This is happening on two laptops, mine and my mother's. My laptop is trying to install the Creator's Update, my Mom's is trying to install some other various updates, one of which is probably the update to protect against the recent ransomware scourge.
In both cases I've stopped the windows update service and BITS, and deleted everything out of Windows\SoftwareDistribution. I've done this manually, using Complete Internet Repair, and booting off a Knoppix disk and manually deleting the software distribution folder to make sure *everything* goes. Nothing's worked so far.
I'm trying to figure out what the next step after this is before just outright reinstalling windows. Help!