Windows Update sometimes doesn’t work, and you get an error message like the one below.You click on “Learn More” and the suggestion doesn’t tell you much. I actually seem to run into it even more since the I actually seem to run into it even more since the Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Some Windows updates can take several minutes or more to configure or install, so you want to make sure the updates are truly stuck before moving on.
Trying to fix a problem that doesn't really exist might just .
Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.
Much more rarely are they caused by a mistake on Microsoft's part regarding the update itself, but it does happen.
For Windows XP to Windows 7: If you're used to XP, then upgrading to Windows 7 is probably less of a shock than going from XP to Windows 8.1. For Windows XP to Windows 8.1: "Windows 8.1 isn't designed for installation on PCs running Windows Vista or Windows XP," Microsoft warns on its upgrade page.
Basically, Redmond would much prefer you just buy a new Windows 8-based PC.
If there's any wonder after that long, take a look at your hard drive activity light.
You'll see either no activity at all (stuck) or very regular but very short flashes of light (not stuck).
There's an actual issue with Windows that can cause Windows Update installations to freeze like this but it's only applicable to Windows Vista and only if SP1 hasn't yet been installed.
If your computer fits that description, install Windows Vista SP1 or later to solve the problem.
The problem is my registry doesn't have a (Windows Update\AU) How can I fix that. williamp, i am using windows xpsp3 and i don't have the regkey that you mentioned on my computer.. go into windows "services" and make sure that the "automatic updates" service and the "background intelligent transfer service" are enabled..