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

08 Apr 2016   #21

windows 7 professional 32

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sleepless View Post
hi, windows 7 never seems to complete the update check. it just stays stuck at "checking for updates...". it will stay like this for days. most recent check for updates is listed as 7/9/2014 (almost 3 months ago). i tried the fix and the reset listed here:

windows 7 update stuck at checking for updates - Tech Support Forum

nothing has worked so far, please help.
same situation here after fresh install, the only way that worked was through wsusoffline WSUS Offline Update - Update Microsoft Windows and Office without an Internet connection

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09 Apr 2016   #22

Win 7 Home Premium x64

Had the same problem after restoring my computer to factory state Windows 7 Home Premium. Worked for several days to get it fixed, to no avail until today. My Windows Update Agent was v7.6.7600.320 and it just ran on with no results, once for a full 24 hours. I tried the DNS changes, the Fix-It download, and the KB3083710 and KB3102810 fixes, but none resolved the issue. UNTIL I downloaded KB3138612 that installed the very latest version of the Windows Updater v7.6.7601.19161 and now I am working smoothly through several hundred updates. The solution is mentioned in more detail elsewhere in this forum, but it is a simple fix. Thank you, SevenForum contributors!!!

UPDATE: This fix worked until I installed "important" windows updates from April 12, then problems started all over again. Having to roll back to restore point. Even the Windows stand alone updater will not work now.
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18 Apr 2016   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium, SP 1 64bit
April 2016 - Windows Update Stuck


Windows 7 SP1 64

Extremely frustrated for many days trying every solution posted on the Internet. Then finally I found this comment on Softpedia's website and it absolutely works (very easy - but why should we have to do this?):

To resolve this issue: first install KB3145739 manually. Go to Microsoft website to download and then install, even if your Installed History already shows this update.
Next you should restart and finally you can check for updates in manual mode.
It takes between 5 or 10 minutes.
Comment posted by: Chooky
14 Apr 2016 13:00 CMT

Windows Update Hanging When Downloading April 12 Patches (Scroll down the Comments section until you find a posting by Chooky.)

Hopefully it will help some people avoid hours or days of frustration or drastic, complicated but unnecessary troubleshooting steps.
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18 May 2016   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
(SOLVED) Windows 7 Stuck at Checking for updates

Recently I had the same problem. I had kept my system on update for the whole night. And in the morning it was still showing checking for updates... After searching the web for hours and trying many solutions posted here and other forums. I finally was able to SOLVE the problem by installing windows updates offline tool.This tool allowed me to install all the updates without using the Microsoft's crappy windows update agent. After installing all the updates the windows update started working properly.

The download link to the offline windows update tool I used is WSUS Offline Update - Update Microsoft Windows and Office without an Internet connection

I found a very comprehensive step by step tutorial for using this tool here Checking for updates stuck [Solved] [Windows 7 SP 1, 8.1 &10] - How I Solve

I hope this information would save others some time...
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20 May 2016   #25

windows 7 64-bit

This has worked for me every time:

The solution:

Stop the Windows Update Service (wuauserv).
Download and install KB3050265
Download and install KB3102810
Reboot and check for updates again. All of our machines found their required updates in less than 5 minutes.
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27 May 2016   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium
Thanks larry garner!!!

I have a windows 7 laptop that would not successfully check for windows updates. I spent 2 days trying about 20 different fixes from many different websites. I tried MS fixit, manual updates, deleting the SoftwareDistribution files, sfc /scannow, checking for malware, and fixing fix BITS all to no avail. Although fixing the BITS service and making sure it was started was probably a good idea. After reading Larry's post, I decided to try the offline update tool he recommended.

It fixed my problem with a hung windows update, but I would like to add a few comments.

The offline update tool took over an hour to download the tool and install the updates, and used the cmd window to detail the progress, so you were never wondering what was going on.

After running the tool (actually 2 tools in 2 steps) i retried windows update.
windows update check for updates stage was fixed - it took less than 30 minutes to find updates. However, I had a problem when I tried to install the updates, it seemed to hang creating a restore point.
At that point I reran the microsoft fixit tool i think i got from
Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help
windows update then worked fine.

Also unexpectedly, windows update found several updates immediately after running the manual update tool, so the tool is apparently not 100%, but at least windows update started working after the manual install.

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04 Jun 2016   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
How do you ever know if it works?

Given that Microsoft designed Windows Update to be unassailably opaque to screw users over as completely as possible, how does anyone determine whether any action taken to fix it worked? How long do I have to leave Windows Update searching before I conclude that it still isn't working and try something else? 24 hours? Three weeks?
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04 Jun 2016   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (v6.1)


Here are a couple of Methods that could work for you. Please let me know if your issue does -OR- doesn't get resolved.

Here are 3 Methods that I've found, that worked for people in the past.

Note: Try to make sure you Windows Update is/isn't working by letting it "Checking for updates" for at least 1 hour.

Method 1: Difficulty: Easy
  1. Download the following tool below.
  2. Download this tool: Microsoft Fixit Tool
  3. Run the file once it finishes downloading.
  4. Once the window appears on your screen, click the "Next" Button.
  5. Let the program scan for errors, DO NOT click "Cancel". (This process may take some time.)
  6. Once the program finishes scanning, it will list the following errors that have been "Fixed" or "Not Fixed".
  7. If any errors were "Not Fixed", report them to me here. Left-Click the "Close the troubleshooter" Button.
  8. Restart your computer. Try to update your Windows.

    If Method 1 doesn't work proceed to Method 2.

Method 2: Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Press the Windows Key and the "R" Key simultaneously. [Win+R]
  2. A "Run" Box should appear. Type "services.msc" into the search box and press the "OK" button.
  3. The "Services" window should appear on your screen. Scroll down to "Windows Update" Service in the Services (Local) section.
  4. Right-Click on "Windows Update", then Left-Click "Stop" button. Please wait until the service completely stops. Do not close the Window.
  5. Press the Windows Key and the "R" Key simultaneously. [Win+R] again.
  6. Remove "services.msc" then type "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\" into the search bar then Left-Click "OK". Windows Explorer should appear on your screen.
  7. Delete all contents within this folder. Left-Click + Hold + Drag until you completely highlight all the contents. Let go of Left-Click and press the "Delete" Button and Left-Click "Yes".
  8. Close Windows Explorer and return to the "Services" Window. Right-Click "Windows Update" then Left-Click "Start". Wait for the service to completely start then close the window.
  9. Restart your computer. Then try to update Windows.

    If Method 2 doesn't work proceed to Method 3.
Now this Method doesn't necessarily fix Windows Update right away (does after updates are done) but rather than a bypass or a workaround. I will provide images with this Method sense it's a little tricky.

I hope this works. 99% sure it will! Good luck!

Method 3: Difficulty: Somewhat Hard
  1. Please download the following tools below.
  2. Download: WSUS Offline Update
  3. Go to your downloads file. (Usually C:\Users\"Profile Name"\Downloads) and Right-Click "Extract All..."
  4. The Extract Window should appear on your screen. Click the "Browse" Button on the window. Navigate and Left-Click the "Desktop" icon then press the "OK" Button.
  5. Open the new folder that appears on your Desktop.
  6. Navigate to the following images below.
  7. Navigate to...
  8. Navigate to...
  9. Checkmark these boxes and click "Start"...
  10. This cmd will download all Windows Updates from Microsoft's Database. Please do not exit out of the cmd, it will take a while to complete.
  11. After the downloading is done. Close the program and navigate to the following images.
  12. Navigate to...
  13. Navigate to...
  14. Checkmark the following boxes and click "Start". Checkmark the other boxes once you have SP1 installed.

  15. This cmd will install all downloaded updates. You might have to run this installer more than once due to the fact that SP1 has to be installed first. Then Microsoft Security Updates.

  16. You will have to restart every time the installer completes a certain section of updates.
  17. Once most updates are installed, your Windows Updater should be working again. Around 100+ installed.
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22 Jun 2016   #29

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit

I've got two computers running windows 7 SP; one's Home Premium and one is Professional. Both are failing to do anything in regards to windows update. It says "checking for updates..." and hangs there. SCVHOST.exe uses up 25% of CPU all of the time, with WUAUSERV (Windows Update service) being the culprit. I recall that updates are usually released every Tuesday; however this happens every day. Hangs, will not update, uses 25% CPU and this is a problem as one of the laptops overheats.

Ran the FixIt tool and it found nothing; tried again and update still hangs.

I once had success when I left the computer on standby all day, and returned to see it updating. But since then, no joy on either computer; one of which is a relatively fresh install of W7. Any help gratefully appreciated.

P.S. Is this some sort of play by Microsoft to get everyone onto W10? As Windows Update never used to have any issues, before this mass "lets get everyone onto W10" mindset. And I don't need W10 on these systems, as one of my laptops is a dual boot machine with W7 and W10!
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03 Jul 2016   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vickyv View Post
This has worked for me every time:

The solution:

Stop the Windows Update Service (wuauserv).
Download and install KB3050265
Download and install KB3102810
Reboot and check for updates again. All of our machines found their required updates in less than 5 minutes.

Thank you, This worked for me. I made an account just to thank you and to let others know that this worked for me. It did still take about 15 minutes before it downloaded them so just be patient.

Fresh install of Windows 7 home premium 64bit with a new SSD. Was driving me nuts, stuck at updating screen on windows update and standalone update (not to mention all the drivers I had to hunt down and install). Like others I have spent the last 2 days searching and reading posts and trying what was advised, let it run , reinstall , turn this off etc. But this worked . Installing 244 updates as I am typing this.
So again thank you.
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