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Windows 7 won't do Windows updates

trtem 260 336 August 8, 2016 at 06:58 PM
Have a desktop and a laptop that are both about 3 to 4 years old. Only use the desktop about once a week and the laptop is rarely used,it's just for backup. Both units are Dells.
When I run Windows update they both just say downloading updates and just sit at 0 % for hours on end.
The last time the desktop did a full set of updates was in April and it was January for the laptop. The desktop did manage to do one update yesterday when I went to turn it off,that was out of 22 updates that are supposed to be available.
Any suggestions?

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try downloading the windows update agent

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

look here

https://gallery.technet.microsoft...t-d824badc

and here

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutori...reset.html


make sure you have enough disk space Smilie
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try downloading the windows update agent

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

look here

https://gallery.technet.microsoft...t-d824badc

and here

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutori...reset.html


make sure you have enough disk space Smilie
Great advice! Question about Windows 7... Are there still downloadable iso's available if u already own a key? Thx!!
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Here
If you do have a valid retail key, head to the Windows 7 download page, enter your product key, and click “Verify” to start the download process.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s...d/windows7

many mfg have downloadables for systems once you log on and validate.
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Thanks!!!!!!!!!
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Sure they are, Win 7 is still a supported OS until 2020.


In addition here is a good article on Windows 7 updates speeds http://www.infoworld.com/article/...scans.html

The author Woody has kept on this issue.
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Last edited by LiquidRetro August 9, 2016 at 08:06 AM
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Quote from komondor View Post :
try downloading the windows update agent

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

look here

https://gallery.technet.microsoft...t-d824badc

and here

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutori...reset.html


make sure you have enough disk space Smilie
Plenty of disc space. I'll read those links over and take it from there. Thanx for the reply.
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I had the same problem when trying to update to Windows 10. Windows 7 had not updated in a long while on an old machine I rarely used so when trying to update it to Windows 10, I had the same issue. I had to do two things to make it work again. Download the Windows Update Agent as komondor replied but I also had to download the cumulative rollup package (called that since they technically didn't release a SP2) that was released that includes all of the updates for Windows 7 up to this point. The last one was released in July. The updated agent should be in that rollup if you don't update it manually. You can get it at the Microsoft Update Catalog [ietab2].
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Yup, it's usually a corrupted (or missing!) system folder.
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MS has been having issues with a number of updates the past few months causing slow update times. The work around usually involves manually installing the one update that is causing the issue first and then running Windows update again. See:

http://wu.krelay.de/en/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/f...r-updates/
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Sounds like you may have some corrupt system files. Start an administrative command prompt and enter this command: sfc /scannow . It may take about half an hour in most cases. If that doesn't fix it, download MalwareBytes, get it up to date, and run it. Hope this will solve your prolems
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My fresh install of win7 on an older pc wouldn't update with Windows update. I tried everything suggested. What worked PERFECTLY for me was a free program I found called WSUS offline updater. U tell it what version u r running and it will download the updates from Windows into a file onto your pc. Then it installs them. U do have to baby sit it a bit because there will b a few reboots necessary. It added about 200 updates! I can't believe more people don't know about it!
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Well,had some success. Ran the Windows Update troubleshooter on my laptop and it made some changes but said that it didn't fix the problem. I ran Windows Update and it ran for hours at 0%. When I shut it down it installed one update. Next time I started it I downloaded the latest Windows Update Agent.
Ran Windows update again and it took hours but it downloaded 42 updates and it installed them. Restarted and there are 5 updates available to download which are the ones from August. I'll download them tomorrow and see how long it takes. Then hopefully what I did to fix the laptop will work on my desktop.
I have noticed on several Windows 7 computers though that the downloads take long and it stays on 0% until they are all downloaded instead of giving you an actual percentage status.
Any one else run into this?
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