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An Endless Check for Windows Updates RRS feed

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  • Let me start this by saying that I have about 12 Lenovo ThinkPads of varying types. I have installed Windows 7 (32Bit 64Bit Home Pro and Ultimate.) Now these machines may be considered by most folks as "Legacy Models." In truth, they are indeed older models. I delight in refurbishing them and giving them away to family members while honing my skills by working on these machines. My problem is this. None of them will update. They all get stuck in the "checking for updates" mode endlessly and will not issue a single update. I have tried many things in an attempt to remedy this problem. Frankly, I am at wits end and do not have an answer.  That, having been said, I refuse to be beaten by these machines. So, I come to this community, hat in hands as it were, and ask whether or not there is an answer out there amongst you cyber geniuses to my current dilemna. Any takers? I wondered if whether or not there was a fix to be had @ Lenovo Support, either I am not looking at the right places for answers from them or their community simply does not know.. Please, someone, help an old feller out why don'tcha? 
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:01 AM

Answers

  • Hi sebbeki87,

    According to your description, we could try reset Windows Update components. Please check in the link below

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058

    After that we could try update the Windows Update Agent to the latest version.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

    Also I suggest you can check your network and firewall. You would better close the Windows Firewall and other anti-virus software because they are likely to block the updates.

    If necessary, you can try to start the Windows in clean boot mode so that the conflicting software will not block it.

    The time which Windows Update takes is determined the number of updates you need to install and the network bandwidth and the performance of PC. 

    If these steps don’t work, please collect update log for further research.

    Hope it will be helpful to you.


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    Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:16 AM
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  • Hi,

    I'm sorry to say, but it seems that the behavior you observed is deliberate. That is, Microsoft is trying to discourage users from using Windows 7 and corral them to Windows 10. It is going to be even worse. I've read that Microsoft will prohibit OEM's to provide Windows 7 drivers for new hardware, namely PC's with hi-end processors from Intel. That is, you will soon not be able to install Windows 7 to some newer PC's.

    After finishing the installation, change the power scheme so to prevent computer from going to standby. Leave the PC running for several days and eventually it will start picking up updates.

    You may also try WSUS Offline. http://download.wsusoffline.net/ See if that helps you.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:16 AM
  • Hi sebbeki87,

    According to your description, we could try reset Windows Update components. Please check in the link below

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058

    After that we could try update the Windows Update Agent to the latest version.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

    Also I suggest you can check your network and firewall. You would better close the Windows Firewall and other anti-virus software because they are likely to block the updates.

    If necessary, you can try to start the Windows in clean boot mode so that the conflicting software will not block it.

    The time which Windows Update takes is determined the number of updates you need to install and the network bandwidth and the performance of PC. 

    If these steps don’t work, please collect update log for further research.

    Hope it will be helpful to you.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:16 AM
    Moderator
  • Manually download and install the update below. This dramatically speeds up Windows update on new installations of Windows 7.

    Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810


    Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:40 PM
  • Hi,

    I'm sorry to say, but it seems that the behavior you observed is deliberate.

    Here, let me translate that for everybody:  Don't use Microsoft Windows because eventually, you get screwed for using Microsoft Windows by Microsoft as punishment for using Microsoft Windows.

    It's either that, or Microsoft just can't make a competent system.

    The only reason I'm using Windows is because I have an application that is only available under Windows.  Well guess what?  In the time I have WASTED doing updates (now an entire day), I just finished the installation under Wine.  How pathetic is that?  I got this working under an unstable SIMULATION of Windows before I got it working under Windows itself.

    • Edited by rich_wicks Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:50 PM
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:35 PM