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  1.    01 Jan 2017 #481
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by sadikergur View Post
    It's time to left behind Vista. I'm looking for upgrade my system to Windows 7 with legal conditions.
    I hate to say, but Windows 7 and 8.1 users are having this issue also. I have a Vista desktop and another 8.1 tablet computer that are not updating.
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  2.    01 Jan 2017 #482
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by CrypticOne View Post
    I hate to say, but Windows 7 and 8.1 users are having this issue also. I have a Vista desktop and another 8.1 tablet computer that are not updating.
    Hi CrypticOne:

    Microsoft released permanent fixes for both Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 (but not Vista SP2) in July 2016 to fix the slow Windows Updates.

    The fix for Win 7 SP1 is the optional KB3172605 (July 2016 monthly update rollup for Win 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2), a bundle of six separate non-security hotfixes. One of those hotfixes, KB3161647, updates the Win 7 SP1 Windows Update Agent to v7.6.7601.23453 and provides "an optimization that addresses long scan time for updates". If the Win 7 SP1 machine has not been updated since April 2015 users will have to install the prerequisite servicing stack KB3020369 first. Step-by-step instructions for installing KB3172605 on a Win 7 SP1 computer are posted in Canadian Tech's thread Windows 7 Update Solution in the MS Answers forum. Microsoft has now posted an official knowledge base article based on Canadian Tech's post titled Windows Update is taking an unusually long time to scan and install updates.

    The fix for Win 8.1 is the optional KB3172614 for Win 8.1 (July 2016 update rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2), and 32-bit and 64-bit download links are posted on Dalai's web page Search for Windows Updates takes forever? - A possible solution (http://wu.krelay.de/en/). If the Win 8.1 machine has not been updated since April 2015 users will have to install the prerequisite servicing stack KB3021910 first. I'm not certain if Microsoft has posted an official knowledge base article for Win 8.1 as well. I did a quick Google search and KB3172614 should install on all versions of Win 8.1, including tablets running Win RT 8.1.
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  3.    01 Jan 2017 #483
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by lmacri View Post
    Hi CrypticOne:

    Microsoft released permanent fixes for both Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 (but not Vista SP2) in July 2016 to fix the slow Windows Updates.
    Thanks for that Imacri. I'll see if I can get the 8.1 solution to work on the tablet.

    I was finally able the Vista computer updated via this thread and Dalai's page. I think it was KB3191203 that finally solved it. In that case it was claiming there were no updates available, but hadn't updated since around September, which I knew shouldn't be right . The tablet's problem is it hadn't been used and said it hadn't updated since June, 2015.

    EDITED: The downloads on Dalai's page did the trick for the 8.1 tablet--turned out there were 100+ updates to install!
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  4.    09 Jan 2017 #484
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    Hi all,

    I have been trying to update windows vista 32bit for the last 18 hours but it's still checking for updates. My last successful windows update was on the 27/08/2016 but even that update took me a while to achieve. I did however use the "MicrosoftFixit.wu.MATSKB.Run" before trying for my recent windows update, and it has fixed some setting afterwards, but I'm not sure if that has helped. Which brings me to my question, could someone please tell me what files I need to download in order for me to get windows update working again.

    Thank you.
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Strand View Post
    I have been trying to update windows vista 32bit for the last 18 hours but it's still checking for updates. My last successful windows update was on the 27/08/2016 but even that update took me a while to achieve.
    Hi Strand:

    Please try the step-by-step instructions on page of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum.

    If you are certain that Windows Update last installed monthly Patch Tuesday updates on 27-Aug-2016, STEP # 3 of the instructions should show that you are missing the four Windows kernel-mode driver (Win32K.sys) speed up patches KB3185911 (rel. 13-Sep-2016), KB3191203 (rel. 11-Oct-2016), KB3203859 (rel. 08-Nov-2016) and KB3204723 (rel. 13-Dec-2016).

    Since you are missing fours months of security updates, be prepared to allow your manual Windows Update (STEP # 6) to run several hours (e.g., overnight) to see if the Windows Update Agent is able to find and install all your available updates.

    EDIT:

    Note that Microsoft will be releasing another batch of security updates tomorrow (10-Jan-2017) for the January 2017 Patch Tuesday updates. The instructions in m#l's thread are revised shortly after after each Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of the month) with a new list of recommended Win32K.sys speed up patches so you might want to wait a few days before you try this workaround to save yourself a bit of extra work.
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  6.    09 Jan 2017 #486
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Hi Imacri,

    Thank you for getting back to me, I appreciate it. I will follow your advice and wait a few days for the new patch. I will keep you posted.


    Update: I decided to get a head start on the updates and it worked! And it only took about 50 minutes to receive my updates. So thank you so much for your help, because I really don't think I would have been able to update windows without the help of this forum.
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Well, this is odd. The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2017 has been posted and there is a grand total of one security update for Vista SP2, KB3216775 (MS17-004: Description of the security update for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service: January 10, 2017). Not even a cumulative security update listed for IE9 for January 2017 (or IE11, for that matter - just one for Edge). As Woody Leonhard posted today in Windows 7, 8.1 patches are up, "That’s the lightest Patch Tuesday I’ve ever seen."

    I checked the file manifest for KB3216775 and it doesn't contain an update for Win32K.sys, and the KB3204808 (rel. 13-Dec-2016) it replaces was not a recommended speed up patch last month. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to pre-install KB3216775 or just run Windows Update tomorrow "as is" without pre-installing this update and see what happens, since I was fully patched as of December 2016.
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Well, it's about time Microsoft put an end to this monthly Windows Update charade. The emperor is wearing no clothes! Maybe Microsoft is trying to blame this entire debacle on a denial of service attack (that has been getting progressively worse since August 2015)?
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  9.    10 Jan 2017 #489
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Well I’m still able to search for windows updates in record time. I think it only took me about 5 minutes this time. Although I did have a problem installing one of the important updates. For some reason when it came to installing "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2017 (KB890830)" the installation stayed on zero and I must have waited about an hour before resetting my pc. The reason I logged off in the first place was because I wasn't entirely sure the installation had froze and I even thought it might come up with a message saying I needed to wait for the installation to complete before logging off, but no it just let me log off. So when windows started back up again and I checked for updates, the "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2017 (KB890830)" was no longer available to install. Although it still showed up in my update history, saying the installation was cancelled. So I’m at a loss as to why it’s no longer giving me the option to complete that update again. But on the bright side at least I was able to install "Security Update for Windows Vista (KB3216775)"
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Strand View Post
    Well I?m still able to search for windows updates in record time. I think it only took me about 5 minutes this time. Although I did have a problem installing one of the important updates. For some reason when it came to installing "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2017 (KB890830)" the installation stayed on zero and I must have waited about an hour before resetting my pc....
    Hi Strand:

    Thanks for the feedback (including your update in post #486). After reading your post about the January 2017 Patch Tuesday updates I went ahead and ran my Windows Update tonight without pre-installing KB3216755 and my results were almost identical to yours, except that the Malicious Software Removal Tool installed successfully and completed its scan in about 6 min. My entire Windows Update completed in under 15 min (with the initial "Checking for updates..." phase requiring only 3 minutes) and installed two Important updates - KB3216755 and the MSRT.

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    I'll keep an eye out in the new searchable Microsoft Security Updates Guide and the associated Software Update Summary for a few days to see if any new security updates are released out-of-band for Vista SP2, IE9 or my Office Compatibility Pack, but in the mean time I'm going to revise my step-by-step instructions on page of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum and advise users that no new speed up patch is required for January 2017.

    Go figure.
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