Solved Windows Update Checking System never completes

Gigabyte / Awrdacpi
December 24, 2013 at 15:23:07
Specs: XP SP3, 3.014 GHz / 1023 MB
I know that support and security updates for XP is due to cease soon.
I have been attempting to run "Microsoft Update" but the "Checking your system" scan simply kept running for about 30 minutes without coming to any conclusion. I altered the settings to revert to just "Windows Update" instead of "Microsoft Update" , but fresh scan on this setting has the same lack of outcome. I do not run automatic updates and it seems I have neglected to run any update since 28 April 2013. I run Msoft Security Essentials and it gets it's automatic updates without problems. Is it possible Msoft has already switched off other updates for XP?

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December 24, 2013 at 17:56:56
Turns out it needed an hour to do the scan then needed to install SP1 for .net framework 3.5 then would let me do the other 70 high priority updates.
Lesson here is not to wait 8 months between updates.

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December 24, 2013 at 17:57:45
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"Is it possible Msoft has already switched off other updates for XP?"

No, they haven't. I just switched on an old XP system this morning that hadn't been used in almost 6 months & it almost immediately began downloading Windows updates.

If you don't have CCleaner, I suggest you download/install the Slim version, then run both the cleaner & the registry scanner. Remove everything they find. Reboot, then try manually running Windows Update from Start > All Programs menu. It may take several minutes to load so be patient.

EDIT: I see you responsed while I was typing out my response.

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December 25, 2013 at 18:36:30
This delay is being encountered by others (including me). It is an MS website issue. You either just wait or perhaps avoid Patch Tuesday when everyone is at it.

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Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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