My Windows 8.1 laptop has not been updated for a long time. I am trying to run Windows Update >
Check for updates but it keeps showing the
Checking for updates... progress bar forever (more than 3 hours):
I tried all two approaches described in the YouTube video entitled "How To Fix Windows Stuck On Checking For Updates FIX 2017!" but none works. Namely:
- Stop 2 services and delete all contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder.
- Downloading from Microsoft and running the
Windows Update Troubleshooter.
I also disabled the firewall, as suggested here:
But none worked for me. Is there any other trick that I can use to revive* my laptop's Windows 8.1 update?
*I'm saying revive because it used to work perfectly. I don't know when it stopped.
@magicandre1981's 1st tip in his answer did the trick:
(the reason it says "Never" for "Updates were installed" is because during all my attempts to revive update, I have reset and clear the entire SoftwareDistribution folder)