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

14 Oct 2016   #81
rd1981

Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scooby63 View Post
I've read so many things, that I'm not sure where I read my eventual answer....too many tabs open while searching for answers, but what was posted was something about Windows Update Agent being "replaced" with Windows Update Client? And, although the old update agent may eventually, after a long period of time, get your updates, this problem was eliminated for me, by updating to the latest Windows Update "Client".

I believe, for the sake of having the reader find the latest possible version, at the time they are reading his post, he insisted on searching the web for it, so I did....And by searching "Latest windows update client" I found KB3172605. It was released in July 2016 ****BUT****, if you don't have the one that was re-released on Sept 13, 2016, you could still have a problem. Meaning, if you find that KB3172605 listed as installed, but not on Sept. 13th or later, I guess you could still have a problem. Don't know if it helps anyone still having a problem, but this is the only thing that worked for me. I got excited and joined the forum just to post my results in case it could help anyone.

And then I tried to execute that search again, and couldn't find it!!....so I searched it by number.... Here's a link to the page....

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605

Hope it helps someone!
Thanks Scooby!

This and only this worked for me. Joined forum to acknowledge your help.


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15 Oct 2016   #82
Leo1277

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scooby63 View Post
I've read so many things, that I'm not sure where I read my eventual answer....too many tabs open while searching for answers, but what was posted was something about Windows Update Agent being "replaced" with Windows Update Client? And, although the old update agent may eventually, after a long period of time, get your updates, this problem was eliminated for me, by updating to the latest Windows Update "Client".

I believe, for the sake of having the reader find the latest possible version, at the time they are reading his post, he insisted on searching the web for it, so I did....And by searching "Latest windows update client" I found KB3172605. It was released in July 2016 ****BUT****, if you don't have the one that was re-released on Sept 13, 2016, you could still have a problem. Meaning, if you find that KB3172605 listed as installed, but not on Sept. 13th or later, I guess you could still have a problem. Don't know if it helps anyone still having a problem, but this is the only thing that worked for me. I got excited and joined the forum just to post my results in case it could help anyone.

And then I tried to execute that search again, and couldn't find it!!....so I searched it by number.... Here's a link to the page....

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605

Hope it helps someone!
This did indeed work for me too; and I also just joined the forum to express my thanks.

I spent the better part of three days in frustration because the updater just could not locate any updates but continuously burned 25% CPU / 1 core via the svchost on my quad core notebook. I tried many different suggestions with more and more annoyance and worries that this PC cannot be salvaged, but after downloading and installing the "updated update" as suggested above, the updater found four new updates within minutes. After installing them, as well as one more update that was found immediately afterwards, all seems to be well. The updater is now set to continuously monitor for updates (but not download them), and now nearly a day later, has not used any noticeable CPU cycles anymore.

Thanks again for the great help, you made my day yesterday!
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16 Oct 2016   #83
Teksonik

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I just wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to who ever suggested KB 3172605 ! That has worked for me. It found 18 updates in five seconds when I had just run an update search for two hours before. Brilliant !
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17 Oct 2016   #84
Toxophilite

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scooby63 View Post
I've read so many things, that I'm not sure where I read my eventual answer....too many tabs open while searching for answers, but what was posted was something about Windows Update Agent being "replaced" with Windows Update Client? And, although the old update agent may eventually, after a long period of time, get your updates, this problem was eliminated for me, by updating to the latest Windows Update "Client".

I believe, for the sake of having the reader find the latest possible version, at the time they are reading his post, he insisted on searching the web for it, so I did....And by searching "Latest windows update client" I found KB3172605. It was released in July 2016 ****BUT****, if you don't have the one that was re-released on Sept 13, 2016, you could still have a problem. Meaning, if you find that KB3172605 listed as installed, but not on Sept. 13th or later, I guess you could still have a problem. Don't know if it helps anyone still having a problem, but this is the only thing that worked for me. I got excited and joined the forum just to post my results in case it could help anyone.

And then I tried to execute that search again, and couldn't find it!!....so I searched it by number.... Here's a link to the page....

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605

Hope it helps someone!
Thanks so much, Scooby63
Two days ago I had to do a system restore to 2 weeks' earlier, due to an unrelated PC problem.
Then when trying to perform Windows Update, it hung forever - more than 24 hours.
I found your suggestion, and Bingo! - Solved the problem totally.
I have just joined this Forum to express my grateful thanks.
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17 Oct 2016   #85
Hijin25

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bits
 
 

Today reinstall Windows 7 64bit, I installed the update kb3172605 and I quickly detected 160 major updates and more optional groups, I proceeded to the installation of important and made correctly. But back to check for updates after the restart, again checking for updates stays forever. I stopped working team for 5 hours and does not end. Now that I can do?
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18 Oct 2016   #86
Leo1277

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Hijin25, you may want to try to install the latest version of KB3172605 one more time - there is a possibility that the updater was overwritten back to an older version in these 160 updates you found.
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18 Oct 2016   #87
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Manually download & install the KB3172605 update from here:
Microsoft Update Catalog

Both KB3161608 & KB3172605 should install & update the Windows Update Agent/Client app to v7.6.7601.23453, which should resolve the "checking for updates" problem with WU for good.

After installing KB3172605, check the file properties of the wuaueng.dll file in the Windows\System32 folder - it should be version 7.6.7601.23453 dated 5/13/2016.

In all my Win7 PCs, scanning for updates take between 4 to 6 minutes w/ KB3172605 installed - all using at least a dual-core CPU with 2Gb of RAM or more

Hijin25 may also wanna try this resetting WU script after KB3172605 is already installed:
Script Reset Windows Update Agent
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18 Oct 2016   #88
jdlweb

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 Update Problems

I know this is an old post but this will fix all you update issues:
Here is a 100% guaranteed solution to the updating blues for Windows 7
You should first download these 6 files:
1. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x86.msu 2. 64 Bit- http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...1264cd93b9.msu
32 Bit- http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...b0a74b2cbd.msu 3. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...102810-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...102810-x86.msu 4. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...112343-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...112343-x64.msu 5. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x86.msu 6. 64 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...161664-x64.msu
32 Bit- https://download.microsoft.com/downl...161664-x86.msu Ok Now that you’ve downloaded everything, here is the precise process. Please don’t skip any steps or it may or may not work properly for you. I’ve included the 32 bit links even though most people have problems with the 64 Bit.
1. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
2. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the first on you downloaded earlier (KB3020369)
3. Click close after in finishes
4. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the second one you downloaded (KB3125574)
5. Restart the computer at the end when it asks you to do so.
6. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
7. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the third download (KB3102810)
8. Click close after in finishes
9. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the fourth download (KB3112343)
10. Click close after in finishes
11. Click back into the command box and again type NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the fifth download (KB3172605)
12. Restart the computer at the end when it asks you to do so.
13. Click Start, type in CMD, right click the search result “command Prompt” and left click on run as administrator, click yes
14. In the “elevated” command box, type in NET STOP WUAUSERV and press enter, after service is stopped, install the final downloaded file (KB3161664)
15. Your updates will now work! You’re Welcome
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18 Oct 2016   #89
Hijin25

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bits
 
 

Thanks for your answers, it seems I was wrong, there was installed kb3172605, had installed 3050265 and 3102810. But when I try to install the 3172605 indicates to me that the update can not be applied to my team.
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19 Oct 2016   #90
jdlweb

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Just follow complete list

Just follow my above list, if it is already installed it will tell you it is.
This has "NEVER" failed and I own a computer repair shop. I, like many others have always looked for a way to streamline Windows 7 updates. This is the solution that will accomplish three things.
First KB3020369 is a prerequisite to install the roll up package
second (KB3125574) is a roll up package to reduce the total umber of updated needed at the end
Third (KB3102810) will help with the high CPU usage during updates
Fourth (KB3112343) is the update client first release
Fifth (KB3172605) is the next release
Sixth (KB3161664) is the September 2016 update client release

Although like some others have mentioned, you can cut some of these out and it will indeed update, however this will reduce our actual time needed for installing all security updates...
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