Windows 7 Update Stuck Situation

I have tried just about everything in regards to this problem of Windows 7 not updating. Any have the solution? This is so frustrating. ?

Conversation 9 comments

  • 907

    11 October, 2016 - 3:30 am

    <p>What exactly is happening? Can you provide a little information.</p>

  • 5855

    11 October, 2016 - 7:50 am

    <p>I had a similar problem wih Vista. Have a look at</p>
    <p>It helped me so that Vista finally started to get and install updates.</p>

  • 1043

    11 October, 2016 - 9:36 am

    <p>Microsoft has a tool called the "System Update Readiness Tool" available for Windows 7. Here is a link to the site with the 64-bit version:&nbsp;</p&gt;
    <p>Make sure that sleep settings are disabled on the system, run the tool and let it sit overnight (check on it every once in a while) and it will get the system updated. If the above fails then the system most likely has a virus that is blocking access to Microsoft’s servers, in which case backup your data and do a clean install from scratch. The last time I installed Windows 7 was late last year and it took 2 days with a clean install to get it fully updated.</p>

    • 1377

      Premium Member
      11 October, 2016 - 6:34 pm

      <p><em><a href="#20066">In reply to Patrick3D:</a></em></p>
      <p>Lovely. The old approach: reboot and try again. The new approach: reinstall and try again.</p>
      <p>Yeah, Windows is a leader in user-friendliness.</p>

      • 1043

        12 October, 2016 - 9:27 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#20198">In reply to hrlngrv:</a></em></blockquote>
        <p>Sure as hell beats the Linux method of spend 3 days searching desperately for someone in a random forum somewhere on the Internet that managed to find the right combination of obscure terminal commands to fix low-level system shit that never should have broken in the first place. By comparison, Microsoft offers a free tool that you run, click a button, and it fixes the system for you.</p>

        • 1377

          Premium Member
          12 October, 2016 - 11:52 am

          <p><em><a href="#20277">In reply to Patrick3D:</a></em></p>
          <p>I’d agree with you if a .deb package had EVER caused me any problems. However, in my case, Linux runs fine, Windows is the serial f#$%-up. Gotta go with my own experience.</p>

    • 180

      13 October, 2016 - 7:11 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#20066">In reply to Patrick3D:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>System Update Readiness Tool fixes a lot of problems, but not this one, if it’s what I’m thinking of. It’ll do no harm to give it a try though. Windows Update in Windows 7 has been broken for months at this point, but once you finally get the newest version of the Update Agent things seem to work right. You should just need 2 patches (and you may have the first one):</p>
      <p>April 2015 Servicing Stack Update:</p&gt;
      <p>July 2016 Update Rollup (includes the latest Update agent):</p&gt;
      <p>Try installing both of those and see if it fixes the problem. And yes, Windows 7 Updates are currently a nightmare and Microsoft should be embarassed and ashamed they’ve allowed things to be so bad without fixing them.</p>

  • 6464

    11 October, 2016 - 7:15 pm

    <p>This has been an issue since April or so, part of the MS force feed of 10, "make them think win 7 is shot and maybe they’ll take the bait"</p>
    <p>go here and follow the directions, if no joy do it again following ALL the directions, if still no joy crush 2 asperin and cram them into the CD tray and try again tomorrow morning. You’ll be tearing your hair out but it will surplrise you and work eventually.</p&gt;

  • 5800

    12 October, 2016 - 11:57 am

    <p>I may be able to help with this. If you’re starting with a clean Windows 7 w/SP1 install, or possibly even a patched Winows 7 that stopped updating this may also work.</p>
    <p>Try this:</p>
    <p>Turn off automatic updates, end the svchost process that is using a full CPU core and a ton of RAM</p>
    <p>Go to (This site requires IE because of ActiveX)</p>
    <p>Search for KB3020369, download the one you need and install it</p>
    <p>Reboot if it asks, then go back to the Update Catalog and search for KB3172605, download it and install it. Reboot if it asks.</p>
    <p>Go back and set Windows update to Automatically check for updates, but let me choose when to install them. Check for updates and after 10-15 minutes (longer if you have many updates missing) you should hopefully have a list of updates ready to go.</p>


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