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

4 Weeks Ago   #101
Squarehead666

Windows 7 (64bit) Home Edition
 
 

I just joined to thank jdlweb for his solution:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jdlweb View Post
Just follow my above list, if it is already installed it will tell you it is.
This has "NEVER" failed and I own a computer repair shop. I, like many others have always looked for a way to streamline Windows 7 updates. This is the solution that will accomplish three things.
First KB3020369 is a prerequisite to install the roll up package
second (KB3125574) is a roll up package to reduce the total umber of updated needed at the end
Third (KB3102810) will help with the high CPU usage during updates
Fourth (KB3112343) is the update client first release
Fifth (KB3172605) is the next release
Sixth (KB3161664) is the September 2016 update client release

Although like some others have mentioned, you can cut some of these out and it will indeed update, however this will reduce our actual time needed for installing all security updates...
Worked first time.....You sir are a gentleman & a scholar!


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4 Weeks Ago   #102
mystraveler

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

This was a very helpful post and helped me resolve the lengthy "checking for updates" delay which could take days to resolve. The first couple times I used this it worked perfectly. The last couple however when I got to the 605 and 664 updates at the end of the process I got messages that said "the update is not applicable to the system". Both were 64 bit systems and I used the 64 bit files. I Googled the issue first and got the phonebook so I figured I would check here since you had the best solution the update check issue.

thanks in advance


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jdlweb View Post
Just follow my above list, if it is already installed it will tell you it is.
This has "NEVER" failed and I own a computer repair shop. I, like many others have always looked for a way to streamline Windows 7 updates. This is the solution that will accomplish three things.
First KB3020369 is a prerequisite to install the roll up package
second (KB3125574) is a roll up package to reduce the total umber of updated needed at the end
Third (KB3102810) will help with the high CPU usage during updates
Fourth (KB3112343) is the update client first release
Fifth (KB3172605) is the next release
Sixth (KB3161664) is the September 2016 update client release

Although like some others have mentioned, you can cut some of these out and it will indeed update, however this will reduce our actual time needed for installing all security updates...
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3 Weeks Ago   #103
shatru83

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

[Solved] Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates
Manually install the following updates in order. First download appropriate version of update for your windows (x86 or x64), Reboot the system and immediate start installing after reboot otherwise it may again stuck on checking updates during installation. If stuck for more than 2-3 minutes, cancel the installation, reboot the system and try again.


KB3020369 - Reboot
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3020369


KB3172605 - Reboot
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605


Check for update now, your problem must be gone. If you are installing fresh windows 7 with SP1, it will be better to disable internet connection first and install these two update manually, restart the system and then try to check for updates.
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3 Weeks Ago   #104
mystraveler

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
KB3112343 (x86 update)

Hi, just a note to say that the original solve from JDLWeb had a link to KB112343 for the x86 that was actually the 64 bit link. Here is the correct one:

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3 Weeks Ago   #105
hostelo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jdlweb View Post
I know this is an old post but this will fix all you update issues:
Here is a 100% guaranteed solution to the updating blues for Windows 7
You should first download these 6 files:
1. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x86.msu 2. 64 Bit- http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...1264cd93b9.msu
32 Bit- http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...b0a74b2cbd.msu 3. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...102810-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...102810-x86.msu 4. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...112343-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...112343-x64.msu 5. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x86.msu 6. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...161664-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...161664-x86.msu Ok Now that you’ve downloaded everything, here is the precise process. Please don’t skip any steps or it may or may not work properly for you. I’ve included the 32 bit links even though most people have problems with the 64 Bit.
1. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
2. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the first on you downloaded earlier (KB3020369)
3. Click close after in finishes
4. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the second one you downloaded (KB3125574)
5. Restart the computer at the end when it asks you to do so.
6. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
7. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the third download (KB3102810)
8. Click close after in finishes
9. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the fourth download (KB3112343)
10. Click close after in finishes
11. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the fifth download (KB3172605)
12. Restart the computer at the end when it asks you to do so.
13. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
14. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the final downloaded file (KB3161664)
15. Your updates will now work! You’re Welcome

Hi. Im trying this method but in step 4 this installation just hangs here (PIC ATTACHED)


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3 Weeks Ago   #106
Scorpyix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
This has worked for me every time:

The solution:

Stop the Windows Update Service (wuauserv).
Download and install KB3050265
reboot
Download and install KB3102810
Reboot and check for updates again. All of our machines found their required updates in less than 5 minutes.
Thank you! I joined special to thank you. I didn't spend days with this issue, but few hours were a nightmare for me. It were 5 minutes on my side as well until updates appear after KB3102810.
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3 Weeks Ago   #107
spotify95

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

Got it working on my machines, which is great as they've been without updates for ages!

What worked for me was a post from a user on CNet forums:

Quote:
Only kidding. I'm running mostly Windows 7 machines, but if I had Windows 8 I would certainly have upgraded to 10. As for your updating problem, I've read lots of reports about this, but mostly with Windows 7. The fix that seems to work is downloading and installing one certain update first and by itself. For Windows 7 I believe it's KB3172605 but I can't find the equivolent for Windows 8. Sorry, but it's out there... I'll keep looking.
Link: Is Microsoft punishing me for not upgrading to Windows 10? - Forums - CNET

Manually installed KB3172605 and restarted. Lo and behold on checking for updates it came up with 44 updates, most of which were probably updates that should have been installed ages ago when I had the CPU issues and Windows Update hanging at the checking screen! Think this has finally been resolved
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2 Weeks Ago   #108
dixonjasmine90

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tyler1118 View Post
Hello!

Here are a couple of Methods that could work for you. Please let me know if your issue does -OR- doesn't get resolved.

Here are 3 Methods that I've found, that worked for people in the past.

Note: Try to make sure you Windows Update is/isn't working by letting it "Checking for updates" for at least 1 hour.

Method 1: Difficulty: Easy
  1. Download the following tool below.
  2. Download this tool: Microsoft Fixit Tool
  3. Run the file once it finishes downloading.
  4. Once the window appears on your screen, click the "Next" Button.
  5. Let the program scan for errors, DO NOT click "Cancel". (This process may take some time.)
  6. Once the program finishes scanning, it will list the following errors that have been "Fixed" or "Not Fixed".
  7. If any errors were "Not Fixed", report them to me here. Left-Click the "Close the troubleshooter" Button.
  8. Restart your computer. Try to update your Windows.

    If Method 1 doesn't work proceed to Method 2.

Method 2: Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Press the Windows Key and the "R" Key simultaneously. [Win+R]
  2. A "Run" Box should appear. Type "services.msc" into the search box and press the "OK" button.
  3. The "Services" window should appear on your screen. Scroll down to "Windows Update" Service in the Services (Local) section.
  4. Right-Click on "Windows Update", then Left-Click "Stop" button. Please wait until the service completely stops. Do not close the Window.
  5. Press the Windows Key and the "R" Key simultaneously. [Win+R] again.
  6. Remove "services.msc" then type "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\" into the search bar then Left-Click "OK". Windows Explorer should appear on your screen.
  7. Delete all contents within this folder. Left-Click + Hold + Drag until you completely highlight all the contents. Let go of Left-Click and press the "Delete" Button and Left-Click "Yes".
  8. Close Windows Explorer and return to the "Services" Window. Right-Click "Windows Update" then Left-Click "Start". Wait for the service to completely start then close the window.
  9. Restart your computer. Then try to update Windows.

    If Method 2 doesn't work proceed to Method 3.
Now this Method doesn't necessarily fix Windows Update right away (does after updates are done) but rather than a bypass or a workaround. I will provide images with this Method sense it's a little tricky.

I hope this works. 99% sure it will! Good luck!

Method 3: Difficulty: Somewhat Hard
  1. Please download the following tools below.
  2. Download: WSUS Offline Update
  3. Go to your downloads file. (Usually C:\Users\"Profile Name"\Downloads) and Right-Click "Extract All..."
  4. The Extract Window should appear on your screen. Click the "Browse" Button on the window. Navigate and Left-Click the "Desktop" icon then press the "OK" Button.
  5. Open the new folder that appears on your Desktop.
  6. Navigate to the following images below.
  7. Navigate to...
  8. Navigate to...
  9. Checkmark these boxes and click "Start"...
  10. This cmd will download all Windows Updates from Microsoft's Database. Please do not exit out of the cmd, it will take a while to complete.
  11. After the downloading is done. Close the program and navigate to the following images.
  12. Navigate to...
  13. Navigate to...
  14. Checkmark the following boxes and click "Start". Checkmark the other boxes once you have SP1 installed.

    -OR-
  15. This cmd will install all downloaded updates. You might have to run this installer more than once due to the fact that SP1 has to be installed first. Then Microsoft Security Updates.

  16. You will have to restart every time the installer completes a certain section of updates.
  17. Once most updates are installed, your Windows Updater should be working again. Around 100+ installed.

Okay I have tried 2 methods of yours and now on method 3. It seemed to be slowly working and getting some updates done. Now that I feel that it is stuck on something. I am absolutely not the best with computers but I need this computer to start updating so I can update some of my other programs that always fail. Here is what I believe it is stuck on....

Starting WSUS Offline Update (v. 10.6.2) at 16:11:02.91...
Checking user's privileges...
Determining system's properties...
Determining Windows licensing info...
Found Microsoft Windows version: 6.1.7601.17727 (w61 x64 enu sp1)
Found Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Management Tool info...
Name: Windows(R) 7, HomePremium edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, OEM_SLP channel
Partial Product Key: RMV82
License Status: Licensed
Checking medium content...
Medium build date: 11/19/2016
Medium supports Microsoft Windows (w61 x64 glb).
Disabling screensaver...
Checking Windows Service Pack version...
Checking Windows Update Agent version...
Checking Windows Installer version...
Checking Windows Script Host version...
Checking Internet Explorer version...
Checking Windows Defender installation state...
Checking Windows Update scan prerequisites...
Adjusting service 'Windows Update'...
Stopping service 'Windows Update' (wuauserv)...
Waiting for service 'wuauserv' to reach state 'STOPPED' (timeout: 180s)...
Starting service 'Windows Update' (wuauserv)...
Waiting for service 'wuauserv' to reach state 'RUNNING' (timeout: 60s)...
Verifying integrity of Windows Update catalog file...
hashdeep64.exe: Audit passed
16:12:29.35 - Listing ids of missing updates (please be patient, this will take
a while)...
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3 Days Ago   #109
arthurdls

Win7 and Win10 64bit
 
 

Thank you to VICKYV... Her solution worked like a charm!


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vickyv View Post
This has worked for me every time:

The solution:

Stop the Windows Update Service (wuauserv).
Download and install KB3050265
reboot
Download and install KB3102810
Reboot and check for updates again. All of our machines found their required updates in less than 5 minutes.
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2 Days Ago   #110
Belgarionbg

Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1
 
 

For me this one
Quote:
KB3172605
was enough. Now everything works ok.
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