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Windows 7: Updates won't install automatically


20 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Updates won't install automatically

I've chosen to have Windows automatically install updates, but it's not happening. Windows Update is notifying me of updates and giving me the option to install them. Why is it ignoring the setting I've chosen?

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20 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi there,

When that setting is active, Windows Update still only installs "important" updates automatically. It will still leave "optional" updates for you to install manually. What updates is it notifying you about?

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-u...gs-change.html

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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25 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Not even automatically installing the important updates

Hi, Walker. Thanks for the information, and I apologize for not responding faster. I have been offline since shortly after posting. I did not know that only important updates were automatically installed, but that doesn't seem to be the situation anyway. It is alerting me about what it calls important updates and then giving me the option to install them. For instance, it has alerted me that the following important updates are available:

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows 7 for 64 bit system (KB977863)
Update for Windows 7 for 64 bit system (KB971033,976264,976662,978637,979306)
Security Update for Power Point Viewer 2007 (KB970059)
Security Update for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB969618)

Thanks,
Rick
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25 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi Rick,

It's possible Windows is attempting to install but either failing, or succeeding but failing to update a file on restart. See this Microsoft Support article, and try the solutions mentioned there: How to troubleshoot Windows Update or Microsoft Update when you are repeatedly offered an update

Let me know how it goes.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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26 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for trying, Walker, but it seems that my situation is a little different than the one described on the link. I've reviewed my installation history, and it just includes everything that I successfully installed when prompted. There is no record of anything else. So I don't think it has anything to do with a failure to install or to update upon restart. It is just not even trying to install anything, but rather it's waiting for me. In fact now it's not even giving me an alert of any kind, and I have to actually go in to Windows Update to see if there's anything there waiting for me. Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was installed before this problem started. Looks like I'll use the link's final advice and try to get help from Microsoft/Windows. Anyway, I really appreciate your attempts, and I look forward to learning more things here at this forum.

Sincerely,
Rick
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26 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hi

I have the same problem. I now have to keep an eye on the Task Bar Icon (which isn't very visible) to look for non-optional updates that are waiting. This looks like a Win 7 bug as I've never experienced it with XP PCs. I guess it's possible updates have come in during the few hours before my 12.00 midday update setting?
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26 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rb62470 View Post
Thanks for trying, Walker, but it seems that my situation is a little different than the one described on the link. I've reviewed my installation history, and it just includes everything that I successfully installed when prompted. There is no record of anything else. So I don't think it has anything to do with a failure to install or to update upon restart. It is just not even trying to install anything, but rather it's waiting for me. In fact now it's not even giving me an alert of any kind, and I have to actually go in to Windows Update to see if there's anything there waiting for me. Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was installed before this problem started. Looks like I'll use the link's final advice and try to get help from Microsoft/Windows. Anyway, I really appreciate your attempts, and I look forward to learning more things here at this forum.

Sincerely,
Rick
Hi Rick,

It's no problem, I'm glad to try and help out. Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't you trying to get it to stop alerting you all along? Or do you mean that when you go into WU, there are still things waiting there for you? WHat do you find when you check manually now?

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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28 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Walker, I need it to alert me, because indeed there are still things waiting for me in WU. When I go in manually I find a message alerting me that there are however-many important updates waiting to be installed.
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28 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaiB View Post
Hi

I have the same problem. I now have to keep an eye on the Task Bar Icon (which isn't very visible) to look for non-optional updates that are waiting. This looks like a Win 7 bug as I've never experienced it with XP PCs. I guess it's possible updates have come in during the few hours before my 12.00 midday update setting?
But it shouldn't matter when the updates come in. Once WU finds them, it should automatically install them.
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28 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Official Microsoft response has arrived...

"From the case log, I understand that Automatic Update didn’t work. If I have misunderstood your concern, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

I understand the inconvenience you have experienced. Please be assured that I will do my best to help you.

This issue can be caused by the following factors:

1. Some third-party programs affect.
2. Corrupted Windows Update Temporary folders.
3. Windows Update service is not started.

In order to narrow down the cause of this issue and resolve it, please refer to the following steps. After finishing each step, please check the result again on the Windows Update website.

NOTE: Some third party programs can affect the Windows Update service. If you are running any third party applications such as Spyblocker, Internet or web accelerators (programs designed to boost the speed of the Internet connection), security or anti-virus programs (Norton, McAfee, etc.), I recommend we temporarily disable or shut them down and then try accessing Windows Update later Please understand that we are disabling these programs only for the purpose of troubleshooting and we can re-enable these programs after we finish troubleshooting.

Step 1: Clean Boot
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This method will help us determine if this issue is caused by a loading program or service. Please perform the following steps:

1. Click the "Start" Button, type "msconfig" in the search bar and press Enter.

Note: Please click the Continue if the "User Account Control" window pops up.
2. Click the "Services" tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click "Disable All" (if it is not gray).
3. Click the "Startup" tab, click "Disable All" and click "OK".

Then, restart the computer. When the "System Configuration Utility" window appears, please check the "Don't show this message or launch the System"

4. Test if we can update the system in Clean Boot.

Note 1: Temporarily disabling the Startup Group only prevents the startup programs from loading at startup. This shouldn't affect the system or other programs. We may still manually run these programs later.

Note 2: We can check on Normal Startup in the General tab to roll back to Normal Mode after we get this issue resolved.

If the issue persists, please take the following steps to rename SoftwareDistribution folder.

Step 2: Rename the Windows Update Softwaredistribution folder
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This problem may occur if the Windows Update, Software distribution folder has been corrupted. We can refer to the following steps to rename this folder. Please note that the folder will be re-created the next time we visit the Windows Update site.

1. Close all the open windows.
2. Click the "Start" Button, click "All programs", and click "Accessories".
3. Right-click "Command Prompt" and click "Run as administrator".
4. In "Administrator: Command Prompt" window, type in "net stop WuAuServ" (without the quotes) and press Enter.

Note: Please look at the cmd window and make sure it says that it was successfully stopped before we try to rename the folder. However, if it failed, please let me know before performing any further steps and include any error messages you may have received when it failed.

5. Click the "Start" Button, in the "Start Search" box, type in "%windir%" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
6. In the opened folder, look for the folder named "SoftwareDistribution".
7. Right-click on the folder, select "Rename" and type "SDold" (without the quotes) to rename this folder.
8. Still in "Administrator: Command Prompt" window, type the command "net start WuAuServ" (without the quotes) in the opened window to restart the Windows Updates service.

Note: Please look at the cmd window and make sure it says that it was successfully started. However, if it failed, please let me know before performing any further steps and include any error messages you may have received when it failed.

If the issue persists, please continue try Step 3.

Step 3: Verify the relevant Windows Update services
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1. Click the "Start" Button in the "Start Search" bar, type: "services.msc" (without quotes) and press Enter. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. Double click the service "Windows Update".
3. Click on the "General" tab; make sure the "Startup Type" is "Automatic" or "Manual". Then please click the "Start" button under "Service Status" to start the service.
4. Please repeat the above steps with the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).

You can also temporarily stop these services, restart the computer, and then start these services again. If any service is missing or cannot be stopped or restarted, please let me know."


Although this problem was annoying me, I am not in a big hurry to correct it when I read all that it may entail. If and when I do undertake these courses of action, I will notify the forum of how it turns out...Rick
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