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lnitial Windows 7 Pro 64 bit update takes days to complete

I have been building PCs for years now, and have noticed over the last maybe year, anytime I load Windows 7 Pro 64 bit from scratch, load motherboard drivers, then try to do Windows Updates, the initial Windows update takes 2-3 days to even show me what updates I need. I have heard this is Microsoft's way of telling people they need to be on Win 10. After the initial update has been installed, the rest of the updates run pretty quickly. I have tried first updating IE and .net, but that made no difference. Anybody know of any tricks to get this to go faster?
thx experts...
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I appreciate all the suggestions, however I agree with rindi, the NLites is too much maint, John Hurst solution was tried to no avail, BUT...rindi....your 2 downloads worked!!!! I am keeping these on my jump drive for sure. After they were downloaded and I rebooted, I was able to get 245 updates ready to download in 7 minutes!!! Perfect...thx much
Something that can also help reduce the time if you have to do this regularly, is WSUS-Offline. With it you can collect the updates for different OS's before you need them, and then run the client on the PC's you need to update. That means you won't need any extra bandwidth for the repeated download. Even if you use this, it still helps installing the newer update agent and the patch on the PC prior to running the client:

http://wsusoffline.net/