Microsoft updates just searches on newly installed OS Windows Server 2004

I just installed a new WIndows 2003 OS and one of the very first steps is to install updates from Microsoft which, it just sits and looks like it is searching and searching and never getting to the screen showing the updates you need.  I got so frustrated that I deleted the OS and started from scratch just to get back to the same issue.

I though it was because IE6 was installed so I installed IE7. but no that wasn't it.   I'm currently installing .NET Framework 2.0 so the Fix it package will run, but I did that on the last installation with no good results.
 
Any ideas before I turn gray?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Try http://www.wuinstall.com/index.php/en. It uses the Windows Update engine, but it is a command line utility and you can force/choose updates without waiting for the shield.

You can find the Windows Update log at: %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log. There you can find the possible causes for Windows Update not working.

If you don't mind going the non-Microsoft way, this: http://download.wsusoffline.net/ will download the updates for you, allowing to install them after.

HTH,
Dan

PS: the most common cause I found for Windows Update not working is an incorrect system clock.
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