Apr 072016

Yesterday we had two machines in the shop getting fresh installations of Windows 7. On first check for Windows updates with SP1 installed, both hung on checking for updates. We let one machine check for 10 hours without success.

Hung on checking for updates

This is taking forever with no end in sight…

The solution:

  1. Stop the Windows Update Service (wuauserv).
  2. Download and install KB3050265
  3. Download and install KB3102810

Reboot and check for updates again. Both of our machines found their required updates in less than 5 minutes.

Update 7/27/2016
Problem returns. Seems Microsoft is tweaking Microsoft update and breaking it for Windows 7. After doing the above updates, run these two and you should be good to go:

  1. KB3020369 (May already be installed)
  2. KB3172605 July 2016 Update Rollup
 Posted by at 2:12 pm
Jun 202015

A long running thread on Microsoft’s TechNet gives details of a problem that has existed since the fall of last year.  A Windows 7 machine with the default Windows Update settings checks for updates once per day. This process of checking for updates was consuming an inordinate amount of resources, upwards of 1.5 to 2GB of memory, for almost 30 minutes.  Machines with only 2GB of memory were basically unusable while this was occuring. All you could do is sit and wait for it to finish or turn off Windows Update.

Finally, Microsoft as addressed the problem and released a new Windows Update Client for Windows 7. Strange, however, that it is an “optional” update. Even stranger considering that the updates that offer the free Windows 10 upgrade is “recommended”. For machines with less than 4GB of memory, this update is, in my opinion, critical.

If you’re running Windows 7, make sure you install KB3050265.  Details here

 Posted by at 2:16 pm