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Hello all,

I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 (brand new disc just purchased from Newegg) on an older Windows 8 laptop. Windows 7 has activated but I cannot get any windows updates. I have tried many suggestions but have gotten nowhere.

I tried removing the SoftwareDistribution folder
Tried the rollup - doesnt apply, I'm assuming its because the disc is newer
Tried rebooting many times
Tried leaving the PC on for several days
Made sure time and date are correct
Tried reinstalling Windows 7


When I run the search for updates the CPU seems to hang at 50% and the memory utilization is ~80% very similarly to other posts I've read. Any help would be appreciated biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 21
Just did this a few days ago. Was very frustrating. Then I used wusus. Just kept RE running it as it said finished. Kind of forcing it down windows throat. After at least four attempts it worked. I will do it that way again if I ever need too.
post #3 of 21
Install this update, reboot, then re-run Windows Update. It's the only thing that has worked for me.

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D3114950_822_7669162844
post #4 of 21
Alas, Windows 7 has reached the end of it's life and updates are no longer supported.

Mainstream Windows 7 Support Ends Today
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I have not update windows 7 since April because of this "issue"
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimensive View Post

Install this update, reboot, then re-run Windows Update. It's the only thing that has worked for me.

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D3114950_822_7669162844

Same boat as OP. I'm going to give this a shot now while I still have some hair left that hasn't been pulled out. I really hate you MS.
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post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by ForNever View Post

Same boat as OP. I'm going to give this a shot now while I still have some hair left that hasn't been pulled out. I really hate you MS.

Hope it works for you. That file is an actual update from Microsoft, I just renamed it.
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimensive View Post

Hope it works for you. That file is an actual update from Microsoft, I just renamed it.

Been stuck on initializing for about 20 minutes. Should I disable wuauserv before running this you think? Perhaps it requires some other update? I just installed a fresh copy of 7 SP1, obviously no updates have been (successfully) installed yet.
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post #9 of 21
Not sure if Dimensive's update is KB3020369 or not but I downloaded and installed that update from microsoft's website. On two windows 7 installs that was enough to get it to work for me. If that doesn't work for you try 3172605 after the 3020369 update which helped in a 3rd recent Win 7 install. Those 2 updates have been the quickest and biggest difference maker's for me in getting the system to stop hanging. If that is the update that Dimensive posted then I'm sorry for duplicating his message. smile.gif

Note: If the system hangs during the first portion of the install process for those individual updates, I've reset the PC and then tried it again and it will usually work for those having errors that it's not supported or system hangs while "looking for update files on my computer"
post #10 of 21
I usually just set WU to not check for updates. That update should take only seconds to install.
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