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Possible Help for Slow Windows Updates (Win 7 and Vista)
The Microsoft TechNet just posted an article titled Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 about a new rollup for Win 7 SP1 that includes all updates as of April 2016, as well as an upcoming change that will see all non-security updates for Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 combined into a single monthly update. Kudos to Vista1972, who posted that link in the VistaForums thread windows update just seems to hang while checking.
If Win 7 or Vista users are seeing the "Checking for updates..." phase of their Patch Tuesday updates run for long periods (sometimes for several hours) before it reports that updates are available for download, Woody Leonhard's InfoWorld article Windows 7 update scans taking forever? KB 3153199 may solve the problem has a workaround that apparently works for many Vista users as well. This workaround requires users to pre-install a Windows kernel-mode driver (Win32k.sys) update (e.g., KB3145739 in Apr 2016; KB3153199 in May 2016) each month from the Microsoft Download Center to "trick" Windows Update into running Patch Tuesday updates faster, but it's only a temporary workaround and the problem will likely return the following month and require a new Win32k.sys update. The webpage Search for Windows Updates takes forever? - A possible solution has links to any missing Win32k.sys updates that must be installed before running Windows Update. From the author of that webpage:
"This HowTo is valid for Win7 SP1 and Vista SP2, which have been newly installed or haven't been updated for some time. It should also help on systems that were up-to-date last month - just install the missing updates from the list below in this case...
....The term 'solution' might be a little bit exaggerated, since the following HowTo only tries to make sure that the Update Agent doesn't need to check all updates, so the check for new updates is done faster. Futhermore, it's only a temporary solution; most likely the issue will appear again with the next Patchday."
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