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I have read many articles on Windows 7 update problems and non of them seem to address the bigger issue that it appears that since the Windows 10 free upgrade period ended many computers that run Windows updates independent of WSUS will not update at all.  I have completely rebuilt numerous new Windows 7 computers from scratch with the SP1 Dell media and it will not run updates at all even with the numerous Microsoft patches that are supposed to fix the windows update problem.  the CPU runs at about 30-40% for days and does not get anywhere checking for updates.  Is anyone else seeing this and is there a solution?

Mel Jahnke - I/T professional
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by:Cliff Galiher
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With a newly reinstalled machine ,even with SP1, there are hundreds of updates, and because of how scanning works, the more updates needed, the time to scan increases literally exponentially. So an initial scan take a lllooonnnggg time. 36 hours was pretty average the last time I did it, and that was a good six months ago. And since it is exponential growth, it'd easily take longer now on average hardware. You can either grab and install updates manually without scanning first to help reduce that, or you can be patient and wait. It *does* work.

As Microsoft starts bringing in updates into the new cumulative model...around 2017...this will permanently address and alleviate the issue. But in the meantime, your options are a bit inconvenient.
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Check my answer here
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Check out my Article below. Method 1 in that Article has always worked fine for me:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/28629/Windows-7-New-Installation-Windows-Updates-fix-applies-to-windows-2008-Server-R2-too.html

Basically you first need to download and install the newer Update Agent:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

After that download and install KB3102810

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810

Now reboot, and your update search should take a lot less time.

I have heard though that on DELL OEM installations even that doesn't work properly. I can't verify that as I don't have any Dell with OEM media. But I guess something Dell pre-installed is causing the issue. I suggest you uninstall any software that doesn't belong to m$ windows, and maybe also run msconfig to disable any non m$windows programs or services from running before trying the updates.
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by:Hector2016
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Hello,

You just need to use WSUSOffline

This tool must be run from a PC with Internet access, it will download all needed updates for each selected Windows or Office version. You can share the CLIENT folder to the LAN, so you will be able to see it from other computers, then run the Updater.exe application. It will update your Windows 7 faster than with other methods.

If you have any doubt, please let me know.
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