So it seems this problem is coming up quite often these days, clean install of Win7 SP1 won't update / stuck at the "checking for updates". I have personally reloaded a couple of Win7 PCs in the last year and most of the time I could leave it run over night and in the morning the updates would finally be there ready to install. This last time, it's been running for 3 days with no progress. I see all of the different guides out there for downloading rollup fixes which I will give a try later tonight. My question to the forum is, does anyone have a relatively up to date image of Win 7 x64 OEM? I remember back in my old school days of fixing PCs we would just clone updated versions of an OS onto the hard drive and then activate them with the customer's key. Unless Microsuck has done something to stop this, wouldn't having an updated image that's waiting to be activated get us around this issue? At least for clean installs.