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Windows 7: WU Always Fails, reverts back

19 Feb 2016   #11

Windows 7 Professional (32 bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Only picked up on it because its showing as not fixed in your screenshot.
Have you installed KB971033 yet.

I have now. If it was a non-genuine copy, it should have disabled it correct? Since that has not happened, I think I can safely assume my copy is genuine, and that some sequence of events may be related to the problem. You may want to review my comments in this thread, perhaps it is related to one of these things?

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19 Feb 2016   #12

Windows 7 Professional (32 bit)

After reading this article, I am suspecting my theory that Microsoft has deliberately broken these updates, to make people buy Window 10, is at least partially true:

Microsoft ends support for .Net Framework 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1 - gHacks Tech News

I would say that the problem began shortly after this article was posted. I never updated my .NET to 4.5+.

I have now run NetFxRepairTool.exe, followed by installing 4.6.1 framework on my PC. This will take awhile, so if anyone else has guesses, please give it a shot! Thanks.
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20 Feb 2016   #13

Windows 7 Professional (32 bit)

Ok I finally solved this.

As a software engineer, I'm going to state that there is a bug in Microsoft's WU can easily be fix. Very disappointing to see such complacency here.

The incidental culprit appears to have been Visual Studio 2010's shoddy install/uninstall process. While there's nothing Microsoft can do about issues in released software in the field, there's things that can be done to save thousands of man-hours TODAY.

The root problem was a corrupt and lack of .NET configured on my system (caused by the aforemention VS2010). Simply by running the NetFxRepairTool.exe (this repairs built-in .NET libraries too, then installing the comprehensive .NET 4.6.1 library, every update, and Visual Studio 2015 installed successfully.

Now, if I had uninstalled a non-Microsoft product, and it caused the .NET corruption, then Microsoft can claim no liability. But, this is their OWN product. There were legitimate reasons I cleaned up all its associated packages, and it was based on suggestions found in other forums. Besides, regardless of how it got in this state, defense programming could easily have avoided this problem.

The solution, for Microsoft's devs to implement in an emergency fix:


Your Knowledge Base files clearly depend on this being stable. So, in Windows Update (or even when the OS boots), before even scanning for updates, do an integrity check!

I basically found some code on the net that simply looks at the registry settings, to determine .NET compliance, and the utter stupidity of that approach was confounding. DO MORE! Check that the physical files (where does the registry expect them?), and GAC configuration are correct before blindly installing updates and barfing all over the place. Heck, do a checksum and file size check too, while you're at it. This is just stuff off the top of my head.

My guess is Windows Update is done in C++ and relies on core assemblies, so it might be a bit slower to code, but this shouldn't take more than a couple of days. If you try to do this validation using .NET.. well, then I suggest you take a course in basic logic first.

Anyways, until this fix is provided, here's the 2 magic programs I ran:

1. NetFxRepairTool.exe
2. Comprehensive .NET (all versions to date)

This probably applies to anyone who had to uninstall packages from their Programs and Features to remove any large application at some point.

I did have to wait several hours before updates were found, but my god was I surprised that they all succeeded when they did. Even KB3033929 worked, after 12 failures!
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21 Feb 2016   #14

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64

Awesome, glad to hear your problem is resolved, & that you posted your fix.
Happy Computing!!!
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