .zip file. -->

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Windows Update Stuck at Checking For Updates - Missing Manifest Files

Am getting the same and mine is for a fresh installation of 7 as I had a problem with mine so have nothing installed yet apart from the IE11 upgrade.
Someone mentioned in another forum that there are some fixes (in the shape of some KB to install first) but I don't seem to be able to find them.
Will do more research.
Could be the servers are having problems of course..

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When I update SpyBot, it finished and then finds the same updates available that I just downloaded... What's up with that?

Answer:spybot update finds the same updates

Be sure you are following the procedure in the link below:

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Note : This thread is not Windows 7 only, but for newer and older Windows versions


Guys, I'm really get annoyed about this. Is really Microsoft didn't have a solution that doesn't requires users to do complicated steps?

The problem is, when I want to update the Windows using Windows Update, the CPU usage kicks to full usage by svchost.exe

I have 2 laptop victims here :

Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E135 (Windows 7 Home Basic, not updated for 2 years) : Takes about 6 hours to show 120+ updates

Sony VAIO VGN-CR220Q (Windows Vista Home Premium, fresh install) : Takes about 4 hours and still stuck now

Sony VAIO VGN-CR220Q (Windows 8.1 Pro, fresh install) : Takes about some hours to show 50+ updates


Why the Windows takes so much time to just shows... a hundred updates? It is not thousand updates o_O

Well I know the CPU is so slow, but can't Microsoft optimized the process? I mean what are Windows doing? Why it takes so much time?

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In the last month or so Windows Update has stopped checking for updates automatically in Windows 1607. I have Windows Update set to notify and usually I would get a daily notification You need some updates. Usually there is a Windows Defender definition update waiting to be downloaded, but that has not be happening recently. Has anyone else on Windows 1607 seen this issue?

Answer:Windows Update has stopped checking for updates in Windows 1607

Hi, you shouldn't expect Windows updates daily, but Defender would be updated frequently of course (and I hope silently - I don't use it). There has been a Windows update in the last 3 days or so- today for me.

What happens if you click Check for Updates (via Settings, Update....)

Try the troubleshooter (below).

Please post a screenshot of your update history like this:

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Hi guys, so I got this new-to-me Acer Aspire 5315 laptop as a gift from a friend whose new laptop I just cleaned (still angry about lenovo's bloatware obsession). For the complete specs I included the full DxDiag.txt output.

So I freshly installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 on it, and for three days now whatever I do, Windows Update will just keep Checking for updates... forever.

The first time I ran Windows Update, it updated itself, then re-ran itself and then goes on looking for updates in outer space or something.
What I tried so far:
booting into safe mode and running the disk cleanup, checked everything
using the windows update full reset bat file, rebooted
installed the update readiness tool thing (I had to kill the windows update service for the muddathing to actually install because the installation was freezed on checking for system updates...
Tried grabbing the latest windows update agent from microsoft's website, same thing.
tried redoing my installation of windows to rule out any install problems
sfc /scannow reports nothing
I guess it's worth mentioning I'm dual booting with Linux Mint, which is working and updating perfectly fine. The thing is I need Office and Windows, as this laptop will be used for school.

Answer:Windows Updates keeps checking for updates

How long have you let it run? I've worked on maybe eight machines in the past few days, and every one of them took north of an hour to gather the data. But generally only on the first run. Win10 fallout, probably. You could try it on a Diagnostic Boot via msconfig.

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Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

Answer:Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

did you turn it off and reboot and try again

Steffan said:

Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

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Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

Answer:Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

did you turn it off and reboot and try again

Originally Posted by Steffan

Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

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hi all. i have got a lumia 822 and i have updated it to 8.1 using dev preview but when i tried to update it to update 1 it just says checking for updates and is stuck for forever. pls help me

Answer:Why is my phone saying that it is checking for updates when I try to update it?

) nokia....

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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 can no longer get updates.

When I check for updates I get a return error indicating that the Windows Update Service is not running, checking the service I see that it is running.

I have tried removing the SofwareDistribution folder from /Windows then restarting the service that did not work.

I ran the WindowsUpdateDiagnostic tool. It found several errors that it correct but said it could not
fix the following error

Windows Update Error 0x80070003 Not Fixed

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:Checking 4 Updates error says Update Service is not Running but it is

Hi Mark,
possibly some file mismatches or a script error.
can you run this tool, copy/paste the output.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

Answer:Windows update continually "checking for updates"

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

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

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

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


Steve ZV

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

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

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

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

I'm using Windows 8.1

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

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

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

Answer:Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

Temporarily disable your antivirus program if it helps.

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

Answer:Windows Update Hangs on "Checking For Updates"

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

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

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

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

b) ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

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

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

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Good morning,

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

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

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

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

I have attached my CBS file.

Thank you for your help,

Answer:Windows Update Hangs at "Checking for Updates"

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

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

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I 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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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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Good day all, When trying to do a windows update on the my laptop, it just hangs on "Checking for updates" and it has been saying checking for updates for the past 72 hours. Windows 8.1 Pro.

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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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MS Defender updates from Windows Update in settings fail, other Updates successful, but MS Defender from Control panel can update the same definition updates without problems (why, oh, why? can't I just select and copy from settings? )

Over this time, I need to fix insider builds, but have a problem:

SFC and Dism component store health fix report no problems

Any Ideas?

Answer:MS Defender updates from Windows Update fail, other Updates successful

I seen your pic - it seems like MS wants us out of preview - no advanced options either..
Looks like we get to keep 10240 - just forget a clean re-installation of it - Key is blocked

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Hey guys,

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

So far this is what I did:

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

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

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

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

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

What do you suggest?

Thank you very much!

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