Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows update not working, hangs while "searching for updates"

26 Sep 2016   #61
clydebern

windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
I had the same problem.
This solution worked for me.
After following the steps, the initial updates cycled for about 12 hours before producing results.
Took another 4 hours to download all initial updates available.
Thank you very much Mergatroid, you are the man!
Thank you also to SevenForums, which is one of the best around.
Clydebern-


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
26 Sep 2016   #62
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

l shouldnt need to do as many updates given l used KB3125574 (it contains all updates up to April) tho its still taking ages to scan despite only needing say 30 updates if that seeing as lve not seen that many updates over the past few months.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2016   #63
magnaangelx

windows 7
 
 
thank you

Legit i made this account so i can thank mergatroid for this, my computer finally started the download phase. Now we wait for the instal phase but this method def worked!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

30 Sep 2016   #64
Imaginashawn

Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7 Pro both 64
 
 
Enabling Updates Manually

Being one that repairs and sells laptops as well as many other devices, this is kinda 'old hat' to me but the fact that Microsoft chose to hide the solution on this in Windows 7 makes it perfectly understandable why a novice has trouble with it.
When the simple tools don't work to enable Windows updates, you can go 'straight to the source' of the problem by making the necessary changes in Administrative tools. There are different ways to get to where you can start windows update yourself.
One way to access it is:
  1. Click on Start/Control Panel/System and Security/Administrative Tools
  2. Once there, click on the NAME 'Administrative Tools'.
  3. You'll see a list in the right pane. RIGHT click on 'Computer Management' and in the drop down menu that appears, choose 'Run as administrator'.
  4. Double click 'Services and Applications' in the left pane.
  5. Double click 'Services'. In the left pane scroll down to 'Windows Update'.
  6. Double click on it to open the properties window.
  7. In 'General' tab, 'Startup type' is likely set to 'Disabled' if this is your problem. Click on it and set it to 'Automatic'.
  8. Under this is a 'Start' button you need to click on to start the service.
  9. Then just click OK and close all your windows. Probably should restart machine before trying to run updates.


Hope this was helpful.

Shawn/Imaginashawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2016   #65
Mavridis

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.

I want to say many Thanx to every one here especialy to Mergatroid and Sevenforums.... I was wondering around many days looking for help about this problem.. I just have been registered to say thanx & who knows someday maybe i can help someone around..

Cheers

Mavridis G
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2016   #66
1LostUser

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Try updating Windows Update Agent

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sherwoods12 View Post
This is an on-going problem and I am at my wits end.

What I have: Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, 64bit, no additional software installed since I could never get past the update issue.

The symptom: went attempting to run windows update it says "searching for updates". It never stops "searching for updates" until I close or end the program. I have let it run for 2 days straight.

What I have tried:
1. Did the "clear the cache" fix, (stopped BITS and windows update services, deleted SoftwareDistribution folder, then restarted), no change
2. Attempted to install updates manually, it hangs on "searching for updates on this computer".

3. Even when trying to install the system update readiness tool does not work.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thank you
Admittedly I did not read this entire thread so keep that in mind. I just saw the question and read a few answers and know what I have done in the past.

I've had this issue before and have been able to solve it over half the time by downloading the new Windows Update Agent.
Here is the link I have used
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

MS changed the way they do updates early in 2015? and had some updates after that had broken windows updates after. Anyway, try that link, install the appropriate update for your OS and give it a try.

Also wanted to add that the update rollup KB2993651 initially hosed Windows Update per microsoft and they resubmitted it so you may need to do the rollup as well. Here is a link where they outline a number of windows update issues and steps to try and resolve: https://blog.krissmilne.tech/windows...ng-for-updates with the KB2993651 update given as one of the first steps to try.

I recently had the same problem on a new install, did the Update Agent, then ran KB2993651 and after that was able to pull in windows updates.



Over and out
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2016   #67
IparryU

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
IT WORKS!!!!! THANK YOU Megatroid and gocinko!!!

Just made and account to show how I got it working and much thanks to Megatroid and gocinko, you saved me from getting grey hair or going bald XD

After using this Reset_Windows_Update_Full.bat (option3)doing the below (bold is where I added gocinko's info) I was able to get updates in about 30 seconds.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update B3083710, KB3102810, KB3020369, KB3050265, KB3172605 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on updates below and let it install.
B3083710
KB3102810
KB3020369
KB3050265
KB3172605

10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2016   #68
Gintonic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hi, I registered just to thank Mergatroid and paulsilvio76. This solution FINALLY helped after I was trying to make the updates work on my fresh Win7 install for 2 days. I'm going to screenshot this thread and keep it somewhere safe in case I ever run into this problem again. Thank you both so much!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2016   #69
Lin0

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 
A million thanks to gocinko - your suggestion is perfect.

[SOLVED]
gocinko,
Thank You. I was in such bad shape that my system could not run multiple updates - so I had to manually install each of your listed updates, then restart and repeat until the last one. Restarting one last time and upon startup immediately the system began to download the rest of the updates it needed. I tip my hat to you. Many many thanks gocinko


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gocinko View Post
Had similar issue. Factory restored 7 and couldn't get windows update to stop hanging. Factory restore, get as far as you can with windows update before it hangs, force restart then manually install these.

KB3083710
KB3102810
KB3020369
KB3050265
KB3172605

I can't remember if I was forced to upgrade to IE11 to download but if the windows links don't work IE11 will sort. Restart whenever prompted then about 200 or so updates will appear. Takes a couple hours to install the 200 no way to avoid it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2016   #70
sbaumg2s

Does it matter?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
Wow, that worked very fast. After i failed for more than 1 month to get Windows Update search showing me updates your instruction succeeded after kind of 30 minutes.

Though point 6 + 7 are redundant because of point 1.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows update not working, hangs while "searching for updates"




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 Says "Checking for updates", but hangs there
Hello, I've looked everywhere online trying to figure out how to fix this problem all day with windows being halted at "checking for updates" I've tried downloading Microsoft fix it, and other windows update troubleshooters. Are there any methods to fix this? How long does it take for it...
Windows Updates & Activation
Windows Update Hangs at "Checking for Updates"
Good morning, I just registered, so I'm not entirely sure how this forum runs. I'm assuming you can see my computer information in my user profile, but please let me know if you need me to post it here again. When I run Windows Update, it hangs permanently on "Checking for Updates." No error...
Windows Updates & Activation
Windows update stuck "Searching for updates"
Hello Sevenforums. I have a Lenovo Z500 laptop which i got with windows 8 on it. Later i upgraded it to windows 10, but the performance seemed to be lacking after i updated. I therefore installed windows 7 ultimate SP1 on it, after i formated all the drives. The installation went smoothly,...
Windows Updates & Activation
Offline updates spend enormous time "searching for updates on this..."
I do a lot of offline updating from my own store. Many of the updates prepare for installation by "searching for updates to this computer". I suppose this is to examine the need for and suitability of the update. The first update searches pretty quickly, but then it's very slow - something like 5...
Windows Updates & Activation
Laptop hangs at "Starting Windows" or getting "Error 0xC0000225"
Hi, I have a Toshiba r700-181 (PT310E) work laptop. It is running Windows 7 x64 Enterprise. It has one 4GB stick of ram which is PC3 10600. Windows works fine with this. I have obtained a 4GB stick of ram which is PC3 12800. With just this one in, Windows works fine. However, if I have...
General Discussion
Windows 7 hangs at "configuring updates" at launch
Hello After I update my computer with these latest updates, the last 11 of them in the list. http://i.imgur.com/PFfEw.png My computer will hang on configuring updates on restart, I have left it overnight configuring updates to no result in the morning, it's still on the loading boot...
BSOD Help and Support


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:08.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App