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Installing Windows 7 in 2020: Update Loop Problem

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Hello, I am not sure if I am allowed to do this but I wanted to post this information in case it helps someone.


The issue:

Since about a year ago, trying to update a new "Windows 7 Home Premium" operating system causes windows to get stuck in an update loop.


What the issue looks like:

You will know you are at the "update loop" when you see this:


You have a brand new Windows 7 operating system. You try to update. Updates work up to a certain point when all of the updates listed keep failing.


What works for me:
On every computer that I have installed Windows 7 on in the last year the same fix has worked to resolve this for me. It is a simple fix.


You need to download the standalone installer for a small update. The update is KB4490628.



Please install this update then restart your Windows 7 computer. Now when you tell the computer to search for available updates, you will see a difference in the windows update utility. Mine looks like this after installing KB4490628:




From here, you will have to go through several more updates. As of 8-20-20, when you get past the "microsoft edge" update for windows 7 (it's easy to notice it), your Windows 7 is just about fully updated. I hope this helps someone.

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Hello Jenna91,


Perfectly fine for you to share such information but may I just add that for those who are able to the best way to avoid having the issue in the first place would be to upgrade to Windows 10 for free while they still can.

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