Updating to vista 64
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.
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.
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