Solve the Windows 8.1 freeze checking for updates issue with few simple steps.
It happens, specially if you just reinstalled your operating system. Windows 8.1 freeze checking for updates no matter how much you wait. Rebooting the system also does not solve the problem. Try those simple steps to solve the problem.
Disabling automatic updates
First you need to disable the automatic updates in order to install updates manually:
- Right click “My computer” and select “Properties“.
- Now select “Windows Update“.
- On the left menu select “Change settings“.
- Change the setting to “Never check for updates” and uncheck all checkboxes.
- In order to finish click “Ok“.
- Now restart your computer.
Special tool to fix Windows update service
If disabling automatic updates didn’t worked out for you, try this custom tool:
Windows 8 auto update fix – Download
Extract this tool and run “SearchFix” script as administrator.
Manually install standalone update
Only if you disabled automatic updates try installing those standalone updates:
KB3112336 32-bit – Download
KB3112336 64-bit – Download
After the install restart you computer and try searching for updates.
Using Windows Update Diagnostic tool
If you still have issues try running this Microsoft diagnostic tool:
Windows Update Diagnostic tool – Download
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We also updated our Windows 7 freeze checking for updates article: FIX: Windows 7 freeze checking for updates.
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