Windows 7, sp1 - Checking for Updates hangs

On a Windows 7 with SP1 laptop, running Windows Updates just hangs on the initial 'Checking for Updates' screen.  It has been six hours now and it is still 'Checking for Updates.'  The MS Mr Fix It for Microsoft Windows Updates has been run on the machine, but it still hangs.  Any suggestions short of reinstalling Windows ?    TIA,
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
i would stop the windows update service (control panel -> administrative tools), then delete everything in the \windows\softwaredistribution folder then start the windows update service

try windows update again
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jcimarronCommented:
LGroup1--
The causes and fixes could be many

Did you check in Services that Windows Update service and Remote Procedure Call service are on?

Reset Windows Update

http://support.microsoft.com/gp/windows-update-issues/en-us

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906602

Windows Update Troubleshooter
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9830262  or
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

Fixit
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/en-us

Reinstall Windows Update Agent (different links for different Win 7 systems (32bit and 64bit))

http://download.windowsupdate.com/WindowsUpdate/redist/standalone/7.1.6001.65/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe

http://download.windowsupdate.com/WindowsUpdate/redist/standalone/7.1.6001.65/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x64.exe 

Run the Windows Update Readiness tool:
http://support2.microsoft.com/?kbid=947821

Scan for viruses and other malware.

Run SFC /SCANNOW from a Command Prompt

Run a System Restore to a date before the problem started.

Run a Repair Install.  A Repair Install should not affect personal data or installed programs. but it never hurts to backup first.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html 

If you have an error code
http://support2.microsoft.com/common/survey.aspx?scid=sw;en;3779&showpage=1
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LGroup1Author Commented:
Perfect, thanks all,
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jcimarronCommented:
LGroup1--
You are welcome.
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