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Windows 7: Windows update hangs when checking for updates

26 Nov 2017   #1
kevinm21

Windows 7 Home
 
 
Windows update hangs when checking for updates

When updating Windows 7 it hangs looking for updates!

I have read the sticky notes on updates and try everything i Knew with out any luck!

I have an old PC that was not turned on since 2013. So I turned it on an wanted to run an update on the system. It started running but it hanged searching for updates. I left it going for 24 hours. After that I restarted the PC. It installed the following:

1. Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320 (date installed 11/25/2017)

After another try it installed the following:
1. Microsoft Office File Validation Add-in (date installed 11/26/2017)
2. Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 om XP, Server 2033, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64(KB2836939) (date installed 11/26/2017)

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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27 Nov 2017   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Try this wizard "Fix: Windows 7 Update stuck on "Checking for updates" https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...eea6630?auth=1
Note:
The Wizard works very well but only on windows 7 SP1.So if you want to run it on Windows 7, you must first install the SP1-update manually.


I see that you have Windows SP1 already installed.. I added this note that may be useful for others without SP1.
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27 Nov 2017   #3
kevinm21

Windows 7 Home
 
 

After 5 days of trying with out any results…

Your method worked flawlessly. It deleted old updates and installed 166 new ones.

Thank you, thank you and thank you jumanji.
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28 Nov 2017   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Thank you, thank you and thank you kevinm21 :) but thank aakkam22, the author of that excellent wizard. It is indeed a beautiful piece of work.
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28 Nov 2017   #5
kevinm21

Windows 7 Home
 
 

First things first, Thank you aakkam22, but you pointed the fix to me!

I wanted to bring it to you attention, that during the process two of the updates failed to install and another said that it was not necessary.

And now when I run the update, under the Optional section (as seen in the screen capture), I see some more older updates for "Windows 7 x64-based Systems". Should I be installing those or just hide them?

Please let me know. Thank you.


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28 Nov 2017   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. I wouldn't bother about the failed updates. If those are indeed necessary updates Windows update will list those again to be installed. Nevertheless you can manually download those failed updates and try to install . See what happens. If those install, well and good. If those fail, just forget.

2. As a policy, I do not install the drivers that come up in the optional updates.( In the past, I had had problems installing such a display driver.) You may prefer to download and install the latest drivers from manufacturer's/software vendor's website, if you so desire..( nVidia can scan your PC and install the appropriate driver. Use that facility) Rest of the Windows optional updates you can install.
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30 Nov 2017   #7
kevinm21

Windows 7 Home
 
 

Will do. Thank you
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30 Nov 2017   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

If everything is working fine, I advise against installing the "optional" updates. For sure, don't install the "Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup", unless you like the idea of being an unpaid beta tester for Microsoft. The real "Monthly Quality Rollup" will come out soon, and it will be listed with the "Important" updates. At that point it will be safe to install.
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01 Dec 2017   #9
glkd

Windows 7 x64
 
 
aakkam22's batch file

When I execute aakkam22's Wizard_64.bat it immediately opens the help file and then the Command screen starts flashing. I am unable to input any choice into the command line. If I close the help file, it immediately re-opens. I have been unable to determine why the .bat gets into this loop.
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01 Dec 2017   #10
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Did you run the batch file from a command prompt window, or did you choose Start / Run / [batch file]?

You have to run it from a command prompt window.
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