There might also be some wording differences depending on which version of Windows you're using.If you don't see anything at all on screen, especially if you think the updates may have been installed completely, see my How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates tutorial instead.The symptom: went attempting to run windows update it says "searching for updates". Did the "clear the cache" fix, (stopped BITS and windows update services, deleted Software Distribution folder, then restarted), no change 2.It never stops "searching for updates" until I close or end the program. Attempted to install updates manually, it hangs on "searching for updates on this computer". Even when trying to install the system update readiness tool does not work. Thank you I decided to start over, even installed a new, factory fresh hard drive (I have planned to do this in the future and thought this would be a good time to do it).Searching for news like this allows you to quickly pinpoint the problem and potentially fix it, or turn updates off for the time being until a solution is found. You can’t turn off automatic updates in Windows 10, but you can manage when your machine reboots after installing an update.That way, you can at least make sure your machine doesn’t restart during your workday or whenever is least convenient.Most of the time, Windows Update does its job with little if any attention from us.While we might check and install updates manually from time to time, most Windows 10 computers are configured to apply important updates automatically while older versions, like Windows 7 & 8, usually apply these fixes the night of Patch Tuesday.
However, I've had better results after this update was installed: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810 It "should" pick up the updates a lot quicker. It usually picks up all the updates within 10-20 minutes. I've had much quicker results checking in the morning than in the evening.
So, I figured I would put together some tips that might solve the issue you’re having.
But do note these are helpful troubleshooting steps no matter which version of Windows you’re running.
This is an on-going problem and I am at my wits end.
What I have: Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, 64bit, no additional software installed since I could never get past the update issue.
Sometimes however, when the patch, or maybe even service pack, is being installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation gets stuck - freezes, locks up, stops, hangs, clocks... Windows Update is taking forever and it's time to fix the problem.