Windows Update

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 N:\Software\Public\Windows Update Rollup.

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:

  1. Open an administrative command prompt:
    1. Click Start
    2. type cmd
    3. RIGHT-click on Command Prompt, and select Run As Administrator.
  2. Type net stop wuauserv and hit Enter.
  3. 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.
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