Windows Update has been stalled for several months so, today using a combination of suggestions from https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/633646/windows-update/ and https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/633111/october-november-roll-ups/ and http://www.pagestart.com/win7wurollup10111602.html, I downloaded and installed KB3172605, Nov 2016 Security Only Rollup KB3197868, Dec 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup KB3207752 from the MS Catalog. After many restarts, stop/restarting WU in Services, and continuously "checking for updates" at the WU home page, the WU home page eventually showed current information but the Updates offered are still not normal. At that point, from the 15 Recommended updates, I only downloaded and installed .NET Framework...KB3205402 and Malicious Software Removal tool KB890830 just because I knew what they were about.
Snip attached of today's installs (not showing the .NET Framework one).
I still have not received any monthly updates, security or otherwise, for MS Office 2007 suites or MS Office 2010.
I've attempted to see what else I might be missing as to critical updates using https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsofts-december-2016-patch-tuesday-comes-with-12-security-updates/, but I admit the MS bulletins are a mystery...they'll reference a Monthly Rollup and then say it supercedes the KB I just installed. BTW in this article, the link for MS16-144 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 3204059-Critical is not working/broken.
I can only surmise there's something wrong with my WU in the operating system, Windows 7 Home Premium x64 bit.
Any suggestions as to how to proceed?