How to Fix Windows 7 Update

Lots of complaints about Windows 7 Update being broken or not working right. What happens is that when you select to run Windows update, it will just sit their spinning for hours on end. Some people have left it running for 24 hours.

So frustrating. I know. BTDT.

So, here are the steps that I follow to fix the Windows 7 Update issue:

  1. Set Windows Update to not update
    Open up Windows Update, click on Change Settings, then click to NOT update
  2. Stop the Windows Update service
    You can do this by running services.msc
    Then locate and right click on the Windows Update service, then click to STOP  the service.
  3. Delete certain files from the Software Distribution folder
    Open up File Explorer and drill down C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution
    Open up the Download subfolder and delete all files within the folder
    Go back a level, open up the DataStore folder and delete all the files within the folder
  4. Download the July 2016 Windows 7 Update Rollup (KB 3172605)
    Open Internet Explorer and go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172605 
    Scroll down to Method 3 (Microsoft Update Catalog)
    Click on the link and install the Microsoft Update Catalog utility
    Click to select the appropriate download for Windows 7
    Click to View Basket in the top right
    Verify the selected file then click Download
    Select the location to download the file
  5. Install the July 2016 Windows 7 Update Rollup, then Reboot
    Use File Explorer, locate the download file, then double click to run/install it
    Follow the prompts to install it
  6. Reboot your computer
    Rebooting your computer will make sure that the Windows Service is restarted properly
  7. Rerun Windows Update
    Hopefully it will now work for you

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