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[Tutorial] FIX: Windows Update stuck on 'Checking for updates' in Windows Vista (WORKING 2017)

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SONG USED: Level 99 - Windows NT + 98 + 7 remix by Rever Man Check out Rever Man's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rever-man Updates to install: KB3205638: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3205638%20vista KB4012583: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012583%20vista KB4015195: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015195%20vista KB4015380: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4015380%20vista KB4014661 (only if IE9 installed): http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4014661%20vista I hope you found this video useful. Thanks for watching, and don't forget to subscribe to be notified of more videos like this in the future!
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WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
*NOTE: This method does not work for Windows 7. This method is for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 only. I'll have to make a separate tutorial for that, as I can't seem to find an up-to-date one that still works as of July 2017. Sorry for any inconvenience.*
Olá! Quero agradecer muito pelo tutorial! Eu sei que eu disse anteriormente que não funcionou instalar essas atualizações, mas eu estava errado. Quando eu desisti do meu Windows Update eu tentei instalar uma atualização manualmente, mas o Instalador Autônomo também ficou preso em "Procurando Atualizações". Procurei na internet o que fazer e achei um código com o Prompt de Comando executado como administrador, sendo "net stop wuauserv". Esse código destravou meu Windows Update e achou aproximadamente 290 atualizações! Consegui instadar todas e estou muito feliz agora! Muito obrigado! --- Hello! I want to thank you very much for the tutorial! I know I said earlier that it did not work to install these updates, but I was wrong. When I gave up on my Windows Update I tried to install an update manually, but the Standalone Installer also got stuck in "Checking for Updates". I searched the internet for what to do and found a code with the Command Prompt running as administrator, being "net stop wuauserv". This code unlocked my Windows Update and found approximately 290 updates! I was able to install everyone and I am very happy now! Thank you!
Você pode fazer um tutorial completo de como fazer dual boot com o Windows Vista e o Windows 10? É uma sugestão, kkkk. Obrigado! Eu amo seu canal do YouTube! Can you do a complete tutorial on how to do dual boot with Windows Vista and Windows 10? It's a suggestion, lol. Thank you! I love your YouTube channel!
Olá! Agora os links funcionaram! Eu não sei o que estava acontecendo, me perdoe... Baixei todas as atualizações e as instalei, mas meu windows update continua não funcionando... Você sabe o que eu posso fazer? Obrigado! Hello! Now the links worked! I do not know what was happening, excuse me ... I downloaded all the updates and installed them, but my windows update still does not work ... Do you know what I can do? Thank you!
WinClient5270 (10 months ago)
The links work fine for me so I'm not sure what issue you're having.
Henrique Paredes Ferreira (10 months ago)
Olá! Você possue um backup dessas atualizações? A microsoft desativou os links. Eu só consegui baixar a KB3205638. Hello! Do you have a backup of these updates? Microsoft has disabled the links. I was only able to download KB3205638
Ultrametric (6 days ago)
This TOTALLY worked on a new (!) Vista install w/SP2 from the DVD. I have been going NUTS trying to figure this out! THANKS bro!
christofinb (23 days ago)
Hello and thanks for the information, I have recently dug out an old laptop and one of the last updates was in 2015! Is there any use in trying to update it from then and up until the most recent update when it was discontinued?
Wahnsinn (30 days ago)
//edit: THIS STILL WORKS OCT 2018!
Francisco Garcia (1 month ago)
Works perfectly! Thanks for sharing!!!!!
Raphael (1 month ago)
i do not know that my vista sp2 MSDN had that problem, until today I run win update for the first time after windows clean install, all windows drivers, .... and after run windows update . it keep checking update for freaking 5 hours... and nothing happend, i had to stop and think maybe something is wrong tonight later i will install these updates and hope it works, my desktop have dual boot, windows 7 sp1 msdn x64 / vista sp2 msdn x64 ..
Arutz Tele (2 months ago)
Useful video. However, as I was trying to install the MSUs provided in the description on Vista Ultimate x64 on my ThinkPad, it said "This update does not apply to this system,". Any fix?
Antonio Laínez (3 months ago)
You are a fucking genius my friend hands down :D you got a new subscriber
hasanali babas (3 months ago)
good süper
Kaa Bakensobek (5 months ago)
I had been trying like mad to get Vista to update after a reinstall on an old PC, without success. I downloaded the updates as shown; it said one of the updates was not needed, but the other three installed and that seemed to do the trick. Thanks for this video! :D
Bryce Johnson (6 months ago)
What about Vista home premium sp2? Can it be extended also?
Bryce Johnson (5 months ago)
I greatly appreciate all this information!!!!
Bryce Johnson (5 months ago)
WinClient5270. What do I need to download after I get finish downloading and setting up sp2 in order to make it last that long?
WinClient5270 (5 months ago)
Are you talking about my Vista Updates till 2020 tutorial? Yes, that applies for all editions of Windows Vista.
Jared Newbery (7 months ago)
so glad this is working, downloading 203 updates onto my old computer; i'd reinstalled vista just to mess around and was worried when it wouldnt update. thank you!
Paul Fisher (8 months ago)
please can someone HELP me i have windows vista home basic 32 bit service pack 2, 2007 and my windows update has stopped working its hung on checking for updates! i have tried everything,, i have tried sfc/scannow all is ok also been on run then net stop wuauserv all is ok and went on services.msc windows update in enabled and on automatic delay start , i have tried system restore can anyone help or send me a link to get it back working as am not right good with laptops thank in advances ,
Vincent Lim (8 months ago)
Its working thank you buddy !!! Give u a like !!!
solojnine2009 (8 months ago)
Fine, It works! With gratitude from Saint-Petersburg
Nammm Lmmm (8 months ago)
Thank you! 👍
Josh Davidson (10 months ago)
This worked on one Vista machine but not the other. (Not sure why). The other one, I ended up using WSUS Offline Update, which worked perfectly. Vista lives on!!!
ur mom gay (10 months ago)
I can't fix it, say that the changes don't apply to the system
ur mom gay (10 months ago)
WinClient5270 only one file worked the rest, stay in searching updates... And I restarted many times and still didn't working
ur mom gay (10 months ago)
WinClient5270 thanks I will try
WinClient5270 (10 months ago)
Make sure you're downloading the correct versions of the updates for your system. If you have 32-bit, download the updates labeled "x86", and if you have 64-bit, download the updates labeled "x64." Also, make sure you have Service Pack 2 installed on your Vista system, as these updates only work if it is installed. To find out if you have SP2 installed, click the Start button, right-click "Computer" and click "Properties." A window should then open and it should say "Service Pack 1" or "Service Pack 2". If it shows Service Pack 1, you'll need to download SP2 for your system: 32 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16468 64 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17669 If no "Service Pack" is shown, you'll need to first install SP1, and then install SP2 after that. Here's the links for SP1: 32 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30 64 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21299
La Pooch (10 months ago)
Thanks for posting this video. I have Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 that has the updating forever problem and I haven't been able to install updates since November 2016. I tried the procedure you suggested to Becky Ann. I had to stop Windows update via the Services.msc procedure to install the first update (KB3205638). That update and the next 3 installed with no problem or having to stop Windows update again. However, in order to install the IE9 update (KB4014661) I had to stop Windows update again. After installing that update I restarted Windows Update and let my PC search. It searched for over 12 hours (Friday night into Saturday afternoon) but Windows Update never stopped and never found any updates. The update history hows that all 5 updates were installed successfully. Do you have any suggestions for what I should try next in order to fix the searching for updates forever problem? Thanks for your help and Happy New Year!
La Pooch (10 months ago)
Installing those two updates for MS Office Compatibility Pack did the trick. When I restarted the PC and did a Windows Update it completed and found 23 more updates that I installed. I finally feel confident that my Windows Vista is up-to-date with security patches. Thanks for posting the video and replying promptly to comments! The music is very catchy too.
WinClient5270 (10 months ago)
I would definitely install the extra updates that Volume Z listed on peggybegg's thread. I'm confident that doing so would resolve your issue, since you have the MS Office Compatibility Pack installed. Once you've tried this, please let me know if it worked for you and I'll definitely add this information to the video description so future users coming to this video won't have this problem. You're welcome, and thanks again!
La Pooch (10 months ago)
Thanks for the prompt response! I did reboot my PC before starting Windows Update so I tried clearing the SoftwareDistribution folder as you instructed. After clearing it I restarted the PC and started Windows Update but it ran overnight and never stopped or found updates. I have been doing online searching about the problem and found <a href=https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-update/updates-not-working-it-has-been-searching-for/92cd6922-17f6-4730-b46b-91a480b95dd3?auth=1>this web page </a> about the Windows Update problem. In Great White North’s post (in Note 6) he states that MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 can cause problems with Windows Update and then refers the reader to another web site for a post by peggybeggs (why has vista stopped automatic updates). I checked my installed updates and I do have SP3 of the Compatibility Pack. I have the students and teachers edition of Office 2003 installed on my PC. Would I need to install the updates peggybeggs lists (namely, KB4011205 and KB4011265 since the first 5 in that list were the ones listed in your video and I figure the last four in the list are not needed because I don’t have Word/Excel 2007 or 2010) or do you have another suggestion I should try first? Thanks for your help!
WinClient5270 (10 months ago)
Did you reboot your computer prior to starting the Windows Update search? If not, this is necessary as Windows Update needs to configure the updates that you just installed and will only do so when you restart your computer. If you didn't do this, do it before reading on to the next solution... ...If you did reboot and the problem still persisted, you might need to clear out the SoftwareDistribution folder located at C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution. This folder contains files that are cached by Windows Update, and sometimes these files can become corrupted and cause Windows Update to not work correctly. To do this, simply follow the instructions at this link: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/software-distribution-folder-in-windows (it shows the process on Windows 10 but it's mostly the same for Windows Vista. To launch command prompt, search "cmd" [without quotes] in the start menu, right click on it, and choose "Run as administrator"). After clearing the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder, restart your computer and try checking for updates again, and please let me know how this solution works for you. Thanks!
Bobby Griffin (10 months ago)
Couldn’t get it to work. Said it didn’t apply.
WinClient5270 (10 months ago)
Make sure you're downloading the correct versions of the updates for your system. If you have 32-bit, download the updates labeled "x86", and if you have 64-bit, download the updates labeled "x64." Also, make sure you have Service Pack 2 installed on your Vista system, as these updates only work if it is installed. To find out if you have SP2 installed, click the Start button, right-click "Computer" and click "Properties." A window should then open and it should say "Service Pack 1" or "Service Pack 2". If it shows Service Pack 1, you'll need to download SP2 for your system: 32 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16468 64 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17669 If no "Service Pack" is shown, you'll need to first install SP1, and then install SP2 after that. Here's the links for SP1: 32 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30 64 bit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21299
Tom Barney (11 months ago)
Thank you very much!
Useless as hell without the link to those updates. A Microsoft repository search of updates turned up zilch!
I was having a bad day and forgot to click ' SHOW MORE". Sorry.I ended up reinstalling the entire operating system. That worked.
WinClient5270 (11 months ago)
I don't understand what problem you're having... A link to each update is in the description of the video.
ed secce (11 months ago)
I did all the steps but windows is telling me the updates are not for my system
ed secce (11 months ago)
It is very weird that after a long time a was able to update service pack 1 on my vista today after trying to download the other ones, well, now I got what I want anyway and even better, thanks.
WinClient5270 (11 months ago)
Make sure you're downloading the correct versions of the updates for your system. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, you'll want the x86 versions of the updates. If you use 64-bit, you must use the 64-bit versions of these updates. The 64-bit versions are defined as "for x64-based systems" on the Microsoft Update Catalog, so if you have 64-bit, you'll need these versions. Whereas if you have 32-bit, don't download those versions. To find out what 'bit' your system is, go to the start menu, right click on 'Computer', and choose "Properties". You should be able to view your system's 'bit' version under the "System" section next to "System type:".
Alex Lima (1 year ago)
Funcionou perfeitamente no WIndows Vista Ultimate x64, obrigado!
Bosco Yu (1 year ago)
My Vista PC had been getting stuck on 'Checking for updates' for nearly 2 years which kept loading the CPU at 20% every time the PC is on. Now all this has become history just because of your video! You are my hero!
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Nice. Glad my solution worked for you.
nano riva (1 year ago)
idea: maybe you can a make a video on how to install vista from scratch in 2017. that would be: vista rtm + sp1 + sp2 + rollup update + updates in this video...
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
I'll probably do that at some point
nano riva (1 year ago)
it worked! Thanks a video on visual studio (what is the latest one that works well in vista?) would be great
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is the final one that runs on Vista. Newer versions require Windows 7 SP1 or later to run, but you can still target Windows XP and Vista when building your applications with newer versions. For a comprehensive list of final versions of software to support Windows Vista, please check out my "Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008" list on the MSFN forum: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/175262-last-versions-of-software-for-windows-vista-and-windows-server-2008/
Fozzer (1 year ago)
Thank you so much! My Vista updates are working now! 💻😀
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
That's great to hear! Glad I could help you.
pera gamer (1 year ago)
@WinClient5270 Can you please help me? if it's not a problem, I need drivers for vista x64 for the hp pavilion dv6-3150el, do you know where to download them? thanks in advance :)
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Now don't let the name fool you, but try using Snappy Driver Installer to find the missing drivers for your hardware. Unlike most "driver installers", this software is actually legitimate and has come in use for me when obtaining drivers that were hard to find. Your machine was manufactured in late 2010/early 2011 and as such, Vista drivers should most definitely be available. Link to Snappy Driver Installer: https://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/
Rever Man (1 year ago)
The song sucks, but the video is greatly made (kidding for the song, not for the video)
WinClient5270 (5 months ago)
He knows, he made the song himself. As he said in his comment, he was just kidding.
Theresa Horton (5 months ago)
No, the music is *awesome*
vista has been revived!
Becky (1 year ago)
My computer hangs at "checking for updates" Restarting does not help.
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Are you talking about at 1:19? If so, sorry about that. Try this: *First of all, this step is obvious, but just to be clear, make sure that you have automatic updating disabled. Just follow what I do from **0:08**-**0:23** to do this.* *1. Click the Start button, and type "Services.msc" in the Search box. When the program appears in the search results, click on it to open it. If prompted by User Account Control, simply click "Continue".* *2. After the window opens, scroll down to the bottom of the list of services, and somewhere toward the bottom, you should find "Windows Update".* *3. Right-click on "Windows Update" and choose "Stop". A window should appear for a few seconds with a progress indicator that will stop the Windows Update service. If the progress indicator hangs, restart your computer and repeat these steps again.* *4. After stopping the Windows Update service, try installing the first update in the series of updates that I instructed to install in the video, and after installing it, restart your computer.* *5. Upon rebooting, try installing the rest of the updates, one-by-one. Hopefully they will just install without having to repeat these steps again, but if they do hang, you'll have to repeat these 5 steps every time. I'm not sure why this happens, but there's no way around it except for what I've explained here, as far as I know.* I hope I helped, and please do let me know if this solution works for you, too. Good luck!
Robert Retep (1 year ago)
petabyteag (1 year ago)
I wish I knew about this 6 months ago when I found an HP Pavilion DV5 machine l...
greenhillmaniac (1 year ago)
Btw, you can link to my update repository, if needed on your next video ;) (In case you're wondering, I too browse MSFN with the same alias)
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Thanks! Will definitely have to do.
Jim Dayton (1 year ago)
I am very interested i your next video, as i didn't know you could trick Windows Update to thinking you are using Server 2008.
Kooljam05 (1 year ago)
This method worked for me. Thanks a lot for sharing!
Pedro Roberto (1 year ago)
This works great! Thank you!
TheWindowsGamer (1 year ago)
*I love Windows Vista's GUI*
Theresa Horton (5 months ago)
I love the Aero Glass.
RorroAnimations (1 year ago)
xD (1 year ago)
I should install Windows Server 2008 or Vista ?
ActivatePG (10 months ago)
Windows Server 2008, you will keep getting updates until 2020
xD (1 year ago)
It's any registry patch to make the Windows Server 2008 updates to go to Vista?
ActivatePG (10 months ago)
No :(
Gravarty (1 year ago)
If someone's ready to port the Windows 7 Direct X 11.1 update to Windows Vista, oh man that would be f*cking awesome. VulkanRT also works on Vista but not many games support it unfortunately. I'm still on 8.1 with the Vista theme, but it's just not the same.
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
I hate to be a downer, but don't expect anyone to do anything of that sort for Vista. No one that has the level of knowledge required to perform things like that gives a damn about Vista, from what I've found. It'd also be nice if the infamous Haswell+ Vista issues could be corrected so we could at least _run_ the OS on semi-modern hardware, but I don't expect that to ever be corrected either (If you don't know what I'm talking about, there's a stupid bug with Vista+Haswell that causes random services to not start, and the boot process to fail 90% of the time, rendering Vista unusable on the platform. This has been confirmed by various Haswell & skylake users on the MSFN forum, so I know the issue isn't exclusive to my system). Though, I am interested to know how Vista would work with Ryzen. If I (or someone else willing to test Vista) could get our hands on a Ryzen motherboard with Asmedia & Realtek components (these are the only vendors that still support Vista), then we'd know for sure. When I go to upgrade PCs again (which I'll probably do sometime in 2018), I'll pick Vista-compatible Ryzen hardware and give it a shot.
Szymon Brak nazwiska (1 year ago)
Great tutorial:-) You're the best!!!
SayNoToErrors! (1 year ago)
Hey man, I have a question: If I will install Windows Server 2008, can I run newer programs? I have a 2012 machine with Windows 8.1 installed
SayNoToErrors! (1 year ago)
WinClient5270 Thanks, in advance. I will keep Windows 8.1 installed.
SayNoToErrors! (1 year ago)
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Server 2008 and Vista are nearly identical, so no, software compatibility will be 99% the same either way. The only difference is that Server 2008 will be getting updates until 2020, whereas Vista stopped getting them in April of this year.
Gravarty (1 year ago)
Nope :(
11RyanC (1 year ago)
Very nice. This damn bug plague'd me so many times. Least favorable OS on this channel I'm sure, but you should consider doing a similar tutorial for 7 users. I'm sure many would also find that very useful.
Aldwin Panny (1 year ago)
Are you gonna still making Transformation videos?
Zaki Jamalullail (1 year ago)
Omg r u kidding me? 2008 support? Thats it ill install vista again on my secondary PC (i5 4460 with GTX 960) once you upload that video :)
Zaki Jamalullail (1 year ago)
WinClient5270 wait what? I use vista ultimate service pack 2 on my haswell PC maybe about a month. Its stable and there is no problem. The only problem that i experience is sometimes aero doesnt start when i boot up my PC. And also sometimes there's a pop up that says whatever error code but after that sometimes explorer doesnt load sometimes load. Is that the problem? But most of the time vista boot just fine on my Haswell PC. FYI I installed with GPT Partition. All of my devices are haswell lol (i7 4700MQ). Sorry for my bad english :)
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
The Core i5 4460 is of the Haswell family of Intel's processor lineup, which means that Vista *won't work* with your hardware. Here's why: There's a ridiculous bug with Haswell and Vista that causes critical services to not start up correctly, and it also causes the boot process to fail 90% of the time. As such, this bug renders Vista unusable on the platform, and I certainly wouldn't trust it for performing any important or critical operations. I own the Core i5 4460 and have tested Vista and 2008, so I've experienced this bug first hand. It has also been confirmed by various MSFN forum members running the OS on various Haswell machines, so it isn't exclusive to my system. If you want to run Vista, you'll have to either pick up hardware from the Ivy Bridge lineup, or perhaps an AMD FX series processor would better suit your needs. However, I haven't tested Vista with AMD's new Ryzen platform yet, as I don't own such hardware yet. I hope to test it sometime next year though, when I go to upgrade my PC again (I'll probably dualboot it with 8.1).
vista lives.i love vista
AndyAndrei (1 year ago)
Vista is back!!!! I think your next video will be : how to install windows server 2008 updates into vista!/How to extend windows vista support until 2020!
Arbiter1272 (1 year ago)
Vista Lives!
Leslie The Ad (1 year ago)
This is wonderful, it's exactly what I was looking for! I have a 2013 laptop (with pretty good specifications though) that currently runs Windows 10, and, it actually runs quite well and I love browsing with Edge on it, but, with big updates coming every some months I'm sure that performance won't last forever, so I'm better planning to go back to Vista for keeping it functional and leaving Windows 10 for just my desktop. And solving the updates issue was the last thing I needed, so now I can do it very soon, thanks for sharing!
WinClient5270 (1 year ago)
Glad you found the video useful. Your Vista machine will be able to get updates until 2020 too, once I get the next tutorial made... should have it up before the end of July.
Eric Conley (1 year ago)
you are back

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