Three passes on Windows Update to bring things current - the first took 35 min or so to find updates, the other's were quite rapid...
" hang on my Vista machine since Aug 2015 so the upcoming change to combine non-security updates for Win 7 SP1 into a single monthly update might be a significant development for Win 7 SP1 users who also suffer from these slow Patch Tuesday updates.
Sometimes an update gets corrupted and then Windows gets confused and thinks the service is no longer running.
The term 'solution' might be a little bit exaggerated, since the following How To only tries to make sure that the Update Agent doesn't need to check all updates, so the check for new updates is done faster.about a new rollup for Win 7 SP1 that includes all updates as of April 2016, as well as an upcoming change that will see all non-security updates for Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 combined into a single monthly update.Kudos to Vista1972, who posted that link in the Vista Forums thread has a workaround that apparently works for many Vista users as well.By Andy Rathbone If you’re ready to take the leap from Windows Vista to Windows 7 on your computer, the process is fairly simple.When you upgrade your computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7, first make sure you have a Vista service pack and use Windows 7’s Upgrade Advisor, which tells you what software or gadgets won’t run after you install Windows 7.
This workaround requires users to pre-install a Windows kernel-mode driver (Win32k.sys) update (e.g., KB3145739 in Apr 2016; KB3153199 in May 2016) each month from the Microsoft Download Center to "trick" Windows Update into running Patch Tuesday updates faster, but it's only a temporary workaround and the problem will likely return the following month and require a new Win32update.