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Windows 7: routine Win 7 updates check stalls

20 Oct 2015   #11
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Man, I jinxed it! The Windows 10 update download stalled about 25% through.

There are three things different from before removing Norton and deactivating the Avast firewall:
1) the process actually showed that it had begun
2) the Windows Update process was active with a PID of 1164. (I couldn't find anything meaningful on that PID but maybe it's a clue)
3) The update stalled, but didn't freeze, so I was able to cancel it. The service is still running, but the box is closed.

Having had numerous Norton products over the years, I did run the Norton Removal Tool, even though Norton Online Backup isn't one of the listed products it claims to remove. I should have said I'd run it, if only for the benefit of people who don't know about it - my bad. I didn't know if there might have been other Norton products on the computer in the past, and it wouldn't hurt anything. It didn't touch Norton Online Backup though. I removed that using Revo Uninstaller, which I've been using for well over 10 years, and wouldn't be without.

But back to the matter at hand...what do we try next?




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20 Oct 2015   #12
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Take a look at this from TheWindowsClub, click here.
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20 Oct 2015   #13
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

PID's are effectively random in most cases - they are simply Process IDentification tags, and will change every time a process is started. The only one that I know of that doesn't change at all is the SYSTEM process, which is always #4

I wouldn't worry too much about the download stopping - it was probably due to something at MS's end rather than yours. Wait a while and see if it starts up again.
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20 Oct 2015   #14
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Thanks for chiming in NoelDP. Hope you're feeling much better.
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20 Oct 2015   #15
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wben353 View Post
Take a look at this from TheWindowsClub, click here.
Running the cmd prompt as admin the process would not stop.


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20 Oct 2015   #16
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

When I got home from work and opened the computer, I was greeted with a message that Windows Updates were turned off. Hmmm. So I clicked to turn them on, then I went to Control Panel and clicked on Windows Updates, which froze the CP again.

I opened Task Manager, and the Avast firewall service is running, even though it's turned off! What the??? I was denied access to stop the service.


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21 Oct 2015   #17
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Obvious solution - uninstall Avast, and run their cleanup tool, then install MSE and make sure the Windows Firewall is switched on.

Download the Avast removal utility from here Avast Uninstall Utility | Download aswClear for Avast Removal
Follow the instructions for running it, and when complete, reboot the machine.
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21 Oct 2015   #18
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I hesitated to uninstall a paid product without consulting my friend, but did so in the interest of getting this problem resolved. Before installing MSE, however, I decided to check Windows Update. It still freezes the Control Panel when I click the link.
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21 Oct 2015   #19
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

OK - please post the C:\Windows\windowsupdate.log file, and a couple of the event logs...
Open Event Viewer
click on the Windows logs entry in the left pane to expand it.
Now click on the Application entry - wait while it loads.
Click on 'File' in the menu bar and select Save...
Save the file as Appevt.evtx
Repeat for the System log
then zip both, and upload them.
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21 Oct 2015   #20
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

For the Application log, I don't have an option to save under File, so I took an Action and Saved All Events As Appevt.evtx, which will hopefully be what you're looking for. I saved the System log in a similar manner. The Windows Update log is in there, too. Thank you for taking the time to look at them.
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