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Resolved Check For Updates Never Completes

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    Working on my son's computer, Dell Inspiron 531, that's been out of service since Nov 2015 - last updates. When I try to run updates, it starts checking but never completes. I tried running two Microsoft Updater Fixit tools and they would start the installation but never complete. I did a clean boot and then ran the Windows Update with the same results. Any suggestions? Could we have some malware?
     
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    Hi Robert. Have you let Windows Update check for updates and just left it running overnight to see if it eventually completes?
     

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    No I haven't. I'll give that a try.
     
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    I booted a spare office with Win 7 a few weeks ago.. It took a couple of hours before it showed it was actually doing something.
     
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    I started the machine searching for updates about 7 hours ago and it is still running. I'll give it a few more hours and then I think I may wipe the hard drive and take it to Staple's for recycling. Don't want to spend much more time on this one. Thanks for your response.
     
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    Windows Update I believe will eventually complete but it may take a long time depending on how fast the computer is and how many updates need to be installed.
     
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    Evan,
    You were right on. I let it run and after 18 hours it had found 57 updates. I installed those, restarted the computer, and searched again for updates. This time it only took a few minutes and found 1. Looks like all is well and I won't have to send this one to the scrap heap. Thanks a lot.
     
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    You are welcome. :)
     
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