Windows 7[edit | edit source]
Update Hangs at 'Checking for Updates'[edit | edit source]
If updates are not happening and it appears to be stuck at 'checking for updates', attempt to clear the updates store and try again. Updates are stored in:
Start a Command Prompt as Administrator, then run:
net stop wuauserv net stop bits net stop cryptsvc ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old net start cryptsvc net start bits net start wuauserv
Windows 10[edit | edit source]
Disabling Updates[edit | edit source]
There is no way to disable updates completely on Windows 10 Pro. My current work around is to make the primary network interface metered to block Windows from downloading updates - but this appears to cause updates to just fail and in doing so use up lots of CPU and flooding the logs with errors.