FIX: Windows 8.1 freeze checking for updates

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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