Windows Update stuck "Checking for updates..." / Error 0x80070005 #
TL;DR: WSUS Offline Update solved the problem*.
Windows Update was stuck overnight "Checking for updates..." on a virtually brand new, clean Windows 7 install. Tried the following:
- Reset Windows Update Agent - "This Script allow reset the Windows Update Agent resolving issues with Windows Update." Runs under XP - 10. Last updated Feb 29, 2016. Did not resolve issue.
- Fix Microsoft Windows Update Issues - "This troubleshooter will detect and solve Windows update issues automatically." Did not resolve issue, but reported an unresolved "error 0x80070005".
- Error 0x80070005 in Windows Update when you try to install updates - Uses a batch script and SubInACL to repair file and registry permissions. More information. Did not resolve issue.
- 0x80070005 – Fix for Windows - Several suggestions, none of which resolved the issue.
- Repair or reinstall Windows Update - Massive collection of potential fixes, including WSUS Offline Update, which resolved the issue and fixed Windows Update.
Wish I had found this first - exact same issue and resolution: Windows 7: How I Solved the Infinite 'Checking for Updates' Hell.... More suggestions: Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates.
* If WSUS Offline Update gets stuck at Listing ids of missing updates (please be patient, this will take a while)..., open a second elevated command prompt and run net stop wuauserv.
UPDATE: Here is another protocol reported by good1dave to work reliably as of January 2017:
- Set Windows Update to "Never check for updates (not recommended)" then restart
- Install KB3020369 then restart
- Install KB3125574 then restart (If using an image from around May 2016 or later for the install, you may skip KB3125574.)
- Install KB3138612 then restart
- Install KB3145739 then restart
- Install the latest cumulative monthly rollup (e.g., January 2017 (KB3212646)) then restart
- Optionally, run WSUS Offline Updater until no new updates are found.
- Check for updates through Windows Update normally
Don't forget to reenable automatic Windows Update checks.
/windows | Apr 06, 2016
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