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Solved Windows Update never completes, no error given


CoastalData

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#1
Hello,

I've got a Dell xps computer that was originally running Win 7 64 bit, and then the harddrive failed, I imaged it to a new harddrive, which turned out to be an Advanced Format drive, and then I upgraded to Win 8 because I had some problems which I had attributed to corrupted Windows components from when the original drive failed. (There were indeed some cross-linked files which were system dlls that were picked up by chkdsk.)

The upgrade went smoothly, and most everything works perfectly, except for two things: Windows Updates, which simply never completes, and MSSQL Express which fails with an error log message "sector size 4096 and is now on a volume with sector size 3072" blah blah blah.

Has anybody got any suggestions on how to proceed and get this all working again? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

--Jon
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS 435T / 9000
    CPU
    Core i7
    Memory
    6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)

cluberti

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#2
Can you try again, wait to fail, and then immediately post a copy of your WindowsUpdate.log file in the \Windows directory?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.5GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus Hero VII
    Memory
    32GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX970
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Hard Drives
    1x Samsung 250GB SSD
    4x WD RE 2TB (RAIDZ)
    PSU
    Corsair AX760i
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15

CoastalData

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#3
Can you believe that it's been searching for updates since I posted this yesterday, and has still not "failed"? But I checked the log, and it is 3100 lines long, and spans from 8/28, when I upgraded, until current... Should I post that whole thing?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS 435T / 9000
    CPU
    Core i7
    Memory
    6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)

CoastalData

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#4
Awwww, crud! I figured it out by reading that danged logfile for myself!

I noticed a reference to my Win 2003 server, "SUPPORT1:8530", which I suddenly recognized as a long-since failed and removed installation of WSUS, so I searched out my registry, and removed all references to it, and VOILA! I've now got 21 new updates downloading!!!!!

Nothing I hate worse than asking for help and then finding out that I should have figured it out on my own. Oh well, nobody's perfect, right?

Thanks for reminding me to look at that log!!!! :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS 435T / 9000
    CPU
    Core i7
    Memory
    6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)

cluberti

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#5
LOL - good find, of course!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.5GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus Hero VII
    Memory
    32GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX970
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Hard Drives
    1x Samsung 250GB SSD
    4x WD RE 2TB (RAIDZ)
    PSU
    Corsair AX760i
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15

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