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Windows 7: Windows update never stops checking for updates

3 Weeks Ago   #101

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows XP Pro (Dual Boot)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chippyboy View Post
I've registered for a couple of reasons:

1. To say a very big thank-you to aoetalks for his most excellent fix! I've been struggling with this for days and finally found your solution. Thank-you!

2. To say what a complete and utter, unmitigated pile of steaming horseshit Windows - in all its forms - has become.

This utter manure of an OS has become completely unusable. Microsoft should delete the source code, delete the binaries and format their servers, burn the backups, bomb their DR sites. AND START AGAIN from scratch.

No more of this utter utter utter dross, PLEASE.
my sentiments exactly...

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3 Weeks Ago   #102

Win7 pro 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Liam548 View Post
OK, after a lot of testing, I can confirm that installing KB3020369 & KB3172605 will resolve the issue of the "forever updates" on my VMs. Once those KBs are installed, and I re-enable Windows Updates, I would see the list of needed updates in less than 15 minutes.

The inclusion of KB3125574 was a new one for me. I tested with and without it. Installing KB3125574 cuts the number of updates in half (from 78 important and 20 optional updates, to 36 important and 10 optional updates). The downloaded KB3125574 is some 476 MB in size, so I'm keeping it handy for the next old VM that I need to power up.

Thanks for the info you posted, ThrashZone. Much appreciated!


Jim you are spot on there thank you so much. After dropping my laptop and destroying the harddrive I have had it replaced and spent 3 days re installing and setting it back up. I have been unable to get windows update to work at all. I have used WSUS and google over and over, installing the 470mb windows patch also but it just kept hanging and hanging.
After confirming I had one of the top two listed and then finally installing KB3172605 it found the updates in 5 minutes.

Im currently awaiting a call back tomorrow from Microsoft tech support, wont need that call now!

Thank you all


This thread really helped me. I had a laptop with Win7pro SP1, that I had not updated since 2014. I had tried Windows update and ran it for about an hour before giving up and finding this thread. This is what I had done to resolve it.

Install KB3102810, it just showed the checking windows message for 30min before I gave up on it. I didn't want to do the 24 hour test!
Rebooted, tried again, but still didn't work.
Set Windows Update to "Never Check for updates".
Disconnected from the network.
Install KB3185278 Sept 2016 update rollup, since it was a realitively new rollup, thought I could just skip ahead.
Reconnected to the network and manually ran windows update and it still didn't work.

Then with Windows update still set to "never" and disconnected from the network, I did the following:
Install KB3020369 April 2015 servicing stack.
Install KB3135574 May 2016 Convenience rollup update.
Install KB3172605 July 2016 update rollup.
Manually ran Windows update and voila! 6 minutes later I had the update list! 37 important, 24 optional.

Thank you Liam548!
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2 Weeks Ago   #103

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

HOWEVER, the update that fixed the seemingly endless 'Checking for Updates' was:


I hope you find one from these lists that works for you!!!
I had the same problem and this did the trick for me too (Windows 7 Home 64-bit)
Issue occurred and was solved in November 2016 with the above update ... thanks for sharing!
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6 Days Ago   #104

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aoetalks View Post should speed things up. After installing this it took only a few minutes to scan for updates on a fresh Win7 SP1 install.
Thank you, AOETalks!

I couldn't believe a clean install of Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit would take so long to do initial updates. Ran all night and nothing. I redid the install thinking I screwed something up, and got the same result.

Then, as you instructed , I pulled KB 3102810 64 bit and ran it manually. It prompted a reboot and after rebooting, was able to go in through normal Windows Updates from the control panel and get an update list in, just as you said, a few minutes.

This was from a fresh ISO I pulled from MSDN, so best I can figure, Microsoft doesn't give this issue any slip stream love because it helps drive their upgrade program.

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