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Thread: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

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    JoeAndrieu Guest

    Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    When I try to update, it hangs on "Checking for the latest updates for your
    computer." The rest of the computer operates fine. The "searching" green
    progress meeting keeps cycling. But it NEVER finds anything.

    I've tried turning off firewalls and pop-up blockers, but to no avail.

    Does anyone know what I can try? I've only found directions for bugs where
    an error code shows up, but the update never says there is an error, it just
    keeps checking for updates.

    -joe

  2. #2
    TaurArian Guest

    RE: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    Try registering the following:

    Click Start, select Run and type (pressing enter after each one and wait for
    the
    success message):

    net.exe stop wuauserv
    Press Ok

    Repeat for the following:
    regsvr32 wuapi.dll
    regsvr32 wups.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
    regsvr32 wuweb.dll
    regsvr32 jscript.dll
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll
    regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    regsvr32 softpub.dll
    regsvr32 atl.dll

    net.exe start wuauserv

  3. #3
    JoeAndrieu Guest

    RE: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    It failed on the very first one.

    "The Automatic Updates service could not be stopped."

    Definitely a problem. And especially as this was from a clean boot... I had
    rebooted since trying to run windows update.

    -j

  4. #4
    TaurArian Guest

    RE: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    I haven't come across this problem but have a look at:

    http://groups.google.com/group/micro...7cca9fbee61db6

    Have a look at the response in the above thread by: Torgeir Bakken (MVP)
    Sep 6 2004, 12:20 pm

  5. #5
    JoeAndrieu Guest

    RE: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    So... I ended up turning off automatic updates and rebooting.

    With auto updates off, I was able to run the manual update and it worked.
    I'm not sure what the problem was, but there seems to be some connectivity
    issues elsewhere, so that may be it. (I also can't watch film clips on
    Moviefone... )

    So, I was able to update, but I don't know what the real problem was and am
    surprised I couldn't find any references anywhere, since there never was an
    error code.

    Thanks for your help.

  6. #6
    TaurArian [MS-MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    Makes it difficult if you don't have at least an error code or something as a
    starting point.
    Have you checked your Firewall settings? Are you using any web accelerators?
    Just a thought.

    Kaylene

  7. #7
    Patrick Kelly Guest

    Re: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    I've got the same problem and have tried all the above but still no joy.

    Running Athlon 64, XP/SP2, Zone-Alarm (turned off), NOD32, Spybot,
    PestPatrol, Ad-Aware and just added Windows components IIS, Fax & indexing
    from the CD. Ran SP2 again after adding components. Everything was working
    before I added IIS, Fax and Indexing...

    Tried running WindowsUpdateAgent20-x64.exe as per suggestion but ends with
    error: "wusetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application".

    Any ideas?

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    shamokinderek Guest

    Re: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    I am having the same problem. I just completed a fresh install of xp
    pro. It started happening after I installed office 03. I turned off
    automatic updates and rebooted but I am still having the problem. When
    I un-install office 03 it works fine again.


    --
    shamokinderek

  9. #9
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    Re: Windows update just keeps "Checking for latest updates"

    Be patient..give it up to 2 minutes to do its thing...

    1) Stop Automatic updates service
    Click start menu-->run-->type services.msc -->hit enter
    find the Automatic updates services, right click.. STOP SERVICE.
    2)
    okay now rename
    C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution
    to c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution_

    3)
    find the Automatic updates services, right click.. Start Service.

    4) open internet explorer
    -->click tools menu then-->Windows Update.. Click custom/express..and update.

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