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I recently bought a couple more hard drives and set them in RAID 5; I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 with SP1, all my motherboard drivers and Microsoft Security Essentials before doing anything else. When I go to Windows Updates and check for updates it takes forever to find updates; like 30 minutes while my laptop finds them in ~1. After finding updates it stops after 76% downloading; I can stop the updates and install what was downloaded but when I look for updates again it takes forever and won't finish the download of the rest of the updates. mad.gif

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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!
     
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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.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattyd893;14998782 
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.

This is good advise. I have formatted and re installed so many times, i know that sometimes things dont happen as they should. A lot of times it is best to just cancel an update and try it again. Also do not try to add updates that are pre selected by Windows to update. Just update the one pre selected then come back to the others later.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuckclc;14998825 
This is good advise. I have formatted and re installed so many times, i know that sometimes things dont happen as they should. A lot of times it is best to just cancel an update and try it again. Also do not try to add updates that are pre selected by Windows to update. Just update the one pre selected then come back to the others later.

This used to be a last resort for me, however for the time it takes it's a quick fix. I deployed this solution via a Group Policy startup script one of my entire domains stopped updating, spent ages rebuilding WSUS servers checking logs, restoring databases etc etc, did this and any of my clients could update to any of the WSUS servers! Microsoft - enough said!
     
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Originally Posted by Mattyd893;14998367 
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!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattyd893;14998782 
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)
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In the folder software distribution there is also a text file named "reportingevents" which can give some useful info.

I had this issue with an install from last week, got a new iso from MSDNAA and made a fresh install last night it was doing the same thing. Well after 30 minutes to an hour it finally found the updates, downloaded, and installed fine; after the first batch it found the others in no time.

I woke up today to Update the status of my thread and I had finally gotten replies. What Mattyd says makes sense even though I haven't actually tried it, so his statement of me leaving him rep and saying it worked is completely false; I would have probably given him rep just because it sounds like it would have done the job, but I don't know now.
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Originally Posted by veritas-truth;15000193 
I had this issue with an install from last week, got a new iso from MSDNAA and made a fresh install last night it was doing the same thing. Well after 30 minutes to an hour it finally found the updates, downloaded, and installed fine; after the first batch it found the others in no time.

I woke up today to Update the status of my thread and I had finally gotten replies. What Mattyd says makes sense even though I haven't actually tried it, so his statement of me leaving him rep and saying it worked is completely false; I would have probably given him rep just because it sounds like it would have done the job, but I don't know now.

You left me a rep comment stating "sorted my problem with updates", read that as what "I" said sorted your problems!!! Not "you" had already sorted the problems!! Either way I'm confident it would have worked if there was an issue, it forces Windows Update to completely re-synch and download required content. Glad it's working!
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattyd893;15000369 
You left me a rep comment stating "sorted my problem with updates", read that as what "I" said sorted your problems!!! Not "you" had already sorted the problems!! Either way I'm confident it would have worked if there was an issue, it forces Windows Update to completely re-synch and download required content. Glad it's working!

I know I didn't leave you any rep. Someone else may have looked at this thread as well and it helped them; they may have given you rep. There were no replies on this thread when I went to sleep last night and what I wrote a couple hours ago is the first I had looked at and replied to this thread since I went to sleep.

Regardless, thank you for your suggestion! I saved this thread as a PDF to refer to your suggestion if I encounter the issue again. I just gave you rep now though
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