Vista Will Not Update

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by bill of oz, May 5, 2017.

  1. bill of oz

    bill of oz Member

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    before i start i will say....yes i am aware windows vista is no longer supported,

    it just came to mind a day or two ago that i have not seen my computer do updates in forever,

    went to control panel > windows updates and checked things out,

    automatic updates are still turned on like normal,

    i checked when the last update was and it was in July 2016....certainly there have been updates since then that i have not received???

    i clicked the button that says "check for updates"

    it then says "checking for updates" with the green bar going across but this process will never finish,

    i have left it at this stage for 12 hours overnight, and it does not finish,

    any advice?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Forget about it and move on. Vista support ended last month so you won't get any more updates anyway.
     
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  3. bill of oz

    bill of oz Member

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    thanks but that really wasnt my question,

    let me rephrase,

    how do i get the updates that are available from july 2016 to april 2017?
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Besides reinstalling the OS, really not worth it. There are update issues for Vista and 7 like this. To be honest, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  5. bill of oz

    bill of oz Member

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    do you think if i did a system restore to a point previous of my last update that would fix the problem?
     
  6. _Glitch

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  7. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

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    Go to "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\" and delete all the content of the folder. You can only do this if you boot Safe Mode or entirely shut down the Update service. Easiest to do in Safe Mode (spam F8 while turning PC on).
    Windows Update is a turd in terms of speed for any OS these days (except Windows XP and 10).
    Recently updated a Windows 8.1 from fresh, took 22 hours to find initial updates.
    Windows 7 won't find updates for 72+ hrs unless you install three patches offline.
    These are ISO's supplied from Microsoft today :)
     
  8. bill of oz

    bill of oz Member

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    thanks.....i will try this
     
  9. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

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    While you are in Safe Mode, it doesn't hurt to do a "cleanmgr.exe" from the Run tool and check all boxes.
     
  10. bill of oz

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    did this.....and still a no go.....

    when i click on check for updates i just get the green bar constantly going across and i says "checking for updates" however this never stops.....i have left it for over 12 hours overnight,
     
  11. bill of oz

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    if i wipe the drive and reinstall vista will it do automatic updates still to the point were it was discontinued?.....or will i have to install all the updates manually?
     
  12. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    It still may have the update issue. Nobody can guarantee that you won't have any issues with updates after a fresh install. With it not being supported anymore, most likely will have issues getting updates.
     
  13. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

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    Windows XP still lets you use Windows Update in 2017, that I can say for sure.
    Otherwise, try PortUp. It's an isolated updater and works with Vista. On Windows 8.1 it took 14 hours to find updates, while Windows Update took 22 hours.
     

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