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Windows Update Does Not Install (Again)

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    Windows Update Does Not Install (Again)


    Alright i had this problem before after doing the windows 8.1 update where updates would not install and just hang on the Installing Updates Screen and never advance further.
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    I fixed it by doing this:
    From the elevated command prompt:

    1. Run: chkdsk c: /r =====> This might take a while to complete.
    2. dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    3. sfc /scannow
    4. Delete everything under: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    5. Try to run Windows Updates again.
    But next time i went to install updates it was back to hanging. That processes took several hours last time so i dont want to have to keep doing it to install updates.

    So i was wondering if anyone had any other ideas to get Windows Update working again.

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    How many updates were there. Reboot the computer and see if they will install themselves.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    There are 16 and have done. They have been sitting there for a month now.
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  4. #4


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

    Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    No success.
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  6. #6


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Did The Windows Update Troubleshooter fix anything?

    Try to install one or two at a time, you may come across the update that is causing the problem.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    They all appear to hang :/
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  8. #8


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Do a repair install:

    Repair Install Windows 8

    If all else fails, you will have to reinstall Windows. Back up your data first.
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