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Delaying restart for updates beyond 'active hours'

Q: Delaying restart for updates beyond 'active hours'

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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Preferred Solution: Delaying restart for updates beyond 'active hours'

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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.

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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'!

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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I installed windows 7 yesterday but windows update is now stuck on checking for updates all the time. Doesn't download or install any updates

That said i looked up and tried a lot of solutions/fixes online but no luck, nothing worked.

Any help is much appreciated. I don't wanna upgrade to windows 10 by the way.

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Hi Support,
We have a new desktop PC which contains Windows 7 Professional operating system (64 bit).
The issue is that when i click on Windows 7 update,it shows checking for updates
for more than 6 hours and still it is continuing the same.
The screenshots are attached for your reference.
Pls. let me know why it shows the same message for more than 6 hours and still it remains the same.Its a new desktop PC of  HP.
Your support is highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. 

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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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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?


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I have to restart my PC every 12 hours or so or else it freezes. I have always done all of the updates, spyware checks, virus scans, degrags and everything checks out. I also have cleaned around it as the dust seems to accumulate fast around the outside of it. Can you tell me what the problem might be? I have an HP a1223w Windows XP. Otherwise, everything is just fine with it.

A:Have to restart every 12 hours

Welcome to TSG....

Actually even though a computer can be left on all the time it is not a good thing to do for reasons that I will not go into here but they really should be shut-down periodically so they can be re-booted even just to refresh the defaults. nuff of this.

I would like you to install and run this from bootup and the instructions are ther e for that. It is speedfan and it tells about temperatures in a computer. Pleas epost the heat ranges to this thread.

Here is a download to run SpeedFan as a service on boot up here:

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures

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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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i have a toshiba laptop, with windows vista ultimate installed. about a month ago something happened, when i downloaded and installed something that had a virus, well i got rid of most of what was wrong, alot of spyware and bleep, now i am stuck where for the past month my computer has restarted every 2 hours and 15 seconds, and i ahve internet explorer popups under firefox.

i have run a slew of virus programs to no prevail and even followed totuorials on other websites that dont seem to help. i thing i have a problem related to a rootkit "clbdriver.sys/beep.sys" i have run GMER multiple times and every time it hangs up on a file titled clbdriver.sys that is hidden in the system32\drivers directory.

i have a log from catchme, GMER, hijackthis, and combofix if u would like me to post them. please help me as soon as u can, kuz the computer restarteing every 2 hours makes it almost impossible to do anyhting. any help onto this would be greatly appreciated

p.s. as im posting this i dont seem to be getting any popups from IE i think i fixed that last night when i followed the tutorial on majorgeek.com (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=139681)

A:Restart Every 2 Hours And 15 Seconds

Try system restore and restore to before you installed the program with the virus......

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I have a weird problem on a laptop as following: When starting the PC everything runs correctly. But after about a four hours of use everything goes the wrong way... Something is going wrong with the network connection.
When trying to browse on the web I’m unable to get through to any website. And chrome is displaying a DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNETT error.
Email is still working great. Even TeamViewer works [Actually I haven't tried to connect while the problem is on, but if I was in middle of a session it continued working]. When trying to ping to a URL I can't ping successfully but any IP address [for example or] it works just fine.
What I’ve tried:
First I ran a full anti-virus scan with Avast, and there were no infections found. Then I scanned with Malwarebytes, and it found a few infected files and I went ahead and deleted them [Some of them were from an infection called ChrimeWatch].
I checked the DNS [through nslookup command, and in the Control Panel Network Connection Details] and it was not changed when problem occurred.
I changed the DNS to Googles public DNS server
Using other browsers.
Flush the DNS with ipconfig /flushdns command.
It's a Windows 7 laptop.
Can anyone please help me?!

A:DNS stops after few hours of use, till i restart the PC

Reset Chrome...Click on "Customize and control Google Chrome":  Click "Settings" then "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the screen. Click "Reset browser settings" button. Restart Chrome.If the above didn't help....Reinstall Chrome...If you want to save your bookmarks...How to Backup Bookmarks in Google ChromeIf you want to save your passwords as well see here: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-backup-saved-passwords-in-google-chrome-browser/ Close all Chrome windows and tabs.Go to the Start menu > Control Panel. (Windows 8 users: Learn how to access the Control Panel)Click Programs and Features.Double-click Google Chrome.Click Uninstall from the confirmation dialog. Delete your user profile information, like your browser preferences, bookmarks, and history, by selecting the "Also delete your browsing data" checkbox.Install fresh copy.

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I'm running a emachines WinXP Pro, 687 MG RAM with AMD Athlon 2.4. As programs I have Spyware Doctor, AVG Anit-virus, Sygate firewall, and Registry Mechanic.

A few days ago the comp shut down without warning. At first I thought it was the power supply. I opened the case and blew out all the dust from the bits and the power supply. Later it started fine. The next day it shut down again, and again without warning. It again shut down last night. This time I checked the heat sink to see if it was overheating - it was not. Today I was on there and this time the video gave out, and the keyboard wouldn't work either (I tried to shut it down using the keys), and in fact it wouldn't even shut down using the power on / off button and I finally had to unplug it from the wall. One more thing: twice it restarted after removing the power plug from the motherboard and pluggin it back in.

Is this a mechanical problem? A virus?

I need help on this, it seems like the time it's working is getting shorter and shorter, meaning I can't get files burned to a DVD to save them.


(this is also posted in the security and hardware forums)

A:Comp is shutting down, won't restart for hours

Welcome to TSG....

How did you check the heatsink for overheating?

Did you remove the heatsink from the top of the processor?

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I have a computer which runs all the time i.e 24x7. Is there any way I can schedule computer to shutdown automatically on Sunday evenings for 3 hours and then restart on it's own?

If there is a way to do it, please let me know. I want whole shutdown, rest for 3 hours and restart to be automatic.


A:Automatic shutdown and restart after 3 hours

I know some bios have an option to power up a PC at a set time , it's under power options , usually named 'resume by alarm' or some such thing.

You can schedule an auto-shutdown using the task scheduler , someone produced a youtube vid showing how it was done here , probably easier than me explaining it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2RwocqWpcE , turn the sound off..the backing music is quite loud...

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First of all nice site! Didn't know it. Congrats.

I have a problem with my laptop. Before 1,5 month, windows started restarted and showed blue screen error. If i remember right it started after some windows updates but i'm not sure. Pc restarts exactly every 6 hours, at 11:01, 17:01, 23:01 and 05:01. (My local time is +2 GMT hours)

I attach the sf diagnostic zip. Any help would be nice!

Thank you in advance

A:BSOD Problem, Restart Every 6 Hours

C: drive only has about 4% free space. Windows likes 15% free space in order to perform stuff "behind the scenes" without adversely affecting the system's performance. Please free up 15% on ALL hard drives (you can get away with 10% on larger drives and won't notice a large performance penalty)

Drivers for these devices aren't installed:

Not Available USB\VID_138A&PID_003C\00B0B8A6AF88 The drivers for this device are not installed.
Base System Device PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2392&SUBSYS_1631103C&REV_30\4&39D23F95&0&01E2 The drivers for this device are not installed.

The first one is most likely a Validity Sensor, the second is most likely a JMicron PCIe SD/MMC Host Controller (Media Card Reader). Please install these drivers immediately.

Dumps blamed exfat2k.sys - some sort of file system driver. If you don't know what it is, post back and I'll research it some (I'm late for work now).

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

agrsm64.sys Mon Nov 10 10:01:35 2008 (49184CCF)
Agere Systems Soft Modem

HECIx64.sys Tue Oct 19 19:33:43 2010 (4CBE2AD7)
Intel Management Eng... Read more

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hi my pc wont reboot or start after a shutdown unless i have it switched off for at least 3-4 hours then it starts normally. ive checked all the devices in device manager it says this device is working ok. ive updated the bios successfully and updated all the drivers. ive checked in windows health settings and it says no problems with drivers, storage capacity or software and apps. ive built the pc about 4 years ago and its been running ok but last few months this problem started occurring slowly getting worse. it used to start if the pc was switched off for half an hour but now its at least 3 hours. i installed some 3rd party anti-virus software in march maybe cud that have sumthing to do with it? any help wud be greatly appreciated thx

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 32651 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (172 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., B85M-D3H
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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This has been going on for a few months now on my new HP dv5-1000us notebook running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. The computer starts up with wireless networking and wireless connection working fine. At some seemingly random time (usually a few hours) my connection status will go from "local and internet" to "limited connectivity" with the little yellow warning icon. I try disconnecting and reconnecting, it can't connect. I turn off and on the adapter using the on-keyboard button, it says it is going "off" then "on" but connection is not restored. "Repair" attempts fail immediately, with no explanation given, it just says it can't connect. I can't ping any IP address or websites, I get "host unreachable" messages. The only solution is to restart, at which point everything is fine. Note that in this time when the wireless is not functioning, I can plug in an ethernet cable and be connected to the internet just fine.

I did IPCONFIG/ALL in the connected state, and the 'after' disconnected state.

In the connected state:
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : dhe.duke.edu
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-35-51-FE
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::ad1e:6705:f705:d3f5%11(Pref... Read more

A:Lose wireless after a few hours, requires restart, need help!

I'm no expert on this, but it sounds to me as though the problem may lie with your firewall.

Some firewalls, if they sense a threat (real or imagined) will close all ports and thus stop traffic to and from your machine. Rebooting will return things to their base settings.

I'm sure the experts will be along soon and tell me I'm talking rubbish. But, until they do, just check.

Oops. Sorry, didn't notice the ethernet cable bit

Memo to self: Don't try to answer questions. Sorry again

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This has been going on for a few months now on my new HP dv5-1000us notebook running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. This problem has happened at numerous locations with different routers / networks, always the same symptoms though.

The computer starts up with wireless networking and wireless connection working fine. At some seemingly random time (usually a few hours) my connection status will go from "local and internet" to "limited connectivity" with the little yellow warning icon. I try disconnecting and reconnecting, it can't connect. I turn off and on the adapter using the on-keyboard button, it says it is going "off" then "on" but connection is not restored. "Repair" attempts fail immediately, with no explanation given, it just says it can't connect. I can't ping any IP address or websites, I get "host unreachable" messages. The only solution is to restart, at which point everything is fine again (for a few hours). Note that in this time when the wireless is not functioning, I can plug in an ethernet cable and be connected to the internet just fine.

I did IPCONFIG/ALL in the connected state, and the 'after' disconnected state.

In the connected state:
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : dhe.duke.edu
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-35-51-FE
DHC... Read more

A:Always lose wireless after a few hours, requires restart, need help!

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Does anyone know any tips on writing batch file or 3rd party freeware for auto shcedule to shutdown at night and restart at morning?

Because the office building is very often having main power maintenance and all PCs and servers are required to shutdown at odd hours in the night.

What I have done so far was @ECHO OFF shutdown.exe -r -t and it was only shutdown and restart straight away. What I wanted was shutdown at 23:00PM and

restart at 07:30AM next morning. Is it possible?


A:Auto schedule shutdown and restart after 8 hours

You can use the Task Scheduler in Windows (or cron in Linux and Mac OS) to have a command executed at a certain time each day.Simply set the Run: parameter to something like this:shutdown /s /t 15 /c "Shutting Down!" /fThere isn't, to my knowledge, any way to cause the computer to start itself unless such functionality is supported in the BIOS setup. Some computers' BIOS have options to turn the computer on at a certain time, though this option is relatively rare. Another, more common, BIOS option is "Wake on LAN." Wak on LAN allows the computer to be started up by sending it a special signal over it's ethernet connection, though this requires another computer on the LAN to already be up and running from which to send this signal.

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I just installed Vista 3 days ago, and It was working great! I then went to install some updates. I got all 60 or so at once and went from there. The system went to restart and sat at "configuring updates" for about 30 min, then "Shutting down" for another 30 before I decided to force reboot and system restore. Then I went back and started installing the updates at about 10 at a time. This worked, until I got to the last couple updates, and the same thing happened. On another computer I looked up the problem and Microsoft said to just let it sit until it's done, as it has to "uninstall language packs" or something. So I let it sit over night, and during school, and it had been about 16 hours. I decided it just needed help shutting down so i force rebooted and then it got stuck on "Configuring updates" after loading Windows. What am I supposed to do? I can't keep system restoring every time i install an update?!

My system: Vista Home Premium 32-bit; Intel Core 2 Quad E6600; nVidia GeForce 8800gt; ASUS P5N-E SLI Mobo; 4 gb Corsair Ram; Seagate 200 gb hdd; second 620 gb hard drive used for docs

A:Configuring updates 16+ hours?

You can use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility in Safe Mode, to remove any specific Security update
Until you work out which one is causing the issue

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OK, this is weird. I am writing this at 10 am. Since 6 pm yesterday, I noticed the yellow shield icon on the bottom right, and when I moved my mouse on it, it said Downloading Updates. At 6 pm last night, it said 0%. When I went to bed at midnight, it said 3%. Whatever it is was slowing my computer down terribly!! This morning, at 10 am, it just moved to 32%!!! In other words, this downloading of updates has now gone on for at least 16 hours.....

Sure, I know my AVG came on during the night and slowed it down, and my AVG was STILL on at 10 am so I paused it....but WHAT IS BEING DOWNLOADED THAT IS TAKING SO LONG??? How do I find out?? This is NOT normal.


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My downloading update have been on 1% for many hours. What can I do to fix this? Im been connected to wifi, that is fast, all the time. And restarted the computer a couple of times.

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Hi All, I got a notice for 7 updates for Vista 64 earlier this evening so I set about installing them with the wizards. It's taken over 2 hours and still not finished. I got "configuring the updates" for about 45 minutes and then "shutting down" for another 45 so I figured something wasn't right so I did a hard shutdown and booted into Ubuntu 64 to post this.
Is there something wrong or is everyone else taking this long?

A:7 updates? 1!/2 hours and still not finished?

Definitely something weird going on. I finally got my desktop back but my mouse pointer was jerking around the screen. I went to this forum from Opera and was writing this reply when Vista decided to log off and shut down.
I started again and booted into safe mode, ran Opera, came to this forum. Fine. Didn't know what to look for really so I rebooted normally and that's where I'm at. I've been at these wretched updates all night.
Am I the only one with this problem? Are these genuine MS updates?
john Williams

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This is my first topic, so forgive me if i'm not exactly following the rules.
I have the exact same problem as discribed in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic461937.html

After a trojan (which is removed using Tdsskiller, gmer, Malwarebytes, Combofix & Kaspersky Internet Security 2012) i still have some problems:
- My desktop icons are rearranged after every restart.
- My computer loses the connection with the internet after several hours.

Can someone please help me?

A:Desktop icons rearranged after restart & internet connection stops after several hours

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button. Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the reply.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the reply and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs, include the ComboFix log, and describe what happens when you try to create the other logs.Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.Orange Blossom

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When I do Help About in IE it tells me I have IE 6.0.2800.1106CO. When I go to Windows update there are no links there. There is a message saying "Thank you for your interest in Windows Update
Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you get the most out of your computer.
The latest version of Windows Update is available on computers that are running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 (except Windows 2000 Datacenter Server), Windows XP, and the Windows Server 2003 family."
I cannot get into other secure sites because they identify my browser as IE 4. I did a round about path to download Windows updates but when I tried to execute them my computer said I needed IE 5 or later. I am running Win 98 SE on a 3 computer network with a BEFW11S4 Wireless Linksys Router. The other two computers on the network (98 and ME) can get Windows updates. I spent over 8 hours talking to Microsoft Engineers on the phone and they finally said there was nothing more they could think of to do but reformat. This is a 5 year old 500 MHZ processor and I will buy a new computer before I go through the trouble of reformating this one. I am posting this on the off chance that someone may know some piece of esoteric information that I haven't tried and Microsoft had me do everything I had ever heard of and a lot of things I would never have imagined. If anyone can please help me solve this problem I will donate $100.0... Read more

A:IE6 identified as IE4 can't get updates. On phone with MS 8 hours. Please Help

You should have a file inside your IE root folder called 'iedetect.dll' what file version does it say?

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One of our XP computers runs automated updates for Windows. There has never been any problems.

However the last few days, there have been 10 updates installing, and the 3rd update is taking hours upon hours to install. I have never seen anything like that before.

Is this normal? How would I go about approaching this? It will more than likely update itself later today and if anyone could help me, it would be appreciated.

A:Windows Updates taking 8 hours

well first off im guessing your not running off of dial up, second off, just try resetting your computer and going at it again

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Hello , I decided after trying Win 10 for a while that I like Win 7 much better , after numerous re installs I can't get any updates to show (well, the vast majority that I need) .

There are no error codes and SFC/SCANNOW and CHKDSK come back with no integrity violations.

It just keeps checking and checking and this is after troubleshooters by Microsoft , I have tried everything I can think of .

Thank you for your help, it's greatly appreciated.

A:No updates found at all after 8 hours of checking/log

Some people have had to wait up to 20 hours for the first check for updates to complete after a reinstall or an upgrade to the Update Agent - be patient.
There are no significant errors in your CBS data either

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My Dell Inspiron 23 desktop all in one Wndows updates freezes for more than 24 hours......."Working on updates 74% complete Don't turn off your computer" I have tried restarting it but it just continues. Please help!!

A:Windows Updates Stuck For More than 24 Hours

Please boot your computer with Windows Setup Media and from Windows Recovery Environment start the Command Prompt.Please type below command into Command Prompt and press Enter key.
dism /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions
Please replace partition letter C: with Windows installed partition letter.  When computer boots into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) environment the drive letter assign to Windows partition may not be C: drive letter because Windows 7, 8 , 8.1 and 10 creates a separate system partition when it's installed from scratch. The system partition contains boot files WinRE assigns the system partition the C: drive letter and the Windows installed partition will be assign any other drive letter usually D: drive letter is assign to Windows installed partition. The Bcdedit /enum | find "osdevice" command can be use to find out the drive letter of the Windows installed partition the output of the Bcdedit command is similar to this osdevice partition=D:. The drive letter after partition= is the drive letter of the Windows partition.

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My laptop died and I purchased a new one, with such bad luck that I had to return it two times for being deffective. So this is the 3rd one in a row in which I am suffering the same "torture".

After three days or so, when starting Windows (after shut down, not suspend), it will take hours with "configurating windows updates". It usually stays stuck forever in 15% done, then it goes to 16% after half an hour, then to 17% after whatever time and then one day it just reboots and when you think it's over, it starts again with more configurating. A real nightmare.

I noticed in the Microsoft forums that this is happening to everyone, specially after a few days of use of the new laptop.

It is annoying and actually it can even be a serious problem for people who are in a professional or personal hurry or emergency to use their computers. Microsoft should warn about this, let people decide if they accept having their systems blocked for unknown time for unknown reasons.

What do you think the reason can be? It takes so long that looks like a whole Windows reinstall. Actually, it takes far much longer than installing Windows 8.

I think that Microsoft should apologize and give explanations.

A:Windows 8 updates in new laptops taking hours. Why?

It is quite normal for the updates to take a long time, do not be alarmed if when rebooting the updates are "still" taking place for the only way some of those can be installed is after rebooting your system, sometimes more than once.
Just let the selected updates take place normally and meanwhile find something else to do.
I work with computers and every time I have to install a new OS what takes longest is the whole UPDATE process, last build I did took me close to 10 hours of updates (on a 6 MB WiFi connection) I guess on a new machine with higher hardware specs and a faster connection that whole time could be reduced by half ?..

BTW You can customize how updates take place on your machine from within control panels, Windows Updates.
I prefer being notified of the available KBs and letting me choose which ones I wanna install, automatic updates is a big no no .

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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!


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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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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No problems with this machine prior to this.

Brand: Acer
Model: Aspire 5742
Processor: Intel Core i5-450M
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

Minidumps and Report from jcgriff's program attached. No perfmon report as I got errors trying to generate it... not sure why

Very grateful for any assistance - thanks in advance!

A:3 BSOD's in 24 hours after installing Windows Updates

One of your problems is:

HTML Code:
GT-I9100 USB\VID_04E8&PID_6860&MS_COMP_MTP&SAMSUNG_ANDROID\7&34D0292C&2&0000 This device cannot start.
As a test, de-install.

You also have some problems with Windows Update

Please go to your Maintenance Center and check the Windows Update status. Make sure you are up to date, do them one by one manually if needed.
For help or reset see: Windows Update - Reset

Your dump shows problems with a network driver from Atheros. Please check and install newest here: http://partner.atheros.com/Drivers.aspx
Problem driver: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\athrx.sys

But, as I find multiple strange Samsung drivers that are causing problems, I suspect that de-installing your smartphone or whatever it is... will help.

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4 Hours of my life wasted. I don't know how many at this point over years of this BS.
Windows 7, desperately needed to just get caught up on a handful of updates. Stuck at "checking for updates" or the one time I get them to start downloading sat there for 2 hours before I had to cancel to try again as clearly something wrong.
This is what I see, just sits there with 100% (of a core) CPU and RAM goes mental:

I've tried to apply what would normally fix it (KB3172605) but tells me that thats not applicable. Just googling all BS all rubbish no answer nothing.
This is beyond a joke. YOU MAKE ME HATE MY JOB SO FUCKING MUCH. I have everything about Microsoft and the stress and anxiety and anger you cause me. I looks so fucking stupid, so incompetent - Can't even get updates to install. FUCK YOU, You useless imbeciles,
You fucking children. You incompetent Fucks. FIX THIS SHIT.

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when I update my Win7 clients monthly after the Tuesday patchday with the newest WSUS Updates from Microsoft it takes up to 5 hours until the client has detected the needed updates. During this time there is no high CPU or disk utilization.
Win8.1 or WinSrv 2012 R2 clients only take 5-10 minutes for the same process. All machines get the updates from a Win2012R2 WSUS within a local network (1GBit).
How can I reduce this time for Win7 clients?

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I have tried three different times to install an update the the HP desktop assistant says is available.Every trime the screen show three blue boxes floating around in a circle. it does this for hours.  

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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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My brothers W7 Pro laptop was last updated Jan 2015, he was then diagnosed with Alzheimer and so the laptop got a bit forgotten about.

Anyway, I decided to charge it back up and see if it still worked, it did and started the Windows Update 'Checking for Updates.....' with the green sliding bar. It has now been running about 5 hours and is still 'Checking for Updates......

I do not know if this is a realistic time scale or if Update is having a bit of a wobbly, or its stuck somewhere going nowhere. Any suggestions?

A:Does it take over 5 hours to 'check' a years worth of updates ?

Yup. It could take all night. Been there, done that.


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Every so often, Windows Defender (Windows 8.1) hounds me to update. It 'updates' for hours and never finishes. What's the deal with this?

A:Windows Defender updates for hours - never finishes

Defender needs to update regularly - like at least weekly. When you let it go too long it almost has to reinstall itself completely, a task it may not be designed to do well.
Take the easy way out - update weekly, or more often. Updates are available daily from MS.
Keep us posted

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Once again, the never-ending saga of Windows Updates continuing to "Check for Updates" hour after hour after hour - with no results - is again plaguing me.

(I've already run the program in Brink's article [i.e. Option # 3] and cleared/reset the WU cache). Also have run sfc /scannow - no issues reported. I've also changed the WU setting in the Control Panel to "Never check for updates", and restarted the computer.

Does anyone here have any step-by-step instructions for me to try and resolve this problem and get those blasted updates installed?

Thank you for your time and any assistance.

A:Windows Updates (September 2016); Keeps checking for hours - Any help

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
After restart verify that the windows update service is not running if it is Stop and switch to Manual apply and okay.
Make sure KB3020369 is installed if not manually install it this is the main article page with all versions,
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
Win-7 64 bit

Then manually install KB3172605 main article page with all versions,
Win-7 32 bit

Win-7 64 bit

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

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I have just clean installed my HP laptop back to Windows 8.1 and it started to download all the initial updates needed to keep it all running as it should which is fine. My issue, is that its currently installed update 47 or 114 and has so been running for just under 6 hours.

Should it really take it this long to install 47 updates ? bearing in mind these are installed upon "shut down" to nothing else is running in the background.

The machine is fairly powerful and has a 4th Gen i5, 8GB RAM and 1.5TB hard drive.

What gives?



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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!


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I have just clean installed my HP laptop back to Windows 8.1 and it started to download all the initial updates needed to keep it all running as it should which is fine. My issue, is that its currently installed update 47 or 114 and has so been running for just under 6 hours.

Should it really take it this long to install 47 updates ? bearing in mind these are installed upon "shut down" to nothing else is running in the background.

The machine is fairly powerful and has a 4th Gen i5, 8GB RAM and 1.5TB hard drive.

What gives?



A:updates after clean install taking literally hours

thanks for moving my thread - I should really have checked the various section on the site before uploading my initial post :-)

its now on 62 out of 114 updates - how can it it be this slow ? wasn't there something about seamless updates on Windows 8's original promo materials?

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I had to do a clean install for a user of mine and I cannot get Windows Updates to install. I've ran the torubleshooter, stopped the wuauserv service and renamed the softeware distribution folder, restarted the BITS service but it's just hung on that screen
When I check the WindowsUpdate.log I have many line like the one below for many KB's:
DtaStor WARNING: Attempted to add URL http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2016/04/windows6.1-kb3145739-x64_b9ae7ee29555dce4d1a225fd1324176a2538178a.msu for file ua5+4pVV3OTRoiX9EyQXaiU4F4o=
when file has not been previously added to the datastore

how can I get this fixed?

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I've done about 5 different clean installs this week and have attempted multiple fixes form other forums when it comes to searching for updates. The last install which I started yesterday at 7am pacific time is still going for over 24 hours, Once I registered the product key and activated windows it found a new update for the client and since then it's been searching. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again!


Service pack 1 is already installed from the cd version that I have. After I activated windows it prompted me to download and install a windows update agent which was windows update agent 7.6.7600.320 and since then it's been searching for updates.

A:Fresh install Windows 7 64bit searching for updates over 24 hours

Hi and welcome to SevenForums
See post #2 here
Clean install
windows update

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Updated hP 620 running on WIN 7 to Win 10. Ran for a month or so, then automatically updated WIN 10. WIN 10 logo came up, a few swirls, and then screen turns light blue and never changes Any suggestions other than getting aWIN 7 disk and reloading WIN 7? Microsoft said itcouild take many hours to update, but the system has been up all night with no sign of progress. F keys don't do anything.  

A:System started win10 updates and locked up for hours. Eventu...

olearyvergreen Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I tend to be more cautious than other folks, especially when it comes to Win10 "Updates".For you see, the Anniversary Update (AU) is a whole NEW version of Win10.  The previous was 10586; this is 14393 -- and the community Win10 forums are awash with folks whose machines, which had previously been running Win10 without problems, SUDDENLY developed problems either trying to install this Update, or after installing this Update.My desktop has been running Win10 without problems since the earliest days of the Insider Preview over a year ago and it's sailed through Update after Update without problems.  So, you can imagine my surprise when the AU trashed my PC -- to the degree that I restored it from an image backup.At this point, you really only have two options:1) clean-install using new Win10 Media2) clean-install of Win7 using HP Recovery Media Either way, you lose all your data, settings, and apps! As to 1), you can create NEW Win10 media from this link: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help As to 2), you can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update".  If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will se... Read more

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Still dealing with the Optiplex 780. I have not installed a single windows update since I got it, it just sits there all day "checking for updates". I initiated it around 1, it is now past 8:30 and it still has not done anything. it still says "Most recent check for updates: Never" "Updates were installed: Never" I am stuck with the bare bones Windows 7 SP1. There is not a single update in the update history or anything. It just will not install updates, going very slow, and/or taking forever. What can I do?

A:"Checking for updates" not working or very slow/taking forever (7 hours now)

Worth a look, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104 .



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