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Windows 7: Windows 7 update fails. No error code

09 Sep 2013   #11
NoelDP

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

That's normal.
All I can think is to clear the various stores, and see if that helps.
We'll do it one at a time...

Please run thefollowing commands in an Elevated Command Prompt



NET STOP CRYPTSVC
REN C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CATROOT2 CATROOT2OLD
NET START CRYPTSVC




once complete,leave the system alone for at least an hour to rebuild the database, thenreboot.

Note that this may delete your Update History - but all updates will remaininstalled, and can be viewed in the Installed Updates listing.


After the reboot, do a new manual Check for Updates - what happens?


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09 Sep 2013   #12
pjaj

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, same as before. Updater just sits there with the green bar panning from left to right.
I only let it run for about 10 minutes this time (it is 2AM!).
There was some additional internet activity as before.
Tomorrow I will let it run longer, but I have my doubts anything has changed.
The file catroot2 was not recreated even after an hour +.
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10 Sep 2013   #13
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

AH - that may give us a clue...

Please run the following commands - what happens?


NET STOP CRYPTSVC

esentutl /p%systemroot%\System32\catroot2\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\catdb

NET START CRYPTSVC

- post the results
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10 Sep 2013   #14
pjaj

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Just in case, I ran Check for Updates for over 3 hours this morning with no success.
The esentutl attempt failed, screen shot attached.
Note, after renaming, catroot2 was not re-created, it does not exist.
Could there be some service that should be running that somehow has been disabled, but does not affect anything else?
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15 Sep 2013   #15
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

If the catroot2 folder is completely missing, then there are serious problems with the OS, and it may be better to contemplate a repair install.
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15 Sep 2013   #16
pjaj

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I was thinking the same, but hoping I wouldn't have to. I have a lesser problem that I've been ignoring, the indexing service won't run either and hasn't for a long time. I'll try the repair installation soon. Failing that it's reformat the C drive and completely reinstall, but that would involve all the aggro of reinstalling all my other software.
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