Windows 7 update RRS feed

  • Question

  • We've been experiencing incredibly slow updates on all versions of windows 7 for some time now, it's taking up to 2 days to install the updates on clean installs of windows 7 pro w/sp1.    Even after installing our own wsus server, the same thing happens.   A clean install of windows 10 is updating in under an hour.  Granted it doesn't have so many updates as win7, but something is obviously wrong with the windows 7 update process, please fix it!

    Thank You

    Gwil Wiley

    Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:29 PM

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  • 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 M$ catalog using internet explorer

    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.


    If you want to do it the old fashion wayor on an existing install,

    When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.
    After restart verify that the windows update service is not running if it is Stop and switch to Manual apply and okay.

    Make sure KB3020369 is installed if not manually install it this is the main article page with all versions,
    These other links do prompt you to download as soon as you click on them just to give you a heads up :)
    Win-7 32 bit
    Win-7 64 bit

    Then manually install KB3172605 main article page with all versions,
    Win-7 32 bit
    Win-7 64 bit

    After switch your windows update and service settings back to what you had prior and manually check for updates and the rest should show up shortly.

    Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:53 PM
  • @ThrashZone

    Thought you might like this article in spite of the typo:


    Friday, September 16, 2016 6:32 AM
  • Yea Woody is always better at drama more than accuracy.

    I'm sure he cut CT's reply down to a nub too it's too short :p

    Friday, September 16, 2016 1:50 PM
  • I will give this a try, thank you
    Friday, September 16, 2016 2:50 PM
  • Hi,

    How about the issue, is there anything to update?

    Best regards

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    Friday, September 30, 2016 7:15 AM
  • Hi, I've had this problem a huge amount in the past few months and different things seem to work on different systems. I now have a method that hasn't failed once and I'm hoping I can keep that record.

    As Win 7 support ended the usual update components got replaced with Win 8 and 10 compatible one's that have caused a lot of problems for clean installs of Windows 7 so you need to reset the update components but this doesn't always work on its own so here's my method.

    First update Internet Explorer to 11, not entirely necessary but prevents a lot of download problems down the line.

    Then install these 6 updates in no particular order with a system reboot after each one:






    Next run the Windows update fixit from here:


    Which will reset the update components to a default state but now with all the components it actually needs.

    You can do it all manually if you particularly like registering DLL's but the fixit is quicker.

    After that the updates will usually start coming in, not always being detected in Windows update at first but may appear in the system tray or when you go to shutdown or reboot.

    If it's still not working after that download and reinstall the Windows update agent 7.6 from here:


    And you should be in business.

    All the best,


    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:57 PM