Windows Updates fails on Windows 7

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-09-17
Good morning,
I have a client with a brand new Dell XPS PC running Win 7 x64.  After setting the unit up, transferring data from the old PC, we ran Windows update.  It had the usual 95+ updates to do and I let it run.  When it completed it had failed to install 29 updates.  I rebooted, got back to the desktop and ran Win Updates again.  It only had the failed updates and they failed again.  I went back into Windows Updates, selected the 29 failed updates, deleted them, and then installed them 3 at time.  That worked.  Now, near as I can tell, Microsoft doesn't expect users to install updates 3 at a time and while the solution is workable, the client should not have to do that every time updates are available.  What did I miss?
Question by:jwhite273
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    I would try this:

    1.  Open command prompt as administrator
    2.  Enter Net stop wuauserv and hit enter. Keep it open...
    3.  Open the folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution rename it to SoftwareDistribution.old
    4.  type Net start wuauserv in the command prompt and hit enter.
    5.  Try Windows updates again.

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    jwhite273--Two more ideas

    However it is not uncommon for Windows Update to fail when installing a large number of Updates.

    If this happens again, I would be more concerned and it may be worth spending the time on all the suggestions.

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    Sorry for the slow response.  I have been working with the client and I expect to hear from him today or tomorrow and I'll let you know what the results were.
    Thanks again,

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    The system updater tool looks like it solved the problem.  Thanks!
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    jwhite273--You are welcome!

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