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FIXED!! Windows 7 sp1 never ends searching for updates

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Glad you guys find it useful!
 
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I have like 10 computers running Windows 7 and most of my clients run 7 so trust me it comes in handy big time!
 

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I just thought i would chime in after seeing a 'windows 7 not updating' thread the other day and decided to stick around and have a good look lo see if a solution was found...

I ran the script/batch made by @Solaris17 and It has solved the problem for my laptop no longer doing updates.

Many thanks. Its a very handy utility for those of us who are still on and using windows 7 and it should be stickied somewhere.

Solaris -- Is there a link where i can drop you some beer money for the time you spent making the script? You've made life a lot easier for me to keep everyone elses machines that I have a job of maintaining that are still on windows 7 less of headache.
 
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I agree with Freedom Eclipse. I have used it at least 10 times Solaris needs a 12 pack for his work. I would be will to contribute. Just need a e mail for Solaris's paypal
 

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haha you guys are too nice. I guess I don't see the harm, though given the season id strongly recommend spending money on yourself or others for the holidays. Remember I do it for fun, and for the IT community it's not something I consider "work" to keep updated. If you do feel so compelled though I don't often stop for coffee and unfortunetely as awesome as programable timers on coffee pots are you would be surprised at how often I forget to set them.

solaris17@outlook.com
 

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I haven't read the whole thread, what's what i need to download in order to accelerate the windows 7 updates process?
 

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I haven't read the whole thread, what's what i need to download in order to accelerate the windows 7 updates process?
It doesnt accelerate anything. you only need to use the script if Windows 7 takes more then 6hours just searching for updates. Microsoft altered the way windows 7 updates and it borked windows 7 for a lot of people, Myself included. While my PC was just fine as its always on. My laptop i have probably booted on once every 3-4months and because of that it probably missed the boat on a major update that reconfigured windows updates.

Im not sure what the script does exactly but its like pointing out where all the updates from microsoft can be downloaded by windows update.

@Solaris17 -- I dropped you a few dollars. Thanks again
 

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I haven't read the whole thread, what's what i need to download in order to accelerate the windows 7 updates process?
Just like stinger so kindly pointed out. Just make sure you read the actual batch for best results. and make sure you reboot and NOT check for updates. The manual installations need to do their own thing and get hung up with wupdate is talking to MS. I think I mention all of this but best to reaffirm for those new too it. also if it must be said all time estimates are just that, an approximation. So take them with a grain of salt.

It doesnt accelerate anything. you only need to use the script if Windows 7 takes more then 6hours just searching for updates. Microsoft altered the way windows 7 updates and it borked windows 7 for a lot of people, Myself included. While my PC was just fine as its always on. My laptop i have probably booted on once every 3-4months and because of that it probably missed the boat on a major update that reconfigured windows updates.

Im not sure what the script does exactly but its like pointing out where all the updates from microsoft can be downloaded by windows update.

@Solaris17 -- I dropped you a few dollars. Thanks again
Thanks man! I really appreciate it! You got it pretty right! The patches more or less stop Windows from checking 1 by 1 the entire directory of updates and instead says "I'm atleast right here." so it shortens the scan time considerably. The unfortunate part is that I have to manually check the update posts by MS to find anything that modified the system and add that update to the batch or the process breaks.

Thankfully the rest of the process is pretty bullet proof except the odd system quirk I cant really plan for. So maintenance isn't too terrible
 

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All i have to do is download the Patch and run it?

Sorry but i am not expert when talking about patch or script:oops:
 

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All i have to do is download the Patch and run it?

Sorry but i am not expert when talking about patch or script:oops:
Yup! Just to play itsafe download the batch. reboot your PC. then run it. read it carefully so you can keep an eye on its progress and you should be good to go before you know it.

It will take care of everything for you until the end.
 
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i cant edit this section, maybe start a dedicated thread for the patch?

Some days i feel like we need a solaris section....
 

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2 requests that might add to the helpfulness of seeking this thread and its answer, adding [FIXED] to the title and making the last sentence with hyperlink bold. Not that either is necessary, but could be useful for some. :toast:
 

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I have changed the OP to include information and change log for the tool. It also explains why it happens and I may add more information over time.

Also I released v8. the changelog is in the OP. this patch is for the busy people or the system admins and managers. It copies the systems current UAC settings, Disables UAC (So you dont need to hit "Yes" after each reboot) and at the end re-applys the settings. This adds a big layer of automation and should be helpful for those that cant babysit the UAC prompt after each reboot to allow the script to continue.

Have a good one.
 

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I have found the latest version isnt working for me and had to go back to an older version, just thought id let ya know Solaris17
 

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I have found the latest version isnt working for me and had to go back to an older version, just thought id let ya know Solaris17
Thats odd I havent changed anything that affects the patching. I only added the UAC adjustments.

What about it didnt work?

What version are you using?
 
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Thats odd I havent changed anything that affects the patching. I only added the UAC adjustments.

What about it didnt work?

What version are you using?
Im running v7 and it looks like it works but after a reboot nothing seems to have been applied, so I went back to v3 and it worked first go, so im not sure whats going on there :S
 
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I checked the bat file from the first post and don't understand what's the point of installing KB3172605 in relationship to the discussed problem.
 

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Im running v7 and it looks like it works but after a reboot nothing seems to have been applied, so I went back to v3 and it worked first go, so im not sure whats going on there :S
Try v8? Not sure. The patches that are installed and the routines to do them haven't really changed. Though it isn't unheard of for the script to stall, sometimes the patches themselves stall out during install and there is no way for me to track this progress so the script just keeps running until a restart.

Maybe it's just bad luck I would try a new system perhaps. Technically speaking there is nothing different happening between versions when it comes to the patch installs
 

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Thanks to @jboydgolfer I have managed to identify the cause for the occasional "black window" that indicates the script has stalled. I am about to push a new version that will implement the fix hopefully later today.

The particular issue in questions involves the executable used to check for admin permissions. The script continues to the next stage (this issue doesnt exist during the initial launch) too quickly on new machines and results in a gridlock because of file system locks.

kudos as well to @Melvis for the initial report that put the seed in my head. When jboy ran into the same issue I was able to put together the issue and investigate.
 
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Hmmm, thought I started this and I was the OP of this thread!?

Thanks for what you doing though @Solaris17 but I remember I started this thread.
 
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