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Windows 7 Stuck "Searching For Updates" - Solution / Fix For Windows Update Not Working

215 661 views | 16 Nov. 2016

In this video I show how

In this video I show how I've been fixing the bug/glitch where Windows 7 just shows 'Checking for Updates' forever but does nothing and never completes or actually finds any available updates.

This issue seems to occur after some selected updates have been installed automatically and Windows Update stops working.

It causes windows update to 'stick' as though it is checking for updates when in reality it never actually finishes and is doing nothing, no matter how long you leave it. (Trust me, I've left it checking for hours!).

- = [ Update File Download Links ] = -

REMEMBER to select the correct x86 or x64 version download to match your windows version! x86 = 32bit and x64 = 64bit.

If these links don't work for you, please look at my pinned comment down below in the comments section.

Update 1 (KB3020369) - MUST BE INSTALLED FIRST!


Update 2 (KB3172605) - MUST BE INSTALLED SECOND!


NOTE: Ensure you have set Windows Update to 'NEVER CHECK FOR UPDATES AUTOMATICALLY' and REBOOTED *before* installing these updates.

This should then fix the Windows 7 updates stuck problem / glitch / bug.

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Video recorded Using A Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505).


Bro plzz plzzzz help me my windows 7 was to lagging plzz can u help me i want my windows like u

Apurv Aglawe

My is stuck at 0%

Tehmina Yasmin


anusha r

Hi ...how about for 32 bit

David Goliath

Thank you, it works. It really helps a lot. ???


Thank you so much, it works perfectly, top man ! God bless!

Reji mol Rafi

Will this work in 2020

king darling

2021 I can confirm this works after two days of searching , thank you mate ur the goat !!

Fazil Mohd

Did the update 2.Worked.thx

jelo salidaga

Wow it actually worked. thanks a lot!


It says for the second one that it is not applicable on ur device what to do plz help

aimar ramadhan

Please help, my problem is not this but when installing updates bar took more than a day to load and stuck at 17 out of.. files!

Shubham Yadav

Thank You Very Much.

VivS The LeaRner

Wow! After looking many videos I hv reached right place.It's still working on 2020..???

Arvind Rathore

Sirji i have downloaded all 2 files 2015 and 16 but files are not install in my laptop always windows update standalone unstaller are searching...how it fix it..please help me.

Bill Gaytes

This doesn't work in 2019. Can't update and computer won't run the install for win 10.

The Untouchable king

I clicked the link and it’s says that file or directory not found

Kykykyky Kkkkyy

Still works 2021 ;) as of this date. Thanks windows pro 64bit

Mahadi Monir

Thnx a ton mate . Your tutorial just saved my laptop.

deej Lee

Thank you for this. I liked the way you explained slowly and clearly, step by step. I think, it may have worked for me too... some updates installed that didn’t before.

Dexter Morgan

Thank you thank you thank you!!!! It worked updates were stuck since 2015

G D Tiwari

you saved me dude...... it is still working.... Thanku.


Thank you very much it worked!

Sonu Kaushik

Thankyou bro sharing this video
Because it 110% work bro
Good work bro and again thankyou ??

Shakir Shine

Not working bro... It says the update is not applicable to your computer i installed 32 bit only.. for my 32 bit machine

Zhir Kadir

Thank you ?

Art Mejia

You are a GENIUS Men Thank you so much for this video.it really works

akV The Gaming Master

KB3020369 is failing to install bro plz help

Smart Tutorial

Thanks! :)


Wow it actually worked.

I've tried a dozen things before this.
Thanks a lot )

The Unknown

But i have a 32 bit computer

aayush gaming


Eddieson Calangian

Worked in June 2020. Thank you.

Bishop Polycarp

Windows sucks. I use Linux. Here to fix a mates computer.

Update - this solutions works great!!!!! Win 7 Ultimate x64 with WSUS was stuck back in 2016 but it's all updated to 2019 now.


Du bist so ein geiler Typ!!!
Mich hat diese Update Problem seit mehreren Wochen beschäftigt, bei allen möglichen Youtubern habe ich nachgeschaut, doch die Programme wie WSUS haben immer nur ein Error ausgegeben. Der kleinste Kanal hat aber anscheinend die einfachste und die beste Lösung!
Danke das du dieses Video gemacht hast!


Darn the files are no longer available. I neglected this way too long.


OMG , Thank God You SAVED ME!!!!


Thanks Nathan! It worked. Thanks for the thorough step by step instructions and links.

pundrik mishra

all in video fake and not working

andrei ez game

Thx bro

Nathan PH

If the download links in the description no longer work for you then please choose the correct link from below in their place.
REMEMBER to select the correct x86 or x64 version download to match your windows version! x86 = 32bit and x64 = 64bit.

x86 (32 bit windows) = https://download.microsoft.com/download/C/0/8/C0823F43-BFE9-4147-9B0A-35769CBBE6B0/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x86.msu

x64 (64 bit windows) = https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/0/5D0821EB-A92D-4CA2-9020-EC41D56B074F/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu

x86 (32 bit windows) = https://download.microsoft.com/download/C/D/5/CD5DE7B2-E857-4BD4-AA9C-6B30C3E1735A/Windows6.1-KB3172605-x86.msu

x64 (64 bit windows) = https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/0/560504D4-F91A-4DEB-867F-C713F7821374/Windows6.1-KB3172605-x64.msu

NOTE: MAKE SURE you have set Windows Update to 'NEVER CHECK FOR UPDATES AUTOMATICALLY' and REBOOTED BEFORE installing these updates.
FOLLOW THE STEPS I SHOW IN THE VIDEO to install the updates - Do exactly the same install order, reboots and enable/disable steps as me or it may not work for you.

Hope this helps!

Fusion Kai

dis is legit bruh

aayush gaming


Ron Fairmont

Thanks man it helped me so much !!

Abhishek Pandey

I greatly thankful to you . Your video is working successfully

Vikash Dummu

This works

Vikas Singh

I'm from India


thanks for posting this. it worked for me March 26th 2020
note: it took about 12 minutes for all my updates to come up after the fix, also the links for downloads were not working but i found them here....

Update 1 (KB3020369) 64 BIT - MUST BE INSTALLED FIRST!

Update 2 (KB3172605) 64 BIT - MUST BE INSTALLED SECOND!

if you need the 32 bit versions just google it and they will come up.

thanks again.

febryan aditya

thanks man!!! (june 2020)

Gavin Dintwa

Thank you very much for your help

Tawsif Tech

Windows 7 is trash after 2020

Deep Kamal singh

Thank you friend....it works ?

Ethan springer

My windows 7 took longer because it's a 32-bit

Jerrod Frederking

This worked great for me. I have a windows 7 laptop that was out of use for about 4 years (2011-2018) Found this by searching and it brought back a 10 year old computer to life and I am getting it updated before the end of life of windows 7 rolls around. They moved the links to the packages but Microsoft still has them available at Package 1 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46817 and package 2 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53332


DUDE, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. I found my old laptop yesterday but it didn't update for over 6 Fricking YEARS. I'm going to enjoy this. Thank you again, for helping me. It means a lot to me

deepanker mishra

Do we need to backup our data before following the procedure. ??

kshitij Guleria

It worked. You're the best. ('-')


It showed not applicable to ur computer

Rose Cebricus

thankyou 200% really works . from philippines :)

Areeba Shahbaz

it says update is not applicable to your computer. plz help

G Black

bro thanks a lot this worked well you da man.....



عبدالله خليل

Its working in 2019?


after installing first update it say that update is not for your computer, plzz help

Bolt_x Airsoft

The first link worked but the second didn’t it said it’s not compatible I’m using a 64 bit windows 7 pc which was originally windows vista


You deserve 10 Million likes and views

Roshan Roshan

404 not available in that site


Thanks a lot I did the same as you told now my Pc is working fantastic... Thanks?????? a lot...

tete ebra

worked, nice and smooth thanks.

Anish Margaj

Installer encountered an error : 0x80070424
The specified service dose not exist as an installed service.
Why this

Lance Belen

It's working, you helped me a lot! Thanks dude!!


When I try installing the updates it just says that it's already installed however in the Windows Update control panel menu it says that updates were never installed?


Hey, I'm trying to download it, but it is showing error 404.
Please help me.
Thanks, Finally, It works.


help it says its not applicable on ur computer

dev tester

Worked on Win7 Premium SP1 !!
Omg :D, I waited little more ( 07:07 ) 8-10 mins but it worked :)
The safest and easiest way to fix it

Kaushik Paul

Thanks Nathan! This video really saved a lot of my time. Great work!

Matej Matthew Mitterpach


Achraf Guesmia

I was having this problem for a while now thanks bro ❤️

karhik ganga.

Thanks,bro it's working

Takedown 11

Dude why mine still checking for update

Sergio Mangubat

It work ???? now I'm waiting to install it many thanks

LiT Ashwin

Thanks buddy you are amazing ?

Despoina Prevoli

It worked! Thanks really much!!!


it works

Edison Bonilla

Still works just did it now

Rahul Tirkey

Not working in 2019

Alberto Dumitrache

Thank you Man !

Kamii Sama

Thank u buddy its 20 19

Usman Ullah

its working very good i recomand everyone to see this video

Muhd Al Imran

can you help me in my leptop repair this because every time I open an application like chrome it will show not responding in above. Apologies for my bad language


Worked in 2020. Thank you, I would kiss you if it wasn't for covid.

Shubham Yadav

It Works Bro.

Taniya Pal

This works ?, i came back here just to say you thank you so much .. .

Vishal Arora

Same problem now i got no solution i got of this problem. So tell me any other solution if you have.


The 2nd update is showing " it is not applicable to your computer" . Plz help


Mine said no important update available

Facts बाबा

I did the same but now my pc unable to reach desktop.. a window pop up after I did second restart that says you might getting problem due to recent change in software or hardware.. ask me to 1) window start normally, 2) advance mode 3) safe mode..

I have tried three option but unable to reach desktop...please help me Nathan... what to do now??

Deven Wijerathne

Nice work

adi badsha

What about 32 bit ????

Oscar Dragan

Isn’t working anymore

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[Fix] Stuck at checking for updates on Windows 7

44 013 views | 4 Dec. 2016

If you’ve installed fresh

If you’ve installed fresh Windows 7 with service pack 1 and going update the system with Windows update, you may get stuck at checking for updates step unusually long time. This could be an issue of Windows update service. To fix the issue, you have to manually install some patch from Microsoft.

In this video, I will show how to fix problem when you stuck at checking for updates on Windows update on Windows 7.

1. Determine if your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.

2. Download KB3020369

- For 32-bit, https://download.microsoft.com/download/C/0/8/C0823F43-BFE9-4147-9B0A-35769CBBE6B0/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x86.msu

- For 64-bit, https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/0/5D0821EB-A92D-4CA2-9020-EC41D56B074F/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu

3. Download KB3172605

- For 32-bit, https://download.microsoft.com/download/C/D/5/CD5DE7B2-E857-4BD4-AA9C-6B30C3E1735A/Windows6.1-KB3172605-x86.msu

- For 64-bit, https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/0/560504D4-F91A-4DEB-867F-C713F7821374/Windows6.1-KB3172605-x64.msu

4. Open Windows Update.

5. Modify “Important updates” in “Change Settings” menu to “Never check for updates”

6. Restart your system.

7. Install KB3020369 and KB3172605 respectively.

8. Restart your system again.

9. Open Windows Update and modify “Important updates” in “Change Settings” menu to “Install updates automatically” (or any option you want).

10. Check for updates again.

Reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3200747

Om prakash Gunarat

Error while installing "the update is not applicable to your computer" my windows is 7 sp1 64bit.and i tried both 32 bit version update as well

Zakarya Al Azri

Thank you so much, it's working with me now


or you can just kill windows update instead of restarting


thx man, worked on my old ass sony vaio! . .?

short giraf


Hóba Hébe

Heavy south-east asian accent having, bro saves the day, once again.

Robert Lo

wehat yoau ploblem?

Clay Wheeler


However the update was Able to check it self for the LIST Of Available updates, BUT it Return with errors 8024402F
now just go to Microsoft website https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/windows-update-resources

and then under the article "How do I reset Windows Update components?"
click on 2 links that says "This Script" and "This Script", Download that fixes automatically for you


Thanks man it was really helpful

H Santana

I download both programs,but when I try to run...the windows update system start searching for Windows update....and still there..
I stop windows update...but still

Scott Mortley

Hi i know this got posted a while ago but ive just got one of my old laptops as my new one has broken.

This still hasnt worked for me. It is still stuck at checking for updates after following every instruction youve said. I have been sat for 15 minutes waiting for the updates to come through.

Darryl Sim

OMG this helped me , thanks mate

Let Me Change my Youtube Name!

agreed, this worked and was easy to follow. thanks

Zahir Bakri

u know what,i just reformatting my window 7 64bit sp1 , my computer take too long to check update,i got avastfree running on my computer even i disable it still update not work,i decide to uninstall it and after avast successfully removed, my window update working just fine,now i must waiting 1.6gb update now

Mila Ala

Thank you so much, it helped!

Damo Sport

u are awesome man thanks a lot

Karl Bassermann

You sound exactly like Abe from Abe's Oddysee, please "I don't know"

Sunner Suner

"This tutorial works"  Thank you so much... I followed your tutorial to the letter and now my Windows 7, 32-bit laptop is checking and installing all updates perfectly...

Steven Wicks

Web page cant be reached now

Fleck's random stuff

Thank you, did the trick here! :)


This fixed it for me. Thanks

Yash Trimbake

Will it work for windows 7 ultimate???

Jayanth 1MV19EE042

Thanks mate, resolved a month long problem :)


I dunno, I'm just gonna say Fuck Windows....


I can't install anytning i download...

Petar Marchev

Worked for me too, now it only took about 3-4 minutes to "Check for updates", thanks!

Rashid Ibrahim

good accent bro i understand more clearer :)

Nathan Freudinger

It beautifully worked!!! Many thanks, bro!

Karan J

Thank you so much for this video. I appreciated the exact step by step instructions and they are easy to understand. Brilliant video, thank you for taking the time to upload it for us :)


Thank you updates are installing as we speak


It says KB172605 isn't compatible with my system. And the other one is already installed.

Delirio Rimbombante

PLEASE HELP !! It says "your computer is not elegible for the instalation". I just reinstaled windows 7 and all has been a problem, cannot install video drivers, nvidia driver fails, windows update doesn't work... i dont know what to do T_T


thank you very much! my updates being stuck for couple of hours pissed me off!

Art Survives Artist

You need to update this video. Going to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3200747 doesn't take you to the same site anymore. It is now a different site that isn't very helpful.


it worked, thanks man

Anthony Corbin

already have those two installed since the install of windows 7 because I wanted to skip a bunch of updates


I have been trying to fix this for a week now and thanks to your video,
my computer is now back and working again.
I wish i could give you a 100 thumbs ups.


Excuse me, it still checking for updates after i did all the steps. May i know what should i do now?

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How to Solve the Vista Check for Updates Getting Stuck

23 750 views | 7 Dec. 2017

In this episode we are

In this episode we are talking about how to solve the Windows Vista check for updates getting stuck. This problem occurs on clean installs of Windows Vista with service pack 2 preinstalled. There are four updates from Microsoft that can be installed manually to fix the problem

The behavior of Windows update getting stuck also can be described as not working or hangs. It is best to address this issue by manually instilling the patches listed below opposed to searching for an automatic repair or fix tool which can potentially be malicious software


KB3205638: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3205638 Vista

KB4012583: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012583 Vista

KB4015195: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015195 Vista

KB4015380: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015380 Vista

OPTIONAL (if IE9 is installed):

KB4014661: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4014661 Internet Explorer 9 Vista

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Working thank you BRO

Valdis Black

How to Solve the Vista Check for Updates Getting Stuck? Easy! Install Windows 7 ;)

Alyssa Rice

You amazing thank you

Michał Górka

I have the same problem on my netbook with Windows 7 Starter.

Claude's Vegan Channel

Works like a charm, thank you so much! I was a bout to write that it did not work but just had to wait for 3-5 mins to actually get it to find all updates.


fixed my issues. Thanks!


Awesome really! Finally, and after try five other tutorials this one works!
The windows update search took around 30 minutes but now I have 149 updates to download! Thanks a lot!



John R.

Thank you, worked just like you said. ?


Thank you so much! This still worked today 2/1/20. I got 65 updates then another 70 and probably some more after this round of installs. Thanks again

Dan B

I can solve all problems in windows, study Linux then get it . Problems solved instantly.

Kieran Bhalerao

Works as of 15.05.20, got 212 updates on a fresh SP2 install.


Great information. I haven't been able to update for ages and this has resolved It!!! I have 112 update to do but at least I can do them now!

Thank you!

Load of Barnacles

Hello, i have a problem unfortunately.
I have Windows Vista 64x Home Premium WITH SP2 installed.
I don't want to upgrade my old laptop to Win 10, because the specs might not be compatible for Win 10, and i don't like Win 10.
I have followed every step in this video.
At the last step, the updater says that there is still no updates.
After 30 mins, i tried to reinstall them, but its still the same after repeating to search for updates for 15 minutes.
Is there any fix?

ed s.

When I click on "Download" beside the item I want, nothing happens. Is this video obsolete?

John Henderson

It did not work. I installed them in order.

George Jibuti

Thanks, Its still working in 2020,
Just and 3rd update KB4015195 is not available from Windows update catalog for 32 bit Vista, so I had to download from external site (not secure, but I will not have any sensitive data on my retro Vista machine


thanks for the help. :)

Shashvat Patel

Thanks,it works on Home premium 64 bit.


Duuuuude you are the man! You are the maaaan!!!! I was trying my absolute hardest to try and make Windows Update work with third-party programs like WSUS Offline Updater, but to no avail....until I came across your channel and video. Now I can finally enjoy my dummy machine xD


Bro, thank you so much! It worked! Thanks man!!!!

Anthony Smith

Still working today ad of :- 5th March 2020....thanks alot...?.....great tutorial as well....??

Reggie Hodge


Thomas Smith

This worked for me. Thanks so much.

Markus Lörcher

Thank you! Even with wsus offline I gave up after 50 hours...


I tried the websites you showed me but they all keep saying its not for the type of system in my laptop computer.

Omendra Sachan

I have installed all the software as mentioned above from the link and now my computer not working and its not opening even in safe or recovery mode...how to fix now

Wyatt Afterglow

:( it isnt working for me at all


did not work for me. apr 2019. i got the 4 files installed. going back to do a normal update still gets stuck "checking..."

Debra Robinson

OMG u r going so fast I can’t even see what ur doing


In my opinion, considering Microsoft have always announced deprecation of any products/services but never announced Windows Update for older systems being deprecated for 2000, XP and Vista, nor Windows 98/Me back in 2011, it really does prove how important Microsoft considers Windows Updates to be since they're happy to report deprecation of literally anything else, even if it's the old Internet Games that nobody plays anymore.

Also, the update service for Windows 2000, XP and Vista IS technically still in tact, it's just Microsoft didn't release a patch that gives these older OSs Windows Update SHA-256 support like they did for Windows 7, because if you don't install KB4569557 on Windows 7 you will land with the same Windows Update error as 2000, XP and Vista. So we need to wait for someone to make a 3rd party patch that will give these older OS's support for Windows Update SHA-256 before Microsoft pulls the updates down entirely.

Also, NO SUGGESTIONS ABOUT SP4 OR UNOFFICIAL PATCHING SOLUTIONS PLEASE! These methods almost always don't contain every single update and even if they do, they're very easy for people to hide malware/spyware. An unofficial SHA-256 fix for Windows Update on older systems would be much better because then it will connect to Microsoft's servers again to download updates.


Thankss broo it workss

James Maple

Ugh I literally wasted hours trying WSUS Offline ESR, and making a full on WSUS server in a VM before this. Cheers dude

charlie bird

People and mighty animals should worship you!

Jiří Pokorný

There are no more regular updates for Vista. I had this problem with checking for updates when installing some security irregular update from Microsoft. The solution for me was to disconnect the network cable just before executing the installation.


Thanks, this really helped me a lot in getting a friend's laptop running again as they are closed to the idea of running Linux and upgrading their laptop wasn't worth it for all they use it and how much newer Windows licenses cost.

Tim van den Dries

Thanks Adam!
I have been trying to fix a Vista for an old (as in age) friend of mine. It was so full of viruses even I just couldn't get it cleaned up.
After backing up his files I reinstalled and then the damn update didn't run. This fixed it. Now he can safely use it again, with updates.


Thank you :)

Arkadiusz Zielenkiewicz

Thank You! :)

Dayle Anderson

You are a star son, 220 updates, thank you for your help.


J'ai essayé hier et ça a parfaitement marché, merci ! I have tried yesterday and it has perfectly worked, thanks !

Jessie James

it didn't work for me :(


Works like a charm. Thanks! I've wasted many hours with other crappy suggestions...

Martin Santos

I didn't work pls help


You sir are a genius! I have been trying loads of things to get this sorted and your way works perfectly! Thanks!

Simon McBryde

Confirmed working fix as of 22nd April 2020


Followed the suggestions here. Finally worked.


this still works :)


John Henderson

This did not work. Getting error code C8000266. Fresh install of Vista Business. Tried all the suggested fixes for this error code and none of them work. Will have to manually download all updates and install them. This is ridiculous. I think Microsoft did this to force you to get frustrated to upgrade to windows 8 or 10. What it did to is unstuck listing ids in WSUS offline.

Jeff Theinert

Still working as of today, 2019.08.25! Thanks.

matt New Haven model R.R

WORKED like a charm yay. Finally. Plus vista started up faster vs before.

Mig Jmz

it works But not at first. I had to disable firewall and restart the pc. Then re-enable it and the updates appeared after awhile.

matt New Haven model R.R

Ive looked online for something like this and im doing it exactly how this video is going 1 by 1 updates. I have a dual boot system 1 has windows xp other is windows vista32bit the vista wouldnt update tried everything non forums this was most helpful plus got right to the root of the problem. Will comment again to let you know result


Thank you very much, it still works in June 2020!!!


Just gone through the steps and it's working thanks good job.??

Drummerrific Bob

Thank you sir! This got my decade old PC fixed right up.


This worked great. Thanks for sharing this!

Graham Patey

Thankyou so much. Worked straight away after following video.

Bob Cratchit

Thank you for the well-constructed video and links. This was a breeze to follow. My 12 year old wanted to troubleshoot the issue on her own and, after following your video, is very proud to currently be downloading 210 updates.


It didn't work on Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit SP2
I do all 4 Updates and the IE9 Update but the problem is Microsoft turned the Windows Update Service for Vista
(in other Words Windows Vista is SHA1, but only SHA2 devices will be supported)
but thx anyway I will still use Windows Vista


Thank You much worked excellent, and saved me from reloading!


Is it necessary to restart the computer everytime?

Kourkutas2 Kutsukuta

it says the update does not apply to your system