I registered with this forum just so I can post here and say thanks to everyone that has contributed. I spent many hours this week fighting with a Windows 10 machine for one of my customers. It tried to install some update from Microsoft and managed to get itself stuck in a failed update loop that I couldn't get it out of no matter what I tried. I told the customer I was going to have to reinstall Windows, and they decided to go back to Windows 7 instead of fighting with Windows 10 again.
Much to my dismay I found myself staring at Windows Update checking for updates for hours on end. To make a long story short, this thread finally got me over the hump.
Here is what worked for me:
Install Windows 7 from CD
Install the proper motherboard drivers etc.
In Control Panel tell windows not to download or install updates
Manually download and install the following
KB3020369 (April 2015 service stack update)
KB3102810 Update for Windows update
Install .Net 4.6
KB3125574 Convenience rollup
KB3172605 The latest Windows Update fix
I rebooted whenever necessary in that process. After that I was FINALLY able to check for, download and install updates through Windows Update.
Thanks again to all that have contributed some sanity to this ongoing insanity.
Edited by SteveBondy, 01 October 2016 - 10:39 PM.