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Can't Manually Download Windows Updates (Resolved).


Best Answer phillpower2 , 13 January 2018 - 03:45 AM

Apologies for the delay getting back to you   Certain info from your Speccy report suggests two possible reasons for not being able to install updates, the first is because Windows is so... Go to the full post »


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Hello!  I manually download the Windows Updates I want.  But, when I select the ones I want the bar keeps scrolling and never downloads anything.  I have Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1.  Any thoughts?  Thanks...


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Hello smittyd,

 

Have you tried the Windows 7 Update troubleshooting tool, if not, you can download it from here alternatively see info below;

 

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here,  this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s. 


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Hello smittyd,

 

Have you tried the Windows 7 Update troubleshooting tool, if not, you can download it from here alternatively see info below;

 

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here,  this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s. 

Here ya go!

 

http://speccy.pirifo...mi4neHmPbd4Ndvc


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Apologies for the delay getting back to you  :(

 

Certain info from your Speccy report suggests two possible reasons for not being able to install updates, the first is because Windows is so far out of date that any newer updates cannot be installed, if you look at the info at some updates they have what are called "prerequisites" what this means is that the update/s must apply to your OS and that the update/s will only install if Windows is fully up to date, there are no updates shown to have been installed since Windows was installed on 12/30/2013, second reason is that you are low on free storage space on the HDD, see my canned info for this below.

 

To do, free up as much storage space on the HDD a you can, delete any old programs or games, back up music, pics and videos etc to another storage device or burn them to disk, it`s a big ask but ideally you should look to have between 400 and 500GB of free storage space on a 2TB HDD, this is one reason why I never put Windows on a storage device where other data will also be stored, if Windows had been installed on a separate 250GB partition on your 2TB HDD you would not be having this issue.

 

 

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Desktop
Installation Date: 12/30/2013 8:16:24 PM
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC): Enabled
Notify level: 2 - Default
Firewall: Enabled
Windows Update
AutoUpdate: Notify prior to download
 

 

Partition 1

Partition ID: Disk #0, Partition #1
Disk Letter: C:
File System: NTFS
Volume Serial Number: D2ACF61A
Size: 1862 GB
Used Space: 1663 GB (89%)

Free Space: 199 GB (11%

 

 
 

Please note that in order to avoid data corruption and/or mechanical HDD failure you must always have a minimum of 20 to 25% of the HDDs or partitions overall storage capacity available as free space where Windows is installed and between 10 and 15% of a HDDs overall storage capacity available as free space if there is data only on it, the free space allows for information to be copied to and from the drive efficiently particularly important for Windows file swapping and the installation of OS and AV updates.

Not having the above can render a computer inoperable if the HDD concerned has the OS on it due to the MBR (Master Boot Record) becoming damaged/corrupt, please see information here and here

 

For info on SSD devices and free storage space see Seagate article on Over – Provisioning here

 

 


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Phill,

The following steps works will fix this issue many times.

Click on Start menu
Type in cmd
Right click on cmd in list and select run as administrator

1. Sc Stop wuauserv - hit enter

2. Rd /s /q %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution - hit enter

3. Restart computer and try updates again
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Apologies for the delay getting back to you  :(

 

Certain info from your Speccy report suggests two possible reasons for not being able to install updates, the first is because Windows is so far out of date that any newer updates cannot be installed, if you look at the info at some updates they have what are called "prerequisites" what this means is that the update/s must apply to your OS and that the update/s will only install if Windows is fully up to date, there are no updates shown to have been installed since Windows was installed on 12/30/2013, second reason is that you are low on free storage space on the HDD, see my canned info for this below.

 

To do, free up as much storage space on the HDD a you can, delete any old programs or games, back up music, pics and videos etc to another storage device or burn them to disk, it`s a big ask but ideally you should look to have between 400 and 500GB of free storage space on a 2TB HDD, this is one reason why I never put Windows on a storage device where other data will also be stored, if Windows had been installed on a separate 250GB partition on your 2TB HDD you would not be having this issue.

 

 

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Desktop
Installation Date: 12/30/2013 8:16:24 PM
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC): Enabled
Notify level: 2 - Default
Firewall: Enabled
Windows Update
AutoUpdate: Notify prior to download
 

 

Partition 1

Partition ID: Disk #0, Partition #1
Disk Letter: C:
File System: NTFS
Volume Serial Number: D2ACF61A
Size: 1862 GB
Used Space: 1663 GB (89%)

Free Space: 199 GB (11%

 

 
 

Please note that in order to avoid data corruption and/or mechanical HDD failure you must always have a minimum of 20 to 25% of the HDDs or partitions overall storage capacity available as free space where Windows is installed and between 10 and 15% of a HDDs overall storage capacity available as free space if there is data only on it, the free space allows for information to be copied to and from the drive efficiently particularly important for Windows file swapping and the installation of OS and AV updates.

Not having the above can render a computer inoperable if the HDD concerned has the OS on it due to the MBR (Master Boot Record) becoming damaged/corrupt, please see information here and here

 

For info on SSD devices and free storage space see Seagate article on Over – Provisioning here

 

 

 

Thanks for the reply.  I didn't think about the capacity limitations.  I'll see what I can do and let you know if that works.  Again, thanks...


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You are welcome smittyd and thanks for the update  :thumbsup:

 

No need to quote every reply btw, just makes for unnecessary reading and doesn't actually help any  :no:


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Gotcha!  Thanks...


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:thumbsup:


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Hello!  I freed up 30% of my hard drive.  I tried manually downloading a few updates and it worked.  So, capacity appears to have been the issue.  Thanks for your help!  I appreciate it!


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Glad we could help and thanks for the follow up  :thumbsup:

 

You are welcome btw  :)


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