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# 214494 14-May-2017 21:22
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I have an 8.1 machine not used since December.

For some reason it stays on windows update forever.

Tried to install the march rollup. Same result, searching for updates on this computer forever. Windows update troubleshooter fails. Is there a surefire fix for these issues?

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  # 1782152 14-May-2017 23:38
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1. Upgrade to Windows 10?


2. Delete software distribution folder in Windows after stopping windows update service.

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  # 1782153 15-May-2017 00:14
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Is the system time and date correct?


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  # 1782169 15-May-2017 06:56
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is there an update "package" that you can download and apply manually?

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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  # 1782552 15-May-2017 13:58
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Download march april & may rollups & install manually


take the PC offine before installing ( disconnect from internet)


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  # 1782797 15-May-2017 21:17
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Well i sorted that one using the advice above eventually. I had tried the fix-it earlier. As i said initially, same problem with the march update. Also deleted the update database and log. That was silly because killed my update history. Still no update.

After that restored the update dB and log, but history is gone. But the march update now installs. Installed the other two and now windows update is working again. Success!

Anyway one of those dumb things you do to your own computer. Somewhat horrible.and probably just windows update overloaded with wcry yesterday. Double doh. I'll refesh it asap.

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  # 1782836 15-May-2017 21:52
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Windows update is a piece of sh!t at the best of times.
Try doing a fresh install of win7 - it won't update. You have to update the updater with lots of jiggery poker, or just use the above.
It will install updates where windows won't. And with luck afterwards win update may work again.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

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  # 1782963 16-May-2017 09:37
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Try doing a fresh install of win7 - it won't update. .


not as bad as it was, from what Ive seen.
used to be a nightmare on 7 re-installs for a while. Now, just manually install IE11 & winupdate then just works on Win7 reinstalls (so far)


IE11 being the key to get it working on 7 now.

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