Re: OK but is there a solution to make Windows Update work?
Doing it manually is not so bad really for a few machines. You just have to read the little peculiar descriptions first (thats the hard part).
With my dad's laptop, neither semi-automatic nor manual update methods had worked at all, since about early March. MS offers one or two tools to try and fix it, as well as other repair methods, but all of them worked as well as trying to push shit uphill. In the end it was reinstall time, after which the List of Verboten Updates and the Do Not Want registry settings were applied and the update method set to Manual, And I Mean It.
Maybe I should clone the disk, put it in a spare machine here and let it check for updates once a week or so, see what tricks MS are deploying next.
Which, to be honest, ought not be necessary.