Using your Windows PC should be a painless experience, from browsing the web to working on Powerpoint to executing code.
You’d expect that routine Windows updates would be as seamless.
Unfortunately, sometimes a bug can cause an issue where the Windows Update application is stuck checking for updates instead of installing them.
The Issue: Windows Update Stuck Checking for Updates
This issue is most common in Windows 7 and 8. It’s a result of an error where the Update mechanism can’t communicate with Microsoft servers. This problem can result in significant CPU usage and therefore is noticeable in the task manager. If your Windows Update never seems to actually start installing and instead says “searching” for long periods of time, then this issue affects you.
Here’s how to fix it in five different ways, with step by step guide.