After trying several variants of various atttempted solutions posted here...I hit upon one today that actually worked. It may never work again...but, hopefully, I won't have this situation again.
My Win Update setting has been stuck on "Never" for weeks. I had run every tool...SURT, reset updates, installed new Agent...ad nauseam. The setting remained at "Never" and Windows Update would do it's endless check as long as I would permit it...with no results, of course.
Today I decide to take a different route.
I went to Services and changed actually stopped the Windows Update service. Previously, it would never reflect "Stopped" but instead displayed "Stopping". Today it reflected a "stopped" status for the first time in weeks. Not content with that, I decided to disable the WU service by changing the Service Status to "Disabled".
I then navigated to the Microsoft Update Catalog...did a search for "October rollups" and was greeted with screen displaying 21 items. I selected two of the 21 and eventually wound up with two items being downloaded to my desktop. One indicates that it's a rollup for 64-bit, while the other doesn't indicate either 32-bit or 64-bit...but they have the same KB number, 3185330. 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7.
Remember...I had the Windows Update service disabled still. I tried to run the 64-bit rollup...could not run because it needed Windows Update service to run. So I went to Services and went back to the delayed start status and also started the service again.
I then tried again to run the 64-bit rollup...it ran flawlessly, installed, asked for reboot at conclusion. I rebooted...went to Windows Update..."Never" was still reflected as my download choice (although I had tried to change it to the automatic download option. I decided to change my download time to 1100 from 0900, since I still wasn't convinced all would work as it should. After I changed to download time to 1100 (it was 1050 or so when I did this), all of a sudden my "Never" screen changed to "Always" and the screen reflected 11 items ready for download.
Since I had not seen this on this system in months...I was surprised and grateful...and I elected download all 11 of the currently pending items reflected. Tne downloaded without a hitch...then I had to reboot. When Windows settled down again ...all downloaded updates were configured, the one remaining item was reflected on my Win Update screen...and I just downloaded/installed it successfully.
I have not bothered to install the other rollup which I downloaded...either I don't need it or it's for 32-bit Win 7...either way, I have no more Win Update situation to vex me .
Edited by hamluis, 17 October 2016 - 11:36 AM.