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Windows 8.1 Windows Update stuck at "checking for updates" SOLUTION

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c(n*199780) Senior Member
Feb 18, 2002
There were *many* proposed solutions for this problem under Windows 7, but we were the first on the internet to post a comprehensive solution for every new Windows 7 installation here:

I have been hit with the same problem under Windows 8 and this time it may be different, this may or may not work for everyone, but I thought I would share this.

This assumes your system was already updated with the following:

• KB3102812 for Windows 8.1 at some point after November 2015:
[It will just say it's already installed if it is.]

• Servicing stack update for Windows 8.1 at some point after July 2016.
Windows8.1-KB3173424 msu file FIRST from here:

If you have not updated your Windows 8.1 since before these dates, then download and install those ↑ .msu files FIRST.

So now, if you've been updating regularly, and you are hit with never-ending "checking for updates", then

Download (but do not install yet) Windows8.1-KB3172614 msu file from here:

*VERY IMPORTANT* completely disconnect the internet from your device.

Now install Windows8.1-KB3172614 > Reboot > Wait for it to completely boot in > Reconnect internet > Run Windows Update > Updates should show up within three minutes if fixed.

It would be interesting to know if this affects all regularly updated Windows 8.1 machines which developed the Windows Update problem around September of 2016.
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