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Windows 8 updates will not download

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I am working on standalone windows 8 PC that needs 98 updates. When I click to download and install it will not download any updates.

It just sits there at 0%.

Any suggestions?
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by:McKnife
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Hi

Please open c:\windows\windowsupdate.log and see if you find more info.
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by:Scott Thompson
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Sometimes it will sit at 0% for up to a half hour, depending on your internet connection speed.

However, you can open up the command prompt as administrator and run this command.

shutdown -s -t 0

This will immediately shut down the computer completely.  This is good to use to kill everything running due to the normal shut down method of Windows 8 does not actually shut everything down (it's more like hibernate, and that's why it boots extremely fast).  Then, turn back on your computer and try Windows Update again.
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by:roy_batty
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I have tried it with just one update and it still just sits there stuck at 0%

see attached log file
WindowsUpdate.log
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by:Scott Thompson
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I think I see the issue.

"WARNING: CheckIfDirExists returned error 0x80070002."

Windows is not finding where to save the files.  Here's a link to repair this issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910336
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by:roy_batty
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after running the fix, step 2 says "install windows update again".

What does this mean? How do i install it?
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by:Scott Thompson
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Sounds like you might have a corrupt Windows installation.

Open up command prompt as administrator and run the following command

sfc /scannow

This will check and repair any Windows files that it can.  Then, reboot and try Windows Update again.  Post results please. :)
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by:McKnife
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I hope you will not leave the logfile uncommented?
The log shows that your computer did download updates today. But I am not sure (and willing) to read the whole thing - you should look at it, evaluate it and write down your findings so that we can assist without having to do all the work :)
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
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Download the Windows Update troubleshooter from this page to see what the problem is:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

You can also just reset it with the instructions also on that page.

Jeff
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Thanks again
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