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Windows 7: Windows update not working after install

14 Oct 2015   #1

W7 HP 64 bit
Windows update not working after install

I have reinstalled Windows 7 after upgrading to Windows 10 and it not being compatible. Windows update doesn't seem to be working. Have reinstalled 2 or 3 times, from recovery discs and system image and the same problem. I tried one thing recommended somewhere, to update Windows defender. This triggered Windows update to update itself.

I have an installed system with my programs and antivirus on now, but no windows updates (it already has Service pack 1).

So just left it running for a number of hours. I have now had a pop up window saying 'Windows is ready to install some updates, click here' but there are no updates - it is still 'checking for updates'.

Earlier I tried all kinds of fixes - updating Windows update to the latest agent, running Fixit - nothing seemed to make any difference. Anyone got any suggestions please? I'm beginning to wonder if having had Windows 10 activated is somehow stopping me from updating/running Windows 7. Product key is activated and it was a genuine purchase from Microsoft Anytime Upgrade. The Windows update problem has been the same on Windows Starter as well as Home Premium - before I reactivated the Anytime upgrade again.

After the first reinstall I thought I'd try updating Windows starter first, before re-doing the upgrade to Home Premium but couldn't get Windows update working then either so it doesn't seem to make a difference.

I have virus checked hard drive and usb's and sd cards with malwarebytes and all fine, done a disk check and all fine.

32 bit Windows 7 on Atom N2600 processor

Also did Scannow and the other things listed on the Windows Update tutorial. Apologies for not attaching a zip file, not sure how.

Anyway - I gave up for the night, turned it off and it came up saying it was installing 121 updates. Which is ok except I don't know which ones they are! And don't want IE11 installing. Windows Update was still 'checking' before I turned off.

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15 Oct 2015   #2

W7 HP 64 bit

Well I am ready to chuck this machine out of the window. Not only did Windows update start installing updates without asking me, as set, and without showing which ones were going to be downloaded, but as expected it bluescreened when it tried to install Internet Explorer 11 - on configuring updates (which is why I never install that on this machine). Went into safe mode and restarted. Then it wouldn't let me change Windows updates settings to 'check for updates but let me decide'.

Just ran fixit again and it has fixed a few things. Internet Explorer is not working at all, unsurprisingly. Does anyone have a link for downloading Internet Explorer 10 - it doesn't seem to be available any more. It currently has non functioning 9 on it.

There are no error messages in Windows update. Fixit said it fixed registration error (did this earlier as well). Have done the CBS Log zip file but not sure how to post it on here - do I just attach it? Probably not - it seems to be over the limit suggested for paint at 13.5mb.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2015   #3

W7 HP 64 bit

Marked as solved as started new posted with updated info and attachments.
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