Windows spends hours "Checking for updates", but never finds any.
I noticed a few days ago that I couldn't download/install any Windows updates. I spent a lot of time trying various remedies until, at last, I decided to reinstall Windows from scratch. Unfortunately, this still hasn't solved the problem! I'm at a loss as to what to do next.
Can anyone help? I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a Dell Latitude D630.
As you have done a clean install did it include service pack 1 if not CLICK HERE to down load it.
Found a MS web page System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) October 2014] [CLICK HERE This tool is being offered because an inconsistency was found in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, and software. Note: does require service pack one installed.
My understanding is that the problem with a fresh install of Windows 7 can be fixed by finding and downloading just 2 of the "missing" updates.
The 2 key items are KB3102810 and KB3135445 and should be installed in that sequence. You can find them here KB3102810 and here KB3135445 .
I spotted this on another forum.
After installing these 2 items you will (hopefully) discover that within a few minutes, Windows update will then offer you the remaining 200+ items for download.
I think this is worth a try. I should not really be mentioning other forums out of respect to PC ADVISOR (and therefore won't) but the solution "worked" for many people who think that the solution should be a "sticky"
I hope this works for you. If it does....you may then find that the ongoing/regular updates are a bit slow or worse. If so please see the other 2 threads about that very different problem and possible solutions.
Unfortunately, none of these things works: trying to install single updates just results in the Windows Update Standalone Installer "Searching for updates on this computer..." for hours, so I can't even try the System Update Readiness Tool.