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"Failure To Install Windows Updates - Rolling Back Windows Updates" When Clean Installing Win 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit

Q: "Failure To Install Windows Updates - Rolling Back Windows Updates" When Clean Installing Win 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit

I'm clean installing Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit on some Dell Vostro 3560 laptops, after installing the drivers I run Windows Update, it detects 200+ critical updates, downloads them and nearly installs them all before I get "Failure To Install
Windows Updates - Rolling Back Windows Updates" and they roll back.
It's been two years or so since I've clean installed Windows 7, is there some prerequisite that's required now that I'm missing?

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Preferred Solution: "Failure To Install Windows Updates - Rolling Back Windows Updates" When Clean Installing Win 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Doing a fresh oem win7 sp1 pro x64 install. After initial setup allowed Windows update to do It's thing (146 updates). Upon reboot I get the message "failure configuring windows updates" Have read extensively re. this issue but, unfortunately, have not found a definitive resolution.

System is dm1-z 4000 CTO (amd 450 apu, 8 GB ram) new hdd. Initially, had installed a new ssd but got the same thing. Thinking that it might be an issue with it, switched to a wd black 500 GB hdd. Same results.

Any ideas?

A:Fresh Win7 Install "Failure Configuring Windows Updates"

Hello and welcome Greywolf mate I don't know what the others think but as a general rule I usually do the initial updates in smaller batches.

Have a look at this anyway https://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358

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Hello All,

I was referred here by NeonFx from the TechGuy Security forum. He had me run a slew of anti-virus/anti-spyware diagnostics. According to NeonFx my system is currently infection free and he states the problem lies elsewhere.

He also had me run the Windows Update FixIt tool in both Default and Aggressive mode - both of which did not fix the problem. So what is the problem??


When I run the install Windows updates, the updates do not install, and I receive the following message (not verbatim, but close):

"Some updates were unable to be installed..."

This problem "came out of no where" and there has been no suspicious activity prior to it starting other than an IE7 redirect rootkit that NeonFx helped me remove (if I recall correctly an infection of agp440)...

Stumped, stumped and stumped...

A:Problem Installing Windows Updates: "Some Updates Were Unable to be Installed"

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Why do we get the option "Windows Updates. Important updates are available. Go to PC settings to install them" on the logon screen? Need to remove this option but without altering the update functionality. We are using SCCM for windows update.
Can you help how to remove it by GPO or any other option for large scale systems (5000+). At present the user cannot install the updates as it has been restricted. Attached the screen shot also.

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The title pretty much says it all. I stopped receiving automated downloads of Windows 7 updates in Dec 2016 (even though my system is checked for receiving automated updates). I went to Windows Catalog and found updates released after Dec 2016, downloaded
them, and when I try to install, the infamous "searching for updates on this computer" pops up and does nothing. I can't even cancel it. I have to right-click on the program line at the bottom of the screen and exit it that way.

Any suggestions as to how to proceed?

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Hello, there is one question i wanted to know.
My friend got piracy version of windows installed on his pc and after he installed windows updates his pc stuck on message "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes."
can this ever happen because of the piracy version installed on his pc?

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My Dell laptop has not been able to install the newest 2018 updates for Windows 7.  A total of 8 fail to install every night.  I have turned off my McAfee firewall to reinstall - failure.  I have tried installing the 6 lesser important &
smaller updates (5 downloaded, 1 failure) only to find that when laptop was restarted all failed to install.  System reverted.  What to do now?  I am NOT a techie and don't want to fiddle around with folders that I am not famiiar with.

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I have an Asus VivoTab Smart that comes with Windows 8, and before I can do the 8.1 upgrade, I have to install all 112 updates.  This was going just fine until after it rebooted, and now it's been stuck on the "Failure configuring Windows updates,
Reverting changes" screen for about the past 12+ hours.  I restarted it a couple of times by holding down the power button, but it comes right back to the same screen after the Asus splash screen.  Were this a laptop, I know exactly how
to fix it (go to Advanced Recovery Options), but since it's a new tablet that I haven't yet connected its Bluetooth keyboard to, I'm basically stuck.  I can't even boot to a flash drive because that requires a keyboard to get to the boot options.
What can I do?  None of the other forum posts related to this work because I don't have a keyboard attached to it and because the OS isn't loaded (can't get the Charms  bar so I can restart it that way or boot into Safe Mode or anything.)

A:Windows 8 tablet stuck on "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes"

All right, I got it figured out - for Windows tablets, holding the Volume Down button while pressing the Power button will give you the Boot Options menu, so I used my 4-port USB hub (tablet has one micro USB port) and plugged in both a Windows 8 recovery
disk flash drive and a USB keyboard and mouse and did a System Restore from there.  Updates are still taking eons to install, but at least it's working now.

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I am going crazy here and I'd appreciate some help.
I've recently bought acer revo desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. Works great once it boots up and Windows starts, but the boot-up process and the updates thing is a problem.
It starts by "Configuring Windows Updates" but it is STUCK at 0%, for like 15 minutes. And after that, it says "Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting changes" and loads up like nothing happened. (It does not shut down or restart.)
Please help!

A:"Failure Configuring Windows Updates" at every single windows 7 start up!!!!

I can see that this happens when you install MSXML 4.0 Sp2 Updates. Try to install the MSXML 4.0 Sp3 instead! Also try the System Update Readiness Tool KB947821. This tries to repair WinSxS errors."A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/

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I have a Acer 5600U desktop I purchased with win 8, and then upgraded to win 8.1 and all was fine until about one month ago when I got the virus "Runtime Manager, finding discount" and lots of error problems. I finally go back to Win 8 and load win 8 from the OEM on the hard drive, and that worked fine, then tried to update to win 8.1, and when it reboots it always says "Failure configuring windows updates, reverting changes, do no turn off system", and then it will reboot to a Win 8 OS, and all appreas to be OK then loading prpgrams, files and etc. I plan to keep what I have now until upgrading to the new Windows 10. hopefully all will be ok again at that time. Do anyone have any suggestions or comments that may help me ? Thanks so much in advance.

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Here is a free tip when you download software that does not charge money to people who want to use it watch out for any bundeled applications that come along with the "free software" this is the reason why you got infected by that virus.Do not just go through to the installer read carefully what you are allowing to be installed because that bundeled applications is the author of the free software way of making money not so nice if you ask me.Also removing that virus involves editing the registry did you do that ? (note if you formatted your harddrive then all is gone offcource)

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Hey, everyone. I just found this forum while googling trying to find a solution to my problem, and I'm hoping you'll be able to help. I've tried everything I can think of. My laptop tried to update earlier. It froze mid-update, and then I started getting the "Failure configuring, reverting" thing. I was unable to boot in safe mode, and multiple attempts at a system restore (to all available dates) resulted in failure, saying 'failed to extract the file (D:\Windows\servicing\Packages\PACEF9~1.MUM) from the restore point.' If I can't find a solution to this tonight, I'll be taking it into a repair shop in the morning, but I'm really hoping I don't have to do that.

A:"Failure configuring Windows updates."

Pleasefollow the WindowsUpdate Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MBcompressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file isbelow the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (theforum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

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Ill give you the whole break down If anyone can pleasseee help.

At first my HP laptop froze as I was shutting down. So I manually turned the computer off by holding the power button. Upon turning the laptop back on, I got a message saying windows is updating, but once it got to about 35% it pretty much froze and refused to continue updating or anything. So I again manually switched the computer off holding down the Power. Now upon rebooting again~! now I recieve a message saying Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes....but now the screen just gets frozen here....and upon shutting down and rebooting now it keeps giving me the failure configuring, reverting changes message.....

Ive tried to enter using Safe mode, but the screen still just gets stuck when giving me that message...

I could really use some advice, or an explanation of what is going on or what I can do.

Any Help would be most definitely gratefully appreciated.


A:Windows 7 "failure configuring windows updates Reverting Changes"

If you have any peripherals plugged in, unplug them before starting the computer. See if the update will finally be successful

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Hello All,

This is yet another issue with Windows Update on 7; I recently (a couple of weeks or so ago) upgraded my father's computer to Windows 7 and he loves it.

However, whenever either of us try and use Windows Update, it sits there for hours and hours on "Installing Updates 1 of 2."

Does anybody have any ideas where I could look as to why this is happening?

I will post more information on this when I can find more detailed account of what's going on with 7.
- Robert

A:Windows Update on 7 stalls while "Installing Updates (2/3)" on AMD64 m

you could try :-

go to services (click start and type SER

stop windows update service

go to c:/windows/software distribution/data store

empty this folder

restart/start windows update service

open windows update and it should be red indicating never searched for updates
then try again

also check installed programs and make sure what your trying to install hasn't already automatically installed when you first installed Windows 7

just an idea

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Hi together,
I have a virtual Windows 8 machine that had houndres of updates to install.
After finishing the updates and rebooting the system the machine stops (or takes very long time?) with "updating your system" 11% (for more than 12 hours).
For sure there is important data on the machine ;-).
I read about a problem with an old update (november)...
Any idea how to figure out if the machine is "only" very slow or how to proceed?

Greetings/Grüße Gernot

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I installed an ocz vertex 4 ssd (256g model) into my msi gt70 laptop. A product key came with the laptop, and I've burned windows 7 to a disc. I made sure the ssd has priority in the BIOS too.

When I start up the installation, it gets to the "Installing updates" step, but doesn't progress any further, the laptop is effectively frozen on that step. I've tried re-installing a couple times now and it continues to get stuck on "Installing updates".

Do I need an active internet connection for this step by any chance?

A:Windows 7 64B installation stuck on "Installing updates"

Hello angrychair, welcome to Seven Forums!

You do not need 'active' internet to install.

Study the information and steps outlined in the tutorials linked below to sort through each in-turn and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

If the installer is one you acquired perhaps the ISO file is bad and another will work; or if you burned it to DVD, another burn is needed, use ImgBurn at no greater than x4 speed with a verify. ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software
If the PC is capable, add the installation files to a USB stick and boot that for the install. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hi everyone, I think I've got a fairly tricky problem here.
I just finished installing Windows 7 Pro (SP1 included) x64 on my laptop. Pretty much the first thing I did was go to check for updates. This was taking forever, and upon looking at the resource monitor, it appears that svchost (you can just which services
it's hosting) was hung at %50, or one CPU core. No HDD activity to speak of, just a process spinning its wheels.
I've tried multiple troubleshooting steps, from running the Update readiness tool (Which didn't find anything wrong), resetting windows update using multiple tools, running an SFC (which said the system was in perfect condition), and of course rebooting
several times in between.
Checking the CBS log file, there are many lines reading "Failed to internally open package. [HRESULT = 0x800F0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE]". Windows Update appears to soldier on past that however, where it apparently reads out its last cached package
(successfully it would seem) then stop dead. When I net stop wuauserv, the log seems to mention TrustedInstaller a few times, then that's about all the interesting information I can gather.
The WindowsUpdate.log file is not terribly helpful either; just before the hang it says "PT: Synchronizing extended update info", then it lists off a ServiceId and Server URL. Nothing after that!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello everyone,

After a BSOD and utter failure to boot (presumably a critical OS file damaged) I ran the recovery tools for a total factory reset.

Connected to the internet and worked for an hour or two, then tried a reboot. Windows update had 104 updates to process. It did them, then "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer"

MS help here says this should take half an hour. After 90 minutes it has rebooted 5 or 6 times. It keeps reverting to the same "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer" message. Looks like it might want to reboot through each of those 104 updates.

I'm going to repeat the factory reset and the FIRST thing I will do is disable updates. I'm going to see how long I can work without any updates.

I recommend this for light reading. It is dated, but the same 'ole same 'ole continues.


Women are made to be loved, not understood.
? Oscar Wilde

A:Failure configuring Windows updates from clean install

You could try and download and install them a few at a time, say in batches of 20? Sometimes does the trick.

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I'm concerned that the Windows Embedded Standard 7 is not getting any updates when doing "Check for updates" in control panel.  I can see security patches being released in Windows Update Catalog that are applicable.  What might be happening?
QualityCompat reg key was added by Symantec EndPoint Protection 12.1 back January'18. 

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Hi everyone,I'm using Windows 7 x64 (final RTM build). A few days ago I've started to have problems with the Windows Update control panel. It doesn't show me the description of the updates I've downloaded. It's very annoying!I've taken a screenshot so you can see it:screenshotAre there any hotfixes yet?Kind regards.

A:Windows Update "select updates to install" screen is blank

Hi. I had the same problem and contacted Microsoft for help.On a remote session they runned MicrosoftFixit50202 and the problem is for now solved.http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9665683Hope this help.

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I noticed that when some Windows Updates arrive the list in "Select updates to install" is blank! See the attached screenshot. What to do?
After system restart the list comes back but after next Updates it vanished.
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit, SP1

A:blank list in "Select updates to install" Windows Update

Install SP2 standalone version and all hotfixes.If it don't help
observe your system for a while on clean boot How to perform a clean boot procedure to determine whether background programs are interfering with a game or a program that you currently use

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On a Windows 7 Pro, SP1, 32bit pc, local client, non-AD domain computers.

Using the built-in administrator account I have enabled the GPO under Computer Configuration, Administrator Templates, Windows Components, Windows Update, "Allow non-administrators to receive update notifications = Enable.

In Windows Updates, Change Settings, "Who can install updates" = This options has a check mark in it but is greyed out.

The standard user account still receives elevated permissions prompt when installing Windows Updates.

I've gone through all published procedures of disabling and re-enabling, elevating and demoting standard user permissions, and creating a new user as admin-then demoting to standard user... all without success.

Resorting to MSPress published textbooks... any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

These laptops are a group of 10 units that were delivered to me with OS and our custom applications installed and cloned to each laptop.

Concluding there is something wrong with the original install/configuration.

I've compared these settings to other units I've received in the past and those work just as expected.

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Hello again, friends.

Ok so here's my new issue. I got a new hard drive and successfully installed Windows 7 on it. I temporarily slaved the old OS hard drive so that I could copy some files from it because the drive was failing.

My issue is that when I check for updates, it doesn't go beyond the "checking" and it basically times out. Seems odd... has anyone else had this happen and what do I do? You don't think that maybe the computer is confused because the OS still remains on the drive that is temporarily slaved do you? One odd thing is that I checked the update history and clearly some went on there. So I don't know. Help?

You guys rock. Thanks for helping me out with the last issue.

A:New install Windows 7 - "Checking for Updates" doesn't finish

I also forgot to mention that at present, it wouldn't allow me to put a screensaver on there and there is no sound coming from the computer. Do you think this could just come with the update problem?

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To whomever can help:

I was given a computer for my daughter. It was JUST installed with Windows 7 home Premium sp1 when we got it. When I have tried to check for updates, it gets stuck- even if I leave it for hours & hours, it still continues to "check for updates" (& I have very fast internet). I have ran microsofts windows update troubleshooter, but it still does the same thing. Please help.

Thank you for your time & assistance.

Dell Vostro A860
Windows 7 Home Premium (clean install) sp1

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I have a Windows 7 x64 machine that is permanently stuck trying to install the same update.
I have followed various posts off of MS websites to rename SoftareDistribution etc. but none have helped.
HAve tried
1. Boot intoClean Boot Mode and try updating again.
2. Run the Microsoft Fixit and see how it works.

How do I reset Windows Update components?

3. Try System Update Readiness tool by referring toWhat is the System Update Readiness Tool?.
4. Run
System File Checker tool and see how it works.

The WindowsUpdateClient log posts the error 0x80070bc9

CBS log has the following:
2012-09-22 15:09:44, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251211_3937697323 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Session: 30251212_293967167 initialized by client WindowsUpdateAgent.
2012-09-22 15:10:49, Info                  CBS    Appl: detect Parent, Package: WUClient-SelfUpdate-ActiveX~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7.6.7600.256, Parent: Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.6000.16386,
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A:Windows Update loops with a "Restart your computer to install important updates"

Thanks Alex
I had already tried the steps in the post you linked.
In the end I have had to reinstall Windows 7 over the top (keeping all settings) and this has fixed the issue with Windows Updates.
It is frustrating that I could not find a solution as I do not like glossing over the issues without first finding a solution but unfortunately it was not my pc and time was against me.
Thanks for all the replies.

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Just finished talking to a Toshiba tech support person. I called because my six-week-old Toshiba Satellite L745 laptop has developed a problem: there is a slight delay between keyboard commands and their execution in every program I use regularly (Word, Outlook, Quicken, etc.).

For example: I'm in Microsoft Outlook and I double-click on the name of a saved task. Instead of opening instantaneously (as happens on my desktop, which has a slower processor, less memory, and a smaller hard drive), I get the hourglass for a second or two before the task opens. Or else a dialog box appears asking whether I want to archive my old items in Outlook and when I click the No button, the dialog box lingers there for a second before closing.

Toshiba says this is an issue they've experienced and it is caused by Windows and other "third-party" updates using up system resources. I should not accept or install those updates! They want me to perform an entire reinstall of Windows 7 Home Premium and never allow another update.

So (1) if the problem is the Windows (and other) updates, then why am I not having the same problem on my desktop computer (running Vista, but accommodating updates with no problem) and (2) if all these updates are not really necessary (according to Toshiba), then why do companies keep producing them?

It has taken me weeks to get this laptop customized and configured with the programs and content I need to use on it. If what this tech support person tells me i... Read more

A:Toshiba technician says, "Don't install Windows 7 updates"!

Toshiba are talking out of their nether regions.
The first thing you need to check is what's booting at startup - use MSCONFIG for that.
Uncheck anything you *know* you don't use, and list the rest in a reply.
Open Task Manager - what's taking up most resources (enable viewing of processes from all users)?

4GB is quite enough for most purposes.

What Security software is installed? - what different Anti-Virus programs have EVER been installed?

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 retail with no luck.
I've been installing it many times before, from beta to rtm with no problem whatsoever, it's an excellent OS!

But now it just won't work, it gets stuck on "installing updates" or "installing features", mostly the first.
I have tryed with the dvd and a bootable usb, same thing.

I am using the following hardware:

Asus P6T Deluxe
Intel i7 920
Corsair Dominator 3x2Gb
AMD HD4850
OCZ Vertex SSD (for the OS)
Samsung F1 1Tb (for storage)

Questings and answers:

? Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation?
I'm doing a clean install, I have no OS on my computer now.

? Are you multi-booting now?

Current Hardware
? How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system?
1 ssd and 1 hdd
? Are they IDE or SATA?
? How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
? Are they IDE or SATA Drives?
? Any external HDs used?
? Are they connected by USB or eSATA?
? Check Disk Management for any HDs listed with a yellow triangle and explanation point?
Where can I do this?
? Is this a New Clean HD?
Not new, but clean. I format it before installation every time I tryed, when it asks where you want to install.
? Have you pre-formatted the HD?

Windows 7 installation details
? Which build number and version of Windows 7 are you installing?
The retail
? Are you installing a 32 bit (x... Read more

A:Install stuck on "Installing Updates".

I'm trying to install Windows 7 retail with no luck.
I've been installing it many times before, from beta to rtm with no problem whatsoever, it's an excellent OS!

But now it just won't work, it gets stuck on "installing updates" or "installing features", mostly the first.
I have tryed with the dvd and a bootable usb, same thing.

I am using the following hardware:

Asus P6T Deluxe
Intel i7 920
Corsair Dominator 3x2Gb
AMD HD4850
OCZ Vertex SSD (for the OS)
Samsung F1 1Tb (for storage)

Questings and answers:

? Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation?
I'm doing a clean install, I have no OS on my computer now.

? Are you multi-booting now?

Current Hardware
? How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system?
1 ssd and 1 hdd
? Are they IDE or SATA?
? How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
? Are they IDE or SATA Drives?
? Any external HDs used?

Try burning at 4X
Disconnect everything except monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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I'm trying under "Windows Update" to click on "check for updates" however when I do that I get message
"windows update cannot currently check for updates, because updates on this computer are controlled by your system administrator"
I am the admin on the PC however this PC points to a In-office "WSUS server" to normally get its update
Is there a work around to this that I could add to my local group policy or registry?
I have been under Group Policy Object Editor -->Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates -->
Windows Components --> Windows Update
but seen nothing that would allow to override this error
Any suggestion(s) would be most appreciated

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I've just registered into this forum, i hope there would be someone who can solve my problem, thanks before

My device:
Laptop Asus G73SW
Core i7
2x1TB drive
UEFI support (but still with old bios interface)

Media & method used:
8GB usb drive
Media creation tiol
Windows 10 ISO (from any resources)
Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO
Windows 10 ISO from ESD convert

These days i was trying to do a clean windows 10 install via usb disk, but dunno why i'm always stuck at "Installing Updates" section. There's no light indicator flashing on hdd/fdd

I already tried so many method, like installing on legacy mode, uefi mode, removing my 2nd hard drive, creating bootable drive with ntfs/fat32, downloading iso from another resources, using media creation tool, etc.

BUT NO LUCK, i don't want to go back to win7 to get windows 10
I hope if there's someone who can solve my problem, thanks before


A:Windows 10 clean install stuck installing updates

Unplug your computer from any ethernet network connections and disconnect from your WiFi. Do not enter a WiFi password or connect to WiFi if asked during the install. And yes, keep all extra hard drives disconnected until you get it installed on the hard drive/SSD you want Windows 10 on. After it is all installed and stable with a local user account that you create, then you can connect everything else to the computer, connect to ethernet network if you have a wired network, connect to WiFi, and if you want to convert the local user account created to a Microsoft account login.

If you have problems with it activating right away after you connect to the internet, open a Command Prompt (Admin) and run:
slmgr /ato

in the command prompt Window. That will trigger an online automatic activation.

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I think the "updates freezing" issue has come up in another thread and apologies if it has, but I can't find it momentarily.

The screen shots show what I've been looking at for two days now. Obviously something is amiss with Automatic Update but I dunno what, or what to do about it.

Any advice, help????

Mods, please feel free to move me to the other thread I suspect exists.



A:Windows Updates - Stuck on "Downloading updates 37%" for 2 days!

G'day mate!

Have a look here.

Windows Update stuck downloading updates in Windows 10

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Hi all,

Working on an older Dell laptop for a friend (1.8ghz single-core, 1.5GB RAM) and cannot seem to get Windows Update to work...it will take hours to "check for updates" and then find some. I select the ones I want, install them, it claims they are "successful" and that the computer requires a restart. I restart to find they fail as the computer is restarting and that they continue failing as the computer comes back up after reboot.

I then check for updates again and get the same issue. It seems to install one or two updates each time, but the rest seem to fail (I know this as the owner has dial-up [I know, right? 0_o] and upon this last failure cycle, I now see the Win10 "reserve your copy" panel under Windows Update which was never there before.)

I've tried a few things in a few other threads including installing the December Windows Update update patch manually and I am still getting this issue...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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like in the last post i made i made a video since its easy on me then typing.

Windows 7 Bootcamp. Updates stuck - Video Dailymotion

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I bought a Dell XPS 15 (9550) with Windows 10 and so far everything have been good, except that I keep getting empty updates from the Dell Update-app. 
I have installed these empty updates ("0 updates are ready to install") many times but they never stop. 

Today, I got this message: "73 updates are ready to install", which got me a bit worried. 
What can I do? 

A:Dell Update - Empty updates "0 updates are ready to install"

I'd suggest you uninstall / reinstall Dell Update. Type Settings onto [Cortana] search box, click on Apps, and then uninstall Dell Update. To reinstall: expand Application in the link below, and then Dell Update.
Support for XPS 15 9550 | Drivers & downloads | Dell US

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Been getting an error message lately when attempting to update "Windows Defender". A little balloon appears from my task bar that says "Windows Defender cannot install updates". The following error message appears within the software window "Error found: Code 0x80070643"

Any idea's?

A:Windows Defender "Can't Install Updates"

Have you used a registry cleaner? It appears, according to other users who had this problem that this problem is generic to windows not the program itself. I will continue to look for a soultion as all other issues with this error code is based around other programs. Will keep looking.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250, x64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3517 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 228121 MB, Free - 156749 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 5340 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0RY206
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Can't install updates, "can't reach Windows install service, usually happens when Installer is not installed correctly. Contact your Tech Support". No Tech Support on home PC, so trying to find answer on my own. Have returned to previous Set Points without resolution. requesting some steering onto the right course for troubleshooting and recovery. Easy, with capital "E" and primitive skill level instructions vital. Thanks in advance.


A:Can't install updates, "can't reach Windows install service"

Can you install anything else on your computer?

If not,

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Copy/Paste the following command:

regedit /e C:\look.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSIServer"

Press Enter.

You won't notice anything. However, it will have created a report on your C drive
named look. Attach that file to your next reply.

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So I have this weird thing happening in my relatively fresh install of Windows 10.
Whenever I search for "Check for Updates" or "Windows Update settings" on the search box of the start menu, I get the results that I want but if I press enter or try to click on those results nothing happens.. As far as I know I can click all others search results but those, and maybe others related to windows update.

I can still get updates by going to Settings>Update & Security though.

In my other computers this works fine, and as far as I can tell all the updates are done.
From what I've searched around other people seemed to have a similar issue where they couldn't acess the settings at all which isn't my case. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results.

A:Can't click on "Check for Updates" "Windows Update settings" on Start

.............. Still I tried the sfc/ scannow that a lot of users seemed to recommend but no results. .....................

Please clarify what did you mean by "no results".

When sfc /scannow is completed, it will give you one of the following 3 reports....................(paraphrasing)

1. No integrity violation.
2. Found corrupted files and repair is successful.
3. Found corrupted files but unable to repair some of them.

Which one of the above is applicable to you ?

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Hello - would anyone have any assistance or info on update error code #80070002 ? - keeping most of my auto windows 7 updates blocked or 'failed'. - Would like to see more of my windows 7 updates be 'successful'.
Also (upon my restarts and shutdowns), my 'Widows Configuration' advances to ONLY 30%, instead of 100 percent??
Thanks! - from alskalsk11 

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Hello guys,

I don't know what I did, but nothing happens when I click on those two things in the search bar:

View image: wtf

I reinstalled Windows a few hours ago, and IIRC pressing those with the mouse lead somewhere. Now when I click on them, it does nothing. I have to type in "Settings", so I can click on the actual Windows App. Then I can navigate to those settings. IIRC those results were "clickable".

Can somebody help?

Thanks in advance!

A:Can't open "Windows Update Settings" or "Check for Updates"

Hello iamnewhere,

If you like, here's a Windows Update shortcut to use for now until hopefully an update will sort it for you.

Windows Update Shortcut - Create in Windows 10

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Good day all, When trying to do a windows update on the my laptop, it just hangs on "Checking for updates" and it has been saying checking for updates for the past 72 hours. Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Hi! I've been having this problem and noticed that since 2013 there had been this problem. I'm not sure if this was solved?
I get this annoying message since the last 3 days when I turned on my computer:
"Windows Update needs your help" notification that appears after 30 days of no windows 8 updates?"

I've tried the trouble shooting route and the first 2 times it worked, but it came back again the third day. I had to go to services.msc to remove the Windows updates to stop the annoying "Windows Update needs your help" notification or it won't
stop and I won't be able to access my computer.
Please advise.thanks

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"Repaired" Windows and now updates "fail"

I've tried all at once, one at a time, turned of firewall, what next?

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I had Windows Update automatic checking for updates disabled, (with the necessary services for Windows update enabled). The last update was sometime back in February of 2016.

After manually activating Windows Update Windows Update was still running after 30 minutes. I then quit Windows Update and was going to wait till a later time to activate again.

However, after running some system cleaners I tried to activate Windows Update which produced an error message. IIRC the error message indicated a program and parameter was required to run Windows Update.

Current Windows Vista WindowsUpdateagent Version is 7.6.7600.256 (Vista x64).

Quite a while back I manually fixed Windows Update after it stopped working and has been working correctly up to now.

This time instead of a manual fix I tried to use MS fix-it program, However MS's current link to download the Fix-it program is not an exe file but a .cab file, uncertain why MS currently has a link to a .cab file instead of an .exe file?

Anyway instead of attempting a manual fix I found a MS windows update agent installation for Vista 64-Bit. After re-installation using the Windows Vista x64, windowsupdate exe file version 3.7.xxx Windows Update now displays a window with options stating that "Windows is up to date". "There are no updates available for your computer"

If I select "Check for Updates" Windows Update continually runs for over 30 mins without any results.

I was thinking of a... Read more

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Windows Update error code 80070490 appeared on 20 September 2013 and message "Windows can't check for updates". I use Windows Vista Home basic 32 bit, Service Pack 2. I tried almost all suggestions in Internet (including these on Microsoft Web-page) about this how to fix this problem, including Microsoft Fix It, System Update Readiness Tool, Windows Update Diagnostics DIAGCAB file and etc., but the message continue to appear. The last successful update was on 13.09.2013. All updates made before and on 13 September are written as "successful" in "Update history" folder, but when I open "Installed Updates" folder, I don't see nothing and there is written "No updates are installed on this computer", which is strange, because by this moment Windows Update was made automatically without any problems. Please help me to fix the problem with this error code!

ps.: On 23 of September I reinstalled Windows Update Software from Microsoft Web Page:
Microsoft Update
and the notification message " Windows can't check for updates" from my taskbar dissapeared and never appeared again, so..i thought the problem is solved, but yesterday evening(13 October) when i opened Widnows Update in my Control Panel and pressed "Check for updates" it started to seek for updates but after some time again showed me the same error code and the same message "Windows could not search for new updates". So..it seems Windows... Read more

A:Windows Update error code 80070490 and message "Windows can't check for updates"

Have you run a full scan with Malwarebytes and your anti-virus to make sure that's not an issue?

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I have found other postings on various websites that have described this exact problem I'm having, so I know this isn't a complete one of a kind fluke, but have not found any solutions anywhere.

Almost all the icons on my system are showing the default icon for an "unknown file type". This is happening for all Office documents, PDF files, and also shortcuts to these files. Some file types have retained their correct icon, but not many. For applications that are affected, it is affecting both shortcuts to documents and to the application itself - for example, all MS Word documents on the desktop as well as the shortcut to the program in the "start" menu. However, the original program file at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\winword.exe shows the correct icon.

All of the icons still work fine - both a document and a shortcut to a document will call up the program and open the appropriate file in the application. If that were the only problem, I could live with it ...

However, at the same time that this happened, I'm finding that most Windows Upates won't install (and other programs as well - like an update to the Adobe PDF reader). All the updates that will install have been installed. The rest say "downloaded, ready to install" on the Windows Update page but when I try to install them it says "installation failed" at the end. Most just fail to install, but some - like Silverlight - throw a message during ... Read more

A:Windows default "unkown file type" icons and Windows Updates not working

HalfBakedLunatic, For the icon problem right click your Desktop, choose Properties, under the Settings tab change the Color Quality from 32 bit to 16 bit, click Apply/OK. Now go back and change the Color Quality from 16 bit to 32 bit, click Apply/OK. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct the icon problem.


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Hi everyone,

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on an HP laptop and I have automatic Windows updates activated. Earlier today when I finished a session, 6 updates were installed. I've just switched the computer on again and got the message "Configuring Windows updates" as often happens following these updates.

However, on this occasion, it remained on 0% complete for several minutes and then eventually displayed the message "Failure configuring updates - reverting changes". Following that, the boot-up sequence went OK.

Does anyone have any ideas about why the configuration process might have failed and what the implications are? I'm wondering whether Windows might attempt to re-apply the updates when I end this session, with the same outcome. In fact, I can see that there are currently updates to be done, so I suspect they are the same ones. If so, I suppose I might need to disable the automatic Windows updates facility, although I would be reluctant to do so.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Your advice and help as always will be greatly appreciated.

Edit: I've just checked the Windows Update log. Only one update is listed as having been done today - that is shown as:

Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2506928)

So does that mean that the other 5 updates failed for some reason? I wasn't attending the computer while the updating was happening, so I don't know whether any messsages might have been displayed at the time.

A:"Failure configuring updates" message - advice please!

Bruce, this may be relevant.

I noticed today that I had 4 updates to be installed. So, I clicked to install, and after rebooting, received the same error message. Tried it again, same message.

So, I got to the list of updates, unclicked the first one (KB982018), and was able to install the rest of them. Computer rebooted and completed the install. Now I only had 1 update left, KB982018.

I was able to click on it, get it installed, and now all is well again.

Computer must have had indigestion the first few times, but doing it separately, it worked. Not sure if my "reverse order" method was necessary, but it didn't hurt anything.

Good luck.

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This has been going on for months. Basically, I attempted to update from windows 8 to windows 8.1, and it said that I need to finish all my other updates first.So I did that, and I left for a while (an hour or 2) and it was STILL UPDATING. I got intimate and shut the computer down using the power button and turned it back on only to be met by a screen that said "Failure configuring updates, reverting changes." I waited longer then before and it was just stuck there! I guess you can consider it frozen, but I can still change the brightness and the volume and the circle thing is still spinning. I can't access anything, no start menu no nothing, So my laptop is useless. I've read online that I was supposed to wait longer, and that I should have done all the updates at once. But what has been done cant be undone, and now I need to get past this update screen. How do I undo the updates? Ill do anything to get my computer back even if it requires restoring it I dont care anymore. Also, again I CANT ACCESS ANYTHING so PLEASE dont say stuff like "oh have you tried going on the internet and downloading this" or "go the the start menu and do this" because I can't. I've tried safe mode and restoring it but it just takes me back to where I was before. If you need my model number or whatever, then tell me. I have an HP Laptop with Windows 8. Please help! You're my last hope!

A:Stuck on "failure configuring updates"

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I would like to restrict anyone except Administrators from installing Windows Updates on my Windows 8.1 Pro x64 ENG machine.

In Windows 7 it's easy:
Control Panel / Settings / Windows Updates / change settings:
"Allow all users to install Windows Updates" -- uncheck to disable.

Is there a similar setting in Windows 8.1 via Control Panel GUI, secpol.mmc or regedit? I can't find it.

Thanks, all!

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