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Windows Update Checking Forever on Windows 7 after a fresh install???? (Last year or so...)

Q: Windows Update Checking Forever on Windows 7 after a fresh install???? (Last year or so...)

It has been very frustrating to rebuilding a Windows 7 desktops last year or so. After the installation of Windows7 Home or Pro SP1 disks click on Check Updates and it could run for 2 days before it lists the 240 updates to install. Anyway
to speed this up? I know Microsoft wants us to use Windows 10 but some businesses and older home hardware have to have Windows 7. I wish and hope this torcher will stop soon and Microsoft comes up with a fix. Any help is appreciated!!!

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Just installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 64-bit SP1 on my Acer Aspire 6920 laptop by removing all partitions on the hard drive via the windows install disc and hitting next and letting it go from there. Once completed I logged in and both the WiFi and the 10/100 ethernet LAN works fine for internet...hence I'm posting here. I can also access everything else on my home network like TVs, other computers, etc. So I then activated Windows. Then I went to windows update and went to bed. Woke up the next morning and it was still just sitting there...the green bar just scrolling left to right without doing anything.

I've run the SURT tool and it's been going for 3 hours doing the same thing. Just scrolling.

10 minutes ago I ran sfc /scannow and it came back 100% complete with no errors.

I don't have any windows update errors as nothing has ever happened.

I've attached the CBS zip file.

Please help...and thanks.


A:Fresh Win7 install windows update checks forever

'Forever' is a long time!
Just in case...
Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

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Basically my old HDD died from bad sectors and I had to format and install Windows 7 Enterprise on a back up hdd that was flooded with useless documents from the past.

Went ahead done what I had to do and left Windows to check for updates, Steam install some games and League of Legends update.

However everything finished but Windows was still checking for updates and I noticed the svchost.exe (netsvcs one) uses about 1.5 GB out of 4 RAM. Immediately knew that this was caused by the Windows Update service that's under it.

However turning Windows Update off is never a smart thing to do and I don't have the kind of time to manually download updates.

I know that it will probably blast me with 200+ updates (has happened in the past but never used up so much RAM and finished way faster than 6 hours with all my usual post installation stuff.

Anyways some info you should probably know:
-I'm using a Wireless adapter (TP-LINK TL-WN722N) and I have read threads here that Windows Update would sometimes fail to do what it should with Wireless adapters, unfortunatelly that isn't an option at the moment.
-Resetting Windows Update manually and through Fix It doesn't work.

So first thing I'm looking at is updating the Windows Update client, please do tell if you think otherwise, or if not link me to the newest Windows update client or probbably any hotfixes that could fix the problem (never done this before and wouldn't want to mess up, so I decided to ask you guys )

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A:Windows Update stuck on checking updates (on fresh and clean install)

Hi Qualtrox,
might be due to fact that Enterprise and Ultimate, are different versions.
If you using the Ultimate key on an Enterprise install, or visa versa, then it will hang as its failing validation.
We can check if you run this too, copy/paste the output


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Hi everyone, I think I've got a fairly tricky problem here.
I just finished installing Windows 7 Pro (SP1 included) x64 on my laptop. Pretty much the first thing I did was go to check for updates. This was taking forever, and upon looking at the resource monitor, it appears that svchost (you can just which services
it's hosting) was hung at %50, or one CPU core. No HDD activity to speak of, just a process spinning its wheels.
I've tried multiple troubleshooting steps, from running the Update readiness tool (Which didn't find anything wrong), resetting windows update using multiple tools, running an SFC (which said the system was in perfect condition), and of course rebooting
several times in between.
Checking the CBS log file, there are many lines reading "Failed to internally open package. [HRESULT = 0x800F0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE]". Windows Update appears to soldier on past that however, where it apparently reads out its last cached package
(successfully it would seem) then stop dead. When I net stop wuauserv, the log seems to mention TrustedInstaller a few times, then that's about all the interesting information I can gather.
The WindowsUpdate.log file is not terribly helpful either; just before the hang it says "PT: Synchronizing extended update info", then it lists off a ServiceId and Server URL. Nothing after that!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi, I have a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 on a Dell Inspiron 1570 laptop.

When I invoke Windows Update via the start menu, it begins checking for updates. It then seems to keep checking forever. The longest I have left it is around 2 days undisturbed, with no updates identified or downloaded.

I've tried allsorts of fixes found on the 'net on previous clean installs, never had any success. The closest I got to success was trying to use a third party updater 'Autopatcher' - this program successfully downloaded a number of updates but when it came to installing them, it hang on each update at 98%. Each time I found that killing 'wusa.exe' process, allowed each individual update to complete and autopatcher to move onto trying to install the next update. Unfortunately this did not result in any updates actually ending up installed.

I have a number of tools downloaded to a usb stick now (assorted MS fixits, latest version of standalone WU installer etc etc) but I wondered, rather than just randomly stabbing away in the dark again in random order, if someone who knows a bit about this sort of problem could help guide me through diagnosis in a coherent manner, starting from a virgin install.

Thanks for any help.

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Hi, i have windows 7 64 bit sp1, and when i check for updates it checks for updates with no results. I have let it run overnight and still nothing. It says checking for updates with the green line going back and forth, but never gets any results. Can someone help me with this it is very frustrating.

A:Windows Update Keeps checking For updates forever

let's try cleaning up any temp files and folders you have for a start.
Easiest thing is to just do it with ccleaner.
CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

don't use the registry cleaner (yet) just the normal clean function.

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When i want to update windows throught windows update it will search for windows update but, its gonna take too long . I have waited for 1 hour when it was searching and nothing happened. So i restarted my pc and then tryed it again and i have waited for another 30 minutes.How do i fix it please ?

A:Windows Update Keeps checking For updates forever for Win 7

See my TIP posted here:

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I got a used Thinkpad T420 laptop which had Windows 7 Professional installed. Since I can't change the GUI language on Professional I reinstalled the laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso directly from MS).

The fresh install won't install any updates, the "Checking for Updates" bar simply doesn't do anything. I waited over 3-4 hours.

1. Installed SURT (KB947821), no change.
2. sfc /scannow says that everything is in order.
3. Error codes: in the WindowsUpdate.log I see a warning with hr=80242013, or sometimes the codes 0x8024000B or 0x8024000C.
4. The CBS folder doesn't allow me to compress it's contets, so I can't post that (not enought permssions?).

The only time I got a reaction was after manually installing KB949104 (Windows Update Agent) to the latest version (7.6.7600.320). After this it found 219 important and 50-something recommended updates. About 190 of the important updates were installed, but then it hanged. After a reboot I'm back at square one, the "Checking for updates" bar does nothing anymore.

I searched the Internet for 2 days now and tried more suggestions that I can count, but nothing helped. I also reinstalled the laptop, that didn't help either.

Please guys, I need the laptop done by tomorrow. I hope somebody can help me.

Another thing: I could install WUA and SURT only by pulling the LAN cable from the laptop. Otherwise the manual updates also hang at "Checking the sy... Read more

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Original thread: /windows-updates-activation/393818-windows-update-checking-updates-forever.html

Since my original thread was closed based on an ASSUMPTION, I just wanted to post the solution:

FYI: Windows licenses are not bound to HW and I have a perfectly legal (spare) Ultimate license to use, so I was in my right to install Win 7 Ultimate onto the laptop which came with a Win 7 Pro license. (Even if I didn't have a license, Win 7 allows a 30 day trial after installation, before I need to activate it!)

Thanks, @Callender and @Barman58 for immediately assuming piracy and closing the thread before I could react...

The solution for the mentioned problem seems to have been to do the steps listed in KB971058 manually (stopping the services, removing the SoftwareDistribution cache, re-registering the DLLs, etc.). After that the update check found some 100+ important updates and installed everything.

I hope I could help somebody else with this solution.

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I have a Toshiba laptop that will not do Windows updates. It just hangs on checking for updates. Here's what I have done.

completely wiped and reformatted hard drive
fresh install of of 2 different versions of windows 7 - Home premium - what the laptop came with, and Win 7 starter (mine), and I have the same problem with both

changed update options to check, but let me install
I've done MS fixit 50202 in aggressive mode
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821)
I've done the stop wuauserv and bits services, deleted the SoftwareDistribution folder and restarted services.

It just hangs on checking for updates - eventually all network activity stops, cpu hangs around 50% and memory at about 60%, with all that being taken up by svhost

I even checked to see if the network adapter needed newer drivers...
the machine seems to be running fine - I can get online, and can install other programs..

CBS log attached,

Thanks for your help

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I had to do a clean install for a user of mine and I cannot get Windows Updates to install. I've ran the torubleshooter, stopped the wuauserv service and renamed the softeware distribution folder, restarted the BITS service but it's just hung on that screen
When I check the WindowsUpdate.log I have many line like the one below for many KB's:
DtaStor WARNING: Attempted to add URL for file ua5+4pVV3OTRoiX9EyQXaiU4F4o=
when file has not been previously added to the datastore

how can I get this fixed?

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I installed win 7 recently and activated it. The updates dont seem to install automatically. I have tried many FixIt and manuall installation past 3 to 4 days, but nothing worked. The maximum I could go was getting "193 updates available" alert. Even if I select one update out of those it just loops forever in checking/searching for updates. I installed Win10 hoping that would resolve it but coudnt activate win due to clean install. So I have now reinstalled win7 but again stuck in same place. I tried installing System Update readiness tool and its running for around 2 hours now. But the CBS log file's last update timestamp seems to have stopped an hour before.

I checked the posting instructions and it says wait for few hours after running SRUT, before posting. I see a dialog box with title "Windows Update standalone installer" and message "Searching for updates on this computer..." . Attached CBS folder. Please advise.


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Hello and good day to everyone on the Forum,

I was hoping I could get some help, with regards to my HP Pavilion Media Center Desktop..I recently had to perform a clean/fresh install of Windows XP, using the system recovery disks that came with my computer..Once everything has been re-installed, my computer is equipped with Windows XP Media Center Edition and Internet Explorer 6 with Service Pack 2..The problem I'm having, is once I go into Windows Update to re-install all the necessary updates..I receive the message: The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view - Error Number: 0x8024400A ..No updates are shown or given to me..Also not sure if it helps, but my recovery disks come with Norton Internet Security 2006, which is outdated..So, I'm not sure if this is causing some kind of conflict..Or maybe I'm doing something wrong when I'm performing the clean/fresh install of Windows XP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated..Also, please keep in mind that my computer skills are average at best..Thanking everyone in advance for their time and patience.

A:I did a fresh install of Windows XP and I can't access windows update: Error 0x8024400A

Check to make sure the clock and date are set right first. Windows Update doesn't like messed up times.Otherwise use UVK and go to system repair, and repair windows update. Very useful tool I use all the time with the computers I see.

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I was up to windows 10 and everything was good but had trouble making a Microsoft account and dealing with a kernel security failure.  I couldn't login to battlenet. Memory check was good. Hard drive was tested good.  I followed all kinds of help finally gave up and reverted back to windows 7 had issues with the updater so decided to format reinstall. Windows 7 sp1 is the operating system now and at my wits end trying to get updates to work.  It just hangs at checking for updates hours and hours all night long. I have only actually received one error the rest I have seen in logs. There are several errors first one was with the standalone installer 0x08024001e it actally popped up with that error.  The others are in the windows update log:
0x8024001B and 0x8024001b lower case not sure is that means something different
Things I have tried sfc scannow no problems found and cleared the windows software distribution folder.  Restart the windows update service. Run the readiness tool. Standalone installer for manual install. some updates may be needed before others not sure. I think even a few other things i cant remember.
Windows 10 updates were working fine just saying lol.

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Good Day,

I Have a problem with our Windows Embedded Standard 7 32bit image.

It loads fine no errors etc. However it doe not automatically check for updates, and when you manually check for updates it just keeps checking forever.

I have tried various options and fix me's from other forums and Microsoft, though nothing seems to make a difference.

I have also noticed that if I try and boto in safe mode to try there once login is passed the pc reboots.

A:Windows Embedded 7 - Checking for New Updates forever


Is your Windows 7 32bit (x86) updated to Service Pack 1?

Do you have this update installed? (WAT - KB971033)

Here are a couple of Methods that could work for you. Please let me know if your issue does -OR- doesn't get resolved.

Note: Try to make sure your Windows Update is/isn't working by letting it "Checking for updates" for at least 1 hour.

Method 1: Difficulty: EasyDownload the following tools below.
Download this tool: SURT:System Update Readiness Tool
Once the download completes, run the tool and let it scan for Hotfixes and updates.
If the tool never stops searching for updates, proceed to Method 2. If it does find updates Install them and reboot your PC. Check to see if Windows Updates work.

If Method 1 doesn't work proceed to Method 2.

Method 2: Difficulty: Easy
Download the following tool below.
Download this tool: Microsoft Fixit Tool
Run the file once it finishes downloading.
Once the window appears on your screen, click the "Next" Button.
Let the program scan for errors, DO NOT click "Cancel". (This process may take some time.)
Once the program finishes scanning, it will list the following errors that have been "Fixed" or "Not Fixed".
If any errors were "Not Fixed", report them to me here. Left-Click the "Close the troubleshooter" Button.
Restart your computer. Try to update your Windows.

If Method 2 doesn't work proceed to Method 3.

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So after running Win 10 for a couple of months, I decided to downgrade today to Win 7 because my PC stopped working since today morning probably due to corrupt Win 10 sys files (I couldn't even get it to repair or reset)

Anyhow, I formatted my SSD and clean installed Windows 7 x64 today evening and since then it has installed a few updates. When I check for updates manually, it just goes on checking and checking....

I downloaded and installed the Windows Update Troubleshooter Tool from and ran it and it came up with an error.

Please check the attached screenshot.

Can someone kindly advise what this error is about and how do I resolve this

I saw many threads here about Windows getting stuck at Checking For Updates, but I thought of mentioning the error message here so that I can get some advise from the experts

Please help

Many thanks

UPDATE - I downloaded an ran the MS FixIt utility for update troubleshooting and even that is stuck at Checking for updates online

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I installed a fresh Windows 7 SP1 64-bit on my Dell Precision M6400 yesterday from a Dell OEM disk I've used before without any problems. At 2PM the disk was installed and I went to Update knowing there will be hundreds of Updates. All afternoon and evening it was "Checking for Updates. I left it on and went to sleep at 10PM, which is 8 hours of checking. I figured overnight it would finish.
I was wrong. Checked it at 7AM and it had turned off. Don't know why? So I put it back in the Update mode and hope it will finish today...this morning. The only change I can see after all those hours is Windows does say Activated.
This seems like a very long time. Should I reinstall Windows 7 if it doesn't update today? 
Lately on other laptops with Windows 7 the Updates have been slow, very slow. 

A:Windows 7 Fresh Install Won't Update? Help

Download the April 2016 rollup package as shown on this page. You need IE to download from the catalog. This will get you all updates and improvements since SP1. After the install make sure you have IE11 and .NET 4.61. If not you can get IE11 here and .NET 4.61 here. 
Download and install the June 2016 rollup. Make sure you have the prerequisite KB3020369 as shown on the page. 
Reboot after each and install. Then check again for any upadates.

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I'm currently running the initial version of Windows 10 and i'm planning to do the november upgrade release soon. However, anybody has an idea if your system will be faster when you do a clean install with the november update instead of an upgrade? (similar to the speed difference when installing the clean initial version instead of upgrading from W7)?

A:Windows 10 November update, fresh install or update

Originally Posted by moorken

I'm currently running the initial version of Windows 10 and i'm planning to do the november upgrade release soon. However, anybody has an idea if your system will be faster when you do a clean install with the november update instead of an upgrade? (similar to the speed difference when installing the clean initial version instead of upgrading from W7)?

The difference of W7 > W10 upgrade vs. W10 clean install is substantial.
The difference of W10 10240 > W10 1511 upgrade vs. clean install is pretty negligible, IMO.

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When I try to check for updates, it just hangs for at least many hours with little to no apparent CPU, Disk, or network activity. The update check cannot be canceled (other than by rebooting). Clicking "Cancel does nothing". I can close the window but checking on Windows Update just bring ups the window and shows it is still checking.

The attached zip contains 3 files:
1. When I ran HotFix it went to about 95% complete & then hung there for hours (See HotFix.jpg)
However, It finally did finish with no error message.
2. When I ran sfc /scannow, errors were reported. See sfc.jpg
3. See also CBS - Copy.log

Thank you VERY much for your help.

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I downloaded the ISO from our volume licencing site Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit with sp1 32 bit.  The machine will not run updates it sits at Checking For Updates and never progresses. I downloaded a new ISO with out SP1 and everything is fine until
I install SP1 then it just sits at checking for updates. The hardware is an HP 6510b with 2 gigs ram so 64x bit out of question.

I have tried updating bios things was hardware issue.
I have tried Microsoft fixit
I have tried clearing out software distribution folder.
I have reloaded the OS on 2 different machines same hardware and the same issue persists.
Here is the link to the updatelog I posted in google drive since its 7 pages and the forums here on technet did not like it.

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The error code is CODE 800B0100
Two different updates have failed

A:Windows update fail fresh install

CheckSUR shows these problems...

Unavailable repair files:
servicing\packages\Packag... Read more

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Hey guys, I've had my computer running flawlessly for a year now. Recently I bought a external hard drive for school (computer repair class). In class, we installed windows 7 and ubuntu as partitons on the external hard drive. I brought it home yesterday and unplugged the esata cord from my Primary SSD into my external hard drive with ubuntu on it, and tried to boot from the external instead of my primary SSD. I went into the bios also to make sure the computer was reading the new hard drive as the primary, and was #1 in priority.

The boot manager came up asking which version of Ubunto i would like to load, this is all normal. It started doing the postcheck (I think this is what its called). Its where the list of drivers are being collected before ubunto loads, kind of like running windows 7 in safemode and watching the devices load before windows boots up.

After the list of drivers were loaded, my screen goes completly black, and my monitor comes up saying no input signal. I figured this was a driver problem as ubuntu was installed on my external hard drive using my school computer. So I tried to restart the computer in windows again, to get on the internet to troubleshoot.

I turned the computer off and plugged the esata cord into my SSD, changed the bios settings back so that the SSD was primary and in priority, then sure enough i get the error "Please insert a boot device blah blah blah". The error you get when no operating system is installed. I fooled ar... Read more

A:BSOD after fresh install and windows update! HELP

Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown

problem details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 4105
Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 1e
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: 0000000000000000
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 256_1
Files that help describe the problem:
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Windows 7 Privacy Statement - Microsoft Windows
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My PC:
Mobo: MSI A75MA-G55
CPU/GPU: AMD A8-3850  (an APU)
OS: W7 SP1 Home Premium X64 OEM
HDD: 1 TB spinning rust
Computer is self built, i.e., I put it together from parts several years ago, (shortly after the APU came out)
I recently put together a new PC for myself, and my wife wants the PC described above. I reinstalled W7, from the OEM disk, used the mobo driver CD to get the drivers. Works fine; Graphics, NIC, etc.I'm using it now. Downloaded Avira Free AV, installed the Palemoon web browser.
Went the Windows updates in the control panel, said I needed to update the updater, so I did. rebooted the computer, and went back to WU it showed checked for updates: Never, last updated Never.  Looking at installed updates shows that the updater was indeed updated.  Seemed odd, but I click check for updates, and it was still checking after 2 hours.  This isn't normal W7 behaviour. I closed the update window and rebooted.
Tried a MS W7 fix for Windows update. Said it fixed a problem. Tried to update the OS again, but again it never finishes checking for available updates.
Any help to get this fixed would be much appreciated, as I don't want to run an unpatched, internet connected PC.

A:Fresh install of W7 SP1, Windows update hangs

Are you getting any Windows Update errors? If you check Event Viewer, System logs, and filter for WindowsUpdateClient, are there any error, warning or critical logs?

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Hello everyone. Some background: I wanted to redo a fresh install of Windows 7 onto a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. After using DISKPART to set up the SSD the installation went flawlessly. Of note, I have the Users folder on a separate Toshiba 1TB HDD using Audit Mode instructions I found here. I installed my monitor drivers, mobo drivers, wifi adapter, webcam, HP printer drivers and Google Chrome.

I then proceeded to do the Windows Update. It updated to SP1 fine. I continued Windows Update and it was in the process of installing more critical updates when my BSOD occurred. The necessary files are attached. Thanks for taking time to review my case.

A:BSOD during Windows Update after fresh SSD install

So I just experienced a second BSOD, also while performing Windows Update. Latest log files are attached. I've also been experiencing errors with some Windows Update files.

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So I installed Windows 7 yesterday. Now when I turn the system off, it downloads something like 70+ updates. When I switch my system back on, I think it tries to install them, but it stays at 0% for 3/4 minutes, then says something about 'reverting' and then goes to the log in screen. The same thing happens everytime I turn it off and back on, it can't seem to install the updates, or whatever it's trying to do when I turn the system on.

Any ideas?

Thanks for any replies.

A:Fresh Windows 7 install, having update problem.

Don't attempt to install such a large batch of updates.

It's more time consuming I know, but try installing them in batches of half-a-dozen or so at a time.

You might also want to change your update settings vis: Start>All Programs>Windows Update>Change Settings>Check for Updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.

By trying to install such a large batch you risk having a load of them fail.

Also, try and install SP1 as soon as you can as a lot of the updates you mention will be included in it.

[SP1] Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Download Available

The reverting message can occur when you try and install an update before one in being hasn't finished, but if updates are being installed Windows can and does appear inactive for some time, so give the system time to finish its task.

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I am rebuilding a workstation here and I am wonder "when" (In terms of order) do you guy run Windows Update during a bare metal reinstall of Windows 7?

I currently do ALL my drivers first (and confirm all devices are working) and then move over to Windows Update. But I see some folks go to WU right after the Windows 7 installer is done and you are placed on the desktop for the first time?




A:When is the best time to do Windows Update in a fresh install?

Personally I would do as you said and install the up to date drivers first then apply the updates. That way you wouldn't install any outdated drivers windows update may throw up. After all updates create a system image and store it somewhere safe, that way you never have to go through the process again, you can just recover from your image and save yourself hours of time.


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Hey people,
So recently I've had a lot of trouble, had a bad hard drive, now it's been replaced and I have reinstalled Vista Home Premium x64. On first start up it says there are 72 updates for my computer. When I okay installation it installs them all except about 5, then it restarts and shows a screen saying that it's installing the updates. Then the wait begins, I fell asleep waiting for it last night, 2 hours down and still no movement.
Is there a way I can just install them a few at a time?
I think it's hanging out cos it can't take that long to apply the changes, can it?


A:Fresh Install Windows update issue


I recently had similar troubles with updates. Your computer is set to update automatically. If you change this setting to just inform you that there are available updates, then when you view those available you can uncheck and/or check the updates you want to install at any one time.

Once I did that and now only update a handful at a time, I have not had any problems since. Also, I have found out quickly on this forum that other people periodically have problems with a patricular update so it is usually worth your while to investigate the individual updates before you install them. It could save you some headaches.

Hope this helps a bit.

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I just installed Windows 7 SP1 on a new PC, immediately ran Windows update. It hung for two days at the "checking for updates" screen until I got fed up and started troubleshooting. For every post on the web, there is a different solution. Unable to try them all, I tried six or seven, then re-installed Windows. Same exact thing is now happening. svchost.exe goes to 50% (100% of one core) and 1.17GB RAM in use (and RAM in use hasn't changed in four hours) and TrustedInstaller.exe goes into 17MB RAM in use (and also has not changed RAM in use in four hours). There is minimal network traffic, I don't think the machine is communicating with *, at least not right now. It certainly isn't downloading anything.

Just updated four other Win7 PCs, it is not a network issue.

The machine in question can connect to the web, various Microsoft sites, my LAN, etc. So the wifi card in it is working fine.

At this point I have no idea how to proceed. The first time around I downloaded some freeware utility that manually downloaded all updates, but I was unable to run any of them (and research suggests I have to run them in order, and after downloading 200+ updates, I have no idea in what order they should be installed anyway, so the point is moot).

I've had Windows update appear to hang before, literally taking hours to get past the "Checking for updates..." banner, but never this long.

Any advice?

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A:Windows Update frozen on fresh 7 install

Did you google it?

I did fix this exact issue this week. It turned out to be some basic bullshit to reset a component used by windows update. There is a good fix on an M$ webpage with 4-5 steps. Took a few to get it going for me.

My internet is running >1000bps currently so i can't link shit to you as google search doesn't even work and the ISP is liable for government action as they do not meet the minimum speed requirements set at law. Of course the govt doesn't care and won't do shit.

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Anybody doing fresh install of Windows 7 these days, its a pain to install windows 7 updates. My Windows update uses close to 5 GB of RAM in my 6GB system. Granted, I was able to fix it with the Memory Leak Fix update available online. It just get old if you are trying to install windows 7 in a few systems.

Also, you can never know what happens with the Windows 7 Updates, it ends up sometimes checking for updates or installing takes forever and i have to resort to multiple manual fixes posted online to correct this.

I thought i would just write here lol, its frusturating.

A:Windows 7 fresh install update nightmare

That is probably because you have an Iso with Windows 7 that was last updated in 2009 xD
Try to get an Iso with major of updates included. For example I have one with all updates till September this year.
Sorry Horrible english

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I've built a new system and after about a week of it operating it has decided to be a complete douche to me for some unknown reason. Everything was okay until I installed the SSD (so I was aware of anyway, the computer belongs to my sister and she never told me when the system used to crash, so it could have crashed before the SSD). Anyways, when I was made aware of the computer issue I checked the Event Viewer logs to see what was wrong and tehre was loads of Kernal Power issues. So I could only assume that maybe the old PSU was not good enough for all the cool new hardware, so I bought a new PSU; although the problem still persisted.

I've had more chance to observe the system today and determine what is going on. I've removed 2 HDDs from the system and kept the SSD in (I ran a health check of the SSD on my own system, and it reported it to be perfectly fine). Anyways, reformatted the SSD and everything was going well after installation. After give the OS a lovely 150 updates it BSOD on me. I read a log which suggested there was bad drivers, so I just assumed the ethernet drivers I had to manually install were incorrect (even though they worked fine before SSD upgrade). So I went to a wireless connection for the time being, did everything all over again and got the same result. At this point I determine Windows Update must be giving me grief. I installed security updates only at first, and everything was going fine. Then installed SP1, and after maybe the odd 3 more updates... Read more

A:BSOD even after fresh install (Windows Update may be the cause)

Hello Mattster.

Scan the system for possible virus infection. It is needed, despite of it being a clean reinstall.
Anti-rootkit utility TDSSKiller
Windows Defender Offline
Roll back to your display driver to an earlier one.
Download and install Driver Fusion.
Reboot the computer in Advanced Boot Options, safe mode. Search Driver Fusion in your start menu, and remove all components of your Intel Graphics Driver.
Download an immediate older version form Intel Download Center and install it.
Install Service pack 1.

Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Service Pack Center - Microsoft Windows

Let us know the results. And, next time upload your MSINFO32.nfo file.
Click on the start button
Type "msinfo32" (without quotes) in the search bar of the start menu, click the resulting link. It will open the System Information window.
File>Save. In the "File Name" filed, put "MSINFO32" (without Quote), give the save location to desktop, and click the "save" button.
Give the time for processing, it will save a .nfo file on your desktop.
Zip it, and upload it following the instruction.

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BSOD c5 - while doing Windows Update after fresh Win7 install

It was while configuring updates after system restart.

A:BSOD c5 - while doing Windows Update after fresh Win7 install

Hi Vesparion.

Update internet explorer manually ....

Get rid of intel rapid storage. First uninstall it from Control Panel > Programs and Features. Then Uninstall the driver from device manager.
Right click on "my computer" icon and click "manage" on the context menu.
It will open the "computer management" window.
Select "Device Manager" in the left pane, It will list all the existing devices up.
Expand "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" by clicking on the triangle in front of it.
Select one Intel device item under it, right click, uninstall.
Continue the process for all Intel items under "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
Now restart the computer. At restart, windows will auto configure the appropriate native system driver.
Let us know the results.


Log Name: System
Source: Service Control Manager
Date: 2013-11-16T01:43:44.794
Event ID: 7000
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: i7-PC
The Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology service failed to start due to the following error:
The pipe has been ended.

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I am having continuous issues with a BSOD. Here is a little basic info:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (one week old install)
version of windows is a OEM upgrade (installed fresh from formatted hard drive)
Computer is about 2.5 years old.
Hard drive is 3 months old
RAM is one month old.

I am attempting to update windows via Windows Update. I have also tried to update drivers using Raxco software's Perfect Updater. I can't seem to keep the computer running long enough to get anything updated. Attached is the requested files. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

A:BSOD while trying to update drivers and windows on fresh install

Test your RAM using Memtest86+. Let it run until 6-8 passes have completed or errors have been found.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Run an sfc/scannow command in an elevated command prompt at boot. If errors are found, run it twice more with each scan followed by a reboot.
SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

Run a chkdsk on the system partition to check for bad sectors or system errors.
Disk Check

This may be some sort of hardware issue hence the Memtest & chkdsk.

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After a fresh install of Windows 7 I am now getting the 800B0100 error whenever I try to install updates. I've also tried installing service pack 1 from disc and it's telling me that installation was not successful.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows 7 fresh install - 800B0100 update error


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Hi guys,

Slight problem I'm having with Vista Ultimate x64. After a fresh install (including format), Windows Update refuses to cooperate. Specifically, it either hangs (downloading of updates either stops at 0% indefinitely, or progresses a bit, then hangs) or crashes (trustedinstaller.exe experiences a crash). I've tried deselecting every update except one to see if it's a certain one that's causing the problem (and further to this, tried this method with different updates), with no joy.

After a format or two, the problem's still around.

System specs:

Core 2 Duo E6850 (3GHz)
EVGA e-GeForce 8800GTX video card
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card
Vista Ultimate x64, SP1

Really irritating problem - - any and all help is certainly appreciated


A:Windows Update Hangs/Crashes on Fresh Install

hi one of these may be of help

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Hello all,

Installed a new motherboard and everything went well with that untill I start updating windows. Windows downlaods all the updates then does a restart and on the restart I get the blue screen of death. Please help. Many Thanks in advance.

A:Fresh Install - Large Windows Update Crash

Hello powerade,

► This is one, VIRTU LucidInterop WDDM Driver by LucidLogix

fffff880`04a12090 fffff880`03fd6900Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\VirtuWDDM.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for VirtuWDDM.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for VirtuWDDM.sys
Try to upload the driver from lucidlogix with GPU Solution.

► Intel HD Graphics Driver

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {fffffa7fffffffe0, 2, 1, fffff8000316c99c}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\igdkmd64.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for igdkmd64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for igdkmd64.sys
Probably caused by : igdkmd64.sys ( igdkmd64+a376f )

Followup: MachineOwner
Update it from

Do the changes and let us know.

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This is my 1st BSOD after I did a Bios update on my laptop, followed by a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro. It occurred during my installation of drivers. The BSOD Error message was: Driver Power State Failure. The dump file is attached if anyone can help take a look at it, as its got me worried. The main reason I did a bios update was due to the multiple BSOD I had on my previous Bios.

I did try to open up the Dump file, but have no idea on how to read it. However it did mention the file name ntoskrnl.exe. From online searches, the file is related to my kernel? Does this means I installed the Bios wrongly?

If it matters, during Bios installation, I had to update the EC 1st followed by Bios update which had 2 executable files to run.

-Bios updated myself, obtained form laptop manufacturer

Edit: Uploaded Files as according to posting instructions. (Running the SF Debug Tool)

If it's I would like to learn how to read these files to solve problems myself if possible. I used WinDbg to open the dumb file, but got lost after that. Possibly tell my how you found the cause of the problem?

A:BSOD after Bios update, and fresh install of Windows 8

Get all available Windows updates, update your chipset driver and your Bluetooth filter driver.

btfilter.sys Fri Jun 29 09:00:07 2012 (4FED5277)
Atheros Bluetooth Driver

HECIx64.sys Tue Jul 3 00:14:58 2012 (4FF21D62)
Intel Management Engine Interface

AMPPAL.sys Tue Jul 17 09:35:22 2012 (500515BA)
Intel? Centrino? Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed Virtual Adapter driver

intelppm.sys Thu Jul 26 04:26:48 2012 (5010AAE8)
Intel Processor driver

dump_storahci.sys Thu Jul 26 04:30:35 2012 (5010ABCB)
driver created to provide disk access during crash dump file generation

RtkBtfilter.sys Thu Jul 26 05:16:50 2012 (5010B6A2)
Filter Driver for the Realtek Bluetooth Chip[br]lenovo: Realtek Bluetooth 4.0 driver for Windows 8 (64-bit)

btmaux.sys Mon Aug 27 06:21:13 2012 (503AF5B9)
Intel Bluetooth Auxiliary Service

btath_bus.sys Mon Jan 21 10:18:42 2013 (50FD07F2)
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Killer Bandwidth Control Filter Driver
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I have a new install of win 7 32bit SP1 and installed the system drivers and when I update it installed the latest version of Windows Update Agent, I set updates (before checking) to NOTIFY ME BEFORE DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL - so I know from my experience of hundreds of installs that it should take minutes to tell me whats available THEN i can download them....THEN i can install them... but it goes into a loop,,,constantly saying its checking for updates, this soaks up my 2Gb RAM and 50% CPU constantly

so i hve tried the microsoft troubleshooter fixit here:

it says its fixed something but cuold not fix issues with installing updates?

i have a 50Mbps LAN connection


A:'Checking For Updates' runs forever on new install

Try installing this update:

It's drastically reduced the time to pick up all the updates in all the VM's I've tried. It should pick them up within 10 - 20 minutes.

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I have been having some issues with an external 1TB Seagate hard drive of late, so I decided to dismount the drive and run check disk within Windows 7 (Computer>Right clicked on F: drive>Properties>Tools>Error-checking>Check now>Checked 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'). Check disk has now been running for over 24 hours, and has been stuck on '273666 files processed' for at least 4 hours. I have a lot of important files on this drive which I can't afford to lose. I backed up the drive a few days ago, but some of the files failed to backup correctly, which is the main reason I decided to check the disk.

I tried opening an important Photoshop file (which is one of the files that failed to backup) and received a 'Could not complete your request because of a disk error' error message. I really need to restore this file if possible, as hundreds of hours of work have gone into it, and starting from scratch is something I don't even want to think about. Should I wait it out even longer, in the hope that check disk completes, or should I click 'Cancel' and try again? If I cancel, will it have to start from scratch if I decide to check the disk again, or will it continue from where it left off? I welcome any other suggestions.

Thanks in advance

A:Error checking external 1TB hard drive within Windows 7 taking forever

I don't think anyone can give you a blanket assurance. Just doing the 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' could affect your data, or that one file, if it's contents reside in any bad sectors.

Fixing bad sectors on a drive that has bad sectors can take some time. But 4 hours is probably a bit much. It could be frozen.
You could let it run longer - go do a few chores - and if it hasn't changed then you will have no choice but to cancel out and see what has happened.

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Fast Windows update method after Fresh Install or Repair

Especially usefull for Engineers.

Try Using AutoPatcher. (download from this site
and the latest is also available on Techspot

Autopatcher has monthly updates for XP, 2000, 2003 and x64.

download the updates starting with the full December 2005 through to Latest (usually last month). install each package starting with the full release but do not run autopatcher till you have installed all the downloads (autopatcher will append all the monthly updates and will install them all in one go).

Autopatcher allows you to select or deselect any update and will detect any updates you already have, it also installs updates like Java, msn messenger, macromedia flash player, aspi drivers, Latest windows media player, dotnet framework 1.1 and 2, and more.

Autopatcher also has useful tweaks and security settings, eg.. tweakui, show open with notepad on right click menu, put my computer,internet explorer,my documents, on desktop and more.

You simply select all the options you require then run autopatcher and it will do all the above and only restart one time when all operations are done.

As it is a stand alone program, you can copy the folder from program files directory and save to your USB flash drive, portable storage device, CD or DVD disk then execute the autopatcher.exe file to update any system you're working on.

Have Fun

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I have been able to download the updates with WSUS, however, I am stuck on 'Listing IDs of missing updates'.
Malwarebytes and Spybot are the only programs on here at this time that are even close to seeing something viral. Cryptoprevent was not causing a problem to my knowledge.

I stopped giving windows and WSUS time after 14 hours of no discernible improvement. I even made the automated ISO and tried installing from there.
The Internet works with everything else that's stock in Windows. I updated to IE 11. Lenovo needed .NET framework 4.0 and their driver updater worked great.

I don't have the original Lenovo Discs. They think I am going to buy them again. M$, of course, won't give me a clean ISO due to OEM status. I found the ISO another way.

Is there a specific KB that can update Windows Update?
I can't even get the .msu to install from this thread windows 7 update stuck at "checking for updates..."

3050265 was the KB... Thanks Everyone!

A:7 Pro Fresh Install - Windows Update fails - WSUS hangs

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You can get installation media with this for free and yes it does get the iso from Micro... servers

It's a lot easier to clean install these days with the unofficial sp2
There are essentially 3 updates needed for a clean install of windows that will get you updated through April of 2016

KB3020369 & KB3125574 & KB3172605 all can be downloaded from the catalog using internet explorer
Microsoft Update Catalog
When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.

After restart you will need to ensure the built in windows update service is stopped and set to manual first too or it will conflict with the stand alone installer.

Afterwards reset the windows updates service to what it was before and update settings to your preference and check for updates
Should be only 50 or so updates left to install.

Or you can get all three updates off my OneDrive!AsjD7o6P3KLKj2TjShn8-SumV1rr

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FYI, I know there are a million "solutions", problems and situations regarding delays while performing Windows Updates, but this worked well for me.

Fresh install of Windows 7 x64, installed update package KB3135445, then I was able to check for updates in under 2 minutes. I did it over and over again, it never failed. Got all updating done in a little over an hour.

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Hi, I'm completely stumped. I have an HP tm2t-1000 tablet pc running Windows 7 professional x64. A couple of weeks ago, the hard drive died on me. It was a 500GB 7200rpm SATA drive, but I thought I'd splurge and order a 750GB to replace it. I received the drive, dropped it in and reinstalled Windows from the HP supplied recovery CD. Everything seemed fine until I had some problems installing a piece of software, then I had problems installing another piece of software, then another. I figured it was just a bad install so I wiped the drive and installed windows again. unfortunately, this had no effect, and the same problems persisted.

Seems like the deeper I dig, the more problems I find. The main installer I've been having a problem with is mixed in key 5. the installer quits halfway through every time, no error or anything, just disappears. through the support forums, I determined that this is an issue with Microsoft dot net framework, and it was recommended that I install it through Microsoft's standalone installer. However, when I try to do this, the installer gets to the point where it finishes verifying the installer package and then just sits there and doesn't install. I figured maybe it would work better if I updated windows, so I went to the windows update section of the control panels, and the window hangs whenever I open it. Eventually I am able to get it to load the window (I still don't know how), but when I click "Check for upd... Read more

A:Windows 7 fresh install, twice in a row, myriad installer and update problemspersist.

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Hi all
Done a fresh install of Vista Home Premium SP2 on an old Sony Vaio laptop.  After activation I just can't get Windows Update to download anything apart from the latest Windows Update Client There's no error message, just "checking for updates" constantly.   It's been running for over 24 hours now with no progress.
Considering this is a fresh install - any ideas?

A:Windows Update not working on fresh Vista Home Premium install

For anyone that's interested the updates have now arrived after almost three full days of checking for updates.  It appears my new ISP gives piss poor connection speeds.

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Hey guys, I am new here so also please let me know if I am posting in the wrong section or I need to provide more/different info to my post - thanks!

Here is the situation. I had some pesky malware on my PC, and at the same time, was going to add a new 3TB hard drive to my PC (as a 2nd drive). Since the new 2nd drive was going to have me making a lot of changes to my systems setup anyways, and since I had the malware, I decided I would just reformat and start fresh. My system setup is pretty simple anyways - just Windows, Steam, Origin, and a bunch of games.

But now, after formatting my hard drive, and installing Windows 7 Home x64 from the disc, I am getting these error messages when I attempt to update -

I tried Googling the error code but there is not much information as of now on the web about it. Can anybody help me? I have no idea why it's not working on a clean install...

here are some more screenshots

A:Windows Update failing - fresh install on formatted hard drive

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

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Just did a fresh install of Window XP. Went to Windows Update to get current and scan came back clean- nothing needed, not even sp2- NO WAY! I must need a ton of updates, patches, etc- how do I determine what I need in order to get current when MS's own scan says I don't need anything?

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Solved: Windows Update shows no updates needed on a fresh install of XP- no way!

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I picked up a E6400 (x2 qty) from ebay and a product key from another site.  Used my 64 bit home premium disc  to install win 7.  Something went wrong and I changed hard drive to WD 250 install and got endless update problem

A:Fresh Install-Endless Windows Update problem latitude E6400 laptop

I have used Google and Bing to search about this problem.   I have tried numerous fixes including MS fix-it tool.  I have an error code which will be included in next post.  
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Using any Windows 7 or 2008 R2 install media, initialing Microsoft Windows Updates takes forever after initial installation completes.
Is there a way to slipstream the latest updates into my installation ISO's?

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fix this issue for those already signed up as windows 10 insiders not fair to those who actually have been apart of helping to find bugs and then update screws it all up. 

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Hey, I'm installing windows XP onto a 500 g SATA hard disk that I just installed into a Dell Dimension 9100.

I have an .iso file that I need to place onto a DVD to serve as the OS boot disc. My DVD-R is in my Mac. So i need to burn this .iso file on the mac but have it boot the PC..

What is the proper file extension for the dvd file? is there anything I need to do that I'm missing?

A:Fresh Windows XP Install on a Fresh Hard Drive using a Burned DVD OS install - PLZ HL

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As the title says, I have problems with Windows Update. I tried some fixes like: Reset_Reregister_Windows_Update_Components, Reset_Windows_Update_History, MicrosoftFixit50362 (which is a Microsoft Installer Fixer that couldn't install PowerShell), MicrosoftFixit50202. But what I really need is installing .NET Framework 4. I tried forcing it to install, installing it step by step, but it couldn't go further than .NET Framework 3.5. I need that Framework, the other updates don't really matter. And the interesting thing is that my antivirus doesn't say that Windows is not up-to-date, which is not normal, in ESET Smart Security, if Windows is not up-to-date.
If specs matter:
AMD Athlon ll X4 750K
AMD Radeon R7 240 4GB GDDR3
Vista SP2
I don't know how to obtain CheckSUR.log.

A:Windows Update stuck at Checking for Updates and can't install Updates manually

Hi antoniu200:
Many other Vista users have reported that Windows Update seems to get stuck at "Checking for updates..." for long periods of time, and this problem dates back to the August 2015 Patch Tuesday updates - see my screenshots in ScousaJAY's thread windows update just seems to hang while checking in the VistaForums. This month's December 2015 Patch Tuesday updates required a full hour on my machine before it finished the  "Checking for updates..." phase and finally presented a list of available updates, so you might want to try running a manual Windows Update and leaving your computer alone for an hour or so to see if it eventually runs to completion.
You might also want to read Nikilet's recent thread Updates were not configured correctly in that same forum.  Some Vista users, including myself, received an error message this month stating "Updates were not configured correctly. Reverting changes. Please do not turn off your computer" when they tried to install the December 2015 Patch Tuesday updates.  Six updates for the Vista OS and one cumulative update for IE9 were marked as "Failed" on my machine after Windows forced an automatic rollback and re-boot of my machine.  I re-ran Windows Update today and all Important updates that failed yesterday eventually installed successfully ("Checking for updates..." still took about one hour and I declined one Recommended update KB3112148 for Vista and one Optional update KB3106614 for Silver... Read more

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I have 2 machines i've just reinstalled win7 on because win update wouldn't work on any of them after sp1 has been installed. I've now tried installing a copy incl. sp1. But same problem.
I've tried this.
sfc /scannow

These "solutions" are those ms support emailed me, as my hours of goggling didn't yield any result.
Nothing helped on either machine. One is 32bit win7 starter and the other 64bit win7 home prem. On my desktop i run win10 which updates fine.

A:Updater never stops checking, fresh install, 2 computers.

Lets try fixing one computer at a time. Other wise it will be total confusion.
You pick which one and stay with it until it's fixed.
Complete this tutorial. The information will be need by our expert Noel.

Windows Update Posting Instructions

Have you activated Windows 7?

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Hi hopeing someone here can help out.
built a new PC and installed Win 8.1 and updated it all.
had the BSOD clock watchdog time out since system 1st built
here is speccy link
minidump file zip
could only get access to 1/2 of the files ?
also attached is output of last 10 errors from mini tool box.
I am going to run 10 Pass memory test overnight to see if there are any errors with the memory.
Did speak to guy where i bought the components and his idea was to do full wipe and reinstall of windows.
I do try and leave this to last ditch attempt.
Thanks for all and any help or advice.

A:Clock watchdog timeout win 8.1 fresh build pc and fresh windows install

A wee update.
ran mem test over night. did 10 passes and no errors with the memory.

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My music computer started having problems with Windows 98 locking up at irregular intervals, and after a while the thing simply wouldn't boot up all the time. The lockups had been getting worse, so naturally I thought I had been vicitimized by some spyware/adware/virus infection and took measures. After countless hours, I finally gave up and bought a new hard drive, installed it, and put on a fresh copy of Windows 98 SE from my recovery CD.

It worked fine - for a while.

Now the computer is exhibiting the same symptoms with the new drive as it did with the old drive. I tried running the Seagate SeaTools to see if I could find any abmormalities and it checked out fine. What is odd is that the computer locks up at no particular place, with no particular interval of time. Quite often I can't even get it past the Windows splash screen.

My uneducated opinion is that this has to be a hardware issue, and I'm feeling frustrated by my inability to isolate the problem. If anyone can make suggestions as how I should proceed, I would be very grateful, indeed.

The computer has an AMD Athlon processor with 512 MB of RAM installed on an Azza 366X AS motherboard by the manufacturer, CyberPower Inc... It clocks around 1.4 ghz... The computer has a CD-R/RW, a Toshiba DVD-ROM, a 1.44 floppy drive, a Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live 5.1, GeForce 64 meg video adaptor, a 56k modem, a Turbolink switching power supply (375atx) and extra cooling fans. The original drive is an IBM Des... Read more

A:Fresh drive, fresh Windows 98 install, same old lockups!

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installed windows 10 months ago ...yesterday an Auto Update took over and its been stuck for over 16 hours ....i have tried a hard Start luck right back to were it was ...just the Spinning Dots

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Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

A:Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

did you turn it off and reboot and try again

Originally Posted by Steffan

Just a few hours ago I installed a fresh W7 SP1 x64 and I looked at Win Update, it just keeps searching and searching for hours, and nothing happens.

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I'm totally new,and I have a problem. I just restarted my Toshiba satellite laptop,and it went to the blue update screen. No big deal. I frequently get it. But now,its been 2 hours,and its still showing "Keep your PC plugged in until this is done. Installing update 1 of 2".
The thing is,I can't access any other page,and if I try to shut it down, and start it back again,the update still continues. I'm new to windows 8,please help me.

A:Windows 8 update going on forever

Please,just help.

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new HP notebook in Oct2015 with windows 10 pre-loaded. All ok until early 2016 but since then, about once per week, windows update just fails to complete. If I go to the security and settings screen I cannot move from the windows update icon and there is a line of blue dots flashing across screen. The laptop still works ok while this is happening although maybe slightly slower, the only problem is on shutdown sometimes I get a message that apps are still downloading and do I really want to shut down, if I don't say shutdown anyway it never does. The way I get out of this is to do a system restore, which usualy ends in a massage saying it has failed to do so, but then I can update windows 10 to latest version and it updates itself ok for a few days before starting the cycle again. I don't have high speed broadband but download speeds are ok. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks, daverd8

A:windows update goes on forever

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome onboard ! This is very unspecific problem can be caused by lots of things. I would suggest you first try to uninstall any security software (if 3rd party security software is present) like antivirus/firewalls/etcThen, please, run Windows Update Troubleshooter >> to check for and potentially fix any issues with Windows Update. Please, also note that what you describe might be OK under certain curcumstances - for example if your Internet connection is very slow or if something is interfering with Windows Update process - e.g. firewall network drivers/ AV software / etc.Windows 10 is a lot different when it comes to lots of things including Windows Update. It downloads updates automatically, installs automatically. There were several bigger updates for 10 since it was initially released in the first official RTM version. If your Internet speed is not that fast and if something else is interfering, this might be the issue. It is very difficult to troubleshoot such an issue remotely without details. More info >>  ===================================Something bigger on Windos might have also gone corrupted. If nothing else helps, you may consider backing up your personal files and reinstall... Read more

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Hi I am sure I am not alone, but I honestly have my machine on literally 20 hours a day non stop working away. Its my work horse especially since I work online running a business.

Anyways - I am noticing a few things going a bit wrong like chkdsk.exe not working and a few other issues.

WOuld you suggest that it is a good thing to re-install a clean version of windows 7 from a previous image you made or is that a waste of time?

I mean, if my image backup has missing and corrupt registry items then I guess whats the point?

Thoughts please!

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do, but I think that I have some issues.....

Maybe I should re-install the registry?

A:Should you re-install Windows every year?

I do mine every 6 months. Just to make sure it's clean.

With your drivers, files, and program installers organised. It's a 2 hour investment every 6 months. And Having a clean image with no updates or programs installed helps.

Why not?

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Unable to run any Windows Update since a couple of months and each time I go to Windows Update it takes forever and no updates were found nor installed.

A:Windows 7 Update Taking Forever

See this post - the process worked for me on 2 systems and for many other folks.
Basic principle: manual installation of the standalone versions of KB3020369 and (most importantly) KB3172605:
And these other threads:
( has many similar threads, all with roughly the same steps.)
If that process does not work or if you are getting specific error codes, then you may have another issue.
Let us know how it goes, so that we can all learn.
EDIT: On the other hand, if this is the same computer as the one HERE with a BSOD problem, then you may have other issues, for sure.

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Windows update doesn't work on a win7 sp1 pc.
I've tried both with wsus and online update but it keeps searching endlessly.
For 3 days I've tried many forum suggestions (which worked for others).
Also tried Windows6.1-KB947821-v34-x86, but it keeps running endlessly too.
This was just the last:s
Step 1:
Stopping the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and the Automatic Updates service....
Click Start/All Programs/Accessories. Right click 'Command Prompt' and select 'Run As Administrator'. Click 'Continue' on the UAC prompt.
At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command: 
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
Step 2:
Renaming the Catroot2 folder...
Type the following commands, and then press Enter after each command.
net stop cryptsvc
ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2 
net start cryptsvc
Step 3: 
Renaming the "SoftwareDistribution" folder...
Type the following command, and then press Enter.
ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Step 4:
Registering the files that are used by Windows Update and Microsoft Update...
At the command prompt, type the following commands, press ENTER after each command, and then click OK every time that you receive a verification message:
regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wucltux.dll
regsvr32 wups2.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
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I installed Windows 7 from scratch on 3 systems this week & have encountered the same problem on all of them. After Windows Update installs the new Update Agent (version 7.6.7600.320) & Windows Update is run again afterwards, it will run for what seems like an eternity without doing anything. To fix the problem, manually download & install update KB3102810. Once this update is installed & the system is restarted, Windows Update should function normally again.

A:TIP: how to fix Windows Update from running forever

Much easier fix - - just turn off Windows Automatic Updates.Install a top-notch antivirus/firewall and you will be quite safe.I have always turned off automatic updates on Windows XP, Vista & Win7 on all computers that I have and on all computers that friends have asked me to set up for them in the past 15-20 years.Never had any virus infections or hacking attacks, none.You only need to visit the Windows Update portal when there is some Microsoft software you need to download. message edited by phil22

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Windows Update keeps on loading and never shows up any update:
What can I do to fix this? Thank you!

A:Windows Update loading forever

Please run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
Please provide the exact details of any problem it reports as not fixed.

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I have just installed a new copy of Windows 7 Pro, but without any drivers.

I've looked for an ethernet controller driver (from a 2nd PC) and managed to install it.

However, when I try to run the Windows update, or look automatically for the rest of the drivers, it just runs forever. I've tried already several Windows installation disk but the problem persists, so I suspect it's just faulty hardware ?

Anybody has some experience with this and could help ? I have no idea what's going on.

A:Windows update hangs forever

It can take up to 24 hours for Windows Update to check for updates.

As for drivers, manually download and install all updates. Do NOT rely on Windows.

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when I manualy look for updates it never stops searching, but never finds any or gives an errorcode. After some searching I think it is the KB976902 update that causes the problem, since it is the only one that is not to be removed with right mouse
click.(it also seems to have a bad name on the internet). nevertheless it got himself installed without internet connection and does not want to get of. I already blamed my av (avg) and removed it completly  stopped and started update in service. Please
I have win7 home premuim and a ssd as hd
kind regards

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haven't installed any updates in a few months so i decided to run the windows live update
i left it on for like an hour but it doesn't seem to do anything
did some googling and i manually applied
Update for Windows (KB2999226)
Security Update for Windows (KB3153199)
Update for Windows (KB3138612)
some suggested to try these and then the live updater would pick up and start working
however running it now seems to do nothing at all so not really sure what the problem is

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Creating my base windows 7 Wim for deployment and windows 7 is taking forever to get updates. This was solved a few months back but its back again. what happened Microsoft?

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I just re-installed windows 7 on my older laptop and I've let it check for updates, installed the standalone package, and the system readiness tool all with no luck. So many people online recommended these steps, but all they do is halt and not load. Windows update is stuck at checking for updates while any standalone package I do is stuck at "Searching for updates on this computer"

I'm blown away because I've let it run for 3-4 hours and it still is loading. So basically, I just wasted half of my day waiting for this thing to load.. pretty frustrating.

Any other methods that work?

Thanks and any attempt to help me would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows update taking forever

I could've sworn I posted this on another thread.. I did not mean to make another thread about it.. again...

Sorry all, don't know how to erase this

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Hello. I recently upgraded from XP to Win7 Pro 64 and did the typical updates after the install was complete. After the second round of updates and reboots, the updates started taking forever to complete. Forever being literally one hour for just two updates and the system is stuck on "Creating a restore point..." My connection is consistantly 6 mbps so I don't believe it's my net connection.

I looked at the View update history and noticed a failed update for "Update for Windows 7 for x64-based systems (KB974431)". Currently, it has taken 30+ minutes to install the Security Update for IE8.

I don't know about you all but this update has been a major pain in the caboose.

Many thanks.

AMD 64X2 6000

A:Windows Update Taking Forever

Start it over.

Use System Restore if necessary.

F8 to last known good config if it won't start.

If it still won't start, boot into Installer>Repair console and system restore before the updates.

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Hey Everyone, new member here!

I've been reading this forum for years, but never had the need to ask a question myself until now... I'm hoping anyone can help me figure out what the heck is

wrong with my computer... I simply CANNOT use Microsoft Update! This has been the case for about a year I think, and I have never found a solution to it

and I have tried everything I read online and nothing will fix it....

- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
- Sony Vaio VPCF127FX (3 years old)
- Bitdefender Total Security 2013
- Disabled windows firewall/anti-virus/defender
- When trying to 'check for updates', I always get this error:
And error occured while checking for new updates for your computer. Error(s) Found: Code 80073712
- Cannot Install Internet Explorer 9!!
Things I've tried:
- My computer cannot run/execute SFC utility in prompt. It always gives this error:
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
- I've tried Microsoft Fix it and it finds no problems
- I've tried the latest 'System Update and Readiness Tool'
- I'm confident it has nothing to do with bitdefender. Even so, I've disabled it and removed it to see if it was an issue and this problem is the same.

- Checking Windows Event Logs Gives This information:
R... Read more

A:Windows Update Error - 80073712 (For Over A Year!)

have you tried running SFC from safe mode. I never run it in normal mode.

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I swapped out the HDD on my wife's laptop with a new SSD, and did a fresh install of Windows 7.

My wife liked the live mail, and the photo viewer, and had the 2009 version on the old system, I think. can only install the new Windows Essentials 2012, or it's individual components....or so I thought.

I tried doing that, and first it hung on the "install", until I got fed up and cancelled. A couple more attempts, and it said it couldn't install mail, movie maker and photo viewer. I tried the offline installer, tried finding an older version....with no luck.

It would keep installing OneDrive though, if I tried to install the entire suite.

One thing I found out is, that if there are any components/program files from previous versions, it won't install, or so I read. If I go to C:\Program files, and/or C:\Program files(x86), there are folders for Live essentials components. Obviously it came with the fresh Windows 7. I'm pretty sure that is the reason, but if I simply try to right click and delete those folders, it tells me I need permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to the folders.

It's ridiculous.

Any help/feedback GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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I have Windows 7 Home Edition installed on my laptop.. As soon as I turn the computer on and go into updates, it shows an error message about Windows 10 Failed to install, and then starts checking for updates which it won't stop.. Some how 10 installed it's self onto my laptop, and I immediately restored Windows 7 back, but now I'm not able to download updates, and I've tried different methods from what came up on google, but none of them work... Help.. Thanks..message edited by ada1984

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I recently installed a new HDD with Hp OEM dics, and i tried to use windows update, but it seems to take forever to search for updates. I dont know if its stuck or if it theres something wrong but i cannot search for any updates. Any advice or help  on how to resolve this issue?  thanks

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A:Windows 7 update takes forever and/or stuck?

Hi: See if installing these two microsoft windows update patches work for you...

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Does anyone have a fix for this that does not involve downloading and installing .msu file - these files result in the same error.
I have tried SFC.
I have tried fiddling around with BITS and WindowsUpdate in services.msc
I have tried adding exceptions in windows firewall for the various windows update related exe files in system32
I have tried expanding msu files and installing the updates via pkgmgr, including the post Service pack 1 rollup msu.
Nothing works!

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Windows 7 Update taking forever to find new updates? Here's how to fix it, at least until the next patchday (probably August 8).
Thanks to Jim Kim for finding this. (source)

Here's how to check whether or not you have an update already installed in Win7:
1. Open Windows Update control panel
2. Click "View update history" on the left
3. Click the link for "Installed Updates"
4. In the upper right corner of the window, the search bar should now say "Search Installed Updates". There, start typing the number of the update you want to look for, including the KB. For example, type KB3168965 - typing 3168965 will not work, you have to start with KB.

In my particular case, of all of the updates listed on that page I was only missing KB3168965 and KB3164033 on my Win7 x64 volume, and Windows Update was taking forever to find updates. Installing them fixed the issue.

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Nice article from Inforworld on the Windows 7 update fiasco.
The speed-up patch, KB 3172605, is problematic, as I discussed in July. It contains a new version of the Windows Update Agent, which takes minutes instead of hours to figure out which patches are available.
There are two problems with KB 3172605 (“July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1”) that aren’t discussed in the KB article:
It includes components that aren’t related to the Windows 7 Update scan slowdown problem. If you want to speed up your scans, you have to take all of the update rollup. You can’t pick out the good part.
It crashes a very common set of Intel Bluetooth drivers.

Edit: I would not recommend turning off Windows Update as shown in the article.

A:How to speed up Windows 7 Update scans—forever

Yes, 3020369 and 3172605 (and, for new W7 installs, 3125574) are the key.
I can attest to that.
If WU is stuck in a perpetual "checking for updates" vortex, one DOES indeed need to at least turn off Windows Updates ("never check...") TEMPORARILY and, in some cases, disable & stop it from services.msc, also temporarily and then reboot.
It's the only way to get those patches to install manually.
Once that's done, and once the system has been rebooted, WU can be turned back on (preferably to "notify and let me choose) and the service can be restarted ("Automatic-delayed start").
A manual check for updates should take only seconds/minutes, instead of hours/days.
I posted this method here a few days ago:
This worked for me on my 2 W7 boxes and for countless others at many other fora, such as
If it does NOT work, then it's likely that there's something else going on.

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I can't install any of the update as it is checking forever. i did a fresh install of windows 7.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key Hash: hTNIwJxpoGVBaL73Jbg21CBGbQw=
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {AC569C03-DB95-43CB-8C73-E0D5E1156198}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1F... Read more

A:Windows 7 update stuck at checking for update.

Lookin at that report,
There are at least 2 lines of data that i need.
Rerun the report please otherwise cant help you.
That comp did not come with that OS, please confirm if you have a dreamspark licence.


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I built up a new PC before Christmas. These were the components:

Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard
Intel i5 3570K 3.4GHz
2 x G-Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
PowerColor HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD

Not really used it that much and have had random crashes since built. Today, I decided to start afresh and reformatted the C drive and re-installed Windows. Although the OS installed without a hitch, at various times throughout the Windows Update process, the machine would crash a BSOD would appear.

I have attached the files as requested.

Can anyone advise me on what is the best approach to resolving this issue?



A:Windows 7 - Fresh Install BSOD whilst applying windows updates

Hello DarrenF.

Four crashes, four different stopcodes.

BugCheck 34, {50853, fffff8800317e738, fffff8800317df90, fffff80002cd1eee}

Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!ExAcquireResourceSharedLite+4e )

Followup: MachineOwner
BugCheck 1E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff80002c8e284, 0, ffffffffffffffff}

Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!SwapContext_PatchXRstor+0 )

Followup: MachineOwner
BugCheck 1A, {31, fffffa800ef4fac0, fffff8800e0ed000, fffff8a00a7584e0}

Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::NNGAKEGL::`string'+7271 )

Followup: MachineOwner
BugCheck 3B, {c0000005, fffff960000f6b32, fffff8800785ffa0, 0}

Probably caused by : win32k.sys ( win32k!FreeObject+12 )

Followup: MachineOwner
Whereas ntkrnlmp.exe and win32k.sys, none of them cannot be the real probable cause of a crash. Do these tests, one by one.

Test your RAM modules for possible errors.
How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+
Run memtest for at least 8 passes, preferably overnight.

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Stress test the CPU.
Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95

Enable Driver Verifier to monitor the drivers.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

Let us know the results, with the subsequent crash dumps, if any.

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Hope you guys are having a good day.

Having a few issues with my computer at the moment. I previously had a different issue with Windows Update ( Error 80072efe ) but earlier today i managed to somehow fix it and was able to download Service Pack 1, which was what the error was on. All other updates before it (20) all installed successfully. Unfortunately shortly after doing so and restarting, Windows Update now continues to search for a very long time, it has been hours to no avail or progress whatsoever.

I have tried a SFC Scan which showed no issues.

System restoring to before the Service Pack update was normal, but eventually i had to download it again and the issue persisted.

I have used the Windows Update Troubleshooter and it has detected error 0x80070057, along with Service Registration is missing or Corrupt. Before the system restore it did not have the missing/corrupted Service Registration.

I have scanned for rootkits. (there is none to be found)

Another note is that ive had this computer for a long time now, although I have performed a low level format just yesterday so this computer isnt cluttered anymore.

Would a CBS log be handy at this point? Thanks if you can help!

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Hi and many thanks for reading.

I have a brand new machine with Windows 7 installed a mere couple of days ago. I noticed yesterday that the big load of inital updates I expected hadn't happened. When I tried to get Windows Update to work it just searched forever and found nothing.

I tried to get things moving with a fix tool from Microsoft, which appeared to help a couple of things but left one error code: 0x8024402C. There was no noticeable improvement.

I tried a couple of suggestions from elsewhere, involving the command screen, but nothing worked. The machine sometimes runs a little jerkily right now and when I turned it on this morning it told me Windows hadn't shut down correctly last night. Needless to say I am not happy at all.

This morning I paused Kaspersky protection and ran Update -- same result.

The machine is a custom build:

ASRock H170 Pro4S
Intel i3 6100
16gb Ram

Any help very greatly appreciated!

EDIT: Just found a couple of other threads on this and am trying things out, will report back if any changes... especially useful looking thread is this one:

Don't know if that stuff will fix the error code though. Don't know also how I could have an error code with Windows literally installed yesterday on a new machine -- but the code came only from the wizard, not from Updates itself. Perhaps I'll run a scan then leave Update to run all day, see what happ... Read more

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Hey everyone. I recently did a factory reset on my computer and so I have a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Anyway, I have managed to get some updates from Windows Update installed but now I am trying to check for updates and it is taking forever for it to complete the process of checking for updates. It's been checking for updates for over an hour. I could really use some help in fixing this.

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I have an Aspire Switch 11 laptop/tablet hybrid and this week I noticed it getting slower. Checked it and sure enough, an svchost.exe was eating up 25% of my processor usage, one of my cores. I tracked it down quickly, disabling the windows update service quickly shut off the drain.

Tried disabling windows update service and deleting SoftwareDistribution and restarting, multiple times. Rebuilds folder to roughly 109-117 megs before stopping and CPU usage maxes out. Zero hard drive use. Zero network use.

Ran Panda Antivirus full scan.Ran Spybot S&D full scan.Ran Malwarebytes antimalware full scan.Ran SuperAntiSpyware full scan.

Tried windows 8.1 update troubleshooter, no effect on issue.Tried windows 8.1 update diagnostic download, no effect on issue.Downloaded and ran standalone installer for windows 8.1 updater. Effect: Installer stayed at "checking computer for updates" indefinitely, it restarted windows update service which stays at 25% CPU indefinitely. Canceling does not work. Stopping service ends installer program with error.Tried "sfc /scannow" Successfully finished, component storage repaired. No effect on issue.Tried "dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth". Ran and completed, could find no issues with file system.Performed 'clean boot' by disabling all startup items and non-windows services. No effect on issue.Completed system file cleanup of update files through disk cleanup. No effec... Read more

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This is Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (32bit). Windows Update is not working. It is set to install updates automatically, yet it never does, and if I initiate a manual scan, it doesn't work either. It gets stuck at the stage "scanning for new updates".

What I did so far:
- Cleaned all the temp directories
- Installed the latest windows update agent manually (using the standalone installer from Microsoft page - installed successfully)

No effects. It is still not working.

Here's the windowsupdate.log:
Windows Update Log: Stuck at scanning for updates -
Please help me solve this!

A:Windows Update stuck at scanning for updates... forever

If you wait long enough, this list of updates should come in.
It might take more than 24 hours of searching.

Which Windows Update Client (formerly called agent) did you install?
This seems to be the latest one:

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Hello everyone,

Yesterday I wanted to clean install windows 7.
(This because I have a problem getting the Windows 10 notification app, but that's a different story)

So after installing Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit (official version) I ran some automatically updates.
Several of them installed with no problem. After getting the Service Pack 1 update I had to reboot the computer again. Since then the Checking for update doesn't do anything anymore. I can click it, see the green bar moving along, but even after several hours, it still didn't find any update. So I think it's just not doing anything actually.
There is no other software installed. Besides the driver to make my USB wifi stick connect to the internet.
I tried several things:

* Reinstalled windows about 4 times (including format the HD). Sometimes it didn't want to download any updates anymore before the Service Pack 1.

* Windows Update - Reset
History was indeed cleared, but didn't do much to remedy the problem.

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
The "net" action didn't work, untill I corrected a Path name for variables

regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll *
regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll *
regsvr32.exe browseui.dll *
regsvr32.exe msxml.dll *
regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll *
regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll *
regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll *regsvr32.exe initpki.dll *
regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll *
regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll *
regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll *
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A:Windows checking for update hangs

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

Please also post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

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I am attempting to update a new install of Windows Vista that is currently at SP1.
Initially, attempts to run the update failed with error code 80080005, but I got by that with the help of a post on this forum. The advice there was to change the settings to never update, exit Update, re-enter it and and set it back to update automatically. That worked fine.
Now, however, when I open Windows Update and click on Check for updates, the screen flashes immediately and no update are found. I don't even think it's checking.
Any help with this problem would be appreciated.

A:Windows update not checking for updates

I should have mentioned that both "Most recent check for updates" and "Updates were installed" are both set to "Never".

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I have Windows 7 Home Edition installed on my laptop.. As soon as I turn the computer on and go into updates, it shows an error message about Windows 10 Failed to install, and then starts checking for updates which it won't stop.. Some how 10 installed it's self onto my laptop, and I immediately restored Windows 7 back, but now I'm not able to download updates, and I've tried different methods from what came up on google, but none of them work... Help.. Thanks..message edited by ada1984

A:Windows Update Keeps Checking after downgrade from Win 10

If you want a really simple and easy way to get rid of the ?Get Windows 10? icon and stop your PC from downloading Windows 10, you can download a little piece of freeware called Never10, from well-respected security researcher Steve Gibson.Download it, run it, and then click the ?Disable Win10 Upgrade? button. If your system has already downloaded the Windows 10 update files, it will tell you, and you can click the ?Remove Win10 Files? to delete them.Never 10 -

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Windows Update is not checking for update as before, even it was checking for microsoft essentials updates too but not now. I have it configure to check automatically but ask me what to download.

A:Windows Update not checking automatically

Are your sure that you have all the updates and there are no updates available?

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I've got a Windows 7 fresh installation, and the first thing I did was to try to update my windows. The problem is that windows keeps checking for updates without coming up with any results (and I did wait a lot).

I had to change my HDD, because the previous one failed altogether. I wouldn't see why there could be any compatibility issues. I have a HP Pavilion dv5-1141en and the hdd inside is a 500GB Seagate. The previous one was a 320GB WD.

I tried resetting my windows update components (, but it didn't work.

I really have no idea where to go from here. It's weird, given that the installation is new.

Appreciate any suggestions,

Thank you!

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I had to reinstall windows and I ran a restore from a backup I made and I think that might have messed up Windows Update. I know there's a way to delete the cache or data folder and make Windows Update like new again if that makes any sense. Or reset it? I just forget how. What do you suggest? It's been checking for the last 20 minutes. I ran a few troubleshooters from Microsoft and they said they fixed it but they didn't.

I got error 80080005 and I'm checking online to see what to do right now. I did a CMD prompt and I stopped wuauserv and did this:

rd /s/q %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution.old

I also downloaded a file from Microsoft to fix Windows update. And I even left the thing on to check for updates for a good hour. But all it does is have the little green line move left to right saying that it's checking for updates and I'm sitting here waiting. I think I'm going to download the Windows Repair tool.

What's weird is that "System" says I have Service Pack 1. Am I just impatient or is this an actual problem? I restarted my PC and it's been checking for the last half hour.

A:Windows update stuck checking

Probably not the solution but to commiserate I Upgraded a WinVista 32-bit computer to Win7 yesterday then install SP1. That went well so I started the update process and like yours did not go beyond that same screen so I left it running overnight. This morning I had update telling me there were 228 updates to do, 4 hours later it is installing number 145 of that 228. May be finished late today?

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hi people,

I have been having a strange issue for the past couple of days with windows update.

as microsoft updates are scheduled for release on the second tuesday of each month, i tried checking for updates on tuesday night after recieving an email from us-cert advising that they had been released.

upon checking, the application just seemed to stop and continue to show the "checking for updates" screen with no error messages or anything.

so i restarted the system and tried again with the same results.

I tried a couple of things to try and resolve the issue, such as net stop/start wuauserv, checked bits was running, ran an sfc and chkdsk just for the sake of it, used the fixit exe from microsoft, and even restarted my network connection. all of the above didnt have any effect on the issue.

I then made a back up of my files etc. and restored my system with a full back up from about 12 months ago. upon completion, i logged in and tried windows update and again the same issue, (despite being about 12 months behind on updates.

after digging out my OEM discs, i restored my system completely to factory, and started all over again, and this is where it gets interesting. from the point of complete factory settings, i could download and install updates, then i installed sp1, followed by more updates, and then got sp2, and since sp2 was installed, windows update is now behaving the same was as before, just showing the checking for updates screen.

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A:windows update just seems to hang while checking.

Was "Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.256" successfully installed? This should've been offered by Windows Update soon after SP1 was installed.

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Windows Update still Checking for hours. What must do I need to do? 

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So we have this Acer laptop that, of course, came with all kinds of crap installed that starts up with it.

Getting tired of hearing about how slow the thing is, I disabled a half dozen things (MyWinLocker, LaunchManager, some other crap) that aren't essential, leaving a few things from Intel, MSSE, etc.

Having done that, I restarted it. All was well. Then I opened the Task Manager to kill the GWX process (I hadn't disabled it on that machine yet), and noticed two things:

1. TrustedInstaller.exe would eat a bunch of CPU power, then a large amount of memory, then go back to normal.
2. Immediately following that, one particular instance of svchost.exe starting using 50% of the CPU, and used a massive amount of memory (around 30%), and just stayed there.

So I started looking in to that problem. It shouldn't be sitting there idling at 50% CPU usage, for various reasons. I waited and waited, it would not go away.

One of the possible solutions I found was to disable Microsoft Update. I checked Windows Update settings, and MS Update was indeed enabled, so I disabled that, and also set Windows Update to NOT install anything automatically. The option to re-enable MS Update is now gone.

At this point, Windows Update thought I'd never updated the system, so I clicked "Check for updates" and that's where it sits. Also worth noting, there was a bunch of failed updates from yesterday, including the Upgrade to Windows 10 Home.

For obvious reasons, I'm waiting to decide wheth... Read more

A:Windows Update stuck checking.


Posting from the laptop now. Windows Update quit having whatever problem it was having, and displayed found updates again. However, I just noticed they have failed.


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All 6 "Important" updates failed. They consist of one IE11 cumulative update, and five Windows 7 Security Updates.

Edit: Downloading the Windows Update Readiness Tool, and will run it once it's complete, followed by the other instructions in the Instructions thread.

Edit2: The Readiness Tool installed one update, and succeeded. After which, I ran sfc /scannow, which found some corrupted files and could not repair them. Now, normally, I'd be updating this post to include the zipped CBS.log... however, this particular instance of the log, crated today, right after that SFC, is 158MB. That seems... rather unusual, and I'm unsure what to do at this point, as I'm sure that's well beyond the upload limit here.

Meanwhile, the TrustedInstaller/svchost 50% CPU issue is still happening.

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