Windows Update Standalone Installer is a small utility for installing standalone updates. The standalone updates are updates that Windows Update does not automatically provide on your Windows PC. These special types of updates are used or generated for a specific group of users.
However, some people say they encounter the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer stuck? issue and the symptom is that the search process takes a lot of time or gets stuck indefinitely. Another symptom of this issue is the Svchost.exe process having consistently high CPU & RAM usage.
How to Confirm That Your System Has This Issue
It?s really annoying to encounter the issue. However, updating components can fail for a variety of reasons. Thus, you need to determine that your computer is actually suffering from this issue before you go to the following fixes. Follow the steps below to check it:
Step 1: Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager. Then go to the Processes tab and click More details.
Step 2: Go to the Services tab and find the wuauserv service.
Step 4: Now, you should spend some time monitoring the Svchost.exe process and see how it behaves.
If you find that Svchost.exe has consistently high CPU & Ram usage (around 200 MB), it?s probable that there is the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer stuck? issue. Then you can proceed with the potential fixes below after you confirm that your computer is suffering from the issue.
Method 1: Disable Automatic Updates (Windows 7/Windows 8)
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, this method may be useful for you to fix the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer not working? issue ? disable automatic Windows updates and then try to run the Standalone Installer. Here is how to do that on Windows 7:
Step 1: Type Window update in the Start menu, then click the first result to open it.
Step 2: In the left panel, click Change settings.
Then you need to restart your computer and run the Standalone Update Installer and check to see if there are any improvements.
If you are still facing the same issue, do the following steps:
Step 1: Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog to download KB4490628. Run and install the Servicing Stack Update.
Step 2: Restart your PC. Go to Windows Update, and click Change settings. Under the Important Update section, click the drop-down menu and select Install updates automatically (recommended).
Step 3: Click OK to save the changes.
Step 4: Then click check for updates and install any pending update.
Then the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer stuck on Windows 7/8? issue should be fixed.
Method 2: Update via WSUS Offline Updater (Windows 7 / 8)
You can also fix the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer stuck? issue using WSUS Offline Updater, which is a small open-source software tool for Windows 7/8 to download missing updates automatically from the Microsoft server.
Step 1: Download WSUS Offline Updater and you should make sure the version you download is the most recent version of the tool.
Step 2: Extract the wsusoffline.zip file and run it.
All of the pending updates that downloaded in the last phase will be installed. Update installation can take minutes to hours.
Method 3: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter (Windows 10)
Windows Update Troubleshooter is a built-in feature designed to fix Windows update errors for common users. Running Windows Update Troubleshooter is the easiest and fastest method to fix the ?Windows Standalone Installer stuck? issue on Windows 10.
Now you can follow the instructions step by step below to fix it:
Step 4: Wait for the scanning process to detect the existing problems and then click Apply this fix.
Step 5: Follow the instructions showing on the screen to finish the repair process.
Restart your computer and check to see if the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer searching for updates constantly? error still exists. If this method cannot fix the issue on Windows 10, then you can try the next method.
Method 4: Download Most Recent Servicing Stack Update (SSU)
If the troubleshooter failed to find and fix the problem, you can download and install the most recent SSU (Servicing Stack Update) from the Microsoft official website.
After you make sure that you are using 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, you can follow the steps below to download the most recent SSU:
Step 1: Go to SSU download. Download either 32-bit or 64-bit SSU update.
Step 2: Double-click the SSU to run it.
Step 3: It will scan your PC for pending updates and prompt you to install the pending update if everything is right. You just need to click Yes.
Restart your PC and again check if there are still any pending updates.
Method 5: Download Most Recent KB
If installing the most recent SSU can?t fix the issue, then you can try to download the most recent KB from the Microsoft official website. Here are the steps:
Step 2: Go to the Update & Security section and click it.
Step 3: In the right panel, you should click View update history under the Windows Update section.
Step 4: Then, find the most recent KB for your version of Windows 10 and copy the KB code. Go to the Microsoft update website and search for the KB code. Download it for your respective Windows.
Once the download finishes, open it up and install it. Then you can check whether the ?Windows Standalone Installer not working? issue is fixed or not.
Method 6: Fix Windows File Corruption
Windows system files corruption could be one of the reasons that Windows Update Standalone Installer is stuck at the search for updates. In such an event, you can use two command-line utilities ? SFC (System File Checker) and DISM(Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to fix your Windows system files.
SFC is a tool that can scan your system and repair any corrupted files. However, when SFC isn?t able to get the errors, the DISM can help you do this work. It will perform a thorough search of your system and fix the corrupted files.
Here is how to use SFC to fix corrupt system files:
Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter.
After the verification is 100% completed, you can check the scan results to see if there are some errors found. If some errors are found, you may run the SFC command several times to try to fix them.
Then here is how to use DISM to fix the corrupted system files, read this post ? Repair Windows 10 Image with DISM and Other Useful Tips for DISM.
After these methods, no matter you are using Windows 7,8 or Windows 10, the ?Windows Update Standalone Installer stuck at searching for updates? issue should be fixed.
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To sum up, this post has introduced how to determine if your Windows Update Standalone Installer is stuck at searching for updates and how to fix the issue. If you encounter this issue, you can try the methods mentioned above.
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Originally published at https://www.minitool.com on November 15, 2019.