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Windows 7: Windows update not working, hangs while "searching for updates"

03 Jan 2017   #91
wolfsdengaming

Windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 
Thanks to Mergatroid

Personal thanks to Mergatroid, and everyone else on this thread. Joined this forum just to give a quick thanks. After following Mergatroid and his tips, (after doing other tips to no avail) his tip helped and got my updates starting up. Thanks again everyone for all your wonderful tips and tricks into getting Windows Update to work and what not.


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09 Jan 2017   #92
amartinr

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Just wanted to say thanks

Big thanks to everyone in this thread and special thanks to Mergatroid for his instructions!

You guys rock!
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10 Jan 2017   #93
bjproc

Win 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
a wee bit of an older thread, but this also worked for me
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17 Jan 2017   #94
n2mystic

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I was also having a problem on stuck Windows Update - and Mergatroid's steps worked perfectly. Thanks!!
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15 Feb 2017   #95
motoscribble

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

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21 Apr 2017   #96
joebale

Windows 7 Home Premium Home SP1,64 Bit
 
 

I also joined to thank Mergatroid. My steps were slightly different.

1. Delete c:/windows/software distribution folder
2. I Downloaded windows 11 but my computer already had the latest version so it did not install. I went ahead with the latest version of windows 11, not the downloaded one. If you have the latest it will work with that.
3. I could not install KB3102810 because I had stopped the update service so I had to set it to Automatic and restart the service. So no need to stop the Update Service beforehand. Or you could stop it and retart it then reboot, just to be sure.
4. Reboot.
5. Install KB3102810
6. Reboot.
7. Run Windows Update. I had to wait awhile because the computer had not been updated for awhile and it was a big download.
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15 May 2017   #97
Warzau

Windows 7
 
 
Thanks to Mergatroid

I registered just to thanks to Mergatroid. His steps worked on 3 computers that were not updating even using fixit sw and other methods.
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07 Jun 2017   #98
gcapp99

Windows 7 Pro & 10 Pro 64bit
 
 

Another grateful member thanking Mergatroid for the absolute solution to this issue! I had a drive failure, used my backup image from 2015 to get Win 7 up & running on the new drive, but was stuck in the Endless Update Loop trying to get it current. This Fix worked perfectly.

Thanks again!
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3 Weeks Ago   #99
doonebug

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
Found Work-A-Round for WUA 7.6.7600.320

Two of my computers hit the Windows 7 SP1 update bug. And, I found a solution on a DELL web blog.
WIN7 SP1 installs a faulty Update Program [7.6.7600.320].
The fix involves editing the Registry.
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1. Click Start, type REGEDIT in the Start Search bar and press Enter.

2. Locate the following key in the left pane:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft]

3. Highlight “Microsoft” folder and click "Delete".

4. Please repeat to delete the following keys:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

Note: If some keys do not exist, please ignore them.

5. Restart the computer and check if the issue persists.
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This post fixed two of my Windows OS's --> Windows7 Home 64 + Windows7 Pro 64
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3 Weeks Ago   #100
Harvick1

Windows 7 Pro SP1 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mergatroid View Post
This problem had been driving me nuts over the last year.
I would do a fresh install of Windows 7 for a customer, and the updates would fail to function. This is for Windows 7 Pro or Home, with service pack two.

I tried everything. Hunted the 'net for hours. Finally, I had settled on downloading some 3rd party software that would force-feed Windows its updates. This would work, but it took a while and was a rather inelegant solution.

Then I stumbles across a webpage that has an answer that actually worked.

1. Disable Windows Updates (tell it to never check for updates).
2. Reboot.
3. Download and install Internet Explorer 11.
4. Download update KB3102810 and place it on your desktop (make sure you get the correct one, 64 bit or 32 (X86) bit). Place on your desktop.
5. Reboot.
6. Go into Computer Management (right click on Computer in Start Menu) and select Services.
7. Stop Windows Update service.
8. Start Menu, Computer, C: drive, Windows, delete the entire Software Distribution folder.
9. Double click on update KB3102810 and let it install.
10: Reboot (this will turn update service back on).
11. Go into Windows Updates and check for updates. Give it about an hour, it may take less time but be patient. It will start working.
12. After installing your updates, you can turn Windows Update automatic check for updates back on if you like.

I have tested this on four fresh Windows 7 Home Premium and 3 Windows 7 Pro fresh installs and it worked on all of them.
AWESOME!! Worked perfectly! Stumbled on this forum doing a search, found and followed this post by Mergatroid, then BOOM! downloaded and installed Windows updates in less than two hours. Many thanks to Mergatroid.
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