While you update your Windows, the update is assumed to run silently in the backdrop without anticipating your interference. However, sometimes it denies continuing if it can’t install an individual upgrade.
This is a possibility in Windows 7, 8 as well as in 10. Windows 7 has the highest probability of failures where the windows update may get stuck at ‘searching for updates.’ No worries, there are a number of methods to resolve this! Here are some of the techniques suggested to give it a kick start!
Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter- for Windows 7, 8, AND 10
This is one of the simplest ways I am considering here. So try it initially to resolve the problem. The Windows is always integrated with a troubleshooter. It allows you to fix the stuck update. It delivers 3 outcomes:
- It discontinues the Windows update services
- C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder is renamed to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old and frees the Windows update download cache.
- Then, you can commence the download over and again.
It supports you to initiate the Windows update services again.
Windows 7, 8 as well as 10 are equipped with the troubleshooter. Even in the modern versions, you will spot it in the same place. On the ‘start’, search for ‘troubleshooting’, and run the troubleshooter option.
Step 1: While you select the troubleshooter option, the control panel will open, and you will see the list of troubleshooters present. Below, you will find the ‘system and security’ section. Click on ‘fix problems with Windows update’ in this section.
Step 2: Then click on the ‘advanced’ option in Windows update troubleshooting Window.
Step 3: However, while selecting the advance option, ensure that ‘apply repairs automatically’ checkbox is permitted. Later click on ‘run as administrator.’ Click next. If the tool has the administrative powers, it assures that it shall destroy the files in download cache.
Step 4: Now, the troubleshooter will start working, and after completing its process, it will let you know if it was successful in identifying the problem. Usually, the troubleshooter is successful in dislodging the stuck updates and begins the new window update. However, if the troubleshooter fails to recognize the obstacle, there is a possibility that the start and stop of the setting and clearance of cache option did the trick.
Fixing Window Update by Manually Deleting the Cache- for Windows 7, 8 AND 10
If you still weren’t able to resolve the issue through automatic operation of the troubleshooter, then you can try executing the steps manually. We will perform the complete process by driving into the safe mode. This ensures that the windows will let go the stuck update in the cache of windows update download.
Step 1: So initiate the process by first getting into the safe mode. If you own a Windows 7 version, then restart your PC and then press the F8 key. You will be able to locate the boots action menu, and here you get your ‘safe mode’ option.
Step 2: For the Windows 8 and 10 holders, press the shift key button and select the ‘restart’ option in Windows along with it. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Windows Startup Settings > Restart > Safe Mode.
You can add the safe mode to the windows boot menu and eventually make it simpler.
Step 3: Once you have infiltrated the safe way, now stop the windows update service with the command prompt (for Windows 7 only). In the start menu, look for command prompt and add a shortcut for it. For Windows 8 and 10, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
Step 4: Then click on command prompt admin, click ‘yes’ to allow it to run with administrative opportunities.
Step 5: In the command prompt, enter the command as displayed on the image and click Enter to stop the update. Now leave this window open and get ahead.
Step 6: Open file explorer and get to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution . Now delete the entire data (files). These are no more needed. The windows will automatically re-create it the next moment you run it.
Step 7: Restart the update service. Now get back to the command prompt window and type the following. Press enter once completed. Excellent! The service has been started again. Finally, you have completed the manual work and gave Windows another try to get fixed and updates consecutively.
Updating windows Update service- for Windows 7
If you are placing Windows 7 individually from the start, then you would realize that it is taking indeed long to verify updates. The same possibility arises if you haven’t checked your updates for quite some time though you had installed Windows 7 long ago. Furthermore, there is a possibility of the same situation if you are installing Windows 7 in your computer from a USB drive or a disk combined with Service Pack 1. However, you should favor SP1. Microsoft’s official Windows 7 installation media downloads incorporate SP1.
Microsoft has given official directions on how to work on this issue. As per the Microsoft, the difficulty arises when the Windows update itself entails an upgrade. Thus, if you get the Windows updates upgraded with the latest versions, the process shall work smoothly.
Here is how you can get rid of the problem with the help of instructions given by Microsoft:
Step 1: Open ‘Windows update.’ Go to the control panel > System and Security > Windows Update. Now click on the ‘change settings’ option. Click on Select “Never Check For Updates (Not Recommended)” in the box below and click ‘ok.’
Step 2: Restart your PC after making this setting.
Step 3: After the computer gets restarted, you will have to add two updates manually. However find out if you have been running the 32-bit version of the Windows or the 64-bit version. Make the correct installations as per your computer version:
Download these updates if you have a 64-bit version on your computer:
- KB3020369, April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7 (64-bit version)
- KB3172605, July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit version)
Download these updates if you have a 32-bit version on your computer:
- KB3020369, April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7 (32-bit version)
- KB3172605, July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit version)
Step 4: Double-click the “KB3020369” update to install it first.
Step 5: One the installation is completed; double click on “KB3172605” update. The computer might ask you to restart the computer during the installation. As per Microsoft, it will take 10-12 minutes to complete the intact process later.
Step 6: Post 10-12 minutes, get back to the Windows update dialog in the control panel Panel > System and Security > Windows Update. Click “Change Settings.” Here pick your desired settings. The Automatic option is, however, recommendable.
Step 7: Go to ‘check for updates’ and install the updates. As per Microsoft instructions, this will fix the issue, and Windows updates should successfully work now without any obstacle.
Get the Convenience Rollup- for Windows 7
Microsoft has introduced a ‘convenience roll-up’ for Windows 7 users. It is a Windows 7 Service Packs 2 (SP2). The system bundles up a large number of updates together that would have otherwise taken a long time to get installed individually. The package with these updates was released from February 2011 made all its way till May 16, 2016.
So, download the convenience roll-up and install it to perform the updates at a good speed. Sadly, Microsoft does not offer the roll-up update through Windows update. Thus, you have to make your own way to get it. However, once you get it, it is very easy to install on the computer.
Once you have installed this, you will find very less number of updates to be updated through Windows Update. This the process turns out to be much faster.
Download Updates Manually WSUS Offline Update- for Windows 7, 8, or 10
Now if none of the above solutions worked to get your problem corrected, don’t loose hope. There’s another solution available. This solution has worked for whoever used! When we were not fortunate in getting the issues resolved through above methods, this method finally worked. This solution includes a third party tool known as WSUS Offline Update.
Wondering what this tool will do? It will actually download all the Windows update packages open at Microsoft and will install them on the PC.
Once you run it, download all the updates shown and install them. Finally, your Windows Update should work well.
Step 1: Download the WSUS Offline Update. Secure it to a folder. Run the UpdateGenerator.exe application.
Step 2: Select the version as per the Window version you are using. If you use 64-bit version select ‘x64 Global.’ On the other hand, if you have a 32-but version, choose’x86 Global. Then click ‘start.’ Further WSUS Offline Update will download updates.
Step 3: Now if none of the above solutions worked to get your problem corrected, don’t loose hope. There’s another solution available. This solution has worked for whoever used! When we were not fortunate in getting the issues resolved through above methods, this method finally worked. This solution includes a third party tool known as WSUS Offline Update.
Step 4: Wondering what this tool will do? It will actually download all the Windows update packages open at Microsoft and will install them on the PC.
Step 5: Once you run it, download all the updates shown and install them. Finally, your Windows Update should work well.
Step 6: Download the WSUS Offline Update. Secure it to a folder. Run the UpdateGenerator.exe application.
Step 7: Select the version as per the Window version you are using. If you use 64-bit version select ‘x64 Global.’ On the other hand, if you have a 32-but version, choose’x86 Global. Then click ‘start.’ Further WSUS Offline Update will download updates.
Step 8: Now, wait till the updates are downloaded. In a new install of Windows 7, you will have to wait longer as there are many updates. Furthermore, it also depends on your internet connection speed as well as how fast the Microsoft download servers serve you.
Step 9: Once the downloading is done, open the ‘client’ folder in the WSUS Offline folder and run the UpdateInstaller.exe application.
Step 10: Click ‘start.’ This will start installing your downloaded updates. Once all the updates are installed, the Windows Update will start running normally again.
This tutorial should have hopefully helped you resolve your issue. Microsoft, however, plans to give better solutions and better updates in future to make the systems run faster and better in future.