Windows Vista Business SP2 – Windows Updates Hangs

Installed a fresh Windows Vista Business SP2 on an HP DC7900 a couple days ago and since then I haven’t been able to install Windows updates.

I’ve installed/reinstalled the Windows Update Agent 3 (with /wuforce), re-registered Windows Updates DLL files, and have also done an sfc /scannow.  None of these actions have resolved the issue.

Google leads me to all types of solutions, hacks, workarounds, thoughts, and so on.  Nothing worked.

I downloaded WSUS Offline Update tool and worked around this issue.  After applying those updates, I could successfully Check/Install new updates.

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