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Windows 7: Windows update never stops checking for updates

19 Sep 2016   #91

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

Hi and welcome to SevenForums Liam548,
Glad to help

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20 Sep 2016   #92

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I said stop the service not disable it and that is before you attempt to manually install an update not during manually installing an update.
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I never said anything about disabling.
I also never said that I did anything during an install.
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20 Sep 2016   #93

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slickone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
If the windows update service was already searching for updates it would stall a stand alone installer.
Best to go to services and stop the windows update service before attempting to manually install an update.

As far as I know KB3020369 & KB3172605 are the only required updates to shack the update system back to normal
A clean install do these three manually
KB3020369 & KB3172605 & KB3125574 from the catalog
Microsoft Update Catalog

I have all three updates needed on my OneDrive too if you can't or don't want to deal with the catalog!AsjD7o6P3KLKj2TjShn8-SumV1rr
So the KB3020369 wouldn't install because the service was running?
Sorry misunderstood you
Yes you can't manually install an update if the windows update service is already running
It will conflict with the stand alone installers 100% of the time so windows update service has to be stopped first.
It's usually stalled and why you can't find updates in the first place.
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27 Sep 2016   #94

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Searching for Updates fixed

After reinstalling Windows seven on my dell Inspiron 1750 after the hard drive failed I installed service pack 1 then a message came up saying you are running an outdated version of Windows 7 upgrade to 10 or 8.1 or service pack 1 to receive updates witch I did. Then the searching for updates started to take long due to connection errors witch I was connected.then Me and my mum Then looked for how to solve this on the Internet toke us ages to find the answer then found this site with the KB3102810 and it worked found 239 updates. And Windows defender is working again to. And also signed up to say Thank you for the help.

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12 Oct 2016   #95

Windows 7 Ultimate

This method worked for me as well. After hours of trying various other recommendations, this did the trick. MS has obviously made this process intentionally difficult and I'm done paying for windows on new machines because of this attitude. You want to treat people like children and force things on them, well now that's that much less money you'll receive from at least one of them. Robbing me of hours of my time was the last straw.

Again, thanks for the tip, I'm going with enterprise this time...just because I can...ZERO GUILT.
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14 Oct 2016   #96

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

So I am posting my findings to hopefully save you some time, if the fix you need happens to be the same as mine. One thing to note is that the Windows Update service should be stopped first, before manually downloading and installing any of the updates listed below. Here goes:

KB3102810 did NOT fully solve my issue, though it did seem to help and provide some more updates. After that though, I encountered the same problem.

Here are the rest of the updates I tried (that didn't work for me), most were successful and some would not install; can't remember the message... As a heads up, some of these will likely be superseded by other updates:

KB3083710 (this one actually caused Windows Update error 80244019 for me)

I had 3 other updates on my list I was going to try that might also have fixed the issue, they were:


HOWEVER, the update that fixed the seemingly endless 'Checking for Updates' was:


I hope you find one from these lists that works for you!!!
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25 Oct 2016   #97

64 bit win 7 pro

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.
I did this and now I get the updates to actually update. Thank you.
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26 Oct 2016   #98
Craig Hicks

Vista 64
Long term effects

I would suggest to MS that they use a strategy that bends with market forces (customers wants) rather than the cattle herding approach. Supporting legacy software takes resources = so it would be reasonable to charge a reasonable recurring fee for that. Not having that and instead imposing wasted time penalties ... where is that lose-lose approach going to lead? MS's big advantage is that it is so many cows are used to it, so forcing the cows into something they are not used to kind of undermines that advantage.
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26 Oct 2016   #99

64 bit win 7 pro

To add,I had many problems with getting ALL updates this way...

What I ended up finding working out after almost a dozen installs...

I installed the KB3020369 update manually,
then immediately installed the kb3172605 update.
I was asked to restart.
Started the updates search, and immediately it started within 5 min I had updates to install.
The first go I got 200 some files. One failed. I restarted and attempted to search for updates again and got a few more to install, only this time I got a few more failed, I restarted and searched again and installed the last 7 and restarted and searched again for updates to get the green check and a note I have all updates installed.

Im just sorting out the .dll missing file thing for c++ which I have a thread going for that and seemingly for now, fixed it.

so just to add, I do have all the updates and everything now working perfectly first go except my startup, with a lan bug, I will uninstall the driver and reinstall it after Im dling my games n such.
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14 Nov 2016   #100

Windows 7 64-bit

KB3102810 seemed to fix this problem on my Win7 Dell laptop. Updates had been broken for a couple of months.
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