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Windows 7: Windows 7 Updates on a Dell laptop-This has worked twice for me.....

05 Jan 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
Windows 7 Updates on a Dell laptop-This has worked twice for me.....

For whatever reason, the following set of instructions have worked 2 times within minutes when clean installing (once on a regular hard drive, this second time on a SSD) Windows 7 Pro 64Bit OEM OS.
The first time on the standard HHD, it was a re-install of the Windows 7 Pro 6 months ago. The second time was on a new 250GB SSD done today.

Parts of what's below is from this Web site: 100% Solved: Checking for Updates stuck

Flush DNS:
To make sure that DNS resolution happens properly we will flush the DNS settings. First, we will open a command prompt in admin mode. (*Google how to do this for your Operating System.)
In Windows 7
1. Click on start
2. Type CMD
3. Right click it and select run as admin
4. Click on yes if the UAC pops up
In the command prompt type: ipconfig /flushdns
Hit Enter (But don't exit the Command Prompt window yet).
***Now dis-able the Windows Update agent by typing, in the same command prompt window: net stop wuauserv
Hit Enter.
You should see in the command prompt text that Windows Update agent is OFF.
Now type: exit
Hit Enter.

Now you need to download and install a fix that Microsoft has put out for slow/no updates..
KB3102810 Update

I went to Method #2 and downloaded the package for the supported x64-based versions of Windows 7.
I saved it to my hard drive. Once saved, I exited out of all programs, found the download and right clicked on it. You'll now have the choice of opening/installing it in Microsoft Update Agent, make sure you select that option.

Before you run this MSU file, you must make sure that the Windows Update agent is not running, otherwise it would not allow you to install this update. Use the above-mentioned steps to disable windows update agent (Look for the 3 asterisks ***).
After installing this MSU file and restarting the system, try the Windows Update now. (*Don't worry about re-enabling the Windows Update agent, it will "turn itself back on" once you restart your computer.)

Once I followed these steps above, within 15 minutes of looking for updates, I had over 200 of them, both times I did a clean install!
I hope this can help others out there with the dreaded "Looking for Updates" taking forever.

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