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Windows 7: Stuck forever on Checking for updates...

19 Sep 2016   #31

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1


Yes, this for sure a hot mess, thanks to our friends in Redmond.

For the record, 3161608 has been replaced by 3172605.
I'm not sure if those other two patches (KB 3138612 and KB 3145739) will or will not resolve it for everyone (they did not for me).

But the combination of 3020369 and 3172605 worked like a charm for me.
The trick is to fully disable the WU service temporarily in order to get them to install.
(Otherwise, the system will perpetually "check this computer for updates".)

I followed the excellent, step-by-step instructions HERE for my Win7 laptop yesterday.
Including installing the 2 "fix" patches, a few reboots and then a FAST manual update check, I was back in business with all September patches in just a few minutes, not hours.
(Thank you, @Brds7t7!!)

(I finally got the September patches on my Win7 desktop 2 days ago, after waiting nearly 3 hours for them to download. So I intend to implement the "3020369 + 3172605 fix" on that box, as well.)

I hope this helps,

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30 Sep 2016   #32


I joined this forum just to tell you thank you! I kept getting stuck on checking for updates and when I would try to download the updates it would get hung on searching for updates on this computer so I couldn't install anything. After days of frustration I came across this thread. I turned off updates and restarted and all my my updates will install now. Who would have thought something so simple was the answer. Thank you so much!!!!!!!
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04 Jan 2017   #33

Win7 64

Like the poster before me, I signed up to give you my heartfelt thanks! I was going mad with this. Yesterday, whilst trying to study for an exam, I discovered that the last time my computer had completed an update was in August!! So I started searching for a fix, none of the ones I tried worked (the one from Microsoft's official website was especially useless), until I found this thread and tried what tlhuffman suggested on the previous page. It did take some trial and error and about 20 restarts to find out which patch was missing (hint - if you try to install the wrong one manually the window gets stuck just like the Windows Updater, so make sure you install them in order) but eventually I got them all installed and Windows Updater started working again! And as a bonus - my computer is working much better (faster). So thank you!!
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