Dec 12th, 2016 - How to speed up the installation of Windows 7 Updates. Windows Update has become slow and slower over the years. Here is an easy fix to significantly speed up the scanning for updates.
Only a few days after I published my last revision to this article in October of 2016, Microsoft made some changes again. This time the process is much easier and it works, at least for the moment.
Please read and follow the instructions carefully.
The first 3 steps in KB3200747 requires that you to change the Windows Update settings as shown below. Then read and complete steps 4 through 7.
To resolve this issue, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, type Windows update in the search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list. 2. In the left pane, click Change settings, select Never check for updates, and then select OK.
3. Restart the computer and complete steps 4 through 7 in KB3200747
4. After the computer restarts, manually download and install the following two updates (KB3020369 and KB3172605) for the Windows Update service.
Note: Please download the appropriate 32-bit or 64-bit version for your operating system. Click here to see how to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of Windows.
a)KB3020369 April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
5. Install KB3020369 “April 2015 Servicing Stack update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2” first.
6. After KB3020369 completes installation, wait about 1 minute and then install KB3172605 “July 2016 Update Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1”.
You will be asked to restart the computer during the installation of KB3172605. Again wait about a minute and then restart your computer.
7. Open Windows Update, select Change Settings. Under Important Updates, click the dropdown and select Install updates automatically (recommended). Click OK to save your changes, and then select Check for updates to download and install any remaining updates.
Note: I suggest you run Windows Update manually (skip the change in step 7) and install the remaining updates in small batches leaving the .NET Framework updates for last.