You might come across that sometimes Windows Update simply seems to freeze and it takes hours to find out whether there are any new patches available or not – sometimes the scanning process never ends and it keeps looking for new updates. So, what you need to do with Windows 7 is to keep your computer fully up-to-date.
It appears that Microsoft itself was aware of this issue which was quite a widespread and many of us may have experienced. A new patch released on June 21 is supposed to address it.
Update for Windows 7 by June 2016 Announcement
It is rolled out that a fix will resolve the long scan time for new updates on Windows 7 computers by the KB3161647, at version 2.0that includes improvements for the Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well.
In the description of the patch, Microsoft says, “This update contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with some reliability improvements.”
Includes the following:
- An optimization that addresses long scan time for updates that’s reported on some computers.
- Fix for a Windows Update error 0x8007000E on some computers while they are updating.
In addition, this update is part of the update rollup for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 inJune 2016.So,everything should be fixed if you have already installed KB3161608.
Despite the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft is working on addressing the issues emerging in Windows 7 since this continues to be the number one desktop operating system worldwide. Although, Microsoft encourages everyone to make the move to Windows 10 with its free upgrade promo, but many users are expected to stick with Windows 7 as long as it continues to receive support until January 2020.
Moreover, Windows 7 users will switch to Windows 10 without paying till July 29, so you are left to perform the upgrade approximately within 35 days.