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Windows 7: Windows Update: Keeps checking for updates for over 1.5 hours?

15 Jun 2016   #11

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Well normally Windows alerts me to the updates awaiting but nothing this month.

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15 Jun 2016   #12

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Yey, WU just came in with 11 updates which I will carefully check before downloading and installing. The wait allowed me to shower, dress, do the dusting and make some fresh coffee...oh well, at least I accomplished something back to my machine ;-)
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15 Jun 2016   #13

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep never boring but like the last few months manually installing KB3161664 expedites the search
Main download page KB3161664 as always switch your update settings to Never check for updates first and restart

Win 7 32 bit
Win 7 64 bit

I also ended up resetting the updates system first with option 3 here as well
Windows Update - Reset

Then I also installed the updates roll up update too

Lastly installed KB3161664
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15 Jun 2016   #14

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

KB3161664 was already installed and the roll-up had no effect as I was totally up to date anyway.
(Except the updates that induce W10).
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15 Jun 2016   #15

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

(For TZ):

O.k. Here's where I'm at after following your steps above (after first setting WU to never check for updates - as you said do), in addition to doing the restarts required along the way.

1. I reset the WU using that Option 3 you referred to. Completed successfully.

2. When I clicked on the link to download KB3161664, it started to do a download, but within a couple of seconds, a message appeared on my screen stating that KB3161664 was already installed.

3. I then went to the WU in the Control Panel. It had the yellow-colored caution message about checking for updates.

4. I clicked on the [Check for updates] button. (That was at 10:06 a.m. - just over 1/2 hour ago. At this moment, WU is STILL checking for updates.

5. Since there was no button shown on the WU screen to "Stop checking for updates" - I just went and did a restart of this computer. Thus far, I haven't gotten an alert that updates are available like I would expect to see.

[ADDITIONAL NOTE]: I've noticed that Task Manager is no longer showing my CPU running in the 50% range, as it was before. At least, that's SOME...consolation.

What do you recommend doing now? Should I wait several days to see if I get the 'updates available' alert again and then check for updates?

Thanks again.
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15 Jun 2016   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

My laptop searched for updates all night (10 hours or so) without success. Everything was fine until Tuesday.
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15 Jun 2016   #17

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Interesting it was already installed :/
But you should be able to switch your update settings to Check for updates but let me choose.....
Then do a manual search and just let it run it shouldn't take long mine was about 30-45 minutes
That's what resetting the update system does it has to recreate the cache again which was messed up.
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15 Jun 2016   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

My status is, checking for updates finally found them after about 6 hours!!!! So I clicked to install but now it's got to download them and that's been stuck 0% for about 3 hours so far.

Contrast to our Windows 10 desktop which found yesterday's updates in seconds and all downloaded and installed in minutes. Shows where MS priority is. But boy do I hate Windows 10, so buggy
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15 Jun 2016   #19

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Hi TZ, and much obliged for getting back with me!

I'd forgotten just what that WU reset did - as I used it last month when I posted about a problem with WU then. (I actually still had that batch file on my Desktop). I'll change my WU settings back to the one where it just notifies me, but I decide when to download/install.

I'll check for updates again, and hopefully...everything will return to 'normal' (if there really IS such a thing when it comes to MS).

(For Scottyboy99)

Just noticed your post after I submitted this one. The issue you mentioned......about how WU is supposedly downloading updates, but the "progress bar %" continues to remain at 0% for over 3 the very problem I had last month with WU'S 'Patch Tuesday' updates. Fortunately, with the exceptional help received here, I was able to get things back to normal.

I just hope this WU issue isn't going to become a continuing problem every single month, necessitating jumping through a dozen hoops every time!

Many thanks again to everyone! :)
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15 Jun 2016   #20

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Yep, I just installed KB3161664 manually, and after the restart it searched for the new updates for like 2-3 minutes.

Thanks TrashZone
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