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Windows 7: Windows 7 updates takes forever

17 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Proffesional 32 bit
Windows 7 updates takes forever

I have windows 7 pro 32 bit (I don't have SP1 yet) My updates are set to automatic. My computer, on restart, was busy installing updates. The updates have taken more than 12 hours and is still not complete. How can I stop the update from trying to install if I can't fix the problem.

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17 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yeah, 12 hours isn't normal. I'm guessing it's on the shutdown style screen saying "installing updates x of x"? From my experience, I'm afraid the best method to stop it is either hold down the power button for eight seconds or yank the power cable out. I would also recommend you switch you updates to 'download but let me choose what to install'
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17 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah as the above poster said something probably hanging there...Also take a look at what is about to be downloaded, only takes a few seconds as biggles said!

I run win7 ultimate 64bit and just installed sp1, it took 20 minutes including downloading, installing and restart...No drama...Now just have to see what it affects...
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17 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Proffesional 32 bit

Ok thanks alot I'm in South Africa and our line speeds aren't that fast, so I'll get it in a while.
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02 Jun 2016   #5
Lee J

W7 x64

Copied from another thread in case it assists anyone...

I had this problem when setting up a new PC from a W7 SP1 CD. Update ran for 32 hours, and then crashed when I tried to install 220 updates. As an added bonus Update backed out all the updates which had been installed.
I turned off automatic updates and ran Update again. It ran for 26 hours and I selected the only first 50 updates to be installed. This ran ok.
I then ran Update again, but after six hours I turned off the PC and went to bed.
I tried re-installing the Update agent, and tried running Update again, but after an hour I cancelled it.
I tried re-installing the Update agent, and run the fix tool for Windows Update that made two fixes. I ran the Update, and cancelled it after two hours.

I re-installed the Update agent, ran the Update fix tool, and installed which is mentioned in this thread. Ran Update again, and two minutes later it said there was 200 updates for my PC.

For the future I have a W7 Update folder with (1) the Update Agent, (2) the Update Fix-Tool, and (3) KB3102810.

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12 Jun 2016   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64

This will most probably fix the issue:

Windows 7 Says "Checking for updates", but hangs there
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12 Jun 2016   #7

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Also see post 8
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