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

17 Nov 2016   #81
JustDelSys32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I can't imagine why someone would not have sp1 installed years ago

Clean install with new media with sp1 on it
Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
Can never be too specific when posting fixes


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28 Nov 2016   #82
FaxCap

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

I would like to thank all who helped get this Update problem solved!
Running KB3020369 & KB3172605 worked perfectly.

What I don't understand is this....it was my cousin's laptop I was working on. He told me he bought it new in 2011. He also told me he was unhappy with it from the 1st day as it ran way too slow. No bloody wonder....1 of the cores was running one svhost maxed out. So as far as he saw it was a 1 core laptop. Not 1 update had ever happened. It just sat there trying for 5 years.

Then 1 day last week he was complaining about it to me. I brought it home and found the problem quickly. But....the solution took a while. :-) 1st thing was to reinstall Win7. Still wouldn't update. But I got to this forum and noticed this thread. And as I stated running KB3020369 & KB3172605 worked perfectly. THANK YOU!!!

I'm starting to buy into the "MS is doing this on purpose" idea. Just way too many people with this problem. Now I have another cousin with the same problem but her updates stopped about 6 months ago. I've sent her the link to the 2 KBs.

FaxCap
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29 Nov 2016   #83
Hijin25

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I can't imagine why someone would not have sp1 installed years ago

Clean install with new media with sp1 on it
Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
Is this tool reliable?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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30 Nov 2016   #84
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hijin25 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I can't imagine why someone would not have sp1 installed years ago

Clean install with new media with sp1 on it
Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
Is this tool reliable?
Hi,
I've personally never used it but many others have with success
The only requirement I believe is that the machine must have net framework 4.6.1 installed
To use the iso the tool will offer choices for all you need is a valid activation key but the tool it's self does not ask for a activation key.
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03 Dec 2016   #85
TheoA

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FaxCap View Post
Running KB3020369 & KB3172605 worked perfectly.
Hi there! Same problem and solution here! After manually running those two KB's, the other 150 updates came in overnight. Windows is fresh again!

Theo

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3200747
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07 Dec 2016   #86
Craig Evans

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by locrian9 View Post
Just thought I'd post my solution, since I ended up calling Microsoft Support to solve this.

Since Microsoft want to keep their Windows 7 product up to date, they will assist you free of charge. Call the 800-642-7676 and say "technical support". Explain to the tech operator that your PC is hanging while searching for updates.

This is what the tech did:

- Remotely logged into my PC

- Went to Control Panel > Windows Update > Change Settings > Set Important Updates to:
* Never check for updates (not recommended)

- Download the 6.1-KB3020369 "Known as the April 2016 fix" for your version of Windows 7. My version is a 64-bit system, so they downloaded the x64-based versions for Windows 7 and installed it (see link) Access Denied

- Download the KB3172605 "Known as the July 2016 fix" for your version of Windows 7. Again they downloaded the x64-based version for Windows 7 and installed it (see link)
Access Denied

- Then they downloaded the "Convienience package". I can't get the link to work that's directed from this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3125574. When you get there, and trying the link they suggest through the "How to get this convenience rollup", the "Microsoft Update Catalog" link that does an auto search for KB3125574, doesn't get through. You might have to call them to get this.

- Then we turned on the automatic updates:
Control Panel > Windows Update > Change Settings > Set Important Updates to:
* Install updates automatically (recommended).

You should try to call their support in order to get the convenience package, because they told me that manually doing these updates is difficult. I couldn't find a way to find it through google search "KB3125574".
I am having trouble carrying out this fix.

First of all the link for KB3020369 is dead so I used this one instead; https://wwwdotmicrosoftdotcom/en-us/....aspx?id=46817 *

Secondly during installation of KB3020369 my computer is hung up on "Windows Update Standalone Installer. Searching for updates on this computer...". How long does this usually take? Or can't I bypass this step? So far its taken an whole hour and still at it with no end in sight.

I kindly ask that you please don't fob me off with negative or useless replies. I am already frustrated and on thinning patience with this as it is since I have the exact same problem as the original poster with no concrete simple clear cut fix, well nothing that's worked so far. Even Microsoft support are useless as usual. I have wasted a whole day getting nowhere before I even found this "fix". What's worse, I have to update my laptop before I can even carry out a "fix" for yet another problem which I won't bore you with, this one involving Microsoft Security Essentials.

*Sorry for the "dots" in the new link. This forum won't even let me post safe links.
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07 Dec 2016   #87
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I have all the updates on my Onedrive I believe the link is still good on post #2 here,
windows update
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10 Dec 2016   #88
Craig Evans

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I have all the updates on my Onedrive I believe the link is still good on post #2 here,
windows update
Sorry for the late reply, but I'd just like to say thank you for the link and your instructions. My windows update is back in tip top condition!
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10 Dec 2016   #89
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You're welcome Craig glad it worked out
Cheers.
Note November security only update is there too
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17 Dec 2016   #90
DBuckley

Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 10 Home (Laptop)
 
 

Joined for a couple of reasons.

First was to directly thank Mergatroid and everyone else in this thread for posting advice that helped me solve this issue with Windows update not working.

Second, because I've been lurking for years (mainly because Google keeps directing me here when I search.) and decided it was finally time to quit lurking.
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