Updating Windows 7 Workstations

, Updating Windows 7 Workstations

Sometimes when you setup a new Windows 7 workstation and try to do Windows Updates it just appears to “hang” on the checking for updates screen?

There can be a number of reasons for this, but there are some things you can try that will usually help resolve the problem.

First, Microsoft puts out a great tool that can address a wide range of Windows Update problems (the Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter).  It can be found here:

Still no good, try updating the Windows Update itself, which specifically addresses this, as well as other issues, with Windows Update.  The update can be found here:

Next try downloading the SUR Tool (System Update Readiness Tool) found here:

The SUR Tool contains a number of fixes (as well as Windows patches).  It’s rather large at over 500 MB, but well worth the time to download.

After running the troubleshooter and installing the two updates above you should be able to check for and install updates on your workstation.

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Todd received his MBA from Villanova University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. Prior to joining Adaptive Solutions as Director of Datacenter Operations in January 2008, Todd worked for his own consulting firm for the last ten years providing technical expertise for a variety of large and mid-sized corporate clients including General Motors (Saturn Division) in Delaware. Todd assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in December of 2012. In his current role with Adaptive Solutions, Todd helps to set best practices and technology standards for the company. Todd also has a wide range of expertise, including VDI, virtualization, and numerous Microsoft technologies, as well as document management. Todd maintains numerous Microsoft Engineer certifications and is considered an expert in the field of server and desktop virtualization.

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