Checking for latest version of windows updating software loop

18 Feb

Now from this thread I gather you just need to follow the instructions here ( and that will fix it for this month? And the guys at Microsoft can't do anything, because the problem is in the version of Windows Update that Vista uses, which is outdated.

But then next month you need to go through the whole process again which is a massive pain. Has anybody actually figured out the bug that's causing the problem? There are 2 options: we find a way to install 7's Windows Update or we keep finding KBs like idiots, no offense for the guys that find them, they help us. And the guys at Microsoft can't do anything, because the problem is in the version of Windows Update that Vista uses, which is outdated. If the problem is with Windows Update on Vista they can update it to the latest version, or patch whatever bug and keep current version. Clearly they have a skeleton crew over at Microsoft HQ pushing out these Vista patches monthly.

Well, it's true that 7's Windows Update Agent should be working with Vista too.

If these updates are not necessary then I'll be glad to turn it off permanently.Stopping the service makes everything go back to normal.Going to Windows Update and checking manually gets stuck in an infinite loop.The Windows Update Agent (wuaueng.dll) v7.6.7600.256 for Vista that seems to be causing these "" hangs hasn't been updated since June 2012, and I suspect that there won't be a permanent fix for this problem unless Microsoft releases a patch for this WUA before extended support for Vista ends on 11-Apr-2017. ------------ Cheers, I figured out the steps from reading the thread. Turns out I'm only missing the latest KB so it's not that painful to upgrade.Pretty much you just need an extra restart cycle after the KB installed.And there is no point of getting a new computer with other OS than Vista, as this OS is still capable of running everything.Vista is no different than 7, only the UI just a bit, but some users don't even notice those ones.Too bad every time a company gets big they get arrogant. Now from this thread I gather you just need to follow the instructions here ( and that will fix it for this month?But then next month you need to go through the whole process again which is a massive pain. These instructions are based on Dalai's workaround at but include some helpful hints on how to install any Windows kernel-mode driver (Win32K.sys) updates missing from your system. You will have to check Dalai's webpage at each Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of the month) to see if a new Win32update was released that must be pre-installed to speed up Windows Update.Eventually I'll have to migrate, but even then I'd still like to keep my Vista machine as an offline device to run these programs. Well, it's true that 7's Windows Update Agent should be working with Vista too.But Vista is used by 1.5% of the world, so the guys at Microsoft don't care. Look at the games that don't officially support Vista, but after you install Direct X 11 they just launch and work as they should.