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Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool
Also mentions what some of the Windows Update error messages mean, such as:
0x80070057 ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER The parameter is incorrect.
windowsupdate  windows  win7  hotfix  errormessage  maybesolution 
december 2016 by kme
Error 80070057 when installing Windows Updates - Microsoft Community
Not a very helpful thread, but some discussion as to what this error message might mean.
80070057 - ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER. Third party service which is running in the computer creating the problem. Please do a clean boot and then install the updates.
windows  win7  errormessage  windowsupdate 
december 2016 by kme
How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057
Pretty comprehensive guide that pulls all kinds of different registry hacks, dark magick, whispered incantations, and one weird command-line trick into a single reference.
windows  windowsupdate  troubleshooting  sysadmin  maybesolution 
december 2016 by kme
Most recent check for updates has an old date that never changes, not - Microsoft Community
These instructions might not apply to Windows 7; some of the support articles linked were for XP.

This guy pretty much sums it up:

None of the solutions shown here work. At best you end up with "Most recent check for updates" and "Updates were installed" both reset to "NEVER".

As my last "Check for updates" took 2.5 days to find anything, with it set as NEVER it could take a lot longer. There is more to life.

Has anyone got a solution that actually works? There are numerous other forums all with the same problem, still looking in vein.

Regards in hope.
windows  win7  windowsupdate  misery  troubleshooting 
december 2016 by kme
Quick and Easy Way to List All the Windows Updates Installed on Your System | Gizmo's Freeware
Some programs, such as Belarc Advisor, will include a list of updates in an overall analysis of what is on your computer. This type of comprehensive survey of your computer’s contents is worthwhile but there is also an easier way to get a list of Windows updates. This method takes advantage of the command line and requires no installation of additional software. Open the command prompt and enter this command:

wmic qfe list brief /format:htable > "%USERPROFILE%\hotfix.html"

This produces a nicely formatted list in an HTML file named hotfix.html that gets placed in the User folder. You can, of course, change the destination to some other convenient location. If there are any spaces in the name of a folder that you choose, don’t forget to wrap the destination name in quotes, as is done in the commands given in this tip.

If you would rather have a text file, the command would be:

wmic qfe list brief /format:texttablewsys > "%USERPROFILE%\hotfix.txt"
windows  windowsupdate  essential  troubleshooting  logging  sysadmin  solution  win7  patch  hotfix  report 
december 2016 by kme
Determining the Current Version of WUA (Windows)
Determine the version of Windows Update Agent (WUA) before you use it. The current version of WUA is determined by the version of the Wuaueng.dll that is running in the \System32 subdirectory of the current Windows installation. If the version of Wuaueng.dll is version 5.4.3790.1000 or a later version, WUA is installed. A version that is earlier than 5.4.3790.1000 indicates that Software Update Services (SUS) 1.0 is installed.
windows  windowsupdate  troubleshooting  sysadmin  solution 
december 2016 by kme
Windows Update (svchost) is taking up 100% of the CPU
Not my problem, but using Resource Monitor to analyze the "wait chain" is an interesting troubleshooting technique. In my case, svchost.exe was "running normally."

In Resource Monitor, if I view the the wait chain, it reads:

"svchost.exe (netsvcs) is waiting for another process (svchost.exe (LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation))."

Helpfully, though, I *could* see that svchost.exe was actually downloading information over the network (on several different threads / processes), so maybe I just need to be patient and wait a while longer? Curiously, there don't seem to be any established connections to Windows Update servers.
Alright, I know it's been a while, but I have been talking to Microsoft Support, and the tech has found the issue.

The issue was occurring because the clients were trying to process a long "supersedence chain". Our WSUS server had all of the Windows Defender definitions set on install. The older definitions should have been set to declined when a newer one supersedes it.

Once we declined the older updates, and removed the clients old SoftwareDistribution directory and ran a /detectnow. That fixed the issue.

So peeps, make sure you decline the older updates! (Still not sure if this is Microsoft's fault or mine)
windows  windowsupdate  win7  updatehell  sysadmin  troubleshooting  maybesolution 
june 2016 by kme
[SOLVED] Windows 7, huge datastore.edb hogging RAM
Microsoft brought out KB:3050265 about a week ago or so which addresses my problem; I installed it two days ago, and so far wuauserv behaves normal, RAM usage is much lower now when checking for updates (typically below 150MB, whereas before it would peak at about 1GB at some point).
windowsupdate  win7  updatehell  maybesolution 
june 2016 by kme
Windows Update Keeps checking For updates forever - Page 4 - Windows 7 Help Forums
Potentially helpful:
Reboot the PC, install this update:

Reboot again and see if it picks up the updates any quicker. Also, it would be better in future to start a new thread. This one is years old.

Make sure the Windows Update and BITS service are set to start automatic or delayed, then install Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: February 2016 ( and reboot your computer, then search for updates, that did the trick for me and worked flawless in a small network of 75 computer I manage at the office.

Copied from another thread in case it assists anyone...

I had this problem when setting up a new PC from a W7 SP1 CD. Update ran for 32 hours, and then crashed when I tried to install 220 updates. As an added bonus Update backed out all the updates which had been installed.
I turned off automatic updates and ran Update again. It ran for 26 hours and I selected the only first 50 updates to be installed. This ran ok.
I then ran Update again, but after six hours I turned off the PC and went to bed.
I tried re-installing the Update agent, and tried running Update again, but after an hour I cancelled it.
I tried re-installing the Update agent, and run the fix tool for Windows Update that made two fixes. I ran the Update, and cancelled it after two hours.

I re-installed the Update agent, ran the Update fix tool, and installed which is mentioned in this thread. Ran Update again, and two minutes later it said there was 200 updates for my PC.

For the future I have a W7 Update folder with (1) the Update Agent, (2) the Update Fix-Tool, and (3) KB3102810.
windows  windowsupdate  updatehell  troubleshooting  errormessage  win7  maybesolution  reference 
june 2016 by kme
DISM Error Code 11 while running 64bit CMD via 32bit SCCM client.
My actual problem was (probably) that I ran `sfc /scannow` inside a 32-bit version of Console2.
windows  sysadmin  win7  windowsupdate  ohwindows  misery  32bit  nonsense 
june 2016 by kme
Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service
My actual problem was that I ran `sfc /scannow` inside a 32-bit version of Console2.
windows  windowsupdate  misery  sortof  solution 
june 2016 by kme
Windows 7 Checking For Updates stuck forever - Microsoft Community
Advice from an MS-MVP:
After making certain the Windows Firewall is enabled, installing an anti-virus application (e.g., Microsoft Security Essentials - free) is the very first thing you should do after a clean install of Windows. Yes, even before checking for/installing updates.

See the (my) ANSWER post in this thread and follow those instructions (to-the-letter and in order!) to return your computer to a secure & functional state:

Note: The computer should not be connected to internet or any local networks (i.e., other computers) in its current state. All of your personal data (e.g., online banking & credit-card passwords) should be considered at-risk, if not already compromised.

Wish I'd had better news for you. Good luck!

There's actually one helpful bit of advice here: the link to the Windows Update Troubleshooter for all the different Windows versions:
1. Open Internet Explorer (32-bit only) to [ignore any DOES NOT APPLY warnings] & run the Fix It in AGGRESSIVE mode again.
windows  windowsupdate  bullshit  ayfkm  maybesolution  win7  misery  updatehell 
june 2016 by kme
why has automatic update KB958488 blocked all programs and software - Microsoft Community
Priceless. It was *your* fault, you idiot noob:
You should have (a) uninstalled the Norton free-trial and then (b) downloaded run the Norton Removal Tool [1] (c) before you installed AVG and before you installed any Windows Updates. Furthermore, all of this should have been done as soon as you purchased the computer, not a month or so later.

How could you /not/ have known that you had to *remove* software using some black magic off the Internet *before* applying any Windows updates?
windows  windowsupdate  bullshit  troubleshooting 
december 2015 by kme
Eventvwr shows 2359302 ErrorCode - Microsoft Community


· Do you remember making any recent changes to the computer prior to this issue?

· Do you have any issues installing Windows updates?

· Which operating system is installed on your computer?

You may follow the suggestions mentioned below:

Method 1:

Open the windows update troubleshooter and check if the issue persists. Follow the steps in the link:

“Open the Windows Update troubleshooter”

Method 2:

Restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service and check if the issue persists, follow these steps:

a. Click Start, type “services.msc” (without quotes) and press Enter.

b. Locate and right-click "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" service.

c. Right-click the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and then click Stop.

d. Right-click the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and then click Start.

Method 3:

If the above step fails, follow the manual steps in the link:

“Troubleshoot problems with installing updates”

Method 4:

If the issue still persists, you may follow the steps in the link:

“Unable to install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2”

Registry Disclaimer:

This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
windows  windowsupdate  errormessage  troubleshooting 
december 2015 by kme
You can't install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2
Running the troubleshooter seems to have maybe helped, on a VM where I hadn't run updates in a month or two or three. At least the 100% CPU utilization stopped.
windows  windowsupdate  updatehell  troubleshooting  errormessage  win7  maybesolution 
december 2015 by kme
Windows update taking forever
Maybe stopping the BITS and Windows Update services then deleting the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution actually did something, or maybe I was just too impatient to let it finish.
Try this:
Go to computer manager> Services
Stop BITS and Windows Update services
Delete contents of C:\Windows\softwaredistribution
Start BITS and Windows Update Service

Try checking for updates again!

For anyone else viewing this thread the OP left me rep and said it worked!

For extra info - The services are stopped so the folder contents can be deleted (otherwise they are detected as in use)
The folder contents are all the caches, download files etc from Windows Update, a corrupted file/partially downloaded file etc can cause problems, deleting them forces Windows Update to re-initialise and check for already installed updates and newly required ones and normally works.

In the folder software distribution there is also a text file named "reportingevents" which can give some useful info.

This method can also solve some issues with self maintained WSUS servers in addition to updates directly from Microsoft.
windows  win7  windowsupdate  annoyance  maybesolution  updatehell  misery 
december 2015 by kme
How to solve connection problems concerning Windows Update or Microsoft Update
I got a "0x8024402c" (WU_E_PT_WINHTTP_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED) and the solution was to delete a registry key (presumably put in place by domain/group policy) at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU, as explained here:
sysadmin  windowsupdate  windows  win7  troubleshooting  errormessage 
september 2015 by kme
Lexington Computer Repair Blog » Solved: Windows Update says Service Not Running – But it is
The fix in this case was to enable Windows Defender (type “Windows Defender” in the Start Menu box) as it was turned off (my guess is by Norton but I’m not sure).

I think my Windows Defender malware definitions had gotten too out of date. How entirely unhelpful is that, disabling Windows Update until you update Windows Defender (which itself should get updated through Windows Update. WTF.
windows  solution  windowsupdate  annoyance  vm  antivirus  wtfmicrosoft 
february 2015 by kme
How to temporarily block the installation of the .NET Framework 4.5.1 and its corresponding language packs
Solution to the "Code 80070070" error and WU's absolute and unequivocal refusal to install this package on my system (probably because nowhere was .NET 4.5 installed in the first place--duh).
windows  annoyance  errormessage  dotnet  windowsupdate  solution 
may 2014 by kme
Configure Windows Software Update Services at Registry Guide for Windows
Open your registry and find or create the key below.


Create a new DWORD value called "UseWUServer" and set it to "1" to use custom update servers or delete the value to use the default Internet site.

In my case, because the "corporate" WU server suddenly stopped responding one day, the solution was to *remove* said registry key.

Diagnosis: error messages like "Windows Update failed to check for updates with error 0x80072ee2." in the "WindowsUpdateClient\Operational" system log. (see also:

...and that registry key appeared *again* over a year later. The Group Policy setting was found under Computer Administration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Specify intranet Microsoft update service location. Setting this to "Not Configured" will hopefully solve the problem for good.
solution  windowsupdate  windows  win7  wsus  solutionagain 
may 2014 by kme
Error 0x80072efd - PatchAholic...The WSUS Blog!
Not a solution at all, just for future reference. Solved my problem by removing a registry key associated with an intranet WU server at HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU (source:
windows  winxp  update  errormessage  proxy  windowsupdate 
may 2014 by kme
3 Ways to Disable Automatic Reboot After Windows Update - wikiHow
Type in "sctrl autom".[1] Windows Update will stop nagging you until the next reboot.
windows  annoyance  windowsupdate  automaticreboot  maybesolution  winxp 
january 2014 by kme
How To Fix User32.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
After a late-November 2013 Windows Update frenzy, the Win 7 VM had a corrupted disk and was stuck in an update/rollback/reboot/fdisk/reboot cycle. These instructions seemed legit, but probably 'CHKDSK /f' (or /r) and a System Restore rollback will be what ends up fixing it. Or recovering to a VM snapshot
Run the sfc /scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the user32.dll file. If this DLL file is provided my Microsoft, the System File Checker tool should restore it.

But what I actually ended up doing was this: (NT-style). But then what I actually ended up doing was actually rolling back to a previous VM snapshot.
virtualbox  win7  updatehell  windowsupdate  disasterrecovery  troubleshooting  dllhell  filesystemcorruption  maybesolution 
january 2014 by kme

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