Print Posted on 06/06/2016 in Windows

Windows 7: Searching for Updates taking a long time

Windows 7: Searching for Updates taking a long time

Besides the forced upgrade to Windows 10, the Windows 7 users are dealing with a new problem; the searching for updates option is taking a mind numbingly long time than it usually takes to look for new updates. In many case the wait has taken 48 hours as well. Now this is not a computer specific problem but computers all over the world are experiencing this issue. So if you are a Windows 7 user and are dealing with the same problem, then read on to find a solution for this. First of all remember this resolution will take time so you have to be patient and follow the steps properly. So let’s proceed. Disable the anti-virus application installed on your computer. Type ‘services.msc’ in the RUN box to open the services windows and check the following services.

  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  • Cryptographic Services
  • Windows Installer
  • Windows update

Check if the services are running or not, if not then try to start the service and if it is disabled, right click on the service go to properties and set it on automatic. Next try to run the Windows update Troubleshooter and check the solution that it provides. If it does not find any solution move to the next step. Then try to reset the components of Windows Updates. Follow this link. Once you have carefully followed the steps to reset Windows update components, download and run the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7- KB947821. This Stand Alone Installer will run for some time and try to find out updates for your computer.  


In majority of cases the Stand Alone Installer is able to find out updates. Just in case it is not able to find out the updates the next viable option would be to perform custom installation of your windows. For performing custom installation you will need windows 7 install DVD or an ISO file and remember after custom installation all your applications will be uninstalled so remember to take a backup before you proceed. So go ahead and follow these steps and let us know if it worked for you or not and I the mean time we will try to look up for more solutions.

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