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    Can't seem to d/l updates

    I have about 21 W7 updates to do.
    It is supposed to d/l them and then install them.

    However, it just says downloading and then it stalls at 0%.

    My windows software distribution folder stays the same in size, so I know it is not downloading.

    What to do?

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    Sometimes it can just be a waiting game, but see if WSUS Offline will download and install them for you.

    http://www.wsusoffline.net/docs/

    http://download.wsusoffline.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    ...What to do?...
    See http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...-for-Windows-7
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    The OP already has the updates - it's just taking its time in downloading them and isn't a Check for updates issue.

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    OK, I am trying to use WSUS.
    On W7, do I choose X86 Global or X64 Global???

    Also, will I be able to choose specific updates (such as the 20 I really have listed?). I don't think I want to try and install all the updates. I have used Sue Bradley's column to not install and hide some updates from time to time
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    On W7, do I choose X86 Global or X64 Global???
    Depends on whether you have 32 bit OS ( x86 ) or 64 bit OS ( x64 ).

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    Oh, so 32-bit is X86? I didn't know that.

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    It chucks the lot in but if you know which ones you don't want installed then go to Installed Updates after and put that KB into the top right search box where if found, you can right click on it and select Uninstall.

    When it is re-offered, you can then Hide it.

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    Sudo et. al:

    I'm kind of hesitant to do it that way. That would be a HUGE number of updates to install. I assume that it installs an update over an identical one, or does it just take all the updates but only install the ones I don't have?

    Isn't there a way to manually install updates?
    I tried to type in a KB number in the microsoft.com search box. It had about 5 updates under that same number, so I was confused on how to proceed.

    I'd rather spend the time and do it individually for each one.

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    Any that are already installed, Windows will fail those.

    Have a cleanout before you proceed with any new updates.

    Go Start - type disk cleanup - right click on Disk Cleanup and select Run as administrator.

    This will remove any obsolete KBs and will probably free up a few GBs in doing so.

    A defrag probably wouldn't go amiss after removing that amount of files.

    When you've run Disk Cleanup, enter that KB number back in to see how many of them you have then.

    I'd give WSUS Offline a go then if the download/install still hangs.

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    WSUS Offline is very good but it doesn't allow for the granular control you want. (Also, by design, it only installs 'Important', not 'Recommended' or 'Optional' updates that you may want but are unable to choose from the WSUS Offline GUI.)

    Instead, you may wish to consider another freeware utility called AutoPatcher (which seemed to be LifeHacker's preferred alternative to Windows Update for Windows 7 before Windows 8.x came along). This does allow you to choose just the updates you want from its GUI (but doesn't do Service Packs).

    You can download AutoPatcher 6.22 from its forum. Next, choose the updates you want to download.

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    Whilst you can download updates for different versions of Windows at the same time, at a minimum choose to download any update to the AutoPatcher engine and AutoPatcher common modules plus the updates to whatever version of Windows you want, e.g. Windows 7 SP1 x64. (You can always go back and add more updates later.)

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    IMO the download process is quite fast as the updates are downloaded from MS but without using Windows Update/BITS.

    Once downloaded, use Install Updates to choose just the updates you want. This will verify integrity of each download before presenting a dialog allowing you to choose individual updates to install.

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    Hope this helps...

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    I tried to do it manually. I selected one of the updates. I went to microsoft.com, did the search, found the update listed. When I /dl and ran it, it was some kind of standalone installer. But it would keep saying "searching for updates." and it did nothing for an hour. So, I stopped that.

    I will try disk cleanup and maybe then the regular update might work?

    Mel

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    Quote Originally Posted by compiler
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    I tried to do it manually. I selected one of the updates. I went to microsoft.com, did the search, found the update listed. When I /dl and ran it, it was some kind of standalone installer. But it would keep saying "searching for updates." and it did nothing for an hour. So, I stopped that.
    If you've already downloaded the standalone installers (.MSU files) then make sure you disconnect from the internet before running them. This will stop the 'searching for updates' dialog.

    Hope this helps...

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    Rick:

    I'm going to try AutoPatcher later today

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    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    I'm going to try AutoPatcher later today
    AutoPatcher is great for updating lots of devices running different Windows versions but if you've already manually downloaded the MSU (Microsoft Standalone Update) files then AutoPatcher may be overkill.

    Try disconnecting from the internet and running just one of the updates to see how you get on.

    (If you do decide to use AutoPatcher then be aware of one of its quirks... the default 'installation' folder is stored within 'Documents', not 'Program Files'.)

    I haven't used them but for downloading and installing individual updates there's also Portable Update and/or Windows Updates Downloader (WUD).

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    Hope this helps...

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