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Since Microsoft started changing the way updates were being rolled out, many users have reported that the whole process of searching, downloading, & installing updates has moved to a crawl. In many instances, the updating process comes to a complete halt.
While this isn’t a new problem, it is still one that can cause a lot of frustration and grief if it is not resolved. Usually, the problem originates with a conflict between previous updates.
Try this method below, we’re pretty sure it will get your updating process speedy once again.
(Note, please read through the instructions a couple of times before you get started to be sure you understand the sequence)
Step 1b. Turn off the internet. If you’re attached via ethernet cable, pull the cable. Turn off Wi-Fi. Do whatever you need stop the Internet connection to your computer.
Step 1c. Run the installer you just downloaded. It should finish in a couple of minutes. It’s that easy.
But if you get the message “This update is not applicable to your computer,” make sure you have the right version (32-bit or 64-bit); if you are confident you have the right version but you still get the message, jump down to Step 2.
Step 1d. Turn the internet back on.
Step 1e. Reboot. When your machine comes back on, you’re done. Try running Windows Update again and see if this did the trick.
Step 2a (if necessary). Install KB 3020369. If your PC tells you that KB 3172605 is “not applicable to your computer” and you’re sure you have the right version of the patch (32-bit vs. 64-bit), this is the conflicting update that was causing the problem.
Step 2c. Install KB 3020369 by double-clicking on the downloaded file.
Step 2d. That’s all you need—no reboot required. Go back to Step 1 and retry to install KB 3172605.
If you are running Windows 7, many of us feel that it’s wise to turn off Windows Update. To do so, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the “Turn automatic updating on or off” link, then choose “Never check for updates (not recommended).”
This way you can manually check for updates whenever you choose, instead of having Microsoft force-feed them to you, often without your mission.
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