Windows 7 Windows Update

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dreamliner77, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Has anyone been having problems installing Windows updates on Windows 7? For the last couple of days I've been able to see that I have 16 updates waiting but when I go to install them the progress bar just hangs at 0%. This is on two separate workstations. I even let one sit trying to download over night last night.
     
  2. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Had this happen yesterday but it cleared up after a couple of hours.
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Finally got one machine to update after trying to download for 12+ hours. The 2nd machine I had to use an offline updater: http://download.wsusoffline.net/ Regular updates are working fine now.
     
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    chastity Moderator Political User

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    For what its worth this might fix the issue

    This issue has come and gone over the years with different fixes along the way, so here is my updated guide to this issue as of this date January 5th, 2016

    This is what I do when I reinstall W7 with SP1 or have issues with Windows update stuck on checking for updates.

    If Service Pack 1 is not installed, install it before following this guide.

    Download KB-3102810 and save it where you can find it later

    Download SUR Tool save it to same place

    Restart the PC and disconnect from internet before Windows loads, this is important because at every boot windows will check for updates in the background and this will start the checking for updates hang all over again and will prevent the install of the downloaded packages until it finishes checking, so disconnecting from the internet before Windows loads prevents this.

    Once booted install KB-3102810, if reboot is required do so and stay disconnected from internet.

    Now install the SUR Tool package, this is a big package and will install many updates along with cleaning up and repairing the Windows update store. It will also cut down on how many more Windows updates will need to be installed later.

    After install of SUR package reboot, connect to insternet and do a manual Windows Update, it should work much faster now. Even after these fixes I have seen some W7 PC's take up to an hour to finish checking for updates if launched from Control Panel manually.

    If you have other Windows updates issues and the 2 updates above are installed, download this Microsoft Windows Update fixit tool (right click "save link as") run it and select aggressive mode to completely reset Windows updates. Reboot and try Windows Updates from the Control Panel again.