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Windows Update taking a long time, should I stop it?


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#1 469645

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 05:58 PM

Hello everyone,

 

I'm currently checking for updates on a fresh install of Windows 7 in a virtual machine.

 

The check for updates has been running for a few hours, but looking at the windowsupdate.log file I'm not sure it's going smoothly.

 

The last line of the file says this:

 

2016-04-04    17:39:00:468     380    bf0    DtaStor    WARNING: Attempted to add URL http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/03/windows6.1-kb2952664-v17-x64_dd97e8ab6959ee3d8e9c7e4b59a4a1804516d1a3.msu for file 3Zfoq2lZ7j2OnH5LWaShgEUW0aM= when file has not been previously added to the datastore

 

It hasn't done anything since that last entry.

 

Is this regular output from Windows Update file, or should I cancel the check for updates and start a new one?



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#2 Niweg

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 07:35 PM

 I just had to restore a Windows 7 desktop from a year old backup last week.  When I ran Windows Update, it ran for 2 hours 20 minutes before finding 114 updates.  Since your install is probably more than a year behind in updates, be prepared for a very long time for Windows Update to run.

 

 Good luck.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 10:43 AM

Open the Command Prompt, copy and paste the command below in the command prompt, then press Enter.

 

%windir%\Windowsupdate.log

 

Copy and paste the log in your topic.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 12:24 PM

Check out KB3145739.  I found the end of the discussion at https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-update/windows-update/8236b80d-6f20-4493-b9c5-e915f18bce68?page=2&auth=1 (after all the anti-GWX stuff) I found this fix that worked for me.  I hung after the catalog downloaded, and a check to WindowsUpdate.log showed errors attempting to add a link that had not been added to the datastore.  An entire core was being eaten up on this without end, but this solved it.

 

Note that this will use the Windows Update standalone installer, so if you're suffering from the initial problem, be sure to restart the Windows Update service before running it.  It will require a restart when you're done too.

 

I hope this helps...

 

32 bit version:   https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51857

64 bit version:   https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51853

 

Thank you, Canadian Tech, for those links.



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:58 PM

Looks like this has fixed my problem as well. Many thanks, I have been tearing my hair out over this one..You guys are really first class...

I did this to restart my windows update service:



Open a command line window (run as administrator) and enter the following lines:
net stop wuauserv
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
net start wuauserv

Edited by Exfso, 28 April 2016 - 07:02 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 12:53 AM

Looks as though the problem has come up again. Now I really do not know what to do..??

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 02:32 AM

Looks as though the problem has come up again. Now I really do not know what to do..??

Try first to install the new patch KB3161664:

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-073

 

(Download the patch above -select the correct one for your OS!-)>Stop WU in Services>Install patch manually and restart.)


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:09 AM

Thanks I will give it a go and let you know what happens

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:44 AM

I have done this and it appears to have done the trick at least on my laptop, currently checking my other computer to see if it is fixed as well. Much appreciated.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:48 AM

 

Looks as though the problem has come up again. Now I really do not know what to do..??

Try first to install the new patch KB3161664:

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-073

 

(Download the patch above -select the correct one for your OS!-)>Stop WU in Services>Install patch manually and restart.)

 

Thank you for this.  



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:56 AM

All computers now doing the updates as they should, once again, very much appreciated..

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:06 AM

You're welcome.


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Posted 16 June 2016 - 12:14 AM

I have a windows 7 computer in my shed that has not been turned on for 6 months, it most definitely stalls on the updates, even with this one installed. Any suggestions please??

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Posted 16 June 2016 - 01:27 AM

Read the following page carefully and check if you still need some patches listed there:

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

 

Stop the Windows Update Service before installing patches you will download manually.

 

And don't forget to wait long enough, even with all necessary patches installed. Checking for updates needs some time after a long break.


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Posted 16 June 2016 - 01:41 AM

Hi Devilus, thanks for that, I downloaded the other patches and that did the job, very much appreciated mate...




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