Windows Update Not Working, Stuck at Checking for updates [Solved]
This problem has been bugging a lot of Windows 7 users for a very long time, and users are still complaining about Microsoft not solving it today: users cannot go pass the Checking for updates window and go into the Downloading updates part. In this case, it becomes impossible for Windows 7 users to update the newly released update packs or patches from Windows, which could be a severe risk if the released pack is vital to certain bugs.
If this is bothering you too, please follow the instructions below to see if they can help you solve it:
Option One: Update Patches1) Follow the path: Start button > Control Panel > Windows Update (View by Large icons).
2) Choose Change settings on the left side of the pane.
3) Under Important updates, choose Never check for updates (recommended) option. Then hit OK to save and continue.
4) Restart your computer.
5) Go to support website of Microsoft, and download updates:
as per your version of your operating system, 64-bit or 32-bit. Place them on your desktop.
6) Reboot your computer.
7) Press Start button, then right click Computer from the list of choice and select Manage.
8) On the left pane, expand Services and Applications option, then click Services option. On the right side of the pane, locate Windows Update service.
9) Right click Windows Update service and choose Stop.
10) Go to C:\Windows, then locate SoftwareDistribution folder. Right click it and choose Delete.
11) Now go to your desktop and double click the KB 3102810, KB3083710, KB3020369, KB3050265, KB3172605 setup files and let them install.
12) Reboot your computer when the installation finishes.
13) Follow the path: Start button > Control Panel > Windows Update (View by Large icons).
14) Then choose Check for updates.
15) Wait for while for Windows to search for the updates for you. This time, it won’t take you forever like it did previously. You will be able to run the installation of your Windows Updates now. You can also turn on the Windows Update service that we turned off if you like.
Option Two: Change the DNS server settings
1) Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center (view by Large icons).
2) Choose Change apater settings on the left side of the pane.
3) Right click the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS and choose Properties.
4) Select the Networking tab. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.
5) Click Advanced button.
6) Then go to DNS tab. If you can see any DNS server IP addresses listed, write them down for future reference. Then Remove them from this window.
7) First click the Add… button, and then type in the following IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:
- For IPv4: 18.104.22.168 and/or 22.214.171.124.
- For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
Hit Add to continue.
8) Then hit OK to save the change.
9) Now check your Windows Update again, see if the problem is solved.
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