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Windows 7: windows 7 update stuck at "checking for updates..."

21 Nov 2015   #11

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by schmintan View Post
...stays on "checking for updates" for hours.
Set the computer not to sleep.
Then install the latest Windows Update Client for November 2015 as mentioned in this post:
Update issues
The checking for updates might still take hours - just let it sit 24+ hours.

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28 Dec 2015   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by schmintan View Post
using a brand new fresh install of win 7 sp 1 64bit.

Ive tried all advice so far but windows update still wont work, same symptom as above, no errors, just stays on "checking for updates" for hours. ive tried:

-microsoft fix tools, the quick fixes to quickly sort out smaller issues.
-plugging into ethernet & using that instead of wireless.
-disabling antivirus and firewall.

Running fiddler i can see that no traffic seems to be generated when i kick off windows update, although im not sure why.
Recently I've been having this problem too. I usually have updates disabled because they take around 5 hours to complete but I've been having a lot of other problems recently and thought some updates might help fix the issues. However, the thing that is supposed to fix the problem IS another problem. I decided to try with Fiddler myself after reading this, but as you can see traffic is generated for me.

Another problem I realized is that the "svchost.exe" process uses over 1 GB of RAM while checking for updates. I know it is that because if I end the process, Windows Update stops, and if I close Windows Update, RAM usage goes down.

I'm going to try everything in Safe Mode, to see if it might be a process in Windows that is causing it.
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28 Jan 2016   #13

Windows 7 professional 64bit

Jake, Make sure Background Intelligence service is running. That was my issue on a new install. It needs to be set to "Delay Start" in the service properties.
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23 Feb 2016   #14

win 7 64

same problem.. laptop, new win 7 installation.
Starts windows update from programs.

checking for updates many hours...

Shut down laptop and it tells me

"windows installing 159 updates......"

So even if you can't see it it is installing updates.
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23 Feb 2016   #15

Windows 7 professional 64bit

The link below is how I fixed my Windows Updater. I did install the latest Internet Explorer before I did this. Mine was a new OS install.
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29 Feb 2016   #16

Windows 7 Professional x64

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04 Apr 2016   #17

Various - Windows 7 Enterprise 32/64, Windows 8.1 Enterprise

If you have followed the suggestions made by UserNameIssues in a similar thread here and Windows Update still seems to be stuck, make sure that all mscorsvw.exe processes have finished and exited before you assume Windows Update is well and truly stuck. In my case, Windows Update apparently would not proceed until these processes had completed.

FYI: mscorsvw.exe processes are .Net optimization processes. Sort of like precompilers for .Net programs. They launch automatically whenever an update to any .Net module is installed. They usually run quietly in the background, but in this case, may introduce a noticeable delay with the Windows Update process. Here is a good article that explains what they do, why they exist, and possible actions to "hurry things along", so to speak.

DISCLAIMER: I am not sure this is related to the Windows Update problem, since it is only empirical data from a sample size of two systems, but it is coincidental enough to suggest a correlation between the two.
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05 Apr 2016   #18

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I just left it on overnight and in the morning all the updates were there ready to go.
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06 Apr 2016   #19

Various - Windows 7 Enterprise 32/64, Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Well, it turns out that there IS NO correlation between this issue and mscorsvw.exe after all, so my earlier post is pretty worthless.

I was hoping that I had found something that we could actually see that could be used as an indicator to tell us whether things were actually stuck, or just taking a while. Unfortunately, it was just a coincidence.
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07 Apr 2016   #20

Windows 10 64bit
Windows 7 SP1 64bit

I've recently had to fix a computer by deleting all partitions and starting from scratch.
It's a genuine and activated system but, the problem is with all the updates, even Microsoft Security Essentials won't update.
After a long search I've been able to fix the problem by running a fix from the MS site.
There are two of them, the latest download (12 Feb 2016) is:
which worked fine for me.
The earlier version (20 Oct 2015) is:
which I didn't bother with as the latest version corrected ALL the update problems.
Hope this helps someone.
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