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Windows 7: Stuck on Installing update 40 out of 167

17 Nov 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Stuck on Installing update 40 out of 167

I'm afraid I'm breaking the bending the rules a bit, but frustration pushed me.
I am trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a brand new machine.
The first time updates locked up on me after trying to download ALL language packs (by mistake).
Since I had nothing to lose I just did a wipe and reinstalled again on the formatted HDD. This time I ran into the problem of Windows Updates alternating between never detecting the updates or installing them. I tried to power down whenever things got stuck because the resource usage kept increasing, filling up the 8gb of ram entirely. Trying to fix things I attempted to delete the updates folder, following instructions elsewhere on the internet. This did not help and lead to even more problems. Finally I attempted a system restore, but even that failed.
So another wipe had to happen. I'm on my third install. I don't want to mess up anymore. I tried to let Windows do everything on its own, enabling automatic updates. I got to install SP1 with no issues. But then this new update batch has 160+ entries. They all seemed to have been downloaded just fine.
But I have been stuck in update 40 (Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, 4.5.1 and 4.5.2) for hours and I don't know what to do. I don't want to force a shutdown or to stop installation because that's what got me all the problems before, and I'd wish to avoid a fourh installation.

What would be the recommended course of action in this case? Should I just let it run even longer? If not, how should I stop it and what do I do then?

As I said before I'm aware my request doesn't conform to the guidelines, but that's because I don't have an error message yet and I don't believe running SURT while Updates is installing would do me any good.

7 hours later, it has now gotten to 61/167... and it's now stuck there.
Reviewing the Update History also shows that two updates failed to install: KB2898864 and KB2943357.
I'm still unsure about how should I proceed.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2015   #2

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64

Hi keimako & welcome to sevenforums.

To alleviate issues with windows update, don't press the computer power button, Click the Start Orb lower left corner of screen, then hover cursor over little > arrow next to shut down & choose restart.

Go to windows update>Change Setting and Choose>Check for updates but let me choose whether to download & install them.

Set power options high performance, sleep never.

When the updates appear, select the 1st 100 & click Install. Eventually most will install, a few will fail.

You should then be able to install the remaining updates, & yes a few will fail.

Repeat process a few times & you'll be up to date.

Updates with fresh install or repair install in some cases are taking 24-48 hours. usually about 6

Updates are provided in no particular order, and as such, if a prerequisite update isn't installed, the subsequent update will fail.

Windows update uses RAM to store all the downloaded updates & verifies the integrity of each one before they are installed.

As you have observed, task manager, performance tab show RAM filling as updates download.

With 8 gig RAM, you will receive an out of memory error somewhere around 160-170.
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