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Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
computer..."

I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
entire CPU.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark V.


Answers: Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..." ( TechArena Community Windows Update )
Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
now
it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over


"vasilemj" wrote:

> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> computer..."
>
> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> entire CPU.
>
> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Mark V.





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
<globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
>I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
>load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
>now
>it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
>
>
>"vasilemj" wrote:
>
>> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
>> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
>> computer..."
>>
>> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
>> entire CPU.
>>
>> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Mark V.

Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.

Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.

Dave




Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.

384 MB RAM
768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)



"dave xnet" wrote:

> On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> >now
> >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> >
> >
> >"vasilemj" wrote:
> >
> >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> >> computer..."
> >>
> >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> >> entire CPU.
> >>
> >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Mark V.

> Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
>
> Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
>
> Dave
>





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!

"vasilemj" wrote:

> My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
> years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
>
> 384 MB RAM
> 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
>
>
>
> "dave xnet" wrote:
>
> > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> >
> > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> > >now
> > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> > >
> > >
> > >"vasilemj" wrote:
> > >
> > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> > >> computer..."
> > >>
> > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> > >> entire CPU.
> > >>
> > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> > >>
> > >> Thanks,
> > >> Mark V.

> > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
> >
> > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
> >
> > Dave
> >





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

Coincidentally, I recently read an article on WindowsSecrets.com that talked
about alternatives to Windows Update. If you're interested, the article can
be found here:

http://windowssecrets.com/comp/060720/

I have not personally tried the solution recommended but it seems like it
would be a good work-around.



"Colley Phil" wrote:

> I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
> in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
> ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!
>
> "vasilemj" wrote:
>
> > My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
> > years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
> >
> > 384 MB RAM
> > 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
> >
> >
> >
> > "dave xnet" wrote:
> >
> > > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> > > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> > > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> > > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> > > >now
> > > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >"vasilemj" wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> > > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> > > >> computer..."
> > > >>
> > > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> > > >> entire CPU.
> > > >>
> > > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> > > >>
> > > >> Thanks,
> > > >> Mark V.
> > > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> > > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
> > >
> > > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
> > >
> > > Dave
> > >





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

Me, too. It took so long for the analysis (more than 5 minutes) that I
thought the PC had "hung". Finally, I just let it "hang" while I watched
a TV program, and then after 5 to 10 minutes, I looked over and the
PC was showing a dialog box asking if I wanted a standard or
custom installation. Now I just automatically click on Updates and
watch TV or fix breakfast. This only started a couple months ago.

My PC has a 450MHz Intel PII, 384MB of DRAM, and a 7,500rpm
hard drive with 8GB of empty space in the OS's partition. I've been
running WinXP Pro for a couple years without this long delay. The
start of the problem *may* have coincided with the installation of
Visual Studio.NET for C# and SQL Server Express.

*TimDaniels*


"Colley Phil" wrote:
> I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
> in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
> ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!
>
> "vasilemj" wrote:
>
>> My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
>> years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
>>
>> 384 MB RAM
>> 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
>>
>>
>>
>> "dave xnet" wrote:
>>
>> > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
>> > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
>> > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
>> > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
>> > >now
>> > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >"vasilemj" wrote:
>> > >
>> > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
>> > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
>> > >> computer..."
>> > >>
>> > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
>> > >> entire CPU.
>> > >>
>> > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
>> > >>
>> > >> Thanks,
>> > >> Mark V.
>> > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
>> > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
>> >
>> > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
>> >
>> > Dave
>> >





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

I always get to the screen where it asks me to select either "Express" or
"Custom". I have always selected "Custom" and that's where it hangs as I
have previously described. Not sure what would happen if I selected
"Express" but I would prefer not to do this.



"Timothy Daniels" wrote:

> Me, too. It took so long for the analysis (more than 5 minutes) that I
> thought the PC had "hung". Finally, I just let it "hang" while I watched
> a TV program, and then after 5 to 10 minutes, I looked over and the
> PC was showing a dialog box asking if I wanted a standard or
> custom installation. Now I just automatically click on Updates and
> watch TV or fix breakfast. This only started a couple months ago.
>
> My PC has a 450MHz Intel PII, 384MB of DRAM, and a 7,500rpm
> hard drive with 8GB of empty space in the OS's partition. I've been
> running WinXP Pro for a couple years without this long delay. The
> start of the problem *may* have coincided with the installation of
> Visual Studio.NET for C# and SQL Server Express.
>
> *TimDaniels*
>
>
> "Colley Phil" wrote:
> > I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
> > in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
> > ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!
> >
> > "vasilemj" wrote:
> >
> >> My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
> >> years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
> >>
> >> 384 MB RAM
> >> 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "dave xnet" wrote:
> >>
> >> > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> >> > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> >> > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> >> > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> >> > >now
> >> > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > >"vasilemj" wrote:
> >> > >
> >> > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> >> > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> >> > >> computer..."
> >> > >>
> >> > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> >> > >> entire CPU.
> >> > >>
> >> > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> >> > >>
> >> > >> Thanks,
> >> > >> Mark V.
> >> > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> >> > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
> >> >
> >> > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
> >> >
> >> > Dave
> >> >

>





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

I guess we have different problems, then. Just getting to that screen
takes ages for my PC.

*TimDaniels*

"vasilemj" wrote:
>I always get to the screen where it asks me to select either "Express" or
> "Custom". I have always selected "Custom" and that's where it hangs as I
> have previously described. Not sure what would happen if I selected
> "Express" but I would prefer not to do this.






Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

This is exactly where it hangs for me so i guess we've got the same problem.
Here is what I've just done, and it has vastly improved the situation. It
does happen with both express and custom.

I put windows update on and selected express - I had enabled pop up on MS
Update site by selecting tools, pop up blocker, pop up blocker settings, add
(not convinced this did anything other than allow me to see the green bar
going across while it was searching for updates but can't be bothered to
prove or disprove). Once I had selected express, I walked away for an hour.
When I came back it had got to the update stage.

I went back in and chose custom and installed every update going (thank god
I'm broadband!). Now when I go in and select express or custom and observe
in task manager, the CPU is fluctuating between 50 and 100% rather than
flat-lining at 100% as before. The check is now only taking about a minute
compared with up to one hour before.

I still need to keep auto updates disabled though, but that's OK as I don't
want this on as I like some control - I now just get annoyed by that stupid
balloon now saying my computer is at risk as auto updates are disabled - no
it isn't, it's right up to date!!!

I'm still not happy with this as I'd like the CPU usage problem sorted, but
at least I now have it manageable. I will now update every week.

Hope this is helpful, but sorry not a complete solution. BTW thanks for the
link you sent. Interesting and I'll definitely give it some thought.

Cheers, colley phil.

"vasilemj" wrote:

> I always get to the screen where it asks me to select either "Express" or
> "Custom". I have always selected "Custom" and that's where it hangs as I
> have previously described. Not sure what would happen if I selected
> "Express" but I would prefer not to do this.
>
>
>
> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
>
> > Me, too. It took so long for the analysis (more than 5 minutes) that I
> > thought the PC had "hung". Finally, I just let it "hang" while I watched
> > a TV program, and then after 5 to 10 minutes, I looked over and the
> > PC was showing a dialog box asking if I wanted a standard or
> > custom installation. Now I just automatically click on Updates and
> > watch TV or fix breakfast. This only started a couple months ago.
> >
> > My PC has a 450MHz Intel PII, 384MB of DRAM, and a 7,500rpm
> > hard drive with 8GB of empty space in the OS's partition. I've been
> > running WinXP Pro for a couple years without this long delay. The
> > start of the problem *may* have coincided with the installation of
> > Visual Studio.NET for C# and SQL Server Express.
> >
> > *TimDaniels*
> >
> >
> > "Colley Phil" wrote:
> > > I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
> > > in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
> > > ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!
> > >
> > > "vasilemj" wrote:
> > >
> > >> My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
> > >> years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
> > >>
> > >> 384 MB RAM
> > >> 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> "dave xnet" wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> > >> > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> > >> >
> > >> > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> > >> > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> > >> > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> > >> > >now
> > >> > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> > >> > >
> > >> > >
> > >> > >"vasilemj" wrote:
> > >> > >
> > >> > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> > >> > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> > >> > >> computer..."
> > >> > >>
> > >> > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> > >> > >> entire CPU.
> > >> > >>
> > >> > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> > >> > >>
> > >> > >> Thanks,
> > >> > >> Mark V.
> > >> > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> > >> > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
> > >> >
> > >> > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
> > >> >
> > >> > Dave
> > >> >

> >





Stuck at "Checking for the latest updates for your computer..."

Thanks Colley. I'll give this a shot and let you know how it works on my end.

"Colley Phil" wrote:

> This is exactly where it hangs for me so i guess we've got the same problem.
> Here is what I've just done, and it has vastly improved the situation. It
> does happen with both express and custom.
>
> I put windows update on and selected express - I had enabled pop up on MS
> Update site by selecting tools, pop up blocker, pop up blocker settings, add
> (not convinced this did anything other than allow me to see the green bar
> going across while it was searching for updates but can't be bothered to
> prove or disprove). Once I had selected express, I walked away for an hour.
> When I came back it had got to the update stage.
>
> I went back in and chose custom and installed every update going (thank god
> I'm broadband!). Now when I go in and select express or custom and observe
> in task manager, the CPU is fluctuating between 50 and 100% rather than
> flat-lining at 100% as before. The check is now only taking about a minute
> compared with up to one hour before.
>
> I still need to keep auto updates disabled though, but that's OK as I don't
> want this on as I like some control - I now just get annoyed by that stupid
> balloon now saying my computer is at risk as auto updates are disabled - no
> it isn't, it's right up to date!!!
>
> I'm still not happy with this as I'd like the CPU usage problem sorted, but
> at least I now have it manageable. I will now update every week.
>
> Hope this is helpful, but sorry not a complete solution. BTW thanks for the
> link you sent. Interesting and I'll definitely give it some thought.
>
> Cheers, colley phil.
>
> "vasilemj" wrote:
>
> > I always get to the screen where it asks me to select either "Express" or
> > "Custom". I have always selected "Custom" and that's where it hangs as I
> > have previously described. Not sure what would happen if I selected
> > "Express" but I would prefer not to do this.
> >
> >
> >
> > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
> >
> > > Me, too. It took so long for the analysis (more than 5 minutes) that I
> > > thought the PC had "hung". Finally, I just let it "hang" while I watched
> > > a TV program, and then after 5 to 10 minutes, I looked over and the
> > > PC was showing a dialog box asking if I wanted a standard or
> > > custom installation. Now I just automatically click on Updates and
> > > watch TV or fix breakfast. This only started a couple months ago.
> > >
> > > My PC has a 450MHz Intel PII, 384MB of DRAM, and a 7,500rpm
> > > hard drive with 8GB of empty space in the OS's partition. I've been
> > > running WinXP Pro for a couple years without this long delay. The
> > > start of the problem *may* have coincided with the installation of
> > > Visual Studio.NET for C# and SQL Server Express.
> > >
> > > *TimDaniels*
> > >
> > >
> > > "Colley Phil" wrote:
> > > > I'm experiencing this as well and it's driving me mad. It has worked happily
> > > > in the past up until a couple of weeks ago. My PC is only a couple of years
> > > > ago and a good spec, so this isn't an issue. Any info very welcome!
> > > >
> > > > "vasilemj" wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> My machine happens to be running Windows XP Home Edition. It is about 6-7
> > > >> years old but has been running very smoothly without a hitch.
> > > >>
> > > >> 384 MB RAM
> > > >> 768 MHz (or close to that....I'm not in front of it right now)
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> "dave xnet" wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> > On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:48:02 -0700, globalnett
> > > >> > <globalnett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> > > >> >
> > > >> > >this is happening to me too.... w2k sp4 / IE6
> > > >> > >I even pulled the hardrive+installed in another system+formatted and fresh
> > > >> > >load of os......same exact issue. overnight it did get updates+installed but
> > > >> > >now
> > > >> > >it keeps getting the same one-installs-goes back and gets it again,over+over
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >"vasilemj" wrote:
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >> Whenever I go into Windows Update and select either "Express" or "Custom" the
> > > >> > >> update appears to hang at "Checking for the latest updates for your
> > > >> > >> computer..."
> > > >> > >>
> > > >> > >> I also notice that SVCHost jumps up to nearly 100% and is consuming the
> > > >> > >> entire CPU.
> > > >> > >>
> > > >> > >> Any suggestions on how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
> > > >> > >>
> > > >> > >> Thanks,
> > > >> > >> Mark V.
> > > >> > Hello, there have been many reports of this recently, quite a few
> > > >> > on win2k and mosty apparent on older, slower machines.
> > > >> >
> > > >> > Take a look at windowsupdate.log and look for any smoking guns.
> > > >> >
> > > >> > Dave
> > > >> >
> > >





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