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Windows 7: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates.....

31 May 2012   #1
Jim54

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Update cannot currently check for updates.....

I recently installed Windows 7 on a new computer. When I was trying to install program, it told me that it could not proceed without updating .net and it instructed me to run Windows Update. When I tried, I got the message "Windows Update cannot check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." I have done that several times now but still get the same message. I know how to check my services just do not know which one is the problem.

Thanks
Jim


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31 May 2012   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You can try the System Update Readiness Tool. It tries to fix the most common reasons why Windows Updates fail.

What is the System Update Readiness Tool?
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31 May 2012   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Try this BEFORE anything else!

Open Windows Updates
click on Change Settings
change your option to Never Update.
Click Apply
Close Windows Updates

Now open Windows Updates again
Click on Change Settings
Change the settings to your preference.
Click Apply, and close Windows Update

Now open Windows Updates, and Check for Updates

See what happens.
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31 May 2012   #4
Jim54

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@marsmimar, I downloaded the Windows 7, 64 version. When I tried running it, I got the error "Installer encountere and error: 0xc8000222.

@NoelIDP, I tried your suggestion and did not get the error message but it did not do ANYTHING when I asked it to check for updates... well, it did falsh one breff moment.
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01 Jun 2012   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

This may simply be caused by a bad set of Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers -
Installing the Intel Rapid Storage Drivers
try downloading and installing them from here - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=20624
Once complete, please reboot twice, then test WU again
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01 Jun 2012   #6
swassociates

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 Bit
 
 

Try this. I had the same problem and it worked for me

Go to Administrative Tools/Services, and stop the Windows Update service. Then go to the folder c:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution and delete all of the files and folders. Then go back to Services and restart the Windows Update service which will recreate all of those folders again. Then manually run the Update Service and everything should work.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jim54 View Post
I recently installed Windows 7 on a new computer. When I was trying to install program, it told me that it could not proceed without updating .net and it instructed me to run Windows Update. When I tried, I got the message "Windows Update cannot check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." I have done that several times now but still get the same message. I know how to check my services just do not know which one is the problem.

Thanks
Jim
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2012   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swassociates View Post
Try this. I had the same problem and it worked for me
...........
Such surgery is for where everything else has failed
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01 Jun 2012   #8
swassociates

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 Bit
 
 

Surgery?

That is pretty simple straight forward stuff. I'm no wiz and it was a a piece of cake for me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swassociates View Post
Try this. I had the same problem and it worked for me
...........
Such surgery is for where everything else has failed
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01 Jun 2012   #9
Jim54

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swassociates View Post
Try this. I had the same problem and it worked for me

Go to Administrative Tools/Services, and stop the Windows Update service. Then go to the folder c:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution and delete all of the files and folders. Then go back to Services and restart the Windows Update service which will recreate all of those folders again. Then manually run the Update Service and everything should work.
It worked!! Thanks
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01 Jun 2012   #10
swassociates

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 Bit
 
 

Whoopee!


I'm a surgeon


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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swassociates View Post
Try this. I had the same problem and it worked for me

Go to Administrative Tools/Services, and stop the Windows Update service. Then go to the folder c:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution and delete all of the files and folders. Then go back to Services and restart the Windows Update service which will recreate all of those folders again. Then manually run the Update Service and everything should work.
It worked!! Thanks
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