Windows Update / Microsoft Update / svchost / Autoupdate / 100% CPU

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Patrick Hopp, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Patrick Hopp

    Patrick Hopp Guest

    We run a domain with about 500 PC's. We've been having a lot of
    problems with svchost crashes or 100% CPU usage related to automatic
    updates lately. We have done a lot of experimenting and poking around
    on newsgroups, and seen many many different posted 'workarounds', etc

    None of them seem to work 100%. We've boiled down the workarounds to a
    script that looks like this:

    net stop wuauserv
    net stop BITS
    move c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution c:\windows\SDOld
    I:\fixes\svchost\WindowsXP-KB927891-v2-x86-ENU.exe /quiet /norestart

    and then we manually restart.

    And this works great... **As Long** as you don't resetup/reconfigure
    Microsoft Update. As soon as you reenable it, wham, your right back
    where you started with 100% CPU usage.

    Microsoft Update finally came back with the results on my machine after
    close to 20 minutes on a Xeon 3.06 Ghz machine with 4 gigs of ram.

    It's not a virus, malwar, spyware, etc. It is replicateable on
    machines, vmware sessions, fresh builds, old machines, etc. We have
    applied the KB927891 hotfix(read the script above) with no effect.

    We run Windows XP SP2, Office 2003(some 2007), SMS Client, and a host of
    default other applications and the effect seems to be widespread.

    Windows Update works fine after the above script, but we would like to
    be able to use Microsoft Update to keep Office, etc up to date. Does
    anyone know if there is a fix for this out yet, in the works, anything?

    If not does anybody know how to unregister Microsoft Update from a
    command line, is it a DLL that can be unregistered? Going to the update
    site to turn it off individually on 500 machines doesn't sound like fun.


    Patrick Hopp, Apr 4, 2007
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    usasma Guest

    usasma, Apr 4, 2007
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  3. Patrick Hopp

    PA Bear Guest

    Until a new version of MU is released, reset your default to Windows Update
    and obtain Office updates via Office Update website.
    PA Bear, Apr 4, 2007
  4. Patrick Hopp

    John [MSFT] Guest

    Install this fix for now:

    This fixes the crashes and improves performance for somewhat faster scans,
    and improves the 100% CPU issue in some cases. Still working on the full
    final solution.

    This fix replaces kb/932494 and kb/916089 for a cumulative fix for all three
    John [MSFT], Apr 4, 2007
  5. This what launches MU from the Start Menu, Patrick :

    D:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe D:\WINDOWS\system32\muweb.dll,LaunchMUSite

    Perhaps unregistering muweb.dll and reregistering wuweb.dll would do the
    trick, although reregistering may not be need for the wu .dll.
    I'm not totally convinced that this is correct though ... YMMV

    On the other hand, why isn't WSUS being used to pull the updates down
    and then push them out to the workstations ?

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    MowGreen [MVP], Apr 4, 2007
  6. Patrick Hopp

    PA Bear Guest

    You may have missed...
    ~PA Bear
    PA Bear, Apr 4, 2007
  7. Patrick Hopp

    John [MSFT] Guest

    Yep, sorry. This fixes all the known crashes and does some perf

    There is a corresponding fix "coming soon" in another component that will
    fix the "hung UI" issue. It's not the 100% CPU that is the underlying
    problem, it is that the UI threads get blocked and the system appears to
    John [MSFT], Apr 4, 2007
  8. Patrick Hopp

    Rob Guest

    I've got a WSUS server here and several boxes experience the 99% CPU usage
    problem. I had to disable the WSUS box via group policy. Still waiting on a
    fix here.

    Rob, Apr 23, 2007
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