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Windows 7: PC Tries & Fails To Configure Windows Updates On Every Start Up

27 Nov 2019   #21

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

Quite a few offers like that are one year which is the reason for the comment.

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01 Dec 2019   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Thanks torchwood - I will try your suggestions.
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01 Dec 2019   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Your windows update is corrupt, Repair Install/In Place Upgrade, reinstalls Windows, keeps all your personal info, pictures, etc.
The entire drive is saved as C:\Windows.old
I always make a backup to external media, either a HDD, SSD, or last resort (USB of sufficient size)
Don't recommend using Microsoft's Backup or Restore, they fail when you need them!
I use AOMEI backupper which is also available as a 1 year trial giveaway now AOMEI Pro with key for free. Russian site, clean, download clean, install clean.
You need to have the Windows 7 activation key, 25-character, as you will be asked to re-enter it for activation, (it does not happen when you use Win10 to upgrade to it as it auto activates online)
If you have other Microsoft products installed that required you to enter a key, you have to have that key
I use Magical Jelly Bean for that purpose, if you use it, CD key is the Windows 7 25-character key, not product ID.

Watch this video Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Without Reformatting by Britec
My help page
Repair Windows Without Reformatting
I have Win7 ISO if needed.


I'm going to give torchwood's suggestions a shot. But the way things are going, I'm expecting to try the process in the video that you linked to on Youtube. I have found the Windows repair disc that I made when I first turned on my pc 7 years ago.

I have a few questions;

1) I would prefer to back up onto some storage device. Without spending lots of money, which is the best to use? I'm thinking SSD? What size should I get?

2) When I back up, what am I backing up? Whole of computer? Or am I just backing up the files I added, photos, docs, videos, etc?

3) If only backing up the files I added, do I just click on the whole file, 'Pictures' for eg, copy then paste it onto the storage device/SSD? I haven't added much to my pc (see image below for used HDD space and spare capacity).

4) Is the 25 digit activation key on the white sticker on side of pc that has a couple of bar codes? If not, where do I look?

Thanks for you help so far. No doubt I will have a few more questions. I have some important work I need to do on my pc early this week so won't be attempting anything major that may affect it until later in the week. Also trying to keep things simple as I only have a basic idea about computers.

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01 Dec 2019   #24

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

Window Repair Disk is not a
Windows7 DVD or Windows7 ISO file.
Here are instruction from my OneDrive for
Repair Install Windows Without Reformatting
I have Win7 ISO if you need it. Important have your 25 character activation key, have any Microsoft product keys, i.e. Office, etc. When you get to the screen you want Upgrade.

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08 Dec 2019   #25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

To Snick, Paul Black and Torchwood

Apologies for my late reply. Trying to sort out a relative's estate at present. Hence delays to answers. Also reluctance to do too much that may mean I lose pc due to my clumsiness. Heavily reliant on it at present.

Anyway, I have tried Torchwoods suggestion to try KB947821 System Update Readiness Tool. Just wanted to check I did it right.

I downloaded it to desktop then double clicked on it. Asked me if want to install update - clicked yes. Went through initialization, then installing Hotfix for KB947821. After completed, I restarted pc. Installation took 30 mins.

Were all of the above steps correct? Because of the problems of installing updates, I changed the checking for updates schedule from once every day to every Saturday. Shall I change back to daily?

Will let everyone know if the above has helped. Will then be back with questions about trying Torchwood's command prompt questions if still problems. Want to try the simpler things before more drastic stuff. Thanks again.

P.S. Looks like someone else is having problems with same update Security monthly quality rollup kb4525235 failing to install
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08 Dec 2019   #26

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

After you run System Update Readiness Tool, need to upload the CBS folder
You will have to run the tool again for the temporary CheckSUR.log to be in the CBS folder
copy folder to desktop
In desktop cbs folder leave cbs.log and checksur.log, delete others, zip folder upload please.
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09 Dec 2019   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Thanks, Bill. Will I have to do the above steps to make updates install?

After running the System Readiness Update tool and restarting pc yesterday, I tried to get the updates to install. No luck - same as before.

So, to follow your instructions in above post, I need to

1) run Update readiness tool again?
2) open C:\Windows\Logs\ in start menu?
3) click on CBS folder to open it - there are two CBS folders on list that appears??
4) copy CBS folder to desktop?
5) Open CBS folder that was copied to desktop, keep cbs.log and CheckSUR - delete everything else?
6) then upload zip folder to this forum - presumably for you to look at?

Apologies for basic questions, but I'm not that experienced with computers. Please confirm if I have understood what I have to do and let me know if I haven't understood it properly.
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09 Dec 2019   #28

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

the checksur.log is temporary in the original location. C:\Windows\Logs\CBS
The tool fixes some issues, and reports what it can't.
Yes, logs tell what is happening or not with your computer.
cbs.log is large, CheckSUR.log usually not.
I usually try to automate processes such as this.
Windows Update Diagnostic - AutoSURT64 from footer does that with system update readiness tool, includes a batch file that runs surt and copies cbs folder to your desktop
you can get to the CBS folder
or copy and paste
into searchbox after you click
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12 Dec 2019   #29

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Ok, thanks.

Couple more questions. I have only run the Update Readiness Tool once a few days ago - I haven't re-run it. When I put "C:\Windows\Logs" into the start menu, I get the list (see image below) with two CBS folders. Can I use these CBS folders (which one??) for the steps I outlined in my post #27 - ie. to keep cbs.log and CheckSUR, delete the others and upload the zip folder to this forum?

Or is it too late to use one of these CBS folder and I have to run the Update Readiness Tool again?

Apologies for my lack of understanding.

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13 Dec 2019   #30

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

woodbine, the SURT is not an update per se, it diagnoses win update issues, attempts repairs, reports results in the CBS Folder. The log created in that location is temporary. CheckSUR.log is temporary in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS. If it isn't moved in a short period of time, it disappears and you have to run the tool again. AutoSURT64 is a WinRAR executable I created with a batch script that places SURT and replacement files (when included) in C:\Windows\Temp\, runs SURT, then copies cbs folder to desktop. Automate processes for OPs is a good thing!

Video I included in my OneDrive on repair install
Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Without Reformatting by Britec

FYI: your attachment link is broken!

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