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March 6, 2016 at 20:11:01
Specs: Windows 7 64-bit, Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition (overclocked)/ 6GB DDR2-800
I installed Windows 7 from scratch on 3 systems this week & have encountered the same problem on all of them. After Windows Update installs the new Update Agent (version 7.6.7600.320) & Windows Update is run again afterwards, it will run for what seems like an eternity without doing anything. To fix the problem, manually download & install update KB3102810. Once this update is installed & the system is restarted, Windows Update should function normally again.

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March 6, 2016 at 23:43:01
Much easier fix - - just turn off Windows Automatic Updates.

Install a top-notch antivirus/firewall and you will be quite safe.

I have always turned off automatic updates on Windows XP, Vista & Win7 on all computers that I have and on all computers that friends have asked me to set up for them in the past 15-20 years.

Never had any virus infections or hacking attacks, none.

You only need to visit the Windows Update portal when there is some Microsoft software you need to download.

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March 7, 2016 at 08:45:52
I believe in letting MS plug their own holes. I have my own systems set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them", but on the systems I work on, I run Windows Update manually until all the updates are current & then leave the setting at "Install updates automatically (recommended)".

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March 8, 2016 at 14:39:30
"I installed Windows 7 from scratch on 3 systems this week"

I use this.
Update pack - Simplix Pack to update Live Win7 System/ Integrate hotfixes into Win7 distribution

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September 8, 2016 at 22:51:38
Set automatic update search to "Never check for updates" and restart.
Download and install KB3145739 manually (64bit) (32bit)
Try automatic updates again again.

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