Windows Update Freezes

17 Jul 2013 07:01
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Windows Update is a great tool to make sure your computer is up-to-date with latest patches and updates. It offers exciting updates to fix problems concerning with various objects.


Most of the time, the tool does its job without much user attention. However many people have come across Windows Update freezes. The main problem is that the tool hangs or freezes in middle. That in fact, takes a little longer time than expected. If you’re encountering the same problem, here are the solutions outlined for you:

1. Update BIOS
2. Stop Services
3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
4. Delete Corrupt Downloader Files
5. Restart Windows Update Services
6. Restore the System

Tip: To Avoid Windows Freezing Download Fix-it Wizard

Update BIOS
An outdated BIOS can cause Windows Update freezes. Since the BIOS is involved with system board and other hardware, you should have the latest version installed.

1. Click the Start button.
2. Type “MSINFO32” in the Search box.
3. Press ENTER.
4. System Information program opens.
5. Under System Summary, the BIOS Version appears. Note it down for future reference.
6. Visit the website of your computer manufacturer, download the latest BIOS version and install it.

Stop Services
Non-Microsoft services such as error reporting tools, scheduled tasks may cause Windows Update freezes. Since they lead Higher CPU usage, your operating system gets little amount of memory for performing Windows Update. Stop the unnecessary services by following the steps given below:

1. Download RegInOut System Utilities.
2. Install and run the program.
3. Click the Optimize button under Optimize Services.
4. Select a new profile and confirm your action.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows Update Troubleshooter is a program designed by Microsoft to diagnose problems with the update utility. It is a kind of automatic fix-it utility. Open Windows Update Troubleshooter as shown here:

1. Click Start | Control Panel.
2. Press F3 key and type “Troubleshooter” in the Search box.
3. Click Troubleshooting | System and Security.
4. Click Windows Update.
5. The Troubleshooter program will detect and fix problems.

Delete Corrupt Downloader Files
The update downloader files are located in the Network Downloader folder. Corrupt file contents lead update lags issue. Run the Command Prompt and delete the files as shown below:

1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs | Accessories. Right click Command Prompt, select Run as Administrator.
2. Type following command-
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat

Restart Windows Update Services
Windows Update services might need to be restarted. Stop and re-start the services again to prevent update lags.

1. Open Command Prompt.
2. Type following commands-
net start bits
net start wuauserv

Restore the System
If the update lagging problem still occurs, restore your system to an earlier date. Here are the steps to do so:

1. Click the Start button.
2. Point to All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Restore.
3. Click Next, select a system restore point and confirm.

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