Every time I go to install updates--regardless of whether it's a single 2KB update or a dozen 300MB updates, the screen sticks at the "Please wait while windows..." for a good 15 minutes before it even starts the "1% downloaded..." etc.
The network is very fast on this machine--it appears to be something with Windows Update itself. I have a couple other Win7 machines at home the others begin downloading and installing updates immediately. Related, likely, I very often get updates on this machine that simply fail. After reboot I get the "Failure configuring windows updates...Reverting changes...".
I've done some research and have installed the October 2014 "Windows Update Readiness tool", and have cleared out various logfiles which seemed to be recommended be a large number of sites I generally trust (including here).
Yet the problem remains. Does anyone have a suggestion, aside from a complete re-install of Windows, that I might try? Thanks