Hangs when updating vista

I suffered a few days after Black Tuesday when I came home from vacation and attempted to update my Vista Laptop.

Ran for like 4 hours - "checking" and I gave up - made up my mind I was going to let it run until it did something.

The next morn it was set t "Check" - 6 hours later I had updates - one of which was KB3161664.

I did the same with May updates but could notice they (updates) were downloaded and installed without that usual delay so that I could restart and then switch off my system without waiting for the morning!

I always wait a few days (or even weeks) before I run a Windows Update to install the Patch Tuesday updates on my Vista machine and it doesn't help.

My "" phase always hangs for hours if there are a large number of updates available for download, but it runs normally once those updates are installed - until the next batch of Patch Tuesday updates is released.

In that case, Microsoft fixed the problem by expiring some of the outdated updates in the supersedence chain for programs like the IE browser so that the Windows Update Agent could quickly determine which patches need to be applied and which older updates had been superseded and could be ignored.

------------ 32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz * 3 GB RAM lmacri: According to Woody Leonhard's article Windows 7 update scans taking forever?

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