Windows 7 Updates Stuck at 0%

Windows Updates stuck at 0%

Ever since Windows 10 came out, my Windows 7 updates have gotten really slow. It started taking days instead of minutes or hours to run, with no end in sight. And the whole time it was cranking my CPU fan and still stuck at 0%.

My first solution was to disable Windows Updates and use WSUS Offline Update instead. I would follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest zip from the right sidebar (e.g.
  2. Extract the zip and run UpdateGenerator.exe
  3. Check x64 under the Windows 7 section and Office 2013 (English)
  4. Click the Start button

This worked until recently, when Microsoft started using an all-in-one update instead of piecemeal. When I tried WSUS Offline Update, it just failed.

Back to the drawing board, I discovered Woody Leonhard’s InfoWorld article on this very topic, and his solution worked!

I don’t use Bluetooth on my desktop, but you should be aware that’s still a potential pitfall.

Otherwise, here’s the process I used to get Windows Updates working in minutes instead of days:

  1. Download this MSU update file
  2. Disable the internet connection
  3. Run the MSU update file
  4. Enable the internet connection
  5. Reboot

This issue has plagued me for months now. It’s quite satisfying to have finally found a solution. If you’ve had the same problem, I hope this works for you too.

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