I'm in the process of overhauling our old family computer to run games and not much else (and not high-end ones, either). I've removed bloatware, slimmed down the program list, updated all the drivers, etc. Then I ran into a snag. Windows Update won't progress past the "Checking for updates" phase and actually install anything. It last updated in May 2015.
From following the advice over at the Microsoft Support area regarding Windows Update not working, I came up with two error codes: 0x80070057 and 0x80080005. A search of these codes led me to this page (not advertising here, just full disclosure on how I've tried to solve my problem): https://www.techjunkie.com/fix-error-0x80070057/
Running sfc /scannow gave me the error message of "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log." I couldn't open the CBS.log, so I moved on to the next step.
Running SFCFix gave me the following report:
SFCFix version 18.104.22.168 by niemiro.
Start time: 2016-11-27 07:28:04.828
Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - amd64
Not using a script file.
SUMMARY: Some corruptions could not be fixed automatically. Seek advice from helper or sysnative.com.
CBS & SFC total detected corruption count: 1
CBS & SFC total unimportant corruption count: 0
CBS & SFC total fixed corruption count: 0
SURT total detected corruption count: 0
SURT total unimportant corruption count: 0
SURT total fixed corruption count: 0
AutoAnalysis:: directive completed successfully.
Successfully processed all directives.
SFCFix version 22.214.171.124 by niemiro has completed.
Currently storing 0 datablocks.
Finish time: 2016-11-27 07:29:56.992
So it looks like something in my Windows Defender or my Windows Update is corrupted, but I have no idea how to repair them. Any help would be much appreciated.
CPU: Gateway DX4860
Processor: Intel i5-2320 3.0 Ghz
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1, 64-bit
Memory: 8 GB
Video Card: NVidia 9500 GT
Antivirus: Trend Micro Platinum