Windows 8.1 update stuck checking for updates

Windows 8.1 updates
Windows 8.1 updates

If you have reinstalled Windows 8.1 and it is stuck looking for updates. Use this method to fix it, as a repair technician in a domestic computer repair centre I have had to reinstall Windows 8.1 many times, this is the method I use every time.

Windows 8.1 updates get stuck in this way due to an outdated update console being present in the Windows 8.1 .iso files for reinstalling the operating system. This means the Windows update console is out of date and cannot detect the latest updates needed for your operating system.

How to fix stuck Windows 8.1 updates after a reinstall

1. Turn off Windows updates in the Windows update window

2. Download Windows 8.1 update KB3173424

3. Download Windows 8.1 update KB3172614 and save to your desktop

4. Disconnect your laptop from the internet and save to your desktop

5. Run the Windows 8.1 update KB3173424 from the desktop


Information on the windows update KB3173424 –

6. Run the Windows 8.1 update KB3172614 from the desktop

Download – KB3172614

Information on the windows update KB3172614 –

7. Turn Windows updates back on and check for updates. This can take some time as there are around 146 updates to be accounted for.

Why will Windows 8.1 not update after a fresh install?

This is a known and wide spread issue with Windows 8.1 that has not yet been addressed my Microsoft. The problem occurs because to update itself, Windows 8.1 needs a later version of the ‘Windows update’ feature.

Needing an update to update itself is not a good situation for a computer. This is where the above fix comes in, in this fix we are forcing the update of the Windows update console. This then allows Windows 8.1 to detect and download what it needs from the main servers at Microsoft.

Does this fix work on a used computer?

Computers are complex things so there is no guarantee. This fix will repair other faults on a Windows 8.1 operating system that has been used, but not all. It is however worth a try. The process is relatively safe and if carried out correctly will not cause adverse effects on your computer, even if its not successful.

If this technique did not work and you still have update issues there maybe another guide available to help you.

Do I need Windows updates?

YES! Windows updates are vital to maintain a secure operating system. Failure to do so could leave your computer vulnerable to attack and virus infection. You will also benefit from the latest maintenance updates designed to keep your computers running at optimal efficiency.

Some of the updates and patches released by Microsoft are not just security, they are performance. There is a multitude of teams working away at improving your experience on a Microsoft product. The improvements and tweaks that iron out bugs and speed up your computer for free are all included in the Windows updates.

Does this update work for Windows 8?

Windows 8 is no longer supported by Microsoft, it’s support has ended as of January 9th 2018. If you are still running Windows 8 you should update it to 8.1 as soon as possible. It’s a free update that should not take too long if your computer is in good health.

Remaining on the Windows 8 operating system will leave you open to security threats and if you use bank cards online, you could risk financial damage!

How to update Windows 8 to 8.1

Updating an operating system should only be undertaken if you are confident in doing so.

To make sure it is done correctly follow the official guide to updating windows 8 to 8.1 from Microsoft.

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