Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours

My PC is quite old and I have tried the microsoft fix it tool. The fix it tool never works. 

I have been trying to check for new updates from since yesterday (Tuesday 14th June) in the afternoon. It is now Wednesday morning (12 hours approx) and it is still checking. There is no error code, it is just checking for the updates.

I have no technical skills so please do not ask me any technical questions. I would just like a solution to this problem.

Thank you.

It is August now and my pc has been searching for updates for 1 week now. This is ridiculous

 

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My PC is quite old and I have tried the microsoft fix it tool. The fix it tool never works. 

I have been trying to check for new updates from since yesterday (Tuesday 14th June) in the afternoon. It is now Wednesday morning (12 hours approx) and it is still checking. There is no error code, it is just checking for the updates.

Hi m#l:


If the initial "Checking for updates..." phase of Windows Update runs continuously without throwing an error message, this is a widespread problem that currently affects many Vista SP2 users.  Some users find that Windows Update will eventually run to completion if you let it run for several hours (or even days), but there is also a workaround posted on Dalai's webpage Search for Windows Updates takes forever? - A possible solution at http://wu.krelay.de/en/ that speeds up Windows Update for most affected users.  If you'd like to try Dalai's workaround, I'd suggest the following:


REVISED for the JUNE 2017 Patch Tuesday (valid as of 03-Jul-2017):

****IMPORTANTExtended support for Vista SP2 ended on 11-Apr-2017 and there will be no further security updates released for Vista SP2 and IE9 via Windows Update after this date. Please see the Microsoft support article Windows Vista Support Has Ended for more information.****


  1. Disable automatic Windows Updates [Windows Update | Change settings | Important updates | Never check for updates (not recommended)] and re-boot to terminate any Windows Update sessions currently running in the background on your system.
  2. As of 11-Apr-2017, the following four Win32K.sys / graphics component updates must be pre-installed on your system to speed up Windows Update: KB3205638 (rel. 13-Dec-2016); KB4012583 (rel. 14-Mar-2017); KB4015195 (rel. 11-Apr-2017); KB4015380 (rel. 11-Apr-2017).  If IE9 is installed then KB4014661 (the 11-Apr-2017 cumulative security update for IE9) should also be pre-installed.   If MS Office or the MS Office Compatibility Pack are installed, see Note 6 since Office-related products can also cause these "Checking for updates..." hangs.
  3. Search your installed updates at Control Panel | Programs and Features | View Installed Updates to see if any of these speed up patches are already installed your system. When searching, enter the full KB number in the search box (e.g., "KB3205638" and not a partial string like "3205638").
  4. Download the standalone update packages (.msu files) for any missing speed up patches from the Microsoft Update Catalog and save them to your Windows desktop - see Note 2 for download links.   Use the Vista x86 installer if you have a 32-bit OS; use the Vista x64 installer if you have a 64-bit OS.  See Note 3 if you have problems downloading the .msu installers.
  5. Double-click to run each .msu standalone installer on your desktop.  Re-boot once after all .msu installers have run to completion unless the installation wizard for one of the installers specifically requests a re-boot to finish the installation.  See Notes 4 and 5 if you have problems running the .msu installers.
  6. Once all missing speed up patches are pre-installed, run a manual Windows Update [Windows Update | Check for updates] to install your remaining updates.  See Note 6 if Windows Update continues to hang at "Checking for updates...".

****IMPORTANT EDIT as of June 2017:  Microsoft released five special out-of-band security updates for Vista SP2 in June 2017 to patch vulnerabilities for the NSA-leaked exploits EnglishmanDentist, EsteemAudit and ExplodingCan.  These important security updates were posted on the Microsoft Update Catalog but will not be delivered via Windows Update.  Once Windows Update has successfully installed all available Vista SP2 and IE9 updates as of April 2017 (STEP # 6 above) see the thread More Shadow Brokers Exploits Patched June 2017 for Win XP and Vista for instructions on how to install these June 2017 security updates.****
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Note 1:  KB4015195 has replaced KB4012497 (rel. 14-Mar-2017).  KB4015380 has replaced KB3203859 (rel. 08-Nov-2016). The combination of KB4012583 and KB4015195 has replaced KB3191203 (rel. 11-Oct-2016).  KB4014661 has replaced KB4012204 (rel. 14-Mar-2017).

Note 2:  If you have a clean reinstall of Vista SP2 (i.e., no IE9 browser or MS Office) Dalai has posted a batch file on his website at http://wu.krelay.de/en/.  See the section titled Some Automation and click the link for this script that can be used to automatically install the required speed up patches KB3205638, KB4012583, KB4015195 and KB4015380.  

Other users can download 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) .msu installers for any missing speed up patches from the Microsoft Update Catalog by clicking the following links:

REQUIRED:

     KB3205638:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3205638 Vista

     KB4012583:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012583 Vista
     KB4015195:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015195 Vista

     KB4015380:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015380 Vista

OPTIONAL (if IE9 is installed):
    KB4014661:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4014661 Internet Explorer 9 Vista
        

OPTIONAL (if MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 is installed):

     See Volume Z's list of speed up patches for Office-related products on page 1 of peggybeggs' thread why has vista stopped automatic updates?

Note 3:  Some users have reported problems downloading the .msu installers from the Microsoft.com site with Internet Explorer 9 (e.g., the user never sees a pop-up to Run/Save the file).  If this happens use an alternate browser (I recommend Firefox ESR - Chrome is no longer supported for XP and Vista) or download the .msu installers to a USB thumb drive from another (non-Vista) computer and copy the .msu installers to your Vista desktop.

Note 4:  If you try to install a speed up patch that is already installed on your computer, download an installer that does not match the bit architecture of your OS (e.g., you try to run a 64-bit .msu installer on a 32-bit Vista machine), or try to install a speed up patch that has been superseded (replaced) by a newer update you will see a "not applicable" error - see the MS support article "The update is not applicable to your computer" error when you install Windows updates.

Note 5:  The standalone update packages (.msu files) will get stuck at "Checking for updates..." if there is a Windows Update session already running in the background on your computer.  Most users find that disabling automatic Windows Updates and re-booting is sufficient (STEP # 1), but if your .msu installer still gets stuck you can temporarily disconnect from the internet or stop your Windows Update service (wuauserv) as instructed in E-Chen's thread Vista Updates just keeps "Checking" before running these installers.  Unlike Windows Update, these standalone update packages (.msu files) are associated with the Windows Update Standalone Installer (C:\Windows\System32\wusa.exe) and can be installed on computers without an internet connection.

Note 6:  If you have MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 installed there are additional speed up patches that must be installed to prevent Windows Updates from hanging during the initial "Checking for updates...." phase.  Volume Z maintains a list of these Office speed up patches on page 1 of peggybeggs' thread why has vista stopped automatic updates? .  After Vista SP2 reaches its end of extended support in April 2017 these Office products will continue to trigger "Checking for updates...." hangs on Patch Tuesdays (the second Tuesday of the month), and new speed up patches for these products will be added each month to Volume Z's post.

If you follow the instructions in this post and Windows Update continues to hang at "Checking for updates..." phase for more than one hour after all required speed up patches are installed then I would suggest you try using Torsten Wittrock's WSUS Offline Update tool.  This tool can be used to download and install important security updates for Vista SP2 (see the Legacy tab of the interface) and other Microsoft products like MS Office.  Be sure to download the special extended support release (ESR) v9.2.2 of this tool (released 03-Jul-2017) for older platforms like Win XP and Vista. The change log at http://download.wsusoffline.net/ notes that this ESR version of WSUS Offline Update will install the new June 2017 updates listed the Microsoft Security Advisory 4025685: Guidance for older platforms: June 13, 2017 for protection against the NSA-leaked exploits EnglishmanDentist, EsteemAudit, and ExplodingCan.

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32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.2.1 * NS Premium v22.9.4.8 * MBAM Premium v3.1.2
HP Pavilion dv6835ca, Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz, 3 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS

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