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Windows 7 VM on Gnome Boxes will not update

asked 2016-05-03 12:53:06 -0500

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I'm trying to use Gnome Boxes to run a Windows 7 Virtual Machine. Setup and installation went smoothly, but now that I have my windows box running, it cannot seem to contact the Windows Update server to get updates. It hangs on "checking for updates" indefinitely - i have left it for more than 24 hours. I have tried running updates from different networks, which doesn't help, so the issue is definitely somewhere in my computer. I have tried opening holes in the firewall for http and https and ports 80/443 (which are the ports and services windows update uses) but that didn't make any difference either. Any ideas what could be causing this?

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I'm not familiar with Windows any longer, but I do have one trouble-shooting question: can you open a browser in that VM and surf the web? If not, you need to find out why you're not on-line, as that's probably why you can't update. If you can, somebody here will know how to help you.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-05-03 13:18:12 -0500 )edit

Hi, i have the same problem. using win7 for 5 months now. eventually it will run but in my case it did 3 times. All the other times the windows update service uses 1 core, until you kill it. being a windows service it is restarted two times. I tried searching the web and found dozens of solutions, none worked so far.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-05-03 15:29:28 -0500 )edit

I did open a browser and check the connection, the VM can get out to the internet just fine. I also imported an old virtualbox windows 7 vm that I had backed up, and tested that one. It was working on virtual box, however it cannot get updates when run on gnome-boxes. I'm very convinced that I have some kind of a configuration issue at play here.

zlh5009 gravatar imagezlh5009 ( 2016-05-03 18:03:24 -0500 )edit

OK, at least we've narrowed the issue down to gnome boxes, but alas, I can't take you any further. Here's hoping somebody else here knows what's needed.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-05-03 19:05:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-09 05:02:55 -0500

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It turns out it was windows after all. I installed virtualbox so I would have something to compare with, and virtualbox had the same issue. So, I downloaded the update standalone installers and installed the updates manually. After I got the VM to a higher patch level, checking for updates began to work correctly on both systems.

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Hi, just found out the same - seems to be one or more bogus updates for Win7.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-05-09 11:19:46 -0500 )edit

Hi, More solutions and explanations to this Problem What helped in my case was: wsus offline which is a site for providing MS updates offline from either your VM or ISO/USB Stick. Had to run the updater 4 times until all updates were installed - since then it's quiet! Just wanted to mention it, since it saves you the hassle of downloading updates manually AND only installing security updates - no Telemetry and Win10 nag updates.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-05-19 14:10:05 -0500 )edit

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