I have just installed Windows XP mode in Windows 7 Pro. When I try to update it it just sits looking for updates. I've left it there for at least two hours with no change.

I have tried everything here - http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-windows_update/windows-update-hangs-when-searching-for-current/f680b16d-1dee-4054-8d44-a05ace0c0fff

I have tried using the update site again using IE8.

It just stays on 'Checking for the latest updates for your computer' indefinitely.

Is updating the OS supposed to work in XP Mode?

  • Is it joined to a domain? What does the WindowsUpdate.txt log say? You can find it \windows\windowsupdate.txt.
    – Colyn1337
    Oct 9, 2013 at 17:36
  • Did you try the FixIt package from support.microsoft.com/kb/822798 at all?
    – user3463
    Oct 9, 2013 at 18:07
  • What Service Pack do you have installed?
    – Ramhound
    Oct 9, 2013 at 18:28
  • The general fix is to stop the Windows Update service, then delete the folder \Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore, then start the service and try again. It will still take a while for Windows to re-scan everything to determine exactly what needs to be updated, but it should fix it; at least it used to do the trick.
    – Synetech
    Jan 5, 2014 at 18:27
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Does installing this before running WindowsUpdate on Internet Explorer 8 work?

If not uninstall XPMode and reinstall it without being connected to Internet.

Choose Do not do automatic updates

Next install this: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40612

Than reconnect to Internet and try updating.

  • 2
    What is "this" and "this"? When you suggest to install something, you should add some details as to what it is. Link only stuff is, well, not a preferred method here. Give some detail.
    – Carl B
    Jan 5, 2014 at 18:28
  • This question was asked before the fix to the problem described in the question was released. This answer isn't really all that helpful.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 7, 2014 at 4:09

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