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

13 Sep 2016   #61

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I forgot to add the screen shot but edited and did

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15 Sep 2016   #62

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks to Vicky! Yours works every time. And kudos to glasskuter for an alternate method that I hope I never have to use. ha!

I'm self employed in computer repair and this issue with updates in Windows 7 began for me last year. Now it seems that EVERY SINGLE Win7 install I do, I have to repair the updates section to even get the first round of updates. This did not used to happen. It happens with the old non-SP1 installs and also the newest installer gotten through the Windows ISO Downloader utility.

Microsoft has to be aware of the problem and it has to be on their end.

I was avoiding having this update headache for a year by installing Win7 and doing the free upgrade to Win10 and THEN talking up Win10 to my customers, telling them they "needed" to do it. I would install Classic Shell and Microsoft Games and show them how similar Win10 is. For added "icing" I would pin the Weather App to their taskbar which often sealed the deal.

Now that the free upgrade period is over, I'm back to fighting this Win7 update thing.

Just ranting. Thanks again for the help.



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.
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15 Sep 2016   #63

Mostly Chrome OS

Tyler1118 solution was the only one that worked for me - thanks!
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16 Sep 2016   #64

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
ThrashZone's tip worked!

ThrashZone said
KB3020369 & KB3172605 is all that is needed
Win-7 32 bit
Win-7 64 bit

KB3172605 main article page with all versions,
Win-7 32 bit

Win-7 64 bit

Thank you so much. This worked and it was quick. I wonder why Microsoft did not make Windows Update to check for missing or essential previous updates like in this case before it attempts to install new updates and gets stuck.
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20 Sep 2016   #65

windows7 home premium 64 bit
Not solved with FixIt


One item not fixed by FixIt -

Windows Update error 0x80070057(2016-09-20-T-06_33

Moving on ...I have the same issue with Windows Updater stalling on laptop and PC and I'm not super tech-savvy but I'll try anything right now!!

Windows7 Home Premium 64-bit
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20 Sep 2016   #66

windows7 home premium 64 bit
Stuck installing ...


Got to step 15 in great time
Newlines added to cmd telling me installing ...
A couple that said
Installing windows update scan prerequisites...
Installing updates 1 of 1 (stage size 240)...
Verifying integrity of ... etc
Hashdeep64.exe: Audit passed
now seems hung up installing ...
Installing ..\w61-x64\ ...etc, etc
do I just need to be patient at this point?
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20 Sep 2016   #67

Mostly Chrome OS
BritAbroad this might help...

Different PC (fresh install) ran into this again & Tyler1118's solution stuck this time
This worked for me:
Download KB3138612
Download KB3145739
Unplug / disable ethernet or Wifi (get offline basically)
Install KB3138612
Install KB3145739
Enable ethernet / wifi

At this stage you 'should' be able to use the Windows update - 10 - 15 mins apparently
I re-ran the 2nd part of Tyler's (UpdateInstaller) and it literally whizzed through the first batch
Just rebooted & the second lot are coming through nicely
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20 Sep 2016   #68

windows7 home premium 64 bit

Thanksjoshry101 - I have started a new thread as I saw this would be considered hijacking this thread-sorry - maybe you can answer a question on my new thread so I don't get blocked for rule breaking (I'm new to all this!)
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20 Sep 2016   #69

Win 7 x 64 (under Bootcamp)
Windows update error


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.

Hoping to bring this to Tyler1118's attention:
I ran method 1 and it fixed 3 problems but the following was "Not fixed"
Windows Update error 0x80070057 (2016-09-20-T-11_50_42a)
Any thoughts? (before I try 2 and 3?
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21 Sep 2016   #70

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I was also stuck at "checking for updates...". I tried every single method I could find here and elsewhere (troubleshooters, hotfixes, etc), and nothing worked. The various update fix tools kept coming back with update error 0x80070057.

Somewhere along the way I read that somebody got the updates to work simpy by getting online via ethernet cable (rather than wifi). Well, IT WORKED FOR ME! Windows was able to find all updates and install them without any issues. I can't find any information as to why updates fail over wifi, and it makes no sense, but there you go, that's Windows I guess.

Hope this helps someone.
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