Windows Could Not Search For New Updates… How To Fix? (Windows 7)


It is very important to regularly check for updates in order to keep your Windows OS stable and functional.

Windows Update utility within Windows 7 was designed to allow you to manage your updates easily. Although it may stuck while checking for updates for a very long time, but in the most number of cases it will eventually do its job correctly.


Still sometimes it can return en error code like: 80244022, 80244022c, 80080005, 80072EFD, 8024402c , 80004002, t8007000e, 80072f8f, 80072ee2, 8024402f along with one of these errors:


Windows could not search for new updates  
An error occured while checking for new updates for your computer
Windows Update encountered an unknown error


This problem usually occurs when Windows Update utility is somehow blocked and unable to access Microsoft servers in order to obtain informations on updates. Depending on the cause, there are several solutions which may help you get rid of this error and update your OS.


Method 1: Turn off your antivirus or firewall software

Many antivirus or firewall programs such as Avast, Avira, Nod32, ZoneAlarm or Comodo may block Windows Update utility, preventing it to access Microsoft repositories. Make sure to stop all kind of similar services before running Windows Updates. Sometimes some of these programs may still block updater even when stopped, so they have to be completely uninstalled in order to get rid of their actions.


Method 2: Reset Winsock Catalog through command prompt

This has been reported as the most common reason for Windows Update failure, so far. Winsock Catalog is an important part of Windows network software which defines access to network services. Sometimes it may become corrupted, causing various network problems. The simple and easy fix is to reset Winsock Catalog to its default setting:

1  Go to start menu and type “cmd” into the search field.

2  Select first and the only choice named “cmd.exe” and command prompt window will appear.

3  Type “netsh winsock reset” into the command prompt window and press ENTER.

4  Turn off the command prompt window, reboot PC and try running Windows Update utility again.



Method 3: Adjust your Windows date and time

Make sure that your Windows 7 date and time is set correctly, since this can also be a reason for updates to return error. If your time is not set correctly, follow these steps to fix it:

1  Right click on your clock at the bottom-right corner of the screen and select Adjust date/time.

2  Date and Time utility window will open. Click on the button labeled “Change date and time“.

3  Set your date and time correctly and press OK twice to exit and save changes.

4  Try running Windows Update utility again.


Alternative titles:

Unable to Install Windows Updates
Windows Update Ran Into a Problem
Windows Update error
Some Updates Were Not Installed
Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates