I did this during the Windows 10 "hanging" on Getting Updates
Go to Services (Press Windows+R. This will prompt run dialogue box. In here, type services.msc) and stop the Windows Update Service.
And 20 seconds later it moved on to the next screen. You don't need to stop the install. I found it hung on cleaning up files. So on the third attempt I tried what I just posted
If your Windows 10 computer is stuck at Checking for updates after clicking the Check for updates button then it means that your Windows 10 PC is not able to download and install the updates.
There can be many different reasons that you are getting Windows update stuck at checking for updates forever in Windows 10 operating system. In order to resolve Windows 10 Checking for updates issue, you need to follow some most appropriate solution as explained below:
How to Fix Windows 10 Update Stuck at Checking for Updates
# Use Windows Update Troubleshooter
If you’re having problems with Windows Update, the Windows Update Troubleshooter might be able to automatically fix the problem.
Only you have to download Windows Update Troubleshooter for Windows 10 and run it on your system. It will automaically check and fix the issue Windows 10 update stuck at checking for updates for a long time.
# Restore computer using System Restore
Restoring your Windows 10 computer from a system restore point will also solve this issue. With the system restore, your computer will be the rollback to the time when it was just working fine.
# Delete temporary Windows update files
- Press combination of Windows + X keys together and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list options.
- Once the command prompt with administrator privileges is opened on your Windows 10 computer screen, you need to enter following two commands one by one and hit Enter:
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
- Now, open C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution file on your computer and delete all the files available in the software distribution folder.
- Once all files are deleted, again enter the commands mentioned below in the Window command prompt:
net start wuauserv
net start bits
Now try installing Windows update. You will not face any issue after this action.
# Create a Batch File
Creating a Batch File and running it on your Windows computer might also help you to get rid of this issue. You have to create a batch file with .bat file extension and the following code:
@ECHO OFF echo This script is intended to stop Windows Update being COMPLETELY and UTTERLY rubbish echo. PAUSE echo. attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2 attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2\*.* net stop wuauserv net stop CryptSvc net stop BITS ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution sold.old ren “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\application data\Microsoft\Network\downloader”downloader.old net Start BITS net start CryptSvc net start wuauserv echo.echo Windows Update should now work properly. Thanks Microsoft. echo.PAUSE
We hope these solutions help you in solving Windows 10 update stuck at Checking for Updates issue.
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Here's a trick that got me past it: Wait until you get to the accept the EULA screen for the MCT - then disable your Internet connection. When the "Downloading Windows..." screen appears turn it back on. VOILA!
I had all kinds of problems - my Win7 wouldn't update either so I wanted to leapfrog to 10...now it's working!
I have another problem i downloaded the windows to 66% and i slept.Then I saw it says checking for update.I restarted my computer and it came from first what should I do?
-Try stopping the Windows Update service for about 30 seconds - monitor the network connection you are using to get to the internet to see if suddenly there is activity again. If it does magically start working you can restart the service (I suspect the Windows 10 installer might be butting-heads with the Windows Update service).
-Use a USB or CD image for the install of Windows 10 - that seems to negate a lot of the issues - use the MCT.
-Remove **ALL** un-needed hardware and uninstall/disable the drivers from the device manager. This was a big one for me as I had an obscure USB device that might have been causing some of the problem.
-Shut-down all un-necessary services **HOWEVER** keep the ones for Windows Update running: "http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/291508-windows-update-service-not-running.html"
-Turn off/suspend your Anti-virus software...and maybe consider un-installing any programs that are not needed. Kill all of the processes from Task Manager that are non-Windows required.
By the way, back up your entire system beforehand in-case there are problems - you can get into a bootloop and wish you had!
Hope that helps - again I can't/won't lay claim to discovering the fixes above - those worked for me and it took half a dozen passes to get it right.
Now that I updated this particular home-built PC (was Win 7 Pro x64 with an ABit AWD9-Max2 MB, 8GB Ram, NVidia GT-650 vid, Intel E6600 DC proc OC'd to 3Ghz, 1TB WD 72k HD) to Win10 it's like a new machine!
Although what I provide here works on all devices, it worked very nicely in upgrading from win 8.1 to 10 free on my Dell Venue 8*Tablet.
I searched the internet and the solution is combination of couple of posts which I provide direct link to here. This upgrade worked past Microsoft's free upgrade date for Windows 10 long after it expired.
The way I did this was pulling up the instruction on a different PC (for reference PCX) and following it on the Dell tablet.
1. Go to Microsoft's site* Windows 10, click "Download Tool now" and download it*into a folder in PCX. Once it is downloaded, The file*name will become "Windows 10 MediaCreationTool.exe"
2. Get a minimum of 8GB USB flash drive and insert it in your PCX. Go to the folder where you downloaded "Windows 10 MediaCreationTool.exe" and click on it. When prompted, choose "Create installation for another PC" and click next. The default will popup for Language(English) , Edition (Windows10), Architecture (32*or 64 bit).*If the architect shown is not*correct for Tablet you are upgrading, then uncheck the "use the recommended option for this*PC*and select either 32 bit 64 bit, or both.* I recommend choosing one of the 32 or 64 bit. Click next. "USB flash drive" should be selected. Click next and choose your USB flash drive and click next. Let the process complete. It usually takes about 15 minutes. This is your windows 10 upgrade media now.
3. Turn on your Tablet. right click on the "Start" icon, choose "Run" and type in services.msc. Go down on the list and*click on "Windows Update" and stop*the service. Then Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all of its contents. There will be many subfolders and stuff. Delete them all.
Restart the Windows Update Service. This step was borrowed and modified from Windows 10 Forums)
4. Turn off the tablet's Wi-Fi. Just click on it and turn it off.
5. Turn your tablet off and back on
6. On your PCX follow steps 1,2, and 3 only from http://www.afterdawn.com/news/articl...-10-upgrade*on your tablet.
7. Turn your tablet off and back on again.
8. Inset your flash drive in your tablet and follow the prompts. It will upgrade your windows 8 to windows 10 while keeping your personal files and apps.
9. After all is done, turn on the Wi-Fi on your tablet*and resume using it.