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Windows Check for updates keeps running-all installation/updates fail

Q: Windows Check for updates keeps running-all installation/updates fail

I have never posted on a forum before so apologies if I am doing this wrong. The problem started when I tried to plug in my (new) iphone to my Dell pc. The device was not detected so I tried to update my itunes software - update failed and I received a Windows 7 error. After searching through multiple forums and trying to download windows utility cleaner, etc - nothing has helped. Also, if I try to run the 'Check for Updates" link on my computer - if NEVER stops searching for updates and there for I cant update anything. Not sure where to start

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A: Windows Check for updates keeps running-all installation/updates fail

Let's start with the easy stuff

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell

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I've been trying since the 1st to install updates KB982311 and KB982312. They download, but installation fails. How do I get them installed?

A:Windows Updates Installation Fail

check out this link it might help you. http://forums.techarena.in/windows-update/1345438.htm

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I recently had to rebuild the Window 7 Home Premium X64 on my Gateway NV59 laptop. I used the recovery CDs from Gateway to do this.

So all I currently have is the OS and applications that were reinstalled from these CDs except the Norton Antivirus which I uninstalled since I use McAfee. I have not installed the McAfee yet.

I have installed approximately 160 updates successfully. Unfortunately the following 3 updates continue to fail:
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64 (KB2676562)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64 (KB2724197)
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 fo X64 (KB976932)

I even tried to install each seperately but had no success. I have attached the error message that I see when the installaton fails.

Any ideas as to why these will not install?

A:Three Windows Security Updates continue to fail installation

That normally means your computer is infected.
If it was my computer I would start with these.

Free Online Virus Scanner | ESET

Windows Defender Offline

More information.

Let us know what you do and what was found.

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I am looking for some help with Windows Update. I have 11 updates that fail every time I try to run them. Every month when Microsoft releases new updates, I will typically have at least one new update that fails and adds to my growing list of failures. I am on a Dell XPS8500 running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP1 on an Intel core i7-3770 @ 3.4GHZ processor.

I receive the Windows Update error 80073701 when the updates fail. I have attached a copy of the error along with the Windows Update history showing the 11 failed updates.

I followed the directions on this site and ran the SURT and SFC /Scannow, but afterwards, the updates still failed. The SFC scan completed without finding any integrity violations. As the CBS log was too large to upload to this forum site, I put it up on Dropbox. The link to the files is:


Any help with this issue would be most appreciated. Thanks!


A:Growing List of Updates That Fail When Running Windows Update

Ouch! - you have over 200 missing Winning Component Keys!
One or two I can deal with - but this number is beyond a manual fix.
I'm afraid that a repair install is going to be your best option unless you have a Restore point that goes back to before the problem started.

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I have 5 updates that fail to install. I have also tried to manually install them, but they still fail Here are the updates:






The error code I get is "800736B3". I ran MS FIXIT and it said they did not detect any problems.

A:5 updates fail to install through windows updates or manual?

Hello, have you tried:

Open the Windows Update troubleshooter by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, click Fix problems with Windows Update.

Its from this link: Windows Update error 800705b4

I know its a different error code but its worth a try.

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I have had a problem with updates failing for a couple months. I have worked with both HP and Microsoft's Vista support teams to no avail. i have tried five or six different methods at the request of the HP and MS support teams to overcome this problem.

i consistently get messages that "Host Proces for Windows Services stopped working and was closed" and that windows will notify me if a solution is available.

the updates generate an error WindowsUpdate_800706BA.

Windows Update does not work, Windows Media Center updates do not work, and now the HP Printer updates no longer work. I'm kind of hanging open here without any of the security patches, OS fixes, and other updates.

any new suggestions would be welcomed!! My MS support guys just stopped responding to my replies about three weeks ago. i fear i'm at the end of his script!!

the mobiledog

A:Windows Updates, and now other updates fail consistently

It's a time out error, network related.

What Internet connection are you using?

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Alright, I've checked the posting instructions, and let's get that out of the way.

1. Tried to install SURT, I get the following error;

Installer encountered an error: 0x80070424
The specified service does not exist as an installed service

2. sfc /scannow
The verification was able to complete up to 58% at which it gave the error

Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation

3. No Windows Update error codes, it just says 'Check for updates for your computer' with a big red X icon

4. Log collection
I tried to attach the CBS.zip but it's 10mb, and this forum has an 8mb limit.

Okay, so I am reserving Windows 10 for the various computers at home, and when I try to update this computer which I use as an HTPC, I know I need update KB3035583 to get the option to reserve Windows 10, but when I go to do so, Windows Update tells me it can't check for updates because it's not running. I tried manually turning it on via an elevated command prompt but that doesn't work. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

A:Windows Update cannot check for updates, because it is not running


So after some digging and some relevant posts here, I was able to fix the problem.
I know people hate when people don't post what exactly fixed their problem so....

I used Option 3 in the Windows Update Reset thread located here

BUT now I get a new error,

Windows could not search for new updates
Error Code 8024402F - Windows Update encountered an unknown error

after retrying, I get another error,

Windows could not search for new updates
Error Code 80080005 - Windows Update encountered an unknown error

After running Microsoft's Fix It for Windows Update, I get the error

Compressed (zipped) folders error
File not found or no read permission

With an OK button and I haven't found a way to run the Fix It as admin.

After Fix It completes, I get the following

Some security settings are missing or have been changed - Not Fixed
Windows Update error 0x80070003(2015-07-28-T-04_12_51P) - Not Fixed
Problems installing recent updates - Not Fixed
Problems installing recent updates - Not Fixed
Service registration is missing or corrupt - Fixed

with an 'Explore additional options' and some other buttons.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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all security programs seem missing -- and is also preventing me from updating .NET files

A:windows 7 can not check for updates because service is not running

Please download the Farbar Service Scanner from


Right-click on the saved file and select 'Run as Administrator', and tick all the options, then click on the Scan button - copy and paste the report to your response.

Here's the summary from your CBS.log....

Line 3508: 2013-12-31 17:33:00, Info CSI 00000302 [SR] Repairing 1 components
Line 3509: 2013-12-31 17:33:00, Info CSI 00000303 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
Line 3512: 2013-12-31 17:33:01, Info CSI 00000305 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"secur32.dll" of Microsoft-Windows-LSA, Version = 6.1.7601.17856, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_IA32_ON_WIN64 (10), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
Line 3513: 2013-12-31 17:33:01, Info CSI 00000306 [SR] Repaired file \SystemRoot\WinSxS\Manifests\\[l:22{11}]"secur32.dll" by copying from backup
Line 3516: 2013-12-31 17:33:01, Info CSI 00000308 [SR] Repairing corrupted file [ml:48{24},l:46{23}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64"\[l:22{11}]"secur32.dll" from store
Line 3530: 2013-12-31 17:33:01, Info CSI 0000030b [SR] Repair complete
It looks to me as if SFC properly corrected the error.

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About a week ago I downloaded a movie poster from a site and McAfee went nuts catching one trojan after another. When the bells stopped and things were cleaned, I was left with many adware programs automatically installed on my XP Pro SP2 system. I used Ad-Aware, MS AntiSpyware Beta, Panda, XOFTSpy, and Registry Mechanic to remove the stuff... nearly 20 of the things. It worked fine and I am back in business.

However, I can no longer acquire XP updates. The MS Windows update site downloads the file and then tells me it failed during installation without any reason given. I have reloaded XP (original disk using sfc /scannow) and then reloaded SP2 from a Microsoft CD that I have. Nothing is able to be downloaded from this update location. I can find files elsewhere on the Microsoft site and they download and install (like WINPLAYER 10).

I am running out of ideas.....I was told by a local computer talk show host to do something with WINSOCK and then LSPFIX and it would be available from this forum. I am a little confused as to exactly what my next step should be.

My Windows installer is 3.1 v2 and I have Microsoft.NET Framework version 1.1 (not SP1) installed. I have dropped the AdWatch plug in from Lavasoft AdAware but this does not fix the problem. Any ideas?
I have tried WINSOCKFIX but this has not helped either.

A:XP updates fail on installation

The malware world moves so fast that it is impossable for anyone to keep totally updated, including the anit-spy programs.

There could be a number of problems that could cause this, with a change in your winsock layer being one of the primaries.

I think it would be apporopriate to look at an HJT log.

Follow the instructions below. Meanwhile, I'll move your thread to the help forum, so we'll find your log faster.

Please download HijackThis http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/HijackThis.exe - this program will help us determine if there are any spyware/malware on your computer. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Double click on the program to run it.

1. If it gives you an intro screen, just choose 'Do a system scan and save a logfile'.
2. If you don't get the intro screen, just hit Scan and then click on Save log.
3. Get HijackThis Analyzer http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/KRC%...20Analyzer.zip and save it to the same folder as the hijackthis.log file. Run HijackThis Analyzer and type in 'y' if you agree. The 'result.txt' file will open up in Notepad. Copy the whole result.txt log and post it in the forum. You don't need to post the original hijackthis.log (unless we ask for it). Do not fix anything in HijackThis since they may be harmless.

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Ok I've searched and gone through multiple forum qestions that have been solved with similar problems as mine and nothing is working. My problem as of right now is when I go to update to service pack 3 by using windows update, I hit express, service pack 3 comes up and I click install updates and which point the install screen comes up, after about 30 seconds the install fails. I doth know where to go with this problem anymore. I've updated the .dll's I've scanned spyware and malware, deleted all temp files..... Some things have helped for example I downloaded and ran a registry fix which got some other updates to install through the repair that wouldn't install through windows update. And after I updated the dll's and deleted the files in the %temp% and c:\windows\temp folders other updates installed during shut down but service pack 3 is the only one giving me the problem now. Please help!!!!

A:All windows updates fail during installation(windows xp)

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A local computer repair shop did a lot of damage to my HP Pavilion Elite with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I believe they broke the windows update tool and I have tried 4 or 5 ways to fix it that haven't worked yet. I'm hoping someone else has an idea.

Situation:Run Windows Update, get an error that says "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. Try restarting your computer.
Restart computer, same error.
Check Running services, "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" service says "started."
Check Running services, "Windows Update" service is "Started"

Attempted Fixes:Fix It tool from here; https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2730071
Fix It tool from here; https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/306525
Install Windows Update Standalone Installer, error: "Installer encountered an error: 0xc8000247"
Instructions from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/982018 but could not complete after carefully following all instructions - in the "destructive recovery method, step "del DataStore.mdb" does not work, the file is not found. I tried to proceed, but it did not work.
Read through this thread; Windows 7 update "Service Not Running Error" and tried the cmd prompts here, too. Results:
NET START BFE - already started
NET START BITS - started successfully
NET START WUAUSERV - already started
NET START TRUSTEDINSTALLER - successfully started
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A:Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, service not running

Please download the Farbar Service Scanner from

Farbar Service Scanner Download

Right-click on the saved file and select 'Run as Administrator', and tick all the options, then click on the Scan button - copy and paste the report to your response.

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Hi all, whole system has gone flaky, takes 5 plus min to boot if at all, Win update and more are unavailable. TSG sysinfo came up blank..
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:27:12 PM, on 7/22/2012
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.19272)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
E:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Internet Services\ubd.exe
E:\IE Privacy Keeper\IEPrivacyKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\distnoted.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jucheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Se... Read more

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I have read the forums for this question before. when trying to update windows so that i may download a newer version of zune to use with my window's phone I recieve this "window update cannot currently check for updates becuase the service is not running.
You may need to restart your computer." while i am checking for updates in the systems and securites section of my control panal. I have a Refurbished Gateway Touchscreen computer. It came with windows 7. Restarting has done nothing to help. Please help me
fix this problem.

A:Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer

This worked for me (Windows Server 2008 R2):

go to services and stop Windows update servicelocate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its contentstart Windows update servicecheck for updates


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Today I had 15 important updates waiting for me on Windows 8.1 so I decided to run them. After downloading the updates it asks to restart the PC.

I got to the startup screen with the blue windows logo and the white dots circle spinning around. Then the "Updating your system (..%)" message appeared. But then, I got the following message:

Fatal Error C00000B5 applying update operation 155 of 30953 (SMCon...)

The white dots circle keeps spinning but the message was stuck at this. So I decided to reboot.

It did the normal boot checks... memory checks... hard drive checks... DMI Pool checks... etc as its supposed to normally, but instead of going to the windows startup screen I got the following....

Blue Screen:
Your PC couldn't start properly.
There isn't enough memory available to create a ramdisk device.

Error Code: 0xC0000017

Press Enter to try again
Press F8 for Startup Settings

This is a very strange message since I have 20GB of RAM and the memory check in the BIOS was fine indicating the 20GB present. So there is enough RAM for it to do whatever it needs to do.

I pressed Enter and then got the same Fatal Error C00000B5 after it tried to install the updates again.
I rebooted again and entered F8 and tried to enter Safe Mode, but it tries to install the updates even when trying to enter Safe Mode also and then fails. So I am stuck and cannot get into the PC.

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A:Urgent: Updates fail installation in startup, cannot boot

Ok seems like I've managed to fix it for now!

I ran chkdsk on the C drive through the cmd prmpt that's available through the installation disk. It took forever but it did find some bad sectors. After the scan finished, I restarted the PC and it installed the updates!

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I just installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on an HP Envy m6 laptop. I went to check for updates due to the fact that this laptop originally had Windows 8.1. Windows updates just keeping Checking for updates with the green progress bar keeps turning and
turning. I had this problem awhile back and there is an issue with two KB files which are windows update agents but I did not write them down. Does anybody have that information?
Thanking you in advance,
Dennis Sturgill

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Hi, l've been having a constant issue with my computer and I can't seem to get out of this trouble no matter how many times I reinstall and even wipe out my hard drive.

I wiped out everything in my hard drive and installed windows 7 Ultimate for the '7th' time, and the same problems happen every single time.

Right after the install, it seems to work fine but as I install numerous windows updates as it recommended (almost forced me to, 'cause it does automatically), my computer becomes so slow in everything.

It doesn't start up, the menu and such looks as if I'm in a safe mode (blocky and old looking) even if I manage to start it up, have to wait more than 15min or even 1hr for it to respond.

The situation I'm having now is, the pop up message saying:
"Failed to connect to a windows service: windows couldn't connect to the System Event Notification Service service. This prevents standard user from logging on to the system. As an administrative user, you can review the System Event Log for details about why the service didn't respond"

Also, the computer has been failing at installing several updates such as:
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2763523)(KB2719857)(KB2735855)(KB2750841)(KB2732059)

Because of that, it sometimes ran chkdsk on the boot screen and deleted/fixed files.

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A:Updates Fail, Slow Response, Fail to Connect to a Windows Service, etc

Please post
1) an MGADiag report -
Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.
2) Windows Update Posting Instructions

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Please help, I'm not highly technical and I think my problems started a while ago when Vista Service Pack 2 failed to install which caused startup failure and I couldn't log in. I attempted a fix using startup repair and was able to login again but now all my Vista updates since then fail to install and today my computer is running extremely slow, constantly lagging. I think it's related. I also get 'windows installer service could not be accessed' issues so can not run Hijackthis. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance

A:Service Pack 2 failed to install, now updates fail and computer running slow

hello and welcome

see if this ms fixit will help. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058/en-us

If not try to restore to a date before the sp2 problem

good luck, post back and we can go from there!!

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

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I have two Windows 7 64 bit systems that worked perfectly until approx two weeks ago. They started becoming unresponsive to various websites, such as b1015.com (unable to listen live). Both computers then started having problems opening sites through google searches.
Following this, most updates on both computers fail. Downloads from the internet fail. Updating flash on one - failed. downloading .net framework update - failed.
One computer has MSE - updated and ran scan - no threats found
One computer has AVast - updated and ran scan - no threats found
Tried to download malwarebytes on the computer with avast - failed
went to XP station - downloaded to thumb drive and installed from thumb drive and ran  - no threats found
from cmd prompt -  ran sfc /scannow on both computers  -  no problems found
Can anyone give me any ideas of where to go from here to get both of these computers working properly again

A:Updates Fail/Downloads Fail/Flash Sites Fail x2 computers

The first place to start is are you getting any error messages when the updates fail? What do the messages state -- for example, do you get any error codes? Please post that information here.

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Running a laptop (Win 7 32 bit) that I rarely use and am trying to get a lsit of updates to apply but get msg that the update service is not running. Used the 'Service Update' tutorial and did the Windows Update procedure - then rebooted. Still get msg.


A:cannot Check for Updates - Update Service Not Running

Hello Win7rip,

Try this:

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services. Scroll Down and find the Windows Update service and make sure it is started.

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Basically, i've tried a number of fixes and so far none have actually solved the problem.
I am running Windows 7 Premium. 6GB RAM. 64-bit Operating System. Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30 GHz.
 any help?

A:"Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." Any Help?

Sorry guys, i found my own solve.
if anyone else needs help with this, this is what i did to fix mine.
then click the first link on that.

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Hi all,

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

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

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

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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My windows updater asks me to update and I agree. Then time after time it tells me I failed.

I had a surprise when looking at my updates that all 32 bit ones fail and all 64 bit updates succeed. That seems to be the pattern. I provide attachments. I note many important updates fail and that worries me.

I ran the fix it troubleshooter.
Any ideas on resolving the update problem?

A:64 bit updates succeed 32 bit updates fail

Hello and welcome robaa mate I don't know why you are getting the 32bit stuff someone cleverer than me might know.

But a little tip I learnt yesrday is to download smaller batches of updates - when they come up untick them all (top box) and then tick a batch at a times and you might need to get the readiness tool

Download System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [November 2012] from Official Microsoft Download Center

Ah I see most of it is Office stuff - oops - still the same thing goes I just did a Vista a machine with the same problem - Office updates.

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I have an update issue driving me batty.

SP1 and IE neither will install. Machine is malware free, other updates worked fine. Error of course is generic. Here is what I have tried so far.

1. sfc /scannow (found nothing)
2. temp files cleaned
3. windows repair AIO by tweaking.com
4. Several MS Fixit related to WU
5. Windows Update Troubleshooter
6. reset all windows update comps.
7. Created new user account and attempted from there
8. safe mode install
9. clean boot install
10. disabled/removed AV

The error that sp1 pops is ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING (80073701)
IE9 install Error code is 800F081E

A:Windows 7 SP1 and IE updates fail

Try to restore your system a day before the errors occurs..

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4500 @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4056 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1804 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461899 MB, Free - 334670 MB; F: Total - 476821 MB, Free - 215220 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0G848F
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
Many times I have tried to update my laptop, but the updates continually fail.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows 7 Updates Fail

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hey, i just installed a new pc, ill post the specs at the end. i goto windows update, and when i click no any update, it says "failed" in half a second. it doenst even feel like it tried. i tried SP2 first, but it failed, but then i thought maybe it required SP1, so i went to install that but i got the same error. this goes for every single update including IE update and other small security updates, they all look the same.

forum wont let me post a pic so this is the exact error.

"Downloading Service pack 2 (update 1 of 1)...failed!"

my specs:
AMD 64 bit 3400+
Gigabyte Ga Pro motherboard
1024 gig RAM kingston pc3200 ram
geforce fx 5900 XT
160 gig WD harddrive


A:windows updates fail

There is a site called:

Windows Update Troubleshooter. You might like to look at it for interest.

I also found this page in the Windows Knowledge Base.


Hope you can access the first page mentioned. I can't, but I'm not using Internet Explorer, though I wouldn't have thought that would make a difference.

Also, certain software interfers with updating.



You will see that you may need to disable certain programs to allow Windows Update to operate.

I am sure someone else with be along to help you.


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As I stated in the title, nothing will update without failing, I can give you as much more information as you need, and I will attach a screenshot of my problem.

A:Many of my Windows Updates fail

1. Are you in the habit of running "Registry cleaners" (e.g., Registry Mechanic; System Mechanic; RegCure; RegClean Pro; Advanced SystemCare; AVG PC TuneUp; Norton Registry Cleaner; PCTools Optimiser; SpeedUpMyPC; CCleaner Registry Cleaner)?

2.System Restore.
Have you a System Restore point created PRIOR to when your problems started?

3. Clear out your temporary downloads file and internet cache to remove any corruption from there.

To delete temporary update files

Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.

Double-click the local hard disk where Windows is installed, typically drive C.

Double-click the Windows folder, and then double-click the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Double-click the DataStore folder to open it, and then delete all files and folders in the folder. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Click the Back button. In the SoftwareDistribution folder, double-click the Download folder to open it, and then delete all files in the folder. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4. Run a check disk on the computer just to make sure the hard drive is okay etc.
Disk Check

5. Run disk cleanup
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use


6. SFC
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We are a small tech firm with some really sharp folks..........We have tried everything in the known Universe to make these 6 new refurb IBM ThinkCenter M series boxes to accept all the usual hundreds of updates after a W7 Sp1 build and all the basic setup stuff.  No weird software just that ole pesky Microsoft updates fail.  You might get a few here or there but even try to stop a few and just load some but no go. Its the usual round of stuff that comes in after W7 SP 1.  You get about 100 or so they install.  Reboot and wait a while then around another hundred......then the usual rebboot.  Then during the next few days as you build out a system you get a few more here and there.  But we do this all the time and usually get buy with Tweaking.com or the MS Fix it.  I have renamed the Downloads, the Datastore.edb, delete temps and on and on. There has to be some reg key or the ultimate update repair tool out there somewhere or the MS refurb on all six boxes loaded some service or dll that is corrupt. HELP!!!  Our client thinks we are nuts, I think the outfit he got the boxes from loaded with some ISO that maybe should have been an original ThinkCentre M series install disc.  When you talk IBM think inside the box. "The Good Guys...Cyber Crooks Beware" Please advise clients to always report any of those bogus "Microsoft support phone calls" to the www.IC3.gov and urge them to complain if they have a... Read more

A:Windows 7 Updates Fail

Make sure that every PC has had the product code activated. You'll get very few updates if MS Update thinks your OS is pirated.

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I'm trying to fix/update a friends computer but their Windows updates fail to install. It is set up for automatic updates but from the update history it says that every time it tries to update it fails. I have tried a couple of fixes from the Microsoft site but these haven't worked.

Can anyone help please?

A:Windows Updates Fail

Worth a look: PC Hell How to Fix Problem When Windows Updates Download But Won't Install - http://www.pchell.com/support/windows_upda...t_install.shtml Louis

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Windows Vista updates have failed to run for a number of months now.
The svchost.exe (Host process for Windows Services) just sits there and hogs a whole core and occasionally the "Windows Update" screen shows error  "C80001FE". Occasionally I see a TrustedInstaller.exe  (from C:\window\servicing)
process run but nothing come of it.
Why is Windows Vista SP2 not updating anymore?

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I just noticed a couple months ago that updates never load on my laptop. I tried to update to 8.1, no dice. Now I'm getting messages from Microsoft telling me I am eligible to get Windows 10 free, but haven't updated to 8.1 yet.

I have a Toshiba Satellite S955-S5373

I had to turn off automatic updates because the Memory usage was very high and the Disk Usage was constantly at 99 or 100%.




A:Windows Updates always fail

The last time I saw this issue I had to do the 8.1 update manually by downloading it outside of Windows update. Then I had to use the update repair tool to resolve any other issues. Once all of that was done I was able to install new updates through Windows update.


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In following the steps to correct update failure issues, I was able to stop the system services, but when I submit the renaming commands -  

ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old
The response is that "access is denied."  I am running
as an administrator, but something is locking the files.

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I am hoping someone can help me. I have 23 required and 2 optional windows updates that will not get installed completely. Each time I try I get through to the restart of my computer and when it loads back up it gets to anywhere between 80-95% then says configuration failure. Based on the log the error for every one of the updates is error code 800F0826. Below are my DDS logs.


DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16450 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_37
Run by Eric Glover at 17:50:28 on 2013-01-31
============== Running Processes ================
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2013\avgidsagent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2013\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamscheduler.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrS64H.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\Internet Pass-Through\PassThruSvr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
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A:Windows Updates Fail

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Windows Update error 800f0826Follow the recommended fix on this Microsoft page.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-vista/Windows-Update-error-800f0826While you check for a bad update as suggested in the topic I will check the following logs.Please DownloadTDSSKiller.zip>>> Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application.Click on the Start Scan button and wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue
If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue
If you are asked to reboot the computer to complete the process, click on the Reboot Now button. A report will be automatically saved at the root of the System drive ((usually C:\) in the form of "TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt" (for example, C:\TDSSKiller.2.2.0_20.12.2009_15.31.43_log.txt). Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file will appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.===Download http://public.avast.com/~gmerek/aswMBR.exe (aswMBR.exe) to your desktop. Double click the aswMBR.exe to run it Click the "Scan" button to start scan. Up... Read more

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Recently I turned on my computer and updating was initiated....after more than 30 mins I got the message with the spinning timer that goes on forever... 
"We couldn't complete the updates/Undoing changes. Do not turn off your computer"
Is there any simple fix for this, because I can't use the machine now

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I have had several updates fail in the last few days and last night I got a screen blue screen that was much different than any BSOD that I have had in the past so am not sure if it represents the same thing as past BSOD. It was simply a blue screen with a frown and a message REFERENCE_BY_POINTER. I rebooted the computer and decided to try installing the failed updates one at a time and the first one I tried gave an error code 8007371b.

I did a search and found the following thread which seemed to be the same issues as I was having. I ran the first DISM scan and it gave the same error as the original poster so I ran the second command and again got the same message as he did.

I also checked the services and my Windows Module Installer is set to automatic rather than manual as was shown in the other thread but not sure if this would be causing the issues. I didn't follow any more of the instructions as I see at least one of the people providing advice is now banned but not sure why. I would suspect it was not for inappropriate advice but thought I would post and ask before continuing on with the recommendations in that thread.

I have edited the post and attached a screen capture that resulted from the DISM and SFC.

I also noted at the bottom of the original post there is a "Tip" with a link to reviversoft but am not sure if that was something provided by someone at eightforums or is an external ad as it appears to be part of the post and not below the line where... Read more

A:Several Windows updates fail

There is a deeper issue. Please start your own topic in BSOD section and check posting instructions to help you provide us with the data needed + CBS.log.

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Hi, I have an Asus laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled and have been unable to install several Windows updates. The main error I am getting is 800703F1. I discovered this problem when I attempted to install Microsoft Office 2007 after purchasing the computer. After searching several forums for the last few months and have tried everything I could find including, but not limited to the following:

Refresh PC (fails-attempted to use the fix as listed here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2823223/en-us) but it would not allow me to rename the software folder due to being in use????)
Reset PC (fails-same as above)
Uninstalled all security software
Tried installing the updates manually (failed)
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth,
chkdsk.exe (no issues)
sfc /scannow (no issues)
Renamed the software distribution folder
Performed a clean boot
Used advanced options to repair (also failed)
Scanned for Malware, Trojans, ect (no infection found)

I currently have 33 important updates that I cannot install. Windows Defender definition updates go through fine. The optional Windows 8.1 update failed. I am at my wits end. All other features on the computer work and I am able to use it and have had no problems downloading other programs, but I am concerned about not being able to install my security updates and Microsoft Office. There are also several errors on my logs. I have checked the CBS log as well, but cannot figure out what the ... Read more

A:Windows 8 Updates Fail

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Doesn't matter what windows update I do. all of them fail with this error code 80071aa7

How can i solve this issue?! I surfed all over the internet and nobody has a fix for it!

Please help if possible.


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My last successful update check was September 11, 2012. Some updates installed successfully, others failed. The failed ones were:

Update for Windows 7 (KB2719857) Recommended
Update for Windows 7 (KB2735855) Important
Update for Windows 7 (KB2741355) Recommended

Windows Update now says, "Restart your computer to install important updates." When I do, the computer shuts down, saying "Preparing to configure updates..." When it restarts, it says, "Configuring updates...100% completed..." then restarts again. Upon reaching the welcome screen this time, it says "Failed to configure updates...reverting changes...Welcome" and returns me to my desktop. At this point, when I try to manually check for new updates (or if I just leave Windows Update alone until it checks itself), Windows Update tells me "Restart your computer to install important updates," and the process loops again, so I cannot check for updates.

Things I have tried:
-FixIt (MicrosoftFixit.wu.LB.137271463094452760.1.1.Run)
-Manually installing the failed updates (each one tells me that "The update is not applicable to your computer")
-Startup repair (though, I'm having no problems starting up)
-Rebooting in safe mode, then restarting
-Disabling F-Secure firewall and antivirus
-System Restore to a point before these updates were attempted (this resulted in a message saying that System Restore failed, but at the same time, System Restore also presents m... Read more

A:Cannot Complete Installing Updates, or Check for New Updates

There are a few hundred MS Fixits - which one have you used?

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I seen that someone else had this same problem in here so I copied and pasted this problem here in my own Thread cause I'm having the same problem, but seems that I couldn't use the help that was giving to that user cause it was for that user only.

Windows Update now says, "Restart your computer to install important updates." When I do, the computer shuts down, saying "Preparing to configure updates..." When it restarts, it says, "Configuring updates...100% completed..." then restarts again. Upon reaching the welcome screen this time, it says "Failed to configure updates...reverting changes...Welcome" and returns me to my desktop. At this point, when I try to manually check for new updates (or if I just leave Windows Update alone until it checks itself), Windows Update tells me "Restart your computer to install important updates," and the process loops again, so I cannot check for updates.

Report- Windows 7 Please Help.zip

If you do not want to download the report here it is..


Advanced SystemCare Diagnose Report v1.0
Date: 2012/10/23 11:41:44

01 - Operating System

0101 - Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
0102 - Language : English (Regional Setting: English)
0103 - BIOS : BIOS Date: 09/23/09 11:58:43 Ver: 08.00.10
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A:Cannot Complete Installing Updates, or Check for New Updates HELP

Hello dlolley and welcome to Seven Forums.

According to the Advanced SystemCare diagnose report you provided there seems to be a problem with something called Tuneup 2012 or Tuneup Utilities. I'm not sure if this is a different product from Advanced SystemCare that generated your report or if Tuneup 2012 is a part of Advanced SystemCare. In any case, these tuneup utilities can cause major damage to operating system files, the registry, etc. I would suggest uninstalling them. Windows 7 isn't like XP which required constant tweaking to work right.

Then I would run a full anti-virus scan with your installed anti-malware suite. No anti-malware product is 100% effective 100% of the time. If there was such a thing we'd all be using it. So after running that scan I would follow up with some additional scans using these free tools. Don't forget to update the data bases before running the scans.:


ESET Online Scanner

Windows Defender Offline

If the scans come back clean you could try rolling back your computer to a date/time prior to the update problems using system restore. I would also run a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and reboot the computer after each scan.

System Restore

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

When you're finished with the above you can try installing the updates again. Do not use the automatic update setting. Use the setting called Never Check... Read more

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For a while now I have been experiencing a strange problem. My laptop keeps changing the Windows Updates without my consent. I know this has been raised in the past but my problem is slightly different.

I prefer to choose "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them", however periodically the settings change without my consent to "Never check for updates".

This is very frustrating as I am constantly having to keep an eye on this, and change the settings back to what they were in order to receive critical updates, or indeed any other update.

The laptop was bought new just under 12 months ago and came with Win7 Home Premium 64Bit pre-installed.

Has anyone else experienced this, or can anyone advise on a fix?

Many thanks for any help offered.



A:Win7 Updates changes settings to Never Check for Updates

First off IMHO constantly doing updates isn't always the best thing to do. MS is not infallible and sometimes puts out updates that cause problems.

If your system is running fine why bother doing updates all the time.

If you want all the updates then set it to check, download and install Auto. then you don't have to worry about it at all.

If the problem continues, the setting being changed to Never Check then more then likely you have some malware, of some type, on your system. Windows does not do that by itself. If anything it would change it to Always check, DL and install Auto, not the other way.

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Is there a good way to sift through updates without going the "check for updates" route? I'm hoping for a method to find updates that actually effect system performance or robustness, rather than security updates. I mean, other than reading the descriptions manually.

It would be nice if there was an easy to use database instead of Click go to web page, read, repeat while trying to keep my place in the list. That's a nightmare.

A:Quickly sift updates without Check For Updates?

Doubt it? I haven't seen or heard of any other way to do it. Some patches depend on what other patches have already been applied so picking and choosing manually may not work the way you think it will. I would think it could actually impact performance negatively. It's not something I would do.

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Every time I try to install my windows updates, every one of them fail. Don't even know where to start to fix it. Please help

A:Windows Updates Fail To Install

Were you able to install updates in the past? Do you have Service Pack 2?

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this update and some other security updates fail repeatedly since last 5 days. Cortana notifies it everytime. I could not find any solution n all over the internet manual downloading of the update comes in as for windows 10 RT. and I get result as saying this is not for your computer.

A:windows 10 updates fail flashplayer for ie

It is failing on mine too. What I find interesting is that Windows 10 comes with IE 11 and this update is for IE 10.

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So I recently downloaded a bunch of updates, but for some reason a few security updates fail everytime I try to install them. Ive tried many times but it simply wont let me get them.
Its probably not a big deal that im not getting whatever they are, but its annoying to have windows always telling me I have new updates to install. Any ideas?

Im running Windows XP Home Edition with SP3 on a HP a1730n.

A:[SOLVED] certain windows updates fail

Which updates?

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Hi, I'm just wondering if any of you guys have come across this issue before and might know what to do about it.

I'm running 2000 pro sp4 on an old Dell Dimension. I am unable to install new updates from the Microsoft site. The installer downloads them and immediately quits and takes me to the results page which shows that the updates failed.

I read another post on the xp forum that talked about running HijackThis and posting the results for you guys to look at. So I've done all that and here are the results of the Analyzer:

Log was analyzed using KRC HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 6/3/05
Get updates at http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs

***Security Programs Detected***

C:\Program Files\NavNT\defwatch.exe
C:\Program Files\NavNT\rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SymTray.exe
C:\Program Files\NavNT\vptray.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\Program Files\NavNT\vptray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SymTray - Norton SystemWorks] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Symtray.exe SetReg
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [SymTray - Norton SystemWorks] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Symtrdr.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTim... Read more

A:Windows updates fail right after downloading

This does sound like a virus. please repost your question and log in the security center, hijack log section. They will help you with this.

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As the title says, my update are not being installed for some reason. I tried multiple times. I even tried doing in it from the Windows Update site, didn't work either.

As a note, I recently had my windows reinstalled.

Any ideas of what the problem could be?

A:Windows Updates Fail To Install

There are a couple of possibilities, but lets start with BITS.
It is possible that BITS(Background Intelligence Transfer service) is not running. Check to see if it is running. If it has stopped running then restart in the following manner.
Start > control panel > Performance and Maintenance > Administrative tools > services. When the services window opens Look to see i f BITS Is running. If not click "restart the service".

If this doesn't work post a reply and lets try another solution.

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