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  • Win7 Windows Update once again taking forever

    Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 15:33 woody 73 comments

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but ER just hit me with this:

    Sad to say this Tuesday May 10, 1pm pacific time, doing a recent Windows Update scan on a Win7 SP1 system has resulted in a seemingly long or “forever” scan.  So the KB3145739 security fix as well as the older KB3139852 fix no longer works as of 5/10/2016 (yup, I knew it – I saw it coming!)

    There is a newer win32k.sys security update posted on May 10 – KB3153199 (MS16-062)


    While KB3153199 only updates the win32k.sys file (and does not supersede KB3145739 but DOES supersede KB3139852), I will manually download & install the KB3153199 security fix on my Win7 machines to resolve the very long WU scan problem.

    Can anybody else replicate?

    UPDATE: Reader LT confirms: “I was able to duplicate the KB3153199 fix for the long check for updates. “

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    73 Responses to “Win7 Windows Update once again taking forever”

    1. Nate says:

      As of July 28, 2016 this no longer works either. It ran for 14 hours overnight and still no updates appear this morning. My internet speed was tested at around 250mb down and 150 up. It’s a Windows 7 VM on VMWare esxi 5.5.

    2. Scooby Doo says:

      Me too Shaggy, same problem. Nothing works.

    3. Maritza says:

      after my tech spent the whole day upgrading to Windows 7, I can not connect to the Internet! Help please!

      • woody says:

        Your tech knows a whole lot more about your situation. There are a million possibilities. Does he/she have a recommendation?

      • GoneToPlaid says:

        Hello Maritza,

        I recall that a December update may cause loss of Internet connectivity if McAfee or Symantec security products are installed. This might point your tech person in the right direction.

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