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  1. #1
    SuperJX Guest

    Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
    since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a result
    set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother with it, and
    ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the task bar,
    but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for new ones.
    Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and .net framework
    updates successfully installed by the automatic update process over the last
    few months according to the update history. But when I select "Installed
    Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero results.

    Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
    949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS and
    Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update Agent
    Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
    unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
    and had no noticeable change.

    Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed to
    diagnose?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?

    Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?



    SuperJX wrote:
    > Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    > "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
    > since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
    > result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
    > with
    > it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the
    > task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for
    > new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
    > .net
    > framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update process
    > over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
    > select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero
    > results.
    >
    > Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
    > 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS
    > and
    > Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update
    > Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
    > unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
    > and had no noticeable change.
    >
    > Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed
    > to
    > diagnose?
    >
    > Thanks!



  3. #3
    SuperJX Guest

    Re: Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I'm running Avast Home Edition 4.8 and it's up to date (dlded today in
    fact). Has its standard Network Shield and Web Shield apps running at a
    normal setting. Have been running Avast since I built the machine in 2007
    and have not changed the settings since well before Update started to act up.

    No Norton or McAfee have ever been on this machine. Built it myself in Aug
    2007.

    Automatic updates have been installed and working through the summer-- at
    least for Defender.

    Since my initial post, I re-ran the Fixit on "Agressive" settings. It
    deleted my Update config and reset the settings. Now have no history for
    updates, but the search activity does generate a Code 80070246 error instead
    of endlessly sitting with an empty progress bar.

    One other note-- update has been broken since I tried to manually install
    Vista sp2. In the course of the install, update had to upgrade itself. Then
    the sp2 install failed for some reason and rolled back to the last restore
    point. I'm thinking update may be stuck in some sort of partial upgrade
    state. But I can't understand why I can't manually force an Update reinstall
    using the package linked in my initial msg.

    Thanks!

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    > What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    > subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    > What third-party firewall (if any)?
    >
    > Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    > machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    > it)?
    >
    > Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?
    >
    >
    >
    > SuperJX wrote:
    > > Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    > > "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
    > > since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
    > > result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
    > > with
    > > it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the
    > > task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for
    > > new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
    > > .net
    > > framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update process
    > > over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
    > > select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero
    > > results.
    > >
    > > Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
    > > 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS
    > > and
    > > Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update
    > > Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
    > > unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
    > > and had no noticeable change.
    > >
    > > Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed
    > > to
    > > diagnose?
    > >
    > > Thanks!

    >
    >


  4. #4
    SuperJX Guest

    Re: Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    Did some searching on that error code here and found a link that you had
    provided to others for a Windows System Update Readiness tool. Downloaded
    the SUR tool and ran it successfully. Then just tried another Windows Update
    and this time it appears to have completed successfully and found 41 updates.
    I'll see how they install and report back in the morning. For now though,
    it looks like the SUR tool may have fixed it.

    Thanks!

    "SuperJX" wrote:

    > Thanks for the quick reply!
    >
    > I'm running Avast Home Edition 4.8 and it's up to date (dlded today in
    > fact). Has its standard Network Shield and Web Shield apps running at a
    > normal setting. Have been running Avast since I built the machine in 2007
    > and have not changed the settings since well before Update started to act up.
    >
    > No Norton or McAfee have ever been on this machine. Built it myself in Aug
    > 2007.
    >
    > Automatic updates have been installed and working through the summer-- at
    > least for Defender.
    >
    > Since my initial post, I re-ran the Fixit on "Agressive" settings. It
    > deleted my Update config and reset the settings. Now have no history for
    > updates, but the search activity does generate a Code 80070246 error instead
    > of endlessly sitting with an empty progress bar.
    >
    > One other note-- update has been broken since I tried to manually install
    > Vista sp2. In the course of the install, update had to upgrade itself. Then
    > the sp2 install failed for some reason and rolled back to the last restore
    > point. I'm thinking update may be stuck in some sort of partial upgrade
    > state. But I can't understand why I can't manually force an Update reinstall
    > using the package linked in my initial msg.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
    >
    > > What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    > > subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    > > What third-party firewall (if any)?
    > >
    > > Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    > > machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    > > it)?
    > >
    > > Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > SuperJX wrote:
    > > > Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    > > > "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
    > > > since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
    > > > result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
    > > > with
    > > > it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the
    > > > task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for
    > > > new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
    > > > .net
    > > > framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update process
    > > > over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
    > > > select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero
    > > > results.
    > > >
    > > > Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
    > > > 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS
    > > > and
    > > > Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update
    > > > Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
    > > > unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
    > > > and had no noticeable change.
    > > >
    > > > Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed
    > > > to
    > > > diagnose?
    > > >
    > > > Thanks!

    > >
    > >


  5. #5
    SuperJX Guest

    Re: Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    Well, it did fix the problem. The SUR tool appered to "unstick" my update
    and all 41 installed properly. Then it proceeded to suggest a sp2 install,
    whch also worked.

    Thanks PA Bear for the help! Your answers to others provided me with a
    means of fixng the problem.


    "SuperJX" wrote:

    > Did some searching on that error code here and found a link that you had
    > provided to others for a Windows System Update Readiness tool. Downloaded
    > the SUR tool and ran it successfully. Then just tried another Windows Update
    > and this time it appears to have completed successfully and found 41 updates.
    > I'll see how they install and report back in the morning. For now though,
    > it looks like the SUR tool may have fixed it.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "SuperJX" wrote:
    >
    > > Thanks for the quick reply!
    > >
    > > I'm running Avast Home Edition 4.8 and it's up to date (dlded today in
    > > fact). Has its standard Network Shield and Web Shield apps running at a
    > > normal setting. Have been running Avast since I built the machine in 2007
    > > and have not changed the settings since well before Update started to act up.
    > >
    > > No Norton or McAfee have ever been on this machine. Built it myself in Aug
    > > 2007.
    > >
    > > Automatic updates have been installed and working through the summer-- at
    > > least for Defender.
    > >
    > > Since my initial post, I re-ran the Fixit on "Agressive" settings. It
    > > deleted my Update config and reset the settings. Now have no history for
    > > updates, but the search activity does generate a Code 80070246 error instead
    > > of endlessly sitting with an empty progress bar.
    > >
    > > One other note-- update has been broken since I tried to manually install
    > > Vista sp2. In the course of the install, update had to upgrade itself. Then
    > > the sp2 install failed for some reason and rolled back to the last restore
    > > point. I'm thinking update may be stuck in some sort of partial upgrade
    > > state. But I can't understand why I can't manually force an Update reinstall
    > > using the package linked in my initial msg.
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > >
    > > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
    > >
    > > > What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    > > > subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    > > > What third-party firewall (if any)?
    > > >
    > > > Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    > > > machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    > > > it)?
    > > >
    > > > Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > SuperJX wrote:
    > > > > Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    > > > > "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
    > > > > since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
    > > > > result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
    > > > > with
    > > > > it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the
    > > > > task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for
    > > > > new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
    > > > > .net
    > > > > framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update process
    > > > > over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
    > > > > select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero
    > > > > results.
    > > > >
    > > > > Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
    > > > > 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS
    > > > > and
    > > > > Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update
    > > > > Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
    > > > > unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
    > > > > and had no noticeable change.
    > > > >
    > > > > Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed
    > > > > to
    > > > > diagnose?
    > > > >
    > > > > Thanks!
    > > >
    > > >


  6. #6
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: Stuck on "Checking for updates..."

    YW & thanks for your persistence and feedback.


    SuperJX wrote:
    > Well, it did fix the problem. The SUR tool appered to "unstick" my update
    > and all 41 installed properly. Then it proceeded to suggest a sp2
    > install,
    > whch also worked.
    >
    > Thanks PA Bear for the help! Your answers to others provided me with a
    > means of fixng the problem.
    >
    >
    > "SuperJX" wrote:
    >
    >> Did some searching on that error code here and found a link that you had
    >> provided to others for a Windows System Update Readiness tool.
    >> Downloaded
    >> the SUR tool and ran it successfully. Then just tried another Windows
    >> Update and this time it appears to have completed successfully and found
    >> 41 updates. I'll see how they install and report back in the morning.
    >> For now though, it looks like the SUR tool may have fixed it.
    >>
    >> Thanks!
    >>
    >> "SuperJX" wrote:
    >>
    >>> Thanks for the quick reply!
    >>>
    >>> I'm running Avast Home Edition 4.8 and it's up to date (dlded today in
    >>> fact). Has its standard Network Shield and Web Shield apps running at a
    >>> normal setting. Have been running Avast since I built the machine in
    >>> 2007
    >>> and have not changed the settings since well before Update started to
    >>> act
    >>> up.
    >>>
    >>> No Norton or McAfee have ever been on this machine. Built it myself in
    >>> Aug 2007.
    >>>
    >>> Automatic updates have been installed and working through the summer--
    >>> at
    >>> least for Defender.
    >>>
    >>> Since my initial post, I re-ran the Fixit on "Agressive" settings. It
    >>> deleted my Update config and reset the settings. Now have no history
    >>> for
    >>> updates, but the search activity does generate a Code 80070246 error
    >>> instead of endlessly sitting with an empty progress bar.
    >>>
    >>> One other note-- update has been broken since I tried to manually
    >>> install
    >>> Vista sp2. In the course of the install, update had to upgrade itself.
    >>> Then the sp2 install failed for some reason and rolled back to the last
    >>> restore point. I'm thinking update may be stuck in some sort of partial
    >>> upgrade state. But I can't understand why I can't manually force an
    >>> Update reinstall using the package linked in my initial msg.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks!
    >>>
    >>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    >>>> subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than
    >>>> Defender)? What third-party firewall (if any)?
    >>>>
    >>>> Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    >>>> machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you
    >>>> bought it)?
    >>>>
    >>>> Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> SuperJX wrote:
    >>>>> Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
    >>>>> "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for
    >>>>> updates
    >>>>> since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
    >>>>> result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
    >>>>> with
    >>>>> it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from
    >>>>> the
    >>>>> task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update
    >>>>> for
    >>>>> new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
    >>>>> .net
    >>>>> framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update
    >>>>> process
    >>>>> over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
    >>>>> select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get
    >>>>> zero results.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support
    >>>>> article 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after
    >>>>> stopping
    >>>>> the BITS and
    >>>>> Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows
    >>>>> Update
    >>>>> Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer
    >>>>> encountered
    >>>>> unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal
    >>>>> settings and had no noticeable change.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is
    >>>>> needed
    >>>>> to
    >>>>> diagnose?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks!



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