windows update just seems to hang while checking.


  1.    14 Jan 2016 #61
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by VFN View Post
    I received notification of Updates today after 30 minutes of waiting so I thank this thread for letting me know to wait. I still don't understand why this occurring and maybe someone can explain to me why Trusted Install completely hogs my CPU for 5-10 minutes after installing Updates.
    Hi VFN:

    I found this comment in the Drivers.com article How to resolve trustedinstaller.exe high CPU usage that might explain the CPU usage by the Windows Trusted Installer late in the Windows Update process:

    "You may also find trustedinstaller.exe consuming a major portion of CPU resources for some time after new updates have been downloaded. This again is normal behavior. This process is designed to continue checking for new updates for some time after completion of the update scan. This, in turn, helps ensure that all available new updates are downloaded to your pc."

    These slow Windows Updates started on my computer in August 2015 and typically consume 50% of my total CPU (i.e., complete saturation of one of my dual cores). I believe the AMD Sempron LE-1300 CPU in your Dell Inspiron 546 is a single core CPU so it wouldn't be surprising if the CPU consumption was much higher on your machine.

    FWIW, this month's January 2016 Patch Tuesday Windows Update (11 Important updates - 9 for Vista / IE9 plus 2 for MS Office) completed today without errors but still took just over 1 hour from start to finish, with the "Checking for updates..." phase requiring about 40 min (from the 85 to 45 min marks in the image below) on my 32-bit Vista machine.

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  2.    14 Jan 2016 #62
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Thanks, lmacri. TrustedInstall is a pain after Updates. I've been having slow Updates for a while myself but not in terms of notification. (I set Updates to Notify.)
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  3.    14 Jan 2016 #63
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by VFN View Post
    BTW, if I start the update what can I do to stop it if I don't want to wait? Just end the svchost.exe process? Can I do that safely? Is there any other process I should stop?

    Thanks.
    You can stop it, then, treat it like a stuck update and do the following

    Go to start search box and type

    cmd

    Right click and select run as administrator

    In the box that opens type

    net stop wuauserv

    press enter

    type

    ren c:\windows\softwaredistribution sd.old

    press enter

    type

    net start wuauserv

    press enter

    restart computer


    What this does
    Windows updates are kept in a folder called Software Distribution
    This series of commands stops Windows update service
    Renames the software distribution folder to softwaredistribution.old
    restarts the Windows update service

    When you restart the computer the software distribution folder is recreated.
    Windows will look again for updates
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  4.    14 Jan 2016 #64
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by VFN View Post
    I'm not sure what you're responding to here. if you saw sarcasm in my response there was none. Waiting, which a few people spoke about I think, allowed me to complete the Update process. I'm always appreciative of any responses I get to my questions here regardless of their helpfulness and always voice that.
    My mistake. I thought that you where being sarcastic.
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  5.    15 Jan 2016 #65
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    Thanks, ilikefree and no problem, townsbg.
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  6.    09 Feb 2016 #66
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    No Patch Tuesday horror stories? Sure, updating Windows took an hour, but my PC didn't blow a fuse so why should I?

    Don't worry, be happy.
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  7.    09 Feb 2016 #67
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vistaar View Post
    No Patch Tuesday horror stories? Sure, updating Windows took an hour, but my PC didn't blow a fuse so why should I?

    Don't worry, be happy.
    Just an hour? Today I had 12 updates I think which, after the IE update failing initially of course, took closer to two hours! lol
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  8.    09 Feb 2016 #68
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    More RAM might help somewhat, as gurus have been telling you elsewhere.
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  9.    09 Feb 2016 #69
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vistaar View Post
    More RAM might help somewhat, as gurus have been telling you elsewhere.
    As far as the task manager, I don't recall my RAM ever being highly taxed. My CPU is another story.
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  10.    10 Feb 2016 #70
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    Re: windows update just seems to hang while checking.


    I only have 2 GB of ram although the Windows Vista 32-bit operating system can theoretically and technically use and support more than 4GB of physical memory or RAM by using PAE (Physical Address Extension) to access the memory remapped by the mainboard or motherboard above the 4GB address boundary, however, the x86 Vista really only manages 3.7 GB
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