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Windows 7: Checking for Windows Updates >40 minutes, and still not finished

31 Oct 2015   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Checking for Windows Updates >40 minutes, and still not finished

I have been manually updating Windows since XP days

My last Win-7 WU was 5 months ago. (The Win-10 "push" has put me off trusting updates)
Today I decided to at least look at the list of patches available for Win7 Home Premium 32 bit, and attempt a very cautious update.

Forty minutes later Windows was still checking for updates (in May last it was <20 minutes).
- today when I pulled the LAN cable windows continued to "check for updates" for 11 minutes (no WiFi either)
- the only way to abandon checking for updates was a system shutdown.
I notice in this sub-forum a few threads with Windows Updates check incomplete, but no resolutions.

Are their any problems with MS or am I being too impatient ?

Would appreciate any help ... thank you


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31 Oct 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Waiting 5 months to check for updates is pretty wild
What have you really been waiting for win-10 is an Optional update/ Recommended for some but as long as your settings are correct what is the harm really ?

You waiting 5 months is more of a risk than only focusing on Important updates and letting windows check on it's own on startup :/
Unless you're on a metered connection or some thing like that ?
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31 Oct 2015   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Is 40 minutes too long to wait ? Or could it take several hours to check ?
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31 Oct 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Anything is possible but waiting 5 months to do so I would wait for the checking to complete
You can also do other things as windows checks for updates.

The windows update system is probably updating it's self
See the Note part at the very bottom of the Change update settings window.
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31 Oct 2015   #5
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Updates in some cases are taking hours. 7 hours for a forum member I assisted. With you not updating for months it will probably that a long time.
Set computer to sleep never.
Start windows update.
Be patient, it will complete
Patience is a virtue!
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01 Nov 2015   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Some Updates from Microsoft are Important and need to be installed immediately. If you wait months to install them, you can run into problems.
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01 Nov 2015   #7
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

I agree, security updates, and patches especially.
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