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Windows 7: Windows Updates Not Loading -- really confused

29 Jan 2015   #1
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
Windows Updates Not Loading -- really confused

Hi -- I have looked at your very detailed description of what I'm supposed to do as I post about my problems with Windows Updates, but I am worried about Step 2, the SFC scan. Am I right that I may have to source a Windows installation disk before running step 2 in case something needs fixing?

The up-shot of my issue is this: I run an Asus K53E laptop with Windows 7 64 bit. I have Service Pack 1. I run Norton 360 Premier because we got a license for all the machines in the house. I also manually run Malwarebytes, and recently downloaded the Malicious Software Tool from Microsoft which found nothing in a quick scan.

I have had problems with failed updates over the years, most of which seem to have eventually loaded. A lot of those that aren't loading, pertain to Internet Explorer versions that are newer than mine (I have IE 8, and if I don't have to update that, I don't really want to).

I admit I've been a bit of an ostrich about this, sticking my head in the sand. If the machine still functions, then that stuff in the background isn't really of interest to me (since most of it was about IE 9 or 10).Now, though I get 16 updates that refuse to load (they say they're downloaded, but they won't install). I can't get the updated Windows updater to install either.

I have clicked to update the installer, but it won't do it. I have run various fix it programmes which say everything is ok. The automated troubleshooter said some programs couldn't update, and I couldn't even download the recommended hotfix.

THEN -- and now I might have screwed everything up -- someone suggested (and many people had it work successfully) that I turn off Windows update on services, go a rename the Software Distribution file in windows, then turn Windows update back on. This was to get rid of the message that said it couldn't automatically check for updates even though I had changed the settings to do so. Well, this suggestion didn't help. So I went back to change Software Distribution file name back to the original (just took an extra "x" off the end), and I've merged the folders, saving any duplicate files as (2). Not sure what havoc this has caused, but I'm not finding my update logs in the update window anymore.

Error codes I have received before doing this are 800736B3 and 9C47.

Nothing happens now except that it says I first must update the updater. I've just tried again, and I get 800736B3.

I realise the first thing I'm supposed according to your pinned post is to run the SURT, but do I need to make a back-up first? Dumb question, I know, but though I back-up my files onto an external drive regularly, I don't really know what it means to "make a back-up" of my system, how to do it, and where to store it. I wouldn't even know how to re-use/re-store it should I tinker the machine to death. We have a network drive (which I don't really know how it works -- it's brand new).

I know some people who have this problem have even gone so far as to system restore, and maybe even to re-set to factory settings, and still have the problem.

So in words of one or two syllables, please, can you start to work some of your magic?


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29 Jan 2015   #2
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

In the SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker tutorial, checking for corrupted files shouldn't need an installation disk, but you do need to elevate the command prompt.
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A) In the elevated command prompt, type sfc /verifyonly, press Enter, and go to step 4 below.
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but do I need to make a back-up first?
Generally updates will create a restore point automatically, but I always create one even if I'm just messing around with icons or colors, as it's a great way to reset your issues

If no files appear to be corrupted, and have followed step one already, then as stated in the tutorial, you'll want to grab the logs and zip them so some of the experts can comb through the fine print.

It sounds like you've used a lot of third party software over time to solve an issue, but sometimes that can cause even more issues and leads to more and more as you try different software, not to mention actually altering sensitive files and folders, as one tiny punctuation point or letter can change the whole system. I would suggest running through the help tutorial one more time to the letter and post the logs, if there seems to be no fix, then we'll coach you through a clean install (at least that's what I would do or at least an image recovery)
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30 Jan 2015   #3
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 

Thank you so much for your response and walking me through step one. Or, should I say, step pre-one, because I'm now looking online about how to make a restore point, a system image, and a backup. I think. These words trip off my "tongue", but I don't really know what they mean. To be continued ...
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30 Jan 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Try this threads instruction first. That is the starting place.

Then just wait for one of our experts which are always busy but will get to you.

Windows Update Posting Instructions
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30 Jan 2015   #5
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
Thx

Thanks, Layback Bear. I have printed those off, and intend to follow them as soon as my backup is complete. It has taken HOURS and still only 50%, so it might not be till tomorrow before I can start step 1. Kat
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30 Jan 2015   #6
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katpat23 View Post
Thanks, Layback Bear. I have printed those off, and intend to follow them as soon as my backup is complete. It has taken HOURS and still only 50%, so it might not be till tomorrow before I can start step 1. Kat
Just remember, if you back up your system now with the problem still existing, then revert to that state, the problem will still be there. Unless you did a clean install, then created an image disk or have fixed the problem of course.

Just a tip: I have multiple backups. My recovery disk is an "end of the world" technique in case well you get the idea, then I have a clean slate image, which is the state of which only my updates and drivers have been installed.
Afterwards I have two monthly images, one that gets overridden essentially every other month. I use these if something goes wacky, but restore points I create anytime I update or alter something that requires more than a simple Ctrl+Z to reverse.

Let us know how things go, but just a heads up about backing up before the problem is fixed, as you will probably want to make another once it is resolved
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31 Jan 2015   #7
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
Thanks again

Thanks Berkey -- that's good advice. I just thought that having *a* back-up was better than *no* back-up (I have backed up important files, but not the system).

Now I'm trying to install the SURT. It seems permanently hung up, but there was a warning on the pinned notice that it may take a few hours, so I'm sitting patiently.
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31 Jan 2015   #8
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
SURT not loading

I have been waiting for SURT to do something for over two hours. It just looks like this (image attached)


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31 Jan 2015   #9
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
False Alarm

Hah! So now it's suddenly complete.

I tried running updates again. It told me to update the updater, which I tried to do and got error code 800736B3.

Now onto step 2 -- the sfc scan

Kat
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31 Jan 2015   #10
katpat23

windows 7 64
 
 
After sfc/scannow

I have run the SFC scan and received the news that "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."

So what now?

I still can't update the windows updater, and so can't check for updates. I'm in a loop.
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