Read on to learn how to fix common problems with Windows updates.
We're going to cover a lot of ground here for several versions of Windows and a variety of 'stuck' scenarios, so you may have to tweak some of these steps to suit your situation and software.
Neither magicandre1981 nor Moab's answers assisted me.
After following both procedures (on a virtualbox I reset back to the same snapshot) I still had the hung update search. I have no idea what update got everything sorted out but using this sledge hammer I was able to get a bunch downloaded and installed.
If you don't know how to start in 'Safe Mode', all you have to do is start up your computer and repeatedly hit the f8 button till it gives you the option to start in 'Safe Mode'I hope this helps Go to control panel, click on security center, go to automatic updates then change your preferences to notify me but don't automatically download or install them, which you should do anyways since you don't want all the downloads....unless you just really like SP3 or IE8 lol. It will not download or update unless you tell it to and which ones to update.
Then do your updates and when you are done, change it back. My experience with this problem is that the Microsoft article linked above was utterly useless.
The first point to make is that interfering with updates that aren't actually stuck can cause a host of problems, so you want to make sure they really are stuck.
If you've got the time, and the patience, we'd recommend waiting a couple of hours, especially with slower machines – go and cut the grass or watch a movie.
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Then did a normal windows update and it had another ~30 and I was all up to date again :)I'm just duplicating my comment I posted in thread for similar question here for the benefit of others struggling with this: I just spent couple of days in company of old laptop with 2GB of RAM and can confirm that issue seems to be x64 poor hardware/insufficient RAM specific.