I have seen recently on a fresh SP1 install with IE11 and .NET crap installed the OS taking 2-3 hours (!!) to check for the updates. That's just checking, not downloading, not installing. It has gotten pretty stupid these days.
This has been happening to me for months now too. On all my Win 7 machines. At home and at work. I think this is just how they are going to treat Windows 7 users now.
The other thing you have to watch out for is if rebuilding a 4GB ram Windows 7 machine, is to only install around 70 updates at a time. If you pull in the whole 200+ the machine runs out of ram around update 165 and then takes ages to install the rest as it churns on the HDD.
I just went through this last night with a laptop that had been powered off for several years. Try shutting down the windows update service and install these two fixes manually, after that it finally finished checking for updates, and started downloading them:
you can stop the service with net stop wuauserv at the command line
Just ran into this with a laptop I'm upgrading for a friend.
New install of Win-7 SP1 sits there all day "Checking for updates".
Tried manually updating the Windows Update Agent and the Windows Update Fixit, no help.
Stumbled upon that second link (kb3102810) and that fix did it.
Download the patch to a USB drive. Reboot the system and pull the network cable
or turn off wireless. You want to avoid letting the machine get stuck in a "Checking for updates"
loop before you can install the patch.
So after the patch, now the laptop found 210 updates in about 3 minutes.
I ran into this last night trying to clean install 7 Pro (SP1) on a Xeon E3 v3 based system. Hopefully KB3102810 does the trick because I'm about ready to hulk smash some expensive hardware.
I tried to install 150+ updates in one shot. I figure an 4C/8T Xeon with 32gB of RAM should be able to handle that, but I could be surprised when I arrive home to see the results of that decision.I was feeling the same way.
At first I thought something was FUBAR'd so I reloaded the entire OS.
Trust me, it works, really well.
I tried to install 150+ updates in one shot. I figure an 4C/8T Xeon with 32gB of RAM should be able to handle that, but I could be surprised when I arrive home to see the results of that decision.
The install of 150+ updates did go off without a hitch while I was at work. It seems a little ridiculous that you have to manually patch the system in order for it to work though. That should be the first patch the system automatically downloads.Once I stumbled on to this thread, I D/L 100 updates in literally a few minutes; the install was flawless.