So I went to a different forum and did the following to the computer: - Ran Microsoft FixIt, received error 0x80070424 - Tried to run update. Then you can delete all Windows Update cache files once. I let it install the 7 or so updates, then powered it back up. One processor core would max out and one of the tasks in the taskbar devoured a gigabyte of memory. We need to stop these services to fix Windows update not working error.
After a week or so, the person who asked me for help told me he noticed that every time he checked for windows updates the process went on forever even waiting for long time for the task to complete. I have both Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast free actively running on my this computer, and will this cause the windows update problem? If you are using a tablet or laptop, removing the battery and then put it back, press power button to reboot. January 2, 2017 No success with your instructions. Same with me when I was dealing with reinstalling a clean window 7. I left it a while, then once again the little yellow windows update shield appeared on the shutdown button! Though it's possible that your stuck update may include different files, this solution will still work.
Is this a safe option? Solution: None of the solutions listed here work for issue 1. However I have lately found that this happens on every fresh windows 7 install, where it didn't used to. I usually unselect a few after the scan. A quick search online will give you Safe Mode instructions for older versions of Windows. Then we could try to reboot and update again. Windows Update stuck downloading updates If your Windows Update is showing available updates and your computer starts downloading them, it may happen that at some point it just gets stuck and stops downloading. You need to hide all Microsoft services first, or you will disable some secure services and bring about unexpected consequences.
If nothing helps, you can and make a fresh install too. Step 4: Select all files and folders under SoftwareDistribution folder using Ctrl + A hotkey and then press Delete button to delete all these files and folders. After rebooting, run the above commands again. This will prompt a run dialogue box. My Windows is now up to date and I know how to fix it in the future if it happens again, thank you Amit. Anything terribly involved is above my pay grade.
How do you know if an update is stuck? Please refer to our article to know how to run and use the Windows Update troubleshooter in Windows 10 to address Windows Update issues. As the same on Windows Vista, 7, and 8, Windows update stuck downloading and stuck at 0% on Windows 10 or at a certain figure is also a common problem. Once done, you will see that a restart has also been scheduled. The 5+ hour wait is also in agreement with the log below. Starting over with the Win7 install is usually what I have to resort to. Still hangs - Went into msconfig and went to selective start-up and disabled windows update.
It's been checking for over 48 hours now. Click here to see how to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of Windows. Something that did help out was making it automatically update as i turned it off. I'm not arrogant enough to say that this will fix your problem. A downvote on a possible solution to this problem? After completing the troubleshooting it should hopefully clear up the problems causing Windows Update to get stuck. But, when tried again yesterday Sun, Dec 13 - it was successful.
While I use Linux as my main desktop, once in a while I do log in to Windows. So any time this comes up, it's quite likey there's more than one contributing factor. But, yes, sometimes, if the Windows Updates downloads have become corrupted one needs to wipe out the folder. Scroll down and look for Windows Update Service. So no wonder its inclusion in this solution cures the problem.
I tried solving the problem following almost every reply to this question, and the here on SuperUser without solving. Thanks Thanks for the information. Click Yes button if you see the User Account Control prompt. Never heard of it before, but I'm willing to give it a try. Meantime I launched Windows Update to search for updates and, indeed, I noticed that the process went on for very long time never finding anything nor stopping and coming to an end, just as the owner had told me. Thank you very much for this tutorial! That said, if you haven't yet upgraded to Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system then , as it's more than likely to solve your update problems at the same time. Do not install them yet.
Any help would be appreciated! Head over to the Microsoft support site and direct download link. I then went to Windows Update. After a while, your computer will reboot normally. In my case I had attempted these previously, but it appears that the order along with the clean boot and Windows Update setting were critical. It pulls all updates from Microsoft servers and essentially uses Window update agent itself. This can be done , or.
You can install all your system updates one by one using the steps above. Now you will see all versions of this rollup, select the one you need and download it somewhere you can find it later. To resolve this issue, follow these steps: Click Start, type Windows update in the search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list. Right click on Windows update service and Stop it. This time I was able to delete the remaining files.