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Windows Vista Can't Check For Updates 2016

Q: Windows Vista Can't Check For Updates 2016

I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit on SP2 on an old desk top which hadn't been updated since 2012. 
I connected to the internet and Windows Update has crashed, however the update history suggests an install Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.256
When manually checking for updates the icon appears to be searching however the icon in the icon tray states 'Windows can't check for updates'. There are no other error codes or diagnostic indicators.
I've scoured the internet trying to find a solution and have tried a number of suggested solutions none of which have had any impact.
If anyone can offer any help to get the update working again I'd really appreciate it.

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I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit on SP2 on an old desk top which hadn't been updated since 2012. 

A:Windows Vista Can't Check For Updates 2016

I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit on SP2 on an old desk top which hadn't been updated since 2012.
I connected to the internet and Windows Update has crashed, however the update history suggests an install Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.256
When manually checking for updates the icon appears to be searching however the icon in the icon tray states 'Windows can't check for updates'. There are no other error codes or diagnostic indicators.

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I have Windows Vista with IE9 its an old computer. It has been good for me, Now its sound like it time to get another computer because neither Yahoo or chrome after 2016 will be getting security update for there browers ? Is this right ? Like I said I need some one to explain this and what will be my options Thank You for your time

A:Need help understanding. What going on Windows Vista no more updates after 2016

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My 3847 with 16 gigs DDR3 ram is quite a bit faster than an XPS 410.

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trying to update vista, keep getting error code 80070490

it says an error occurred while checking for updates for your computer, been like it for a while but only just got round to fixing it



A:windows vista cannot check for updates

Try going through the troubleshooting steps here:
Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help

another option:

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I have 10 computers networked together with a Windows SBS11 server as a domain controller. Of the 10 computers 6 of them are Windows 7 Pro (64bit) and the other 4 are Windows Vista Pro (32bit). About a month ago all the Vista Computers stopped downloading updates and giving an error, "Windows can't check for updates" message. When you attempt to check for updates manually or automatically the error is displayed, however there isn't any issue with updates being downloaded and installed to the Windows 7 computers.
I've tried the following:
- Ran System Update Readiness Tool.
- Running Malware Bytes and Vipre Anti-Virus scans in Safemode. No infections found.
- Disabled Firewall and reran search.
- Reset proxy, using the netsh winhttp from the command prompt.
- Restarted Windows Update Services.
- Ensured that the BITS Service was running.
- Updated GPO to not Windows Updates to be configured on the computers.
- Changed settings in Windows Update to allow manually updating. Allowed for the updates to be installed, but after reboot computer reverted back to old settings and error appeared.
If there are any other suggestions I would be greatly appreciate them.

A:Windows Update cannot currently check for updates (Vista Pro w/sp2)

Look in Event Viewer on one of the Vista systems for errors relating to Windows Update and copy and paste the details into a post.

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I downloaed/installed Critical Updates for my Win 7 but can't seem to find Any Critical Updates for Vista Sept. 2016.
Are there any? Hope not a problem as has been in the past few months with downloading Critical Updates for Vista. MS is getting very unreliable as far as I am concerned.

A:Any Critical Updates for Vista Sept. 2016

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Dear IT Pros,
I have 2 questions that need your help and professional advice.
1) Does Microsoft has a tool to check whether a patch (KB) was superseded by another KB? In my case, I'm trying to search whether this KB4022715 and KB4025339 (both of this KB was released in 2017) was superceded
by another KB. This is because a security consultant has advised us to install both of this KB to prevent vulnerabilities but since it was released back in 2017, I suspect there must be a newer KB that supercedes it
2) Can advice what KB I need to download regarding this 2 bulletin ID CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2019-11135? Can't seem to find it after much googling

Thanks in advance for the help

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I received notification that 8 important updates were available. My heart sank, but I started Windows Update installing them and went away. When I came back my heart sank further when I found that the updates had been cancelled (see screenshot if I can post one here). Your instructions for posting about failed updates are to download System Update Readiness Tool, which I am supposed to run uninterrupted. It may take a few hours. Sorry, I do not have a few hours. Is there anything I can do in the meantime or do I trash my computer?

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Ok, I am at my wits end with this computer!! The computer is a Dell Inspiron 531s with Vista 32bit.It seems no matter what I do what fix it I cannot get the update checker to run. It hangs on checking updates everytime. Even sfc /scannow doesn't work. No viruses or malware . I am attempting to install Sp1 but i have a feeling that this will fail. I have done fix it options even gone into the registry to manually fix it and still nothing. I have read and done every solution it seems to solve this problem. I believe a factory install is needed BUT i do not want to create any of the discs because i am afraid that it is corrupted too. I plan on calling Dell to get the original recovery discs for them. In the meantime does any one have any suggestions than some i have read here at the forum or what I have seen on the web. The only thing it has is McAffee Security Scan Plus on it running. That cannot be the root of all my problems because even if that runs, sfc /scannow should be allowed to run.

A:Cannot check updates Vista-32

sounds to me like your firewall is blocking the updates from ms updates, try seeing if you can unblock it and try again. sfc/ scannow does not download or put on the newest updates.

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I am unable to find any security updates for June 2016 on my WSUS server.
Has the process changed or the date different from usual?
Thanks in advance.

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Hello All,
I have a laptop that I've been trying to install updates on for the past seven days.  However, no matter what I seem to do, Windows Update shows the "Checking for updates" progress bar with the green marquee.  Here is what I've tried:

1.  Let it check for updates for two days continuously.
2.  Ensured that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is activated.
3.  Made sure that the two services (BITS and Windows Update) are enabled and running.
4.  Reinstalled Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (twice now), and tried to run updates on a clean install.
5.  Made sure that the computer can connect to the internet.
6.  Tried AutoPatcher (on the previous install), which could download the updates, but would hang on installing them.

I'm running sfc /scannow to see if it finds anything, but this is currently a fresh install.  The only drivers installed are the ones that worked from install, and no new programs have been installed.

Are updates currently just broken for Windows in general, or specific versions of Windows (such as 7)?
Thanks in advance.

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Has anyone been able to get the June 2016 updates for Windows 7 by the normal "Checking for updates" method?

I haven't have any trouble obtaining the June 2016 updates for Windows XP and Windows 10, but Windows 7 is a different story.

I heard that Microsoft was going to change the way that Windows 7 users start receiving monthly updates, and apparently it has.


A:Having Trouble With Getting June 2016 Windows 7 Updates

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Good morning everyone,

I am once again having to ask for help here because I've been unable to install the Patch Tuesday updates released July 12th. (I received the "Updates available" notification yesterday afternoon, July 13th). WU just keeps searching endlessly, and after 2 hours, I restarted the computer to stop the process. (It could not be stopped in Task Manager).

(All day yesterday, July 13th, my CPU kept hovering in the 50% - 60% usage range both off-line and on-line. The only way I could get it to return to normal was what I did in Item # 2 shown below).

Also, NO error codes are being seen either.

Things I have tried thus far:

1. Ran full scans, including for rootkits with my ESET Smart Security, MBAM Premier, and SAS programs. NO issues found.

2. Opened Control Panel > Windows Updates, and changed the existing setting (i.e. Notify me of updates, but let me decide to download and install) to "Never check for updates". I then restarted the computer.

3. Ran the sfc /scannow command. NO issues reported.

4. Ran the SURT tool. The dialog box opened indicating it was initializing and said something about looking for updates. When I checked the computer several hours later, the dialog box said something like, "Installation complete". I closed the box.
However, none of the 10 Important updates (in this month's updates) were installed when I checked the WU list of installed updates.

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A:Windows Updates (7/12/2016): Unable to install. Need help please.

See this : windows update takes 25% of the cpu since today :(

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The problem seemed to have started when I downloaded and installed the new Windows 10 security updates. Nothing really triggers the BSOD, and it normally happens about 5 minutes from booting Windows to the Desktop. I just uninstalled the updates and so far so good. I wan to make sure that it was the updates and not something else (Driver, 3rd party program). I actually BSOD'd while trying to submit this ticket. Thank you for your help.

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Hi, we are becoming more and more frustrated with the forced windows updates. These may help home users but professional products like servers are not for everyday users and sometimes require alot of configuration to get legacy applications to work.
Windows will at times force updates no matter what we choose in respect to disable them. It is NOT up to Microsoft to determine if or when the servers I am responsible for need to be patched. Any reading and research we have done here has only yielded the
ability to prolong the updates. Once installed over 50% of the servers give an endless spinning circle and require restore or rebuild, this has become unacceptable and has forced us to start testing our applications with different Linux flavors.

Is there a way to STOP the updates indefinitely?

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Hello all,
Immediately after the December 2016 updates, we started to see some serious issues with multiple services crashing on all of our workstations.  My band-aid fix for it was to change the recovery options on the below services to just keep restarting,
but I think I've tried everything else google has to offer on this. Has anyone else ran into this issue? See services below.
Multimedia class service
IP helper
Group policy client
User profile service
Shell hardware detection services
User profile service

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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

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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Many webpages now have vimax ads (the ones for enlargement), even on websites that normally don't have such ads (like pandora, cnet, etc.). Recently, Vista, is unable to check for updates like it usually could. Sometimes, webpages randomly go back one page or go forward one page without me pressing any buttons, and I'm assuming this is related to the ads. I'm a little worried since I use netflix and stuff, and wonder if the program could steal any info from this computer. Also when I first run HijackThis, it says "For some reason, your system denied write access to the Hosts files." I don't know if this is normal. I've run Norton scans and they don't do much; they do find some infected files, but are unable to clean them.
The following is the DDS log:
DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Siddharth at 17:17:48.26 on Wed 08/26/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Ultimate 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.3326.2517 [GMT -7:00]

AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}
SP: Symantec Endpoint Protection *enabled* (Updated) {6C85A515-B91D-4D2B-AF18-40984A4A8493}
SP: Windows Defender *disabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
FW: Symantec Endpoint Protection *enabled* {BE898FE3-CD0B-4014-85A9-03DB9923DDB6}

============== Running Processes ===============

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A:Vimax ads, now vista can't check for updates

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Good evening everyone,

My issue is with today's 'Patch Tuesday' Windows Updates.

[System: Win7 Home Premium SP1 x64]. Computer is a standalone, not on any network, and used only by me.

Description of problem:

There were something like 14 - 16 important updates in today's batch. Most of them did NOT install. (Please see attached screenshots showing this + my current WU settings, at the bottom of this post).
NO error codes are being displayed. WU just keeps saying it is downloading updates. The 'download progress' remains at "0%" the entire time, however.

Resolutions attempted thus far:

1. Ran CCleaner, then tried to update again. No success.
2. Restarted computer 3 times, then attempted to update, without success.
3. UNCHECKED all updates except for 3, and tried updating just those 3.
Problem remains.
4. On the 3rd attempt, after waiting 15 minutes, I cancelled the download/installation.
5. Ran scans with ESET Smart Security (v9), MBAM Premier, and SAS. No issues were found.

My question: Is there an explanation for, & a resolution to, this problem?

The only potential explanation I could think of is the Windows Update servers are too busy???
(Don't recall having encountered this type of problem before).

Thank you for your for time and any help!

A:Windows Updates (5/10/2016) - Most failed to install. Reason?

You try installing Net framework 4.5.2 and restart and try again,

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Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7Windows 7 Convenience Update Rollup

Carey Frisch

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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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Please, can anybody assist on fixing this error? I just installed the KB4577015 (September patch Tuesday) on my windows 2016  and is giving error when accessing the "security options" on the secpol. 

secpol.msc -> local policies - > security options

I already gave feedback to microsoft but no reply yet.


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Just downloaded the newest HP Image containing Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016 for our HP t630 Thin Clients and tried to install the cumulative Windows Update April 2017 KB4015217: 1. Disabled write filter2. Set windows update service to manual startup3. Run installer for KB4015217 with success4. Rebooted Thin Client to complete update installation. When booting up, Windows Update installation screen runs successfull up to 99%, then displays: we couldn't complete the updates, undoing changes. Eventlog shows error code 0x800F0922 Tried installing previous cumulative update KB4016635 with the same results. Never had this problem with Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2015. Anyone out there with the same problems or any ideas fixing this error?

A:Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016: Installing Windows Updates ...

It might be too big while unpacking in the temporary folders in the Ramdrive.Try to change the size of the HP RamDisk under the Control Panel (or if not enough to change the TEMP Paths).After the successful installation it is recommended to change the RamDisk back to it's default value.

I am an HP Employee.My opinions are my own and do not express those of HP.**Click the Thumps Up Button on the right to say Thanks**

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I'm planning to reinstall windows 10 and I know that it will remove Windows updates etc. Will it also remove Microsoft Office 2016 updates? Thanks

A:Will Reinstalling Windows 10 affect Microsoft Office 2016 updates?

That depends on how you plan on reinstalling Windows 10.

Do it this way and you lose everything, including all your data files and Office 2016 completely, including updates. You will have to reinstall everything:
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

Do it this way, and you only refresh Windows 10 itself and nothing else should be affected, including Office 2016:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello everybody
So  have this problem/question, so  have
a windows server 2016 standard evaluation  14393.rs1_release170731-1934,
and  have  two
updates KB3211320 and KB3192137, and the windows  me uninstall the updates, doesn't not even appear the button "Uninstall",
anyone knows how to remove this?

thank you for your help :)

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Hello, Peeps.

Windows 7 X64.

The following Recommended Updates were offered today. I had previous information on all except the last four, which I Googled today.
Most are, it seems, repetitions of the Windows 10 Update stuff that many of us avoided all those months ago. So the hassle would seem to be ongoing. However, the last one, KB3184143 is an uninstaller for several of those annoying very same W10 Updates. Odd. Giveth with one hand, taketh away with the other. A couple of the last four seem OK, and (KB3181988) I have been having problems with sfc/ scannow reporting 'corrupt files but unable to repair' for a while now. Maybe this will sort them out.
The information below is taken from several sources, and the credit belongs mostly to others. I'm just passing it on.

KB2545698 - (Internet Explorer 9)
KB2592687 - Remote Desktop Protocol
KB2923545 - Remote Desktop Protocol.
KB2952664 – Prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10 (sends a bunch of telemetry data to MS, reported to corrupt system files)
KB2970228 - Russian ruble symbol.
KB3021917 – Prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3068708 – Installs telemetry service, prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3080149 – Adds yet more telemetry
KB3172605 - (Optional Update KB3172605)
KB3179573 - Telemetry (KB3179573 - install or not?)
KB3181988 - Fixed bug in SFC scans caused by the convenience rollup (“Win 7 SP2”) KB 3125574
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A:Windows Updates offered today, 10.12.2016. Most W10 stuff and teleme.


GWX has ended.
MS even issued a patch to remove it from Win7-SP1 systems, KB3184143
If you want to subscribe to perpetual paranoia about getting Win10 on your Win7 box, that's up to you.

Also, the current version of KB2952664 has nothing to do with either GWX or telemetry:

There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.

As for the rest, I'll leave that to other members more interested in this topic than I am.
For the record, though, Apple and Google also use telemetry.
Telemetry cuts both ways -- without aggregate data about how an OS performs in the real world, MS cannot be expected to code needed security and stability patches for Windows or its other major software (such as Office) that will perform properly.
I find it ironic that some of the folks who most loudly decry "telemetry" are the same folks who are first to complain about a "bad" patch on Patch Tuesday. (That's not directed at you personally or anyone else in particular.)

There is a definitive solution. If one destroys all of one's electronic and analog communication and computing devices, physically cuts all cables, fiber-optic lines and other connections to the outside world (not just the internet), and cuts up all of one's credit/debit cards, one can be reasonably safe.

<sorry, it's just that this discussion has grown a bit tiresome over the years. nothing personal.>

Thanks for posting your list.
And I hope you get ... Read more

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I did do a search prior to this post so I apologize if I've missed a fix. The last thread I could find that is associated with my problem was here; http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...amp;hl=80070002 I went through it all but the posts abruptly ended March 10th without any fixes.So here's my problem, first I noticed my computer will not update from the Windows site automatically. I'm referring to occasionaly seeing the yellow sign on the taskbar when updates are ready to download or install. So I first checked Windows Security Center and my automatic updating is "on". I then went to the control panel/Windows update and selected to check for updates manually, then I get a message saying "Windows could not search for new updates". The error found and listed in the message is 80070002. I did click on the "get help with this error option" and went through the following procedures as suggested/recommended by MS, which said to start by turning off auto-updating, going to a particular file and clearing it, then turning back on auto-updating and then manually checking for updates. It didn't work I'm sorry to say.I'm running Vista Ultimate 64 bit, SP1 (build 6001).Any help would be appreciated.Thanks all.

A:Vista wont check for updates, get error/message.

Try running the Update readiness tool and then installing SP2.

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Microsoft confirms no more Windows 10 feature updates in 2016; two coming in 2017

Microsoft published a TechNet blog post on Tuesday regarding what's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. In the article, the company confirmed that it has two feature updates planned for 2017, but no more for this year.

Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017.

The news is right in line with current rumors. Tuesday's Anniversary Update would be the one feature update for this year, and Redstone 2 - the codename for the next major Windows 10 update - isn't slated to arrive until April 2017. Redstone 3 is rumored as well, but without any release timing, so with today's news, it's presumably late 2017.

It's also in line with what Microsoft has already said. Back in May, the firm said that it would be pushing two feature updates for Windows 10 every year.

The obvious question that you're probably asking is, if Microsoft said that it would release two updates per year, why would the company only release one this year? Well, when Microsoft says the word 'year', it could mean a calendar year, or it could mean a fiscal year, which would be over at the end of June. With that in mind, the firm has released two major updates for Windows 10 every year, and is on pace to do so, even with Redstone 2 coming in April.

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A:Microsoft confirms no more Windows 10 feature updates in 2016; two coming in 2017

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After having installed the Windows 7 04/2016 updates today, I found that I couldn't start Firefox anymore - it just hangs and uses up 1 core. Then I tried IE - hangs and eats up another core. Same for Chrome and Opera. Then I began to suspect EMET and started
Word 2010, Adobe Reader, Thunderbird, WL Mail - all the same. Applications not opted into EMET continued to work.
I then tried to deactivate EMET's mitigations one by one and found that I had to disable "EAF" mitigation to use my apps again.

(I didn't yet try to find out which of the updates is the root of this by uninstalling 1 by 1, since WU took so long (hours) to find updates _at all_ that I haven't yet dared... Maybe later I'll try to install the updates manually on another machine and
see if I find sth.)
Is it just me who's seeing this?

System: 32bit Windows 7 Enterprise, EMET 5.5, all updates from WU (except MSRT) installed.

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I'm going to buy a new license of one of these product, so any suggest please?
I have used Bitdefender, Avast, Kaspersky ( about 3 years ago), I haven't used Norton and Trend Micro.

A:KIS 2016 vs NIS 2016 vs BIS 2016 vs Avast IS 2016 vs Trend Micro IS 2016

Out of all these,and your prerequisites,I would go with Kaspersky!
PS:This is from personal experience,and other members may have varying opinions!!

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

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Hi 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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windows cant check for updates is the problem tried every thing no joy any ideas with out doing a clean install thanks for any suggestions.

A:windows cant check for updates

Hi have you tried the 4 methods mentioned here Vista Not updating - Microsoft Answers

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I am running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Dell Inspiron 1720 notebook
Intel core 2 duo t8300 2.4GHz
4 G Ram
Trend Micro Pc-cillin Internet Security 14

My windows update icon keeps telling me that "Windows can't check for updates." I open it check for updates and get Code 80070643

This is the help I get from WHS, except when I go to services I do not have an Office Source Engine.????
Windows Update error 80070643

If you receive Windows Update error 80070643 while installing updates for Microsoft Office 2003, you might need to restart the Office Source Engine (OSE) service. Windows Update can automatically start the service to install updates for Office products if the service is set to the default Manual setting. If the service is disabled, you need to restart it, and then try to install the latest updates for Office products again.

To restart the Office Source Engine (OSE) service
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

Click to open Administrative Tools.

Double-click Services. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

If the Office Source Engine service is disabled, double-click it to open the service properties.

Click the Startup type list, click Automatic (Delayed Start), and then click Apply.

Under Service status, click Start.[/COLOR]

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A:Windows can't check for updates

I am running SP 1.
I just ran the Belarc advisor and several security updates have not been downloaded. I will go to MS and download manually to see if that fixes the problem.
Is this posted in the correct forum?

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Hi. Have a win 7 Dell Home Premium, yesterday, given to me, drive, memory all new., etc. i see by the update history that the last update was successful in 2013, and one i did yesterday, but for Adobe automatically. i get notifications that windows cannot
update automatically. checked settings, changed, still could not update, troubleshoot says nothing is wrong. yet it won't check for updates. the green bar checks but there are no updates. last KB was in the 2999 range, 2013 SP.  there have to be updates
available since this time. what do i need to download to fix this problem?
thanks so much.

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I have searched through many threads and I have been unable to find an answer.

My windows update is unable to check for updates, an whenever I manually check for updates, Install now shows up, once the installation process begins, a couple of minutes go by and windows returns to checking for updates, and I am right back to Check for updates for your computer.

I've checked the history, and so far KB948610 has failed 4 times, and KB953733 once in the past (windows apparently never tried again).

Has anybody have a clue how I can resolve this???

A:Windows can't check for updates (pls help!!!)

You may try the suggestions of this tutorial: http://www.vistax64.com/software-too...air-tools.html

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Ok recently I have been getting an error saying that windows can't check for updates, I have also been getting a Trojan by the name of 'win32/PSW.OnLineGames.OTG'. I believe I have fixed the trojan (Norton has recently learnt of it's existence and now blocks it, whereas Norton didn't have it in it's database before), however it did re-enter my system twice. Since it is a trojan associated with stealing 'World of Warcraft' account details, I assumed it had infected a file that was something to do with the game (probably an Add-on, these are made by third parties, however Blizzard does approve of using them in-game). Anyway I deleted those, and the virus hasn't been back, but I figured that could be because Norton has quarantined it.

It caught my attention though, because I was getting a virus and windows couldn't check for updates, and I have heard of instances before where the update facility has been tampered with the download viruses disguised as updates. When I click the 'Windows can't check..' bubble, and then try to check, a bar just scrolls across, I have left it for an hour and come back and it has made no progress.

I haven't checked for updates since I got rid of the Trojan for the third time, as even though I could get rid of it again, I don't want to risk it.
I could really use some help in this, for some more information:

- My vista copy is legitimate
- I have cleaned/repaired all registry files
- I have recently run a disc check
- All my temporary cac... Read more

A:Windows can't check for updates...


You might want to try the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum.
Make sure you follow THESE STEPS carefully before posting in the Security Forum.


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When I load up my Windows Update link I get an "error on page" message in the bottom left hand corner of my browser. If I refresh the page I can sometimes get it to move ahead to the custom/express install page, but I cannot get any further and actually check for updates.

What is the meaning of this?!
Is this a problem with their site or my computer?
Last time I got any updates was that day a few weeks ago where they had 10-20 new updates.


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As the topic name indicates, I get this message on the tray. When I click on it and run windows update it runs endlessly. I have Windows Vista SP2 32 bit. Please help.

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For some reason, my computer will not check for updates. It is set to automatically check for updates, but now I am getting the message windows can't check for updates.
The error code is:

I recently got rid of a nasty virus and think it may have changed some settings. I am sure I have removed the virus, as I have ran multiple scans using the following:
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
SUPER Anti-Spyware
Spyware Doctor
Spy-Bot Search and Destroy

Currently, I only have Kaspersky and Malwarebytes running on the computer, so I don't think they are compromising each other.

I have tried:
system restore (all available times)
Turning off real-time protection during updates
Uninstalling previous updates
Downloading in Safe Mode
Reset Internet Settings
Even created another user on computer (I read somewhere that might help)

Computer Information:
Vostro 1520
Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 2)
32-bit Operating System
Internet Explorer 9

This has been bugging me for a while and would really like to get it fixed. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Can't Check For Updates

I would try MS FixIt, Windows Updates .Louis

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As the topic name indicates, I get this message on the tray. When I click on it and run windows update it runs endlessly. I have Windows Vista SP2 32 bit. Please help.

A:Windows can't check for updates

vista lifecycle is almost over.6 more weeks. there are no more updates except for security fixes. try uninstalling in series newest to oldest recent updates. sp2 is a lock down update. its a system rewrite and clean up tool. if its not installed properly itll act up so you either dump it , reinstall or try drive cleanup, defrag, and chkdsk from restart, and sysfile checker from the cmd prompt to fix any errors. it will eventually start removing history and personal info in the background every time it runs the so called monthly malware program, lol, ive never seen it find anything. its an auditing program that scans for hardware changes and programs that one may have transfered from another cpu which is not aloud. 1 install, 1 copy for backup, any alterations its gonna wipe your drive.  "thats been my experience with it"

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i am posting this query for my daughter who is even less computer literate than me. When she turns on the computer she gets a message saying 'windows can't check for updates' and this has been going on for some weeks and when she opens the update centre and trys to download the updates it fails and shows this error code: 80072EFD.

She also get a mesage that her current windows defender is out of date. i tried to download defender again from microsoft download centre but message pops up 'defender is included in vista package' so can't download.

At start up she also get a message saying BHO.DLL and IE3ShSH application stopped working.

Any help would be appreciated.

she has vista home basic and the machine is 32 bit.


A:Windows can't check for updates

Originally Posted by jakjam

i am posting this query for my daughter who is even less computer literate than me. When she turns on the computer she gets a message saying 'windows can't check for updates' and this has been going on for some weeks and when she opens the update centre and trys to download the updates it fails and shows this error code: 80072EFD.

Windows Update error 80072efd

She also get a mesage that her current windows defender is out of date. i tried to download defender again from microsoft download centre but message pops up 'defender is included in vista package' so can't download.

Windows Defender is build-in Vista and unable uninstall/install it.You can only update manually Windows Defender How to troubleshoot definition update issues for Windows Defender
but first solve first one error,surly both problems are related


At start up she also get a message saying BHO.DLL and IE3ShSH application stopped working

This is trojan http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/bho/26949

Run this tool http://www.malwarebytes.org/

next prepare logs MAIN and EXTRA from OTL http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/OTL.exe
(leave default settings).Logs attache to post.

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Can anyone help me with this problem. After using my computer (running Windows 8.1) I've realised that my computer doesn't automatically check for updates as this has been turned off in the settings. When I try to change them I am told "windows wont
check for updates because settings are controlled by system administrator" I thought I was the system administrator as it's my computer. Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem so I can update my computer please?   

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I have the little blue icon with the gold circle at the bottom of the screen which usually signifies updates being downloaded or ready to be installed.

At the moment this is saying "Windows can't check for updates".

When I click it and check for updates I get an error message code 80070426.

I have searched on line and one suggestion was to go to services, select Software Licensing and select Start. (The service status is stopped).

When I do this I get another Error message - Error 0x004e002: 0x004e002.

Some suggestions for this error are to download a registry fixing tool. I have heard that can be very dangerous if you don't know what your are doing like me.

I did try a System Restore back to the beginning of the month, that did produce a couple of updates but after they had been installed the problem came back.

I have no idea what all this means and am not a "techy" so any step by step help would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks for any help.

A:Windows can't check for updates

Back up all your user files then re-install Vista from either the Vista DVD or the PC maker's Recovery media.

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Hi All,

I get the message 'Windows can't check for updates' when I roll-over the Windows Updates icon in the notification area of my task bar. When I open up the Windows Updates window and tell it to update, it hangs indefinitely - I don't get an error message. Something similar happens with Windows Defender.

My computer is running very sluggishly and freezes regularly. Windows Updates has not updated since 4 Nov 2009, and Windows Defender has not updated since 19 Nov 2009. I am on Vista, and am running AVG, Avast, Malawarebytes and CC Cleaner. None of them have detected any infections.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


A:Windows can't check for updates

You have two antivirus programs running! Uninstall AVG. They counteract.

Let us know,

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Hi there

Im getting an error code 800700C1

Can anyone help me?

A:Windows cant check for updates

Free Windows Vista Update support, start here


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