Windows 8.1 hangs / stuck at searching for updates


Software: Windows 8 & 10 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


Windows 8.1 hangs or is stuck at searching for new updates.

[Solution 1] Install a newer Windows Update client


  1. Download either the x86-based or x64-based version of the Windows Update Client at https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/3138615.
  2. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
  3. Execute Net stop wuauserv
  4. Install the Windows Update Client that you just downloaded.
  5. Restart the computer to finish the installation.
  6. Allow Windows Updates to search for updates.

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