Most users posting in that thread only see WU hang at "Checking for updates..." when it detects a large number of available updates so it's difficult to determine if any changes you've made to your system actually solve the problem until you run your next Patch Tuesday update. checking for updates was close to immediate and 20 updates were indicated ... The only thing that made me nervous was that the first part of the installation (before restart) of the Malicious Software Removal Tool was on the long side ... but that sometimes happens in the update process so I figure it's normal. Check for Updates took maybe 7 hours and still was not finished.Ken B Some of us have been through the experience of check for updates never finishing. The next day, a notification soon cameup in task tray that Updates were avaialbe; so downloading of the updates took more than about 3 or 4 hours. I didn't install any new updates in last days except Windows Defender definitions. After installing KB3145739, it was always finished in 5-10 minutes. (WU is set to This time it was the security patch KB3153199. id=52217 (Stop WU service, install the update, restart.Before attempted fixes 13 updates were detected and I selected 11 to install ... https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947821 "Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness Tool" This is listed as the fix for error code 0X80070057. Although my system is 64 bits the listed requirements did not specify 32 bits. This created a new Windows\Catroot2 folder and a new Windows\System32\Software Distribution folder ... auth=1 Installed the latest version of the Windows Update Agent. After applying this patch, check the updates manually.Actual install of the updates only took about 30 minutes. After installing this patch, checking for updates is completed in 10 minutes. And be prepared to see a longer black screen before desktop appears.
See KB2817430 for more information about acquiring Office 2013 SP1 for client products, and KB2880552 for more information about SP1 for Office 2013 server products.Regardless, my humble gratitude for your assistance!OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit Home Premium I am unable to install recent Windows Vista updates because the updater hangs at "Checking for updates".Being a retired EE digital signal processor, I know the complexities of code contributed by hundreds if not thousands of SW engineers to build and maintain an OS.I'm curious what this magic update fixed for Kelly B56 and me.OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit Home Premium I am unable to install recent Windows Vista updates because the updater hangs at "Checking for updates". and "Most recent checks for updates" says "never" ... which I assume is the reason for the "never" labels mentioned above. I used file "Windows Update Agent30-x86.exe" with the /wuforce switch and ran it from a HDD not containing the OS. "Troubleshoot problems with installing updates" I ran the Fix It tool ... If not, you can try to download and install it manually: https:// Later you can enable it again if you want.) Edited by devilus, 22 April 2016 - AM.