New Windows 7 install slow to update

I recently installed a new hard drive and then installed a new copy of Windows 7 and I assumed that the required updates would begin almost immediately but so far, after a few hours, they have not

After a clean install of Windows 7 there are problems with the Windows Update system which unfortunately needs updates to fix (logical?)

In update setting stop automatic updates altogether. This is to prevent Windows trying to download updates in the background while you sort out these essential ones.

Go to each of these three Knowledge Base articles, download the correct version for your system and install the update

Then download the SUR tool from here to clean up any leftovers from previous update attempts

Run Windows Update manually, it will probably take 2 or 3 passes to get fully up to date but each time look for KB3035583. Untick it, right click and hide it. This is the update that sets up the automatic upgrade program, even if you want Windows 10 it is simpler to get the ISO and run Setup directly.

If you want you can then enable Automatic Updates.

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Last updated October 4, 2018 Views 1,023 Applies to: