Difference between revisions of "Windows Update"

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Windows Update (aka Microsoft Update) is an essential feature of the operating system, but it sometimes has problems. This page has advice for addressing them.
==There's... too many of them!==
Windows 7 has been around for long enough to have 2 or 3 service packs, but there's only 1, leaving us to run Windows Update many times in succession. Fortunately, there is a "rollup" that partially addresses this problem, ''after'' you install a newer Windows Update client. This is already in the K2000, or it can be found in <code>N:\Software\Public\Windows Update Rollup</code>. '''Make sure to run the small update first, or the big one will fail.'''
==Hear me baby, hold together==
Sometimes, especially on a new Win7 computer without updates, Windows Update doesn't run - it can especially get stuck on "Searching for Updates..." To fix this:
#Open an administrative command prompt:
##Click Start
##type <code>cmd</code>
##RIGHT-click on Command Prompt, and select Run As Administrator.
#Type <code>net stop wuauserv</code> and hit Enter.
#It may fail the first time; retype the command (hint: Up+Enter) to stop the service completely.
This should close any currently running Windows Updates and allow you to try again gracefully. If you anticipate problems, you may want to do this before you start.
* Note that any successful Windows Update will restart the service, so you may wish to do this before each round of updates.
* If you're running a manual update (using Windows Update Standalone Installer aka WUSA.exe, or by double-clicking a .msu file), stopping the service isn't enough to cancel the update - you'll also need to close that process in Task Manager.

Latest revision as of 17:11, 1 August 2016

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