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Thread: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

  1. #1
    Dell Boy Guest

    Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my set up
    routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I did this
    (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for updates and
    svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off Microsoft
    Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal. However,
    I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    software on these machines.

    Can anyone help?

  2. #2
    Chewbacca Guest

    RE: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927891

    "Dell Boy" wrote:

    > I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my set up
    > routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I did this
    > (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for updates and
    > svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off Microsoft
    > Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal. However,
    > I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    > software on these machines.
    >
    > Can anyone help?


  3. #3
    PA Bear Guest

    Re: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    Thank your lucky stars that changing your default from MU to WU resolved the
    problem. To keep MS Office fully patched, visit Office Update website after
    the second Tuesday of the month:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/do...incatalog.aspx
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.org


    Dell Boy wrote:
    > I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my set
    > up routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I
    > did
    > this (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for
    > updates
    > and svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off
    > Microsoft
    > Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal.
    > However,
    > I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    > software on these machines.
    >
    > Can anyone help?



  4. #4
    M.J. Guest

    Re: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    I've having this same issue with few workstations in here.
    I've read a lot on this problem and all fixes that I've come through aren't
    working.

    Yes, those computers of mine are rather old and on the very first try it
    went down to 60-80% instead of a full 90-100%. The next day (22hrs) it went
    back as usual and lock pretty much the user. Of course we are using WSUS 2
    and yet, we cant configure when those computers should start to scan for
    updates.

    If I let the MU instead of WU, the comp scan just like for hours, that if I
    go on the web site. So the option has been disabled and simply keep scanning
    for windows update.

    Anyhow, is there more than "see kb927891" as a solution?
    Right now its a disable automatic updates. On weekend we start it up and
    shut it down again on monday.

    Cheers!

    "PA Bear" wrote:

    > Thank your lucky stars that changing your default from MU to WU resolved the
    > problem. To keep MS Office fully patched, visit Office Update website after
    > the second Tuesday of the month:
    > http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/do...incatalog.aspx
    > --
    > ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    > MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    > AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.org
    >
    >
    > Dell Boy wrote:
    > > I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my set
    > > up routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I
    > > did
    > > this (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for
    > > updates
    > > and svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off
    > > Microsoft
    > > Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal.
    > > However,
    > > I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    > > software on these machines.
    > >
    > > Can anyone help?

    >
    >


  5. #5
    PA Bear Guest

    Re: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    > Anyhow, is there more than "see kb927891" as a solution?

    As of this post, no.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.org

    M.J. wrote:
    > I've having this same issue with few workstations in here.
    > I've read a lot on this problem and all fixes that I've come through
    > aren't
    > working.
    >
    > Yes, those computers of mine are rather old and on the very first try it
    > went down to 60-80% instead of a full 90-100%. The next day (22hrs) it
    > went
    > back as usual and lock pretty much the user. Of course we are using WSUS
    > 2
    > and yet, we cant configure when those computers should start to scan for
    > updates.
    >
    > If I let the MU instead of WU, the comp scan just like for hours, that if
    > I
    > go on the web site. So the option has been disabled and simply keep
    > scanning for windows update.
    >
    > Anyhow, is there more than "see kb927891" as a solution?
    > Right now its a disable automatic updates. On weekend we start it up and
    > shut it down again on monday.
    >
    > Cheers!
    >
    > "PA Bear" wrote:
    >
    >> Thank your lucky stars that changing your default from MU to WU resolved
    >> the problem. To keep MS Office fully patched, visit Office Update
    >> website
    >> after the second Tuesday of the month:
    >> http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/do...incatalog.aspx
    >> --
    >> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    >> MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    >> AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.org
    >>
    >>
    >> Dell Boy wrote:
    >>> I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my
    >>> set
    >>> up routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I
    >>> did
    >>> this (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for
    >>> updates
    >>> and svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off
    >>> Microsoft
    >>> Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal.
    >>> However,
    >>> I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    >>> software on these machines.
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone help?



  6. #6
    Dell Boy Guest

    Re: Svchost.exe Takes 50% CPU With Microsoft Update Enabled

    Thank you Chewbacca and PA Bear, I'll try applying this patch and see what
    happens.

    FYI I can't download updates from the Office Update site, it triggers the
    same problem.

    Many thanks.

    "PA Bear" wrote:

    > Thank your lucky stars that changing your default from MU to WU resolved the
    > problem. To keep MS Office fully patched, visit Office Update website after
    > the second Tuesday of the month:
    > http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/do...incatalog.aspx
    > --
    > ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    > MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    > AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.org
    >
    >
    > Dell Boy wrote:
    > > I've just reloaded Win XP Pro SP2 on a couple of PCs and as part of my set
    > > up routine I "upgrade" Windows Update to Microsoft Update. As soon as I
    > > did
    > > this (on both machines) Microsoft Update hung on the first scan for
    > > updates
    > > and svchost.exe started taking 50% of the CPU. When I switched off
    > > Microsoft
    > > Update (in Windows Update settings) everything went back to normal.
    > > However,
    > > I now can't automatically download the updates for the other Microsoft
    > > software on these machines.
    > >
    > > Can anyone help?

    >
    >


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