This is particularly common if the update fails to complete, or causes something to stop working.
The latest example is the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which, ironically, brought back a host of bugs, errors, and installation failures.
Sometimes however, when the patch, or maybe even service pack, is being installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation gets stuck - freezes, locks up, stops, hangs, clocks... Windows Update is taking forever and it's time to fix the problem.
The installation of one or more Windows updates is probably stuck or frozen if you see one of the following messages persist for a long time: is all you'll see on screen.
This is an on-going problem and I am at my wits end.
What I have: Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, 64bit, no additional software installed since I could never get past the update issue.
So, I figured I would put together some tips that might solve the issue you’re having.
Microsoft regularly delivers security patches, hotfixes, and software updates through Windows Update, and so if this service stops running or is turned off, then Windows can become vulnerable to bugs and security holes.There are several reasons why the installation or finalization of one or more Windows updates can hang.Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.We’ve all seen this: “Windows could not search for new updates” or similar error about not being able to download or install them.If you run into this situation, it does provide you with an error code number.Search for a phrase like “Windows update problems” or “Windows 10 update” and see if there’s any recent news regarding the software.In some cases, an update may suffer from known issues and will need to be patched.The symptom: went attempting to run windows update it says "searching for updates". Did the "clear the cache" fix, (stopped BITS and windows update services, deleted Software Distribution folder, then restarted), no change 2.It never stops "searching for updates" until I close or end the program. Attempted to install updates manually, it hangs on "searching for updates on this computer". Even when trying to install the system update readiness tool does not work. Thank you I decided to start over, even installed a new, factory fresh hard drive (I have planned to do this in the future and thought this would be a good time to do it).I installed Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit, SP1 from an original windows disk.I activated windows successfully and started windows update.