[Novalug] Windows-7 Update Frustrations (solved)

James Ewing Cottrell III jecottrell3@comcast.net
Thu Dec 22 21:44:03 EST 2016

About a Year Ago (or maybe two...I asked the same question). Yeah, I 
snooped around and did some Manual Updates and Patches to the Updater.

What FINALLY worked for me was to Leave Windows On "searching for 
updates" for An Entire Weekend.

I was Starting From Scratch, and the Quadratic Nature of Patch 
Dependency Checking, especially with a Large Initial Patch List just 
might add to the Amazingly Long Times.

As far as M$ purposely making patches Difficult to Receive, consider 
that most of their Patch Servers have probably been moved to serve 
Windows 8 and 10.


On 12/19/2016 9:00 PM, Roger W. Broseus via Novalug wrote:
> I'm posting this to rant as well as pass on info that might help others
> stuck with relatives / "friends" who use Windows. I know that there are
> some of you (us) who sometimes get called upon to fix Window$ problems.
> <rant>Win-7 had not updated since April. Hours spent -- futile efforts.
> </rant>
> Searching the web led to a "solution:"
> 1.
> https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_7-update/fix-windows-7-update-stuck-on-checking-for-updates/ad6cfeef-232a-49b4-a57b-39978eea6630
> After two tries and hours of effort - multiple reboot -- yall know the
> drill -- problem not solved.
> Next, plough through 97 comments, some going back to March, 2016.
> 2. Around comment no. 95 -- yes, I read with endless hope -- on Dec. 5,
> 2016, DanH12 suggested a solution:
> https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-update/windows-7-update-solution/f39a65fa-9d10-42e7-9bc0-7f5096b36d0c
> Method 2. worked for *me*, and, also solved the long-standing problem of
> svchost.exe hogging CPU resources and slowing the computer to a crawl.
> In the end, some people found that method No. 1 while others found method
> No. 2 solved their problems. Method 1., step No. 7 (of 11 steps) urged
> users to "Be patient, this file can take a while to process. Restart when
> the installation finishes." During my second trip down method No. 1 lane,
> I let the PC run for > 24 hrs. No luck.
> <rant>If I were paranoid, I'd think that maybe MS is making it
> purposefully difficult for users to update Win-7. Why can't MS be like
> Linux? Just work, especially for updates with very few reboots? One soul
> said he'd given up and installed Linux in 20 minutes. Lucky guy.</rant>
> <truth>I've got borderline, MS-induced paranoia. I hope my end-user will
> be happy. (S/he is considering purchase of a new computer, sort-of
> nullifying my efforts.)</truth>

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