Windows Update just checks perpetually

I needed to restore a saved disc image of my Windows 7 Professional partition.   Now, Windows Update just keeps checking perpetually for updates, but never reports any updates.  I ran the Windows Update Diagnostic Utility, which corrected numerous problems.  Also ran sfc /scannow.   The issue persists, and the diagnostic utility reported a failure to correct Windows Update Error 0x80070003.  Is there a fix for that?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to Windows Updates and Update settings and set Updates to Never Check. Ignore the warning. Close out, shut down, start up and then go back to Update settings and set Updates to Automatic. Updates should kick off and start running.

Please let us know.
ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  The issue persists after those steps, but this time Windows Update reported error 0x80070003 instead of perpetually checking.  I stopped the Windows Update service, deleted the contents of the DataStore and Download subfolders in Windows>SoftwareDistribution, restarted Windows Update service, but that didn't help.
jcimarronCommented:
ddantes--
This Fix IT from MS often fixes Windows update problems.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/gp/windows-update-issues/en-us

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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  That is the Windows Update Diagnostic Utility which I described initially.
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
ddantes,
I want you to download and install the windows system readiness tool for your OS, I assume your using 64 bit.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858

downloand and run this
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The issue persists after those steps, but this time Windows Update reported error 0x80070003 instead of perpetually checking  <-- Now that you have done this, restart and try the Update Readiness tool suggested above. This time it might work.
jcimarronCommented:
ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I'm using 32-bit.  I have tried the Upgrade Readiness Tool, but it seems to have hung up about 90% of the way through the installation.   It's been running for over ten minutes.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
OK, Something has gone wrong with your operating system.

You can try SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt.

More likely now, you should try a Windows 7 Repair Install. You need the Windows 7 DVD. Start from it and select Repair Mode.  Back up first to be safe.
ddantesAuthor Commented:
OK, I'll post after the repair install.
rindiCommented:
How old was the image you restored? Was SP1 already installed on it? If not, first install SP1. Also, on a newly installed Windows 7 system the initial upgrade check takes very long (hours) until it even shows any updates. So just let it sit there and don't worry if it takes long, maybe even set the updates to automatically install so you won't be needed for interaction.You can change that back to your normal settings later.
ddantesAuthor Commented:
The restored image was a year old, and it included SP-1.   The repair install did not solve the issue, and the same error was reported.
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
ddantes,
Is this box loaded up with apps that you prefer not to reinstall?  At this point it may be in your best interest to copy your data to an external drive, format that drive and reinstall windows 7.  Is this a laptop?
ddantesAuthor Commented:
This is a desktop.  To say that is loaded would be an understatement.  It would be easier to move to a new home than to reinstall and reconfigure everything.
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
Jeez
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
Ok, Method 2 of this link is your way out.  It keeps your programs, files, and so forth.  

http://www.maximumpc.com/how-to-repair-a-faulty-windows-installation-without-reformatting/

http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/win7s-no-reformat-nondestructive-reinstall/

*If your current installation has sp1 for windows 7 make sure you uninstall it before you do the install*
ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you, but I've tried these steps.  I'll try restoring a different saved image of the Windows partition.
ddantesAuthor Commented:
All comments are appreciated!
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