Update I was able to get Readiness Tool to run but not the update
Now the reediness tool will not even run
Security Essentials will run

I have legal Windows 7 to install
Do you think that is safe bet to try?

Had some performance issue so I ran MalwareBytes and Security Essentials.

It found some malware that was successfully removed.

I was able to Update Security Essentials and I ran it again for safety and it found nothing additions.

The last successful Windows Update was 5 days ago

Checking for Updates has been running 6 hours
CPU 100% network 0%

Windows6.0-KB947821-v35-x86.mnu fails to install
It is supposed to be a tool to address update problems

I fear the registry got hacked to prevent updates

What can I do?

I know Vista. I got it free.

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    "I know Vista. I got it free." You are running a pirated copy? – DavidPostill Aug 16 '16 at 18:59
  • @DavidPostill No it is NOT pirated. – paparazzo Aug 16 '16 at 19:05
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    this is a known issue, MS fixed it in Win7 with the July 2016 update rollup, but never backported it to Vista. – magicandre1981 Aug 17 '16 at 4:19

Windows Update is slow because Windows needs to check if the updates are required or already replaced. Those calls are slow. For Windows 7 Microsoft fixed it with the July 2016 update rollup, but this was never backported to Vista.

To get updates faster for Vista, you should use WSUSoffline. Start WSUSoffline (UpdateGenerator.exe), click on Legacy tab and select here Vista/Server 2008 for the correct CPU architecture (x86 or x64).

  • It's slow because it loops infinitely. Can run for days and never end. – Daniel R Hicks Oct 22 '16 at 12:04

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