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Windows 7: Latest windows updates stuck on downloading at 0%

16 Jun 2016   #1
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 
Latest windows updates stuck on downloading at 0%

This has never happened before but I can't download the latest batch of updates! I've tried downloading one at a time but it makes no difference, just stuck on downloading 0%. I've tried to go into services.msc to switch off windows updates but it says 'stopping' with the options to stop/re-start greyed out.

I've tried the windows trouble shooter which detects problems and then says resolving but again after 20 minutes or so it still says the same thing. Does it take a long time (perhaps I'm being impatient)?

I've run out of time tonight but will try the windows update system readiness tool tomorrow.

In the meantime, does anyone have ideas I could try? As I say, I've never had problems downloading updates before.

LevelBest


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16 Jun 2016   #2
johnny20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

You mean, it's searching for updates, takes a while, finds the updates, but when you select to install, it takes forever to download?

If that's the case, how long did you wait for it to start downloading before cancelling?
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16 Jun 2016   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

As johnny20 says, it takes a while. Be prepared for probably 2 hours plus to find & download these updates.

Mine took over an hour at the first attempt & half of them failed to install properly. The second one took over 2 hours but eventually succeeded.

I have also found that if you are browsing on the internet while the updates are downloading, they always seem to fail to install properly.
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17 Jun 2016   #4
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnny20 View Post
You mean, it's searching for updates, takes a while, finds the updates, but when you select to install, it takes forever to download?

If that's the case, how long did you wait for it to start downloading before cancelling?

No, it listed the updates to install, so it wasn't searching for them. When I hit install, that's when it stuck on downloading the updates at 0%. I know it takes a while, but you can at least see the percentage of download going up. As I say, never had a problem before but will try again tonight.

LevelBest
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17 Jun 2016   #5
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LevelBest View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnny20 View Post
You mean, it's searching for updates, takes a while, finds the updates, but when you select to install, it takes forever to download?

If that's the case, how long did you wait for it to start downloading before cancelling?

No, it listed the updates to install, so it wasn't searching for them. When I hit install, that's when it stuck on downloading the updates at 0%. I know it takes a while, but you can at least see the percentage of download going up. As I say, never had a problem before but will try again tonight.

LevelBest


I'm having the EXACT same problem as you I believe. I have my update selection to
"search for updates but let me decide when to download them" so I have to manually initiate the download of the updates. Yesterday I was downloading the latest IE 11 cumulative update, and it appeared to be proceeding as usual a little slow (but I have 768/128k DSL) and then mysteriously at about 85% the internet service light on my modem turned from green to red, then after about 5 or 10 seconds it turned green again...I have found in the past year that the ONLY time this happens is when I am attempting to download from MS servers NOWHERE ELSE does this happen!

Then I had the "failed to install" notice and the error 8007ee2 which I believe is saying that there was indeed an issue with MS servers...


I is pretty clear to me that microsoft servers are refusing or timing out during updates for Windows 7.

My father has a Windows 10 OEM PC and it has NEVER had issues updating during the past year and he also has the exact same DSL service I do using a different CO, but other than that no real difference.
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17 Jun 2016   #6
gini

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LevelBest View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnny20 View Post
You mean, it's searching for updates, takes a while, finds the updates, but when you select to install, it takes forever to download?

If that's the case, how long did you wait for it to start downloading before cancelling?

No, it listed the updates to install, so it wasn't searching for them. When I hit install, that's when it stuck on downloading the updates at 0%. I know it takes a while, but you can at least see the percentage of download going up. As I say, never had a problem before but will try again tonight.

LevelBest
This happens to me fairly often recently, and I never see a partial download. It goes from 0% to a significant figure or, more commonly, all the way at once. (I rarely sit and watch the whole process.) I used to give up and try another time, but I've found just waiting usually solves the problem. The time involved varies, but try giving it 2-3 hours before stopping.
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17 Jun 2016   #7
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gini View Post

This happens to me fairly often recently, and I never see a partial download. It goes from 0% to a significant figure or, more commonly, all the way at once. (I rarely sit and watch the whole process.) I used to give up and try another time, but I've found just waiting usually solves the problem. The time involved varies, but try giving it 2-3 hours before stopping.
Actually this is true....It seems like MS servers are severely throttling their servers for windows 7 updates.
I know most folks don't pay such close attention to their modem traffic status, but I do and I would bet that I am not the only one seeing the MS servers drop connection ...
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17 Jun 2016   #8
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There have been suggestions the past month or two to manually install a specific update and then the rest of the process occurs a bit faster. This month it is KB3161664. I did install that one manually and the others downloaded and installed fairly quick.

If you search here and Microsoft Answers there are more specifics about it.
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18 Jun 2016   #9
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi All

Glad to know I'm not the only one. I ran checkdisk last night and scannow and ran MWBytes - all OK. I tried to download in 'safemode' but apparently you can't run updates in safemode. I've changed the status to update automatically but I am currently trying to download just one update, KB3161664 which other posts suggest is the one to download first. Currently, it is still saying 0% downloaded. Curiously though, McAfee downloaded and installed its updates, so this is a MS thing.

LevelBest
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18 Jun 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Quite frankly you having Mcafee Installed is pretty scary it is one of the most windows unfriendly av's ever
For the record to manually install a update you must switch to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.
The two searches will conflict.
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