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    Solved Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    Please see my solution for this aggravating problem at https://www.eightforums.com/windows-updates-activation/62521-windows-update-stuck-checking-updates-3.html#post545477
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    Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    OK, I finally figured out how to fix this problem... 1 - Go to Services Console and STOP BITS and Windows Update services 2 - Go to Windows directory and delete ALL contents in SoftwareDistribution subdirectory 3 - Install the following Win8.1 update - KB3172614 Microsoft Update Catalog 4 -...
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    Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    How long is a "long time"? I have left mine go for over 24 hours and nothing happens. I have tried this solution along with about 9 others to get Windows Update to work but none of them seem to unstick the Update block. I am on my third clean install of 8.1 Pro and they all have stopped...
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    Solved Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    If anyone has figured this problem out, PLEASE HELP. I remember having this issue when Win 8 was initially released but cannot remember how I finally got it to update. I do remember it was not an easy path to resolve. I just recently had to install this OS on a laptop because Win 10 has...
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    Solved Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    Join the club...I have same problem...I have tried everything and cannot get this stupid update problem to go away. I have tried to install latest update catalog and update app and still no good results.
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    File Explorer opens when computer starts

    I have same problem and have not been able to locate any reference to File Explorer in any start-up entry anywhere...please help us eliminate this annoying quirk. Thanks!
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    Microsoft accidentally announces Windows 8 Release Preview

    It's available on TechNet!!!!
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    Has anyone got the Windows To Go feature working?

    I followed the steps outlined at Ars Technica here Ordering "Windows to Go": how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive It worked (but make sure you read the comments for a few important clarifications). However, the installation does not allow Windows Update to work because of...
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    vhd_boot_initialization_failed

    Did you follow the steps in this tutorial exactly? Did you create a fixed or variable VHD? In my first attempt to do this, I created the VHD from within Win 7 Control Panel/Administrative Apps/Computer Manager and the resulting VHD was not usable by the Win8 Install process. When I used the...
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    Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

    Brink...I know you are putting in a lot of hours on the forums but currently you are on Eight Forums!?!?
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    How did you setup your Win 8 install?

    I installed mine to a VHD file. Doesn't require messing with a new partition on your hard drive yet you still get all the speed and support of your current hardware. Create multiple versions to play with!
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    Other Browsers installed?

    I read on another forum that installing a different browser broke their Metro interface...I assume this was only a temporary problem because, after all, this IS a Developer Preview. The Metro apps are very tightly bound to IE. Can you confirm that everything else is still working OK?
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    Boot Win8 from a VHD

    I tried this process to install and boot Win8 from a VHD file yesterday and it WORKS!!! Runs faster than a Virtual Machine and doesn't require you to partition or mess with your existing hard drive nor install a new hard drive to do your testing. You get native speed and support for all your...
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    Custom Made Signatures and Avatars

    Thanks! To the unknown artist who provided the basic background on my sig...Thanks! I love the colors and simplicity...I wish I was skilled enough to do more embellishment. Please take a bow...and produce some more of these simple but elegant designs.
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    Welcome to Eight Forums

    Hola! Ok...where the leak???