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Active Hours/Update?

Q: Active Hours/Update?

I don't know if the anniversary update fixed it more, but I've heard people have had Windows 10, restart automatically and reboot after installing certain updates, like when they're in the middle of doing things. I can't say it's actually happened to me. Not that I'm aware of, anyway.
Either way, I think it's pretty stupid how you can only have a 12 hour window for your computer being active. It also says, that it let's you know when your computer needs restarting anyway. So, if that's the case, what's the point in having active hours set, so your computer doesn't restart when you don't want to?
The only thing I'm concerned about, is if I'm in the middle of gaming or something, and it happens and my pc restarts. Or is that now not possible, as it only happens if your computer is idle? I thought I heard somewhere it happened to someone whilst gaming. ****ing stupid idea if you ask me. Especially, when I can't choose to turn off automatic updates because I'm only using the 'Home' edition.
Not even sure how it works. Like if I have my 'active hours' set from 8am to 8pm, what happens after 8pm? Surely gaming too, your computer knows you aren't exactly 'idle'!

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A: Active Hours/Update?

I am on home and have mine set similar to you, 9am to 9pm here

From my experience it has never restarted while in the middle of something, if it wants a restart it always schedules it for around 3am or updates itself when i do a shutdown/startup

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That is my problem as stated above.

Henry

A:Can't change am/pm in settings, update,change active hours.

Hello Henry,

You should be able to click/tap on the arrows above/below AM/PM, or click on AM or PM to select one like below.

Windows Update Active Hours - Change in Windows 10

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This has also been reported in the Windows 10 Feedback Hub as being wonky. For the last two Monthly Windows Updates:

I have my Focus Assist (Active Hours) set from 7am-11pm and the "Notify me when computer needs to restart" box checked in Windows Update settings.

What has happened these past two updates is this:

1.) I get an Action Center luminated notice that the computer needs to restart outside of Active Hours about 7PM.

2.) Active Hours end, and the next morning I find out that Windows Update still has the updates scheduled to be installed in the query.

3.) I have found out that if you do anything to the computer or change time to install updates, the restart "Tick" will be missed and could carry over into the next day.

4.) A user reported that he has had repeated Action Center notices for the past 3 DAYS about needing to restart.

5.) I myself will sometimes click OK and than several hours later the updates have left the query and a check of Update History shows that they were installed.

6.) You can't click the Power Button on the Task Bar Windows icon to just shutdown or restart when an update is in the query. without installing the update.

7.) For this last Wednesday, I did a CTL+ALT+ Delete to do a Restart without updating and than when the desktop came back, Windows Update History showed that the Updates that Action Center had been yapping about needing a restart on July 12th, 2019, where actually installed on July 1oth.

8.) Action C... Read more

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Greetings All,

I have had really bad frustrations with the unpredictability of Focus Assist and Active Hours ever since build 1809 on Windows 10 and this has now carried over on two PC?s; a Dell Desktop and a Toshiba Laptop. Here are some observations for the Microsoft Answers Community:

I have my Active Hours set from 7am to 11 PM on both computers. I also have notices checked to receive restart notifications. I will get the typical two notifications about the restarts sometimes on Patch Tuesday or the following day.

Sometimes the restarts are fine going without a hitch within about 1-2 hours after the first update notice. Other times for the past two YEARS I keep getting ?Your Computer Will Need to Start Outside of Active Hours, sometimes for FOUR OR FINE DAYS! The restart is not kicking in after the range of Active Hours have ended. This means, that from 11:O1PM to 7:01 AM I am not getting the restarts outside of Active Hours that Action Center says are waiting. Sometimes I just restart the computer through the Windows Start logo button I can?t stand waiting anymore.

What algorithms determine when these restarts happen outside of Active Hours? Why is there a delay of up to four or five days for a restart to occur for Restarts to happen outside of Active Hours? Microsoft needs to get a more definitive time for when the computer is set to restart outside of Active Hours and we need to see this in the Action Center toaster pop-up. Right-now, we have to g... Read more

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Hi, with the anniversary upgrade, an active hours period of up to 12 hours is provided, after which, assuming one's PC is on, it will restart if so required for a Windows update.

I realised that programs such as 'Don't Sleep' which optionally block shutdown, hibernate, sleep, may actually be useful in overcoming this restriction.

Would this be likely to work or would an update related restart overcome that? Are there any other options?

I'll try it when I can.

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This will take some explaining:

Six months ago, July 2019, I would get two Action Center notifications (set to be notified) "Your Computer is set to restart outside Active Hours. The problem is that the Restarts are not happening. Back in July, I forced the update, ran Windows Update Troubleshooter and all was well with proper restarts for the past six months.

Flash forward last night, get the Action Center notification. See the lamination. Go to bed. Get up the next morning. Action Center is still laminating. (Computer was never automatically restarted overnight.)

Some questions:

1.) How long can I keep the updates in the query before the computer sends up a notification that something is wrong?

2.) I want to learn more about what conditions or time intervals are involved when Active Hours are over that determines WHEN Windows 10 restarts when updates are in the query.

3.) Yesterday, I got a notice about "Rate How Easy it is to Customize Windows 10" in Action Center. Submitted the rating. Today, I got the exact same survey.

4.) With the recent release of Microsoft Edge Chromium I wonder if Microsoft's server notifications are mssed up someway.

5.) Has anyone else had this issue?

6.) Did updating to 1903 improve these conditions?

Jack
 

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Hello everyone!

The title is meant to be a question, but I ran out of characters.

Firstly, I'm running both a Windows 10 and a Linux Mint. As per the default settings, if I turn on my laptop and don't touch it, it boots up Linux, I have to interact to boot to Windows. I usually use Windows, though.

Yesterday, I left home around 4.30 PM, put my laptop to sleep (as the other option was update & shut down, and I didn't feel like doing that). I came home at about 4-5 AM and noticed my laptop was awake (albeit with the screen off), and Linux was up and running. Since nobody at home touched it, the only way this is possible if it woke up from sleep (with Windows running), reboot and automatically boot up Linux. But this still doesn't answer why would this happen.

So can an automatic reboot to install updates wake up a sleeping device, in order to reboot? If yes, is there any way I can disable it? And if it can't, does anyone have a guess as to why did this happen?

Thanks in advance!

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Hello. I was not installing, changing or doing any maintenance of any kind on my PC. The only recent change was that Firefox updated to a new version. There was a notice that updates were ready and I was turning my PC off anyway. 1-5 went quickly but I saw it stick on #6. That was two hours ago.

I am unwilling to proceed without advice.

I have also been struggling with a similair issue with a relatives PC with almost no luck. These machines are in the same house and run win7 but are not shared or networked and have seperate ISPs. Is windows just having a bad week? Some kind of attack? I have no idea. The relative's PC is older and wasn't performing well even before it got stuck in update. In fact I ran update on that one in hopes of solving those issues. I believe there are several issues in play there.

At the moment I'm more concerned with how to safely interrupt update on my PC and fix the cause. It has been running flawlessly until now. Thanks.

A:win update is still stuck installing update 6 of 12, 2 hours so far.

What common software is installed? Anti-virus? Registry Destroyers Cleaners?
what users are common to both machines?
What are the KB numbers of the affected updates?


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When I shut down my machine (Windows Vista x64 Ultimate + fully patched Norton Internet Security) yesterday evening, it started automatically installing 9 updates. (sounds like the 5 critical + 4 important this week)

Now, 12 hours later, it still says "Installing update 1 of 9".

The busy cursor is still spinning, the periods are still moving & my disk light is flashing.

A:Installing update for 12 hours

Dispose it:The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista

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I turned on my desktop this morning and a BIOS Update automatically started. It has run through, turned on and off multiple times for over 4 hours. What can I do to stop this and get my desktop turned back on?

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When I went to bed last night at 11 my CPU was saying update 1 of 11. At 6 when I got up it said 9 of 11, and now it is noon and it is still saying 9 of 11. Is there anything I can or should do about this?? The CPU is a Dell that is running XP SP3

A:Stuck on update 9 of 11 for more then 6 hours

Hi coop1974. Welcome to TSF If your computer is hung, pretty much all you can do is hold in your power button for about 15 seconds to force a shutdown. Then restart it and then go back to the Microsoft Updates and have it check your system for updates again. You should be able to go to START>ALL PROGRAMS and find the "Windows Update" link right in your program selection near the top. It's not uncommon for a computer to hang every now and then when doing updates.

Prior to killing power, you could try pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and see if it will bring up the task manager. If it does, you could look at the APPLICATIONS and see if you can terminate the update or check the PROCESSES and see if one of the processes is utilizing all of your resources. You can tell if this is so by looking at the column labeled CPU and see if one of them is stuck at 99 or very, very high.

Chances are it's just hung up. Even if a process was hogging your CPU, if the system was working, it would eventually service other interrupts.

Let me know. Have a great day!

Mike

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Hello,
My hp pavilion dv7 laptop has been updated to W8 about 2 weeks ago and a few updates were succesfuly installed since then. Today though, it downloaded 14 updates and I restarted it so it could install them. The problem is I am now stuck at update 12/14 for the last 3-4 hours. At first I thought it was only a long update, but now I seriously doubt it. I have never ever had an update running that long.

It says I must now shut down the computer during the installation but I can't do anything else either...any tips? I have closed the screen after 3 hours (which puts it in hibernation) but after opening it it went back to the same place...

Thanks a lot!

A:stuck on update 12/14 for 3+ hours

Hi duro195, welcome to the forums, switch the power off, try to install one by one( leaving a couple of days in between), one of them or all of them broke my installation yesterday and had to do a clean install. I wouldn't install any updates at the moment.

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On Sat. Oct. 25, I had the little globe in my system tray go off telling me there were updates from Microsoft. When I looked there were ten of them. I went up to the site and had them do a scan of my machine and checked them and decided five were the most I would get in one setting because sometimes 2 have been know to take a while to download and less chance of messing up my computer, if one was bad. Well I checked five off and hit start download, went to read a book. I kept checking all evening to see if it was ready to install and did not use my computer. Well I left it on overnight and here I am 19 hours later and still didn't turn off my computer because I didn't want to abort any that were downloading. I still did not receive the message it is ready to install. I have no way of telling if it is still downloading because the globe in my system tray is gone, and don't know where else to check. I usually don't get the downloads right away because I know everyone else is downloading and I check the forum's to see if any one else has had a problem. This time I didn't see it mentioned at any of my local forums of there being critical updated of anything other than Windows Media Player, (which I did not check), I will get this later. What should I do? Leave the computer on and running until I get the message or what. Is there any way to check to see if they are downloading?
Darlene
 

A:19 Hours and still waiting MS Update

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I was seeing some threads about this but it was not clear how to stop it. I have a new Lenovo laptop with Windows 8. Last night I was trying to uninstall something but it wouldn't let me.... said it was installing something else. So I went to restart my computer and then got the blue screen saying "Keep your PC plugged in until this is done. Installing updates 11 of 27..." After an hour I tried the ctrl-alt-delete to reboot but it would do nothing. Left it for another hour and tried a hard turn off (pushing my power button). I waited 1 minute and turned it back on... same blue screen with same message. So I left it over night and it's still saying the same thing!!!! The only thing I can think of now is to take the battery out.... but I don't want to crash my computer. PLEASE HELP!

How do I make sure this doesn't happen again?

Thanks.

A:Update stuck... 12 hours now!

Originally Posted by azradgirl


...got the blue screen saying "Keep your PC plugged in until this is done. Installing updates 11 of 27..."



Welcome to eightforums!

That is no error blue-screen. It is installing updates (on a blue colored screen) and that is normal behavior.

Are the updates going along? Did it went further than 11?
It would be best to let it finish because pressing the power button will only make the laptop go to sleep mode.

If it's not moving further with the update in a long time then you can remove the battery as a last option.
Then the first time you'll boot after this, will present you some options (it's possible) and then you can use system restore or refresh the pc if the updates messed something up during the process.

Good luck

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My PC (win 10 pro, 64bit) started a cumulative update at about 9am this morning and it's still cranking.
Is it really necessary to do that during business hours despite my business hours setup is from 8am to 8pm?
I remember, before the anniversary update, the updates started in the evening when I shut down my PC, went through its paces at night and shut the PC down when it was finished. What happened to that?
Thanks,
Ed

A:Cumulative update during business hours?

Hi,
1. You can block Windows updates from downloading by various widely published means. The downloads otherwise occur at any time.
2. You can use Active Hours (build 1607) to prevent restarts during a 12 hr period max. You should be able to use 3rd party software to block restarts otherwise (I haven't managed to definitively test that with updates).
3. Pro upwards editions support deferring upgrades (in Settings).

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I am not a computer expert, but I'm usually able to figure out a problem and fix it. My new workstation is an older model and has not been updated for over a year. I have run Windows Update for 8 hours straight to no avail.  I would appreciate some detailed help--hopefully in simple English (I don't understand all the terminology and buzzwords)--to get this computer updated so I can install SolidWorks. Please help. Thanks Bruce

A:Windows 7 Update runs for hours--nothing happens

ElmersEAR Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!This has become a "standard problem" with anyone trying to do Windows Updates in Win7 these days.I maintain some PCs that still use Win7 (their owners despise Win10) and have found that the steps detailed below help to overcome the hung Windows Update problem ...Download these updates before starting the installation process and copy them to a USB flash drive.Install Windows 7 with SP1 and leave the network cable disconnected.Disconnect the network cable or disable the WiFi.Install these two updates from the flash drive before connecting to the network and running Windows Update.KB Links:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083710https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605Have to stop the Windows Update service BEFORE installing each of these: net stop wuauservNOTE: KB3172605 supercedes KB3161608 which supercedes KB3102810If you have a problem with KB3172605, post back as there is a separate fix for that.Then, after you re-enable Windows Update, it should only take 2-4 hours to find and do the updates, not days.Good Luck

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Thank you for taking the time to view this! So here's the story.

This morning, I turned on my laptop, and windows configures some updates that has been installed yesterday. After a while, it says: "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer.". After some time, it seems to start normally, I can use my laptop and all. But when I was using my laptop at this time, windows start to download more updates. Then I shut down my computer, and windows start to install like 150 updates. It takes hours to complete all of these installations, and when it finally shuts down, it just stays on the shutdown screen. It has been 7 hours now, and I don't know what to do. Should I just hold down the power button? Or is there another way?

Here are the details of the laptop. The reason why I didn't include this information when I created my account here on the forums was that I don't know which of these is the graphics card, hard drive, etc. I don't know much about computers. Anyway, here's what's written on it:
-Intel Core i5-460M processor
-ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 up to 2651mb HyperMemory
-640 GB HDD
-Acer Nplify 802.11 b/g/n

There's more if you'd like.

Oh, a few more things. My internet connection on my house is very slow, about 0.3mbps, and sometimes it disconnects. I wonder if the updates can get corrupted because of this. And before this incident, I notice on the update history that the status on at least half of the upda... Read more

A:Laptop has been shutting down for 7 hours after update, please help!

Hello Slimefon,

7 hours is certainly a long time for updates to install..

I would say it's best to power it down manually and when Windows boots up, please click the start menu, type Event Viewer and hit enter. Click the drop down icon to the left of custom views, right-click administrative events and select save all events in custom view as. Choose a file name for it and save it in your desired location.

Please upload the files to a sharing site, such as OneDrive then provide me with the link.

Thanks,
Legade

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I have shut-down my PC computer a little over 2 hours ago because updates had been downloaded. It has been hanging on update 2 of 5 for about 2 hours now, which is most unusual. I have no idea what this update relates too. How much longer should I give the update and then what action should be taken?

A:update 2 of 5 hanging for more than 2 hours on shutdown

Difficult to say without knowing which update it is
Two hours would be OK if the update was Service Pack 1 - but not OK if it was a normal 'minor' update.
give it another hour or so, then you may have to crash it by holding the power button in for 5+ seconds, and hope it reboots OK.
Boot to Safe Mode first - then reboot to Normal Mode if that's OK.

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I currently own a Pavilion dv7-6c90us and I shutdown updated it 2 days ago. When I turned it on yesterday it went to a black screen with the loading circles. I left it like that over night and it's still like that, almost a time of 24 hours. If I force a shut down and turn it back on it goes back to the same state. Anyone know what to do that can help, thanks.

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Running Home Premium x64. There were 6 updates that needed to be installed. When I shut down the computer they began to install. It's now been at least 3 hours and it's only on 3 of 6. It says do not power off or restart your computer during the installation. Should i just wait or should I restart the computer? Will it screw anything up if I restart the computer? Also, does anyone know what these updates were for?

A:Update is taking hours to install

I wouldn't have installed them if I didn't know what they were for.

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Windows 7 was updating. The message "Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer." is displayed. The laptop is hung. Nothing is progressing. The progress circle us still, and not spinning. Like this for several hours.What do I do?

A:Windows 7 update hung for hours

I would reboot...if system can't reboot, manually shut the power down and then reboot.  Run the chkdsk /r command, if system boots into Windows.
 
Chkdsk From Command Prompt, Win 7 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/496613/contextmenu-is-causing-explorerexe-to-crash/?p=3067880
 
Louis

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Windows Update still Checking for hours. What must do I need to do? 

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I know this issue has been discussed all over the internet, including this forum, so forgive me for adding more clutter on the topic. I've read everything I can find, and tried every fix short of a fresh install. Nothing helps.

For me the problem started several Patch Tuesdays ago. Checking for Updates takes many hours, then Downloading them takes several more. Last time it was only 4 updates which took about 4+ hours to check, then another 4+ hours to download. Installation seems to be operating normally.

I have two 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 systems that are both doing the same thing.

Since no one seems to agree on a solution, can someone point me in the right direction on this? Thanks...

A:Windows Update takes Hours

Hi,
Was this any of the suggestions you've read
When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.
Windows Update Settings - Change

Make sure KB3020369 is installed if not manually install it this is the main article page with all versions,
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3020369
These other links do prompt you to download as soon as you click on them just to give you a heads up

Win-7 32 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x86.msu
Win-7 64 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x64.msu

Then manually install KB3172605 main article page with all versions,
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605
KB3172605
Win-7 32 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x86.msu

Win-7 64 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x64.msu

After switch your windows update settings back to what you had prior and manually check for updates and the rest should show up shortly.

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I know this issue has been discussed all over the internet, including this forum, so forgive me for adding more clutter on the topic. I've read everything I can find, and tried every fix short of a fresh install. Nothing helps.

For me the problem started several Patch Tuesdays ago. Checking for Updates takes many hours, then Downloading them takes several more. Last time it was only 4 updates which took about 4+ hours to check, then another 4+ hours to download. Installation seems to be operating normally.

I have two 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 systems that are both doing the same thing.

Since no one seems to agree on a solution, can someone point me in the right direction on this? Thanks...

A:Windows Update takes Hours

Hi,
Was this any of the suggestions you've read
When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.
Windows Update Settings - Change

Make sure KB3020369 is installed if not manually install it this is the main article page with all versions,
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3020369
These other links do prompt you to download as soon as you click on them just to give you a heads up

Win-7 32 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x86.msu
Win-7 64 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...020369-x64.msu

Then manually install KB3172605 main article page with all versions,
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605
KB3172605
Win-7 32 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x86.msu

Win-7 64 bit
https://download.microsoft.com/downl...172605-x64.msu

After switch your windows update settings back to what you had prior and manually check for updates and the rest should show up shortly.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P9600 @ 2.53GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3992 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1772 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 221 GB (130 GB Free); Q: 10 GB (3 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO, 2801CTO
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated

My Lenovo t400s laptop is running really slow, so I went to the Lenovo site and had them scan my computer to see what updates it needed, hoping to speed it up a bit. All the updates were successful until it got to the bios one. It still is updating after 3 plus hours. So i went online to see how long these updates usually take, and come to find out it should have only taken a couple minutes.
Now, the update is still running and I don't know what to do. Should I turn it off? I read that if I do it might mess up my computer. I don't really understand the things the online articles said to do, and I really don't trust any other website but yours, including Lenovo, which got me into this mess!! (That isn't just flattery, it's the truth, but if it helps me get an answer quicker, go ahead and take it as flattery!
PLEASE advise as soon as possible, I'm using all my data minutes...
 

A:Help! Bios update taking 3 hours now...

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Info on my computer: http://i.imgur.com/jjQur.png
My Asus Windows 8 laptop has been updating for about five hours.


Holding down the power button for a hard restart just 'pauses' it, continuing the update from the same spot as soon as it's turned back on.


It's safe to assume that the update is stuck. Any suggestions on how to get out of this? The only thing I can think of is waiting until the battery dies.

A:'Installing update 4 of 8" ...five hours later...

Try killing the laptop with the power button. Start it up again and when it gets to the boot screen, kill it right away. Do it a few times, and that should either enter Windows into the Automatic Repair loop or the Advanced Boot options. From there, you can try booting into Safe Mode.

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I'm on W8 and want to update to 8.1 but I have tried three times with the same result.

In the store I start the download and it seems to start correctly (just like on two other laptops that I have updated successfully within the last week). However, nothing else happens. The screen says downloading and the thermometer crawls from left to right for a while, indicating that it is, in fact, doing something (I am on a 40/40 line).

After about 30 minutes or so the thermometer start from the left margin Again. No explanation as to why. Same story Again. It sometimes takes 15 minutes before it seems to start allover again, and sometimes considerably more, but the end result is the same: After hours on end it seems to die and nothing happens. The job list indicates that nothing is running.

And Windows 8 does not seem to be influenced by all this. It looks and feels the same.

Can anyone point me to a possible explanation?

zoega

A:Update to 8.1 just keeps downloading for hours - and dies.

Unfortunately for many people this update is a mess.

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The computer is a Compaq15 64-bit, running Windows 8.1.  It has 2g memory and a 500gb hard drive with plenty of available space.
I'm trying to help a friend with his computer being extremely slow.  The language on his computer is Spanish.  He doesn't speak much computer and I don't speak much Spanish, so please bear with me.  
According to Task Manager, the problem seems to be caused by a task running continually and consuming from 51 to 57% of the CPU.  The task is Service Host Local System (13) this number varies from time to time but is usually in the teens.  I have
been working with this problem for about five days now.  I think I'm safe in saying that I've tried at least 50 different fixes none of which has worked for more than a few hours and this task kicks off again.  I started out thinking it was a problem
only with this task kicking off for no reason because nothing was running on the computer at the time.  At least nothing that I was aware of. 
Last night I seemed to have it fixed because the computer ran for about four hours without the task consuming the CPU.  It stayed down around 2 to 7 percent which I thought was acceptable.  
Then, before giving it back to him, I decided to take a look at Windows Update through the Control Panel.
The option was set so that the updates would be automatically installed.  But when I looked at the History of Installed Updates, the latest update was done in ... Read more

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Okay. My HDD seems to not be working. I got the black screen of death with a cursor with Windows 10. I used the Windows 7 install disc to try to reinstall on a HDD that we pulled out of my sons xbox. It loaded Windows 7 and seems to be working fine. Nothing else on the computer besides Internet Explorer 11 and Chrome.

Last night I started to run Windows Update. When I woke up this morning, my computer had turned itself off. So I started it back up and ran Windows Update again because nothing happened before. I started it this morning about 9am. Its now 9pm and its been running all day and still is.

I went into programs and it appears something may have happened at some point today because there are a few updates that were installed. Odd because update never did finish and I didn't tell it to update like when you have to click on things you want updated. Maybe it finally just showed up from the Update I tried to run last night. ????????????????

I know very little to nothing about computers. It just seems like a very long time to run the update and I wanted to make sure that its still working right. I thought maybe its just not doing what it is suppose to or something.

Could it actually take this long and still be looking for updates? I used a Dell provided Reinstallation DVD Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit.

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I have one system (Win 7 pro on a Dell Precision workstation M6700, I7-3740) that scans for hours on end trying to do Win updates. 
This is apparently a huge problem with Windows Updates- Windows 7, Server 2008, Win 8X and even Win 10. By some accounts taking more bandwidth than Win 10. Other IT people have reported the system scans for hours, even days with nothing happening. 
And with little activity on the network connection or on the computer itself.
 Pointing systems to WSUS or using SCCM to manage it does not help 
either.
I have managed to resolve this issue on all my own systems,  all client systems, except this one. 
I also passed the solution on to a number of colleagues who reported it resolved the same issue with their client systems.
 
To date there have been 12 updates and counting that Microsoft has rolled in the last 8 months to resolve this issue. 
But only the last 4 and counting, especially KB3172605 and KB3020369 and KB3135445 and KB3102810 if 3172605 and 3020369 will not install or work.
I tried to install KB 3172605 and got the documented message "This update is not appropriate for this computer." I then tried to install KB 3020369, the documented solution when 3172605 will not install. I have used this solution on a number of
systems to resolve  the Windows update issue that scans for without conclusion. The message that came back" This update is already installed." However 302... Read more

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Has anyone experienced this? I am installing the service pack 3 update for Windows XP and the install wizard is moving extremely slow. It is to the point where it is installing files and I can see that each individual file (dll's, exe's, etc.) takes about 30-90 seconds to install! It has been installing like this for many hours now - almost half a day. There is no option to cancel and roll back the installation (buttons are all grayed out), so I'm just going to patiently wait for it to end.

Does anyone know why this would happen?

Here are some further details of the update: First I rolled IE7 back to IE6 before hand because I was having trouble using windows update (I was getting an error message before it would do anything else). I tried to install with windows update through IE6, but that install wizard stalled while it was detecting the system configuration (I was able to cancel and do rollback of the install). Then I read that one of the most sure-fire ways of installing SP3 was to use the stand-alone download install file for it (I think it was referred to as something like "SP3 Network Install" file and I downloaded it directly from Microsoft's website). Then I disabled my network connection, firewall, anti-virus and all other programs that I could find running. I checked and made sure my harddrive had enough space (over 15 Gig) I did a restore point and then ran the update. That was about 10 hours ago and the progress bar is about half-... Read more

A:Windows XP SP3 Update Taking Hours to Install

I am not certain but it worked with SP2. Download the a trial of WinRAR. Use WinRAR to extract the entire contents of SP3 to a seperate folder. There should be an update folder inside. Open it and run setup from with in. One of our previous technicians managed to update ten network computers in under a hour this way
 

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I tried to shut my machine down around 1:40pm ET on 6/3/13 and there was the little exclamation mark indicating there was one critical update waiting to install when I shutdown the machine. I come back over 7 hours later and the machine is still trying to shut down while installing this critical update. I hit the power button, but the computer came right back on with its shutdown/installing message.

So I turned on my Asus tablet with WiFi and before that thing booted up enough to unlock, then my laptop shuts down. Was M$ trying to steal my computer contents with a lockout claiming an update? It's just beyond odd another wifi device shuts this thing down.

I looked at Windows Update and this is the only update installed for my machine today. System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) [May 2013] I was on M$ Chat for free last night and they did take remote control of my computer last night and I had a hard time recovering from a reboot (twice) when they didn't logoff before the reboot. I had to reboot in Safe Mode With Networking last night because I couldn't get past the Please Wait screen before the logon screen. After I killed off the expired remote session window my computer eventually found it's way back to Unsafe Mode. I think M$ Chat is hypersensitive about keys and this was just a way to jam my computer with their Windows Advantage/Genuine BS. They told me my OS warranty was expired and they wanted their $99. I told them I just used the Upgrade Anytime... Read more

A:Installed Update took nearly 8 hours to shut down the machine.

Apparently this update keeps coming around. Windows Vista System Update Readiness Tool (KB947821) [April 2008]

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So I did a fresh install of Windows 7 (again), and I shut it down last night and it started installing some updates. 211? I thought it wouldn't take too long. Usually when I have installed all the updates for a fresh install it took no more than 3 hours. But 11??? This is pretty insane. Since I woke up which is about 1 hour ago, it has been stuck on update 177 of 211. I suspect this update has been causing the system to be updating all night because when I last checked before going to sleep last night at 10:30, it was at update 118 or so. My question is why is it taking so long and when will it be finished? Also, is there a way to interrupt this without corrupting the hard drive?
 
The specs of the machine are as follows:
Intel Core i5-4440 3.1 GHz
8 GB Kingston HyperX Fury RAM (DDR3-1600)
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti SC
1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda
 
EDIT: I shouldn't say Windows Update, it is supposed to be updating then shutting down.

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Good morning everyone,

Problem description:

After logging-on to my computer around 2:00 a.m. (U.S. EST), I went to Control Panel and clicked on "Windows Update." As I'm typing this, WU is still displaying the progress bar, and says "Checking for updates." This has been going on for over 1.5 hours now. I tried to end the process in Task Manager, but get an "Access denied" message.

* Please note that I am not seeing any error codes.

My question: How do resolve this endless 'checking for updates' situation and get WU to actually update my computer with the "Patch Tuesday" updates released yesterday?

[EDIT @ 4:15 a.m.]: I restarted the computer about 15 minutes ago, and the WU "Checking for updates" has stopped (when in the Control Panel & clicking on Windows Update). WU is shown as "Running" in Task Manager under the "Services" tab. I continue to note in Task Manager, my CPU is still hovering around the 50% level.

[Additional steps taken - as of 5:18 a.m.]:

1. Performed scans with ESET, MBAM & SAS - no issues found.
2. Ran sfc /scannow. NO problems found.
3. Ran the Microsoft "Fix-it" tool. NO issues reported.
4. I've attached the CBS below.

At this point, I don't know what to do next and frankly...afraid to try anything without expert guidance from someone here.

Thank you for your time and any help!

CBS.log

A:Windows Update: Keeps checking for updates for over 1.5 hours?

I'm no expert so Cbs log means little to me. But in last few months the 'checking for updates' is pretty screwed. Patch Tuesday is a nightmare as for many it takes many many hours to find them. Your best to leave it overnight, eventually it will find them. I started mine about 3 hours ago and it's still checking. It was the same the last couple months. I can only think that MS has deliberately placed Windows 7 updates server traffic in an extremely low priority behind 8 and 10. It's prob part of their ruse to force people towards the bug riddled plague that is Windows 10

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Hello everyone,

I hate updating my computer. It seem that every time I update bad things happen.

This evening I shut my laptop down allowing it to update. The blue screen is stating....

'Please do not power off or unplug your computer, installing update 4 of 32'

It has been like this for best part of 2 hours. There has been very little activity from the hard drive LED. There is the revolving circle and moving '...' on the screen and they are active.

I am frightened to force it to shut down in case it wont start again as it is mid update.

Any advise would be great. Many thanks.

Paul

A:Windows update stuck on 'installing 4 of 32' for nearly 2 hours.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by tuxiow


Hello everyone,

I hate updating my computer. It seem that every time I update bad things happen.

This evening I shut my laptop down allowing it to update. The blue screen is stating....

'Please do not power off or unplug your computer, installing update 4 of 32'

It has been like this for best part of 2 hours. There has been very little activity from the hard drive LED. There is the revolving circle and moving '...' on the screen and they are active.

I am frightened to force it to shut down in case it wont start again as it is mid update.

Any advise would be great. Many thanks.

Paul


Paul

We need your system specs, network setup and Connection speed.

If you have not updated to SP-1 (it is over 500 Mb) and your connection isnt the fastest that may be within a reasonable amount of time.

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As has been my practice for many years, back to Windows 3.1, about every six months I wipe my hard drive and reinstall everything. Up to and including version 7, this process usually completed in 2-3 hours.

Six months ago I installed 8 on my laptop and upgraded to 8.1. Today I wiped my SSD and reinstalled the original version 8. The subsequent update process and upgrade to 8.1 involved 202 downloads for 2.1GB and took 10 hours. After installing application software I went to restart my machine and noticed the desktop "Shutdown" now has no simple "Restart" option only "Update and restart". As I tried to restart my machine, a screen missive appeared: "9 downloads installing. Do not turn off your computer". I did, turn off. This in spite of the fact I have automatic updates switched off. There was no explanation or description regarding the subject downloads.

Is my experience unique? Is this MS's vision of progress?

A:Windows 8 install: 10 hours to update and upgrade to 8.1

I always do what you did but differently and it saves me all those hours. Honestly, I would not blame MS for this. Each month or whenever necessary they come out with a new build of Windows 8/8.1 and they will include all new updates, that would cut down the time to re-install your Windows. It is just you own an old Version of Windows that was built 6 months or earlier ago. In addition, the online updates take a long time depending on the speed of your Internet, yours is just up to 10 MB/s and also depend on how busy their server is then you are not getting 10MB/s download speed. Further more, It also depend on how fast your laptop is etc...

For future reference, here's what I suggest you to do:
After installation of Windows 8 + 8.1 Updates + Activation.Defrag and shrink your SSD to 80 GB for Windows and the rest for data storage to keep them separated. From the elevated command prompt, run:
- dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
- sfc /scannowUsing Macrium Reflect Free to make a backup image of the 80GB partition to an external HD. For a freshly installation of Windows, it would take about 10GB. Macrium is a good free backup software and never once fails me. The user manual is also here: Macrium User Manual
Note: make sure to use a USB stick to create a Macrium Rescue disk.Go ahead and install the rest of your application programs. Clean, tweak, turn off all unnecessary services, registry etc..
Again, run the 2 commands in step 2 and make another backup.Repeat... Read more

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I did a fresh install of Win7 Ultimate x64 and after WU found the SP1 update, applied it, and rebooted, it no longer seems to be working.

What it does: "Checking for updates..." runs for hours (over 3 now) without continuing. If I look in my task manager, svchost.exe has a Commit size of 2,020,309K and is taking 100% of one of the cores.

A:Windows update checks for updates for hours without any actions

Hi mblue,

I would recommend that you run this and report back!
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-issues/en-us

Cheers!
Boris

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I have looked at various "solutions" through Google, seeing various threads here, on MS forum, and Reddit.

I tried the MS media tool, and got the same error as Solved Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586 update fails multiple times - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

I tried a MS post http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2-fc804b200658
stopping/starting the services (catroot one said access denied, another either didn't say anything or was already stopped/started), which seemed to just remove the entry from the Windows Update window. After that it downloaded and wound up just being stuck again at 25% while I slept.

Windows is on my SSD. There is nothing special about my computer used for general and gaming use. All I have connected are the basics: USB keyboard/mouse/webcam/mic, monitor, non USB headset. I just have Windows Defender and basic Malwarebytes (manual updates and scans) as anti-virus on my computer.

This only started to do the forced restarts without my able to change dates a couple days ago. I have had defer updates on since installing Windows 10 a year ago, being notified.

I have tried sfc /scannow, update troubleshooter which can't find a problem...

Updating post after I try the Tech Bench method:

edit - I also have 177 GB free on the SSD.

edit - I am redoing the MS tool. I first redid the MS forum post of stopping those services but I didn't turn them back on (still have access denied on catroot, and I had to delete the old folder before renaming an... Read more

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Today I tried to resolve my wireless issue by update new wireless driver that HP provided on the HP support website but all doesn't work (Broadcom,Intel and Realtek).So I have tried to update BIOS by using HP system BIOS update utility that available to download on HP support website. I hope this would sort it out.However,after passed 2 hours the screen shows Not responding on the top of HP Bios Update and Recovery menu. I tried to close program, open task manager, restart and push switch off button. All doesn't work !Please advise

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So i did this update before and it was stuck at 88% 7 hours later 89%, this time the update started around 10:30pm on the 29/09/16 and i checked up on it in the morning around 8:30 and it stuck on 91%, now it was 11:45am and it was still stuck on 91%, can someone guy me any insight on what could be the cause of the problem and any solutions to them?

Thanks guys!

A:Windows 10 update stuck at 91%, left laptop on for over 12 hours

Run CMD as admin and copy/paste:

taskkill /im TiWorker.exe /f
net stop wuauserv /y
rmdir "%systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download" /s /q
del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr0.dat"
del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr1.dat"
cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

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I had a laptop sitting around that I hadn't used for about 2 years. But I was inspired to pull it out because I had Win 7 on it and figured it wouldn't hurt to try Win 10 on it before I decide whether to finally upgrade my desktop to 10. However, I wanted to update my Win7 install and take a backup before doing the upgrade to 10.

To start with, the laptop, a Lenovo X200, was still PRE-SP1 (Win 7 Ult x64). At that point Windows Update was working. It prompted me to update the Update client and after doing so I ended up with a list of aout 140+ important updates. So, I selected all of them and let it go. Well...that didn't work. It downloaded and installed and on reboot it configured and then "failed" and began "reverting changes." To be honest, with so many updates I wasn't that surprised. Still, that was a few hours wasted.

So I went back into Windows Updates and selected about 15 at a time and did this about 3 times. Rebooting in between each set. And at least one of those times another update for the client was required. While that had been going on, I had been doing some googling and found eventually got the SP downloaded.

It was after the SP was installed that windows update completely stopped working for me. I tried manually installing various different update fixes (3102810, 3112343, 3135445, 3138612) and then would let "looking for updates" run for anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours. But I never got any results, or messages, or p... Read more

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Hello, I am having a similar problem.
When I shut down my computer last night, it displayed the familiar "Do not turn off your computer, installing update X of 6" screen. As usual, I left it to instal and shut down by itself, and I went to bed.
When I got up this morning (about 8 hours later), I noticed that my computer had not shut down (though the screen was black). I wiggled the mouse, and it immediately woke up to display the same screen (now on 6 of 6). If I leave it alone, the screen will black out again in about half an hour. I do not seen a cancel option, and do not have a cursor anyway.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) on an HP laptop with a Athelon II P(something) 2(ish) ghz processor. Sorry, I don't remember what processor it has exactly and there is no sticker on the laptop itself. I cannot check the specs on the computer itself because I cannot do anything on it.

I have noticed that the two periods at the end of the "Installing 6 of 6.." message are still slowly moving across the screen and back, and there is a spinning wheel to the left of the message that might be my cursor, but it doesn't respond to my mouse or my touchpad.

Does anyone know what I should do?

A:April 11th Windows 7 Update has been installing for 9 hours...

I would be inclined to force a shutdown then restart in Safe Mode and install updates manually.

To get into Safe Mode just tap the F8 key on startup.

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This is showing up since last couple of hours. Only change made was to update the latest BIOS update from Lenovo.Pressing the power button makes 5 beeps (beep-beep, pause, beep-beep-beep) and nothing else happens. Please help!   

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Hello and thank you for the help in advance,

I recently had a virus and i am having a little trouble with SpySweeper with A/V now. My specifics on the remainder of the virus is in a different post (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic225314.html) but I thought it best to put this here to make sure it isn't a different problem.

Problems

1.) SpySweeper will not connect to the internet to validate my product code or to update (this is not just spysweeper, Kaspersky Internet Security 09 nor AVG will either).

2.) Sweeps take 50+ hours.

What I've done:

I've reinstalled the program 3 times to no avail

I've also tried looking for hidden things in the SpySweeper folder (along with other folders).
All help is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Brenden Smith.

A:Webroot Spysweeper won't update and takes 50+ hours to scan [Reopened]

I am moving yhis to the Am I Infected forum for the scans..Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it.Before saving any of your security programs, rename them first. For example, before you save Malwarebytes', rename it to something like MBblah.exe and then click on Save and save it to your desktop. Same thing after you install it. Before running it, rename the main executable file first***Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run..***Another work around is by not using the mouse to install it, Just use the arrow keys, tab, and enter keys.***Open up command prompt, type in following commands: XP >> click the Start menu at the lower-left of your computer's desktop and select "Run". Type cmd into the Run box and click "OK".Vista >> click the Start menu at the lower-left of your computer's desktop and Type cmd in the search box.regsvr32 mbamext.dllregsvr32 ssubtmr6.dll regsvr32 vbalsgrid6.ocxregsvr32 zlib.dll ****If you cannot use the Internet,you will need access to another computer that has a connection.From there save mbam-setup.exe to a flash,usb,jump drive or CD. Now transfer it to the infected machine, then install and run the p... Read more

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The system will download. Then it will start to install the updates.  It will say it failed to install the updates. At that point it will say failure and will revert to original. The next point it will grind away for hours not doing anything. Is there
a solution which I may use to correct this situation.

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