Dear sickntired, hamluis and samanthapark01 (but not necessarily in that order !),
I have indeed run Microsoft Fix It", but went back for another go.
In the "FilterSolutions" box I entered "Windows Update". The usual long list of things appears, but this time I noticed the
"Run Now" mark on the left of the first two entries. Have run the first entry --- "Fix the problem with Microsoft Windows
Update that is not working" at least four times. Has no effect.
So, tried the second entry --- "Automatically fix Windows security settings to keep your PC safe" --- (specifically includes
checking "Windows Update" apparently). Hadn't run it before, as I say --- so gave it a go. Fixed "everything", apparently. Ha!
Ha! Had absolutely no effect !
Started "Googling" again. Came across a "tool" called "au_check_v84-x64". Tried it. No good.
So, the situation is as before. It is questionable, (as far as I'm concerned), whether updates are still being installed,
although when you look at "Installed Updates" it suggests that all is in order. However, when you look at "View Update
History" there still aren't any shown (!!), and I'm told I haven't tried to install any updates (ever) !!! Can it be that
"Windows Update" is, say, 95% AOK but there is some annoying little problem with the "View Update History" page ?
One other point, that my addled brain has, to date, not seen the relevance of, is as follows:-
For some time now, after I start the computer, I see in the "Taskbar" a small red shield with a white border on the outside
of it and a white "X" in it's middle. I click it and find the "Windows Security Centre". The entry "Automatic Update" is
shown as "Off". I change settings to "On", cancel the window, and the red shield disappears from my "Taskbar". This
happens on 9 boots out of 10, say.
I know it sounds crazy, but I omitted this point from my original post because the relevance just didn't occur to me !!
Is this last point linked to my main problem ?
Any bright ideas ?
PS: L1NGUS-- just seen your post. Will respond soon. Many thanks for your interest.