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Windows 7: Infinite Checking For Updates

06 Oct 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Infinite Checking For Updates

I am completely at my wits end with this problem.

I upgraded for free to Windows 10 from WIndows 7, I thought "Hey, good reviews, positive info out there, lets give it a shot." I was adamantly opposed to Win8 and Windows has had a track record in my mind that they do one good OS, one bad, one good, etc. So, that was my biggest mistake. I hate the programs being called "apps" and the general dumbing down of my PC to be more like a tablet, I could get past that though. The dealbreaker was a repeating audio/video stutter issue that I tried everything to fix. So I am going back to 7.

Here is where my headache really begins.

I first did a fresh install of Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. After fighting with this for a day (same problem I am having now, will discuss shortly) I gave up and went to Win 7 Ultimate 64 as I have had better luck with it.

So now, everything goes well, get the install done, drivers all set up, and I go to do my Windows Updates. The first 50 or so go swimmingly, no issues and done. Then Windows informs me that I need to download a new Updater package to continue. All of this is in the Windows update GUI mind you, not some popup or whatever. I do so, and then I could just die. What happens now is that it sticks on Checking for Updates and never stops. I left it on overnight checking for those updates and nothing.
I did some digging for already posted help and here is what I have tried and what responses I get.
-Windows Readiness Tool - It sticks forever on Checking For Updates and never goes anywhere
-Windows Fixit Tool - Says it fixed it - It didn't
-Windows Update diagnosis tool - It says it resolved the issue
-Followed the restarting services method for windows update, cryptography, software distribution, and background - it worked once but all i got was to the actual downloading updates screen and it hung there forever
-I have done fresh clean installs of 2 different versions of Windows 7 twice each to no avail.
-Turned off then back on checking for updates manually/automatic - no love, my default for this is check for updates and ask me to download/install

I don't know what else to do at this point. My tech level is probably an 8 of 10, I am no programmer but I know my way around windows enough to have never had to ask for help before today, so I humble myself before you and beseech you to help me fix this problem!

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08 Oct 2015   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Many have found that you have to leave Windows Update alone once you start the check - and disable sleep mode - for up to 24 hours (or occasionally more) while it chunters to itself.
It does eventually work - usually.

If you actually get an error message...
Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions
and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

Please also post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file
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