Just a note: I moved your post into a new thread because it has nothing to do with the other topic.
tobymeister wrote:Hi Dalai, Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too!
Instead of me checking there every month, would it be more efficient for me to use WSUS?
Yes, I think so. But keep in mind that WSUS Offline needs a couple of days before all scan prerequisites are updated, though this only applies to Vista; there have been no changes for Win7 and 8.1 since October 2016. Without these prerequisites WSUS Offline is as slow as Windows Update because it uses the same mechanism/interface.
I haven't tried it before, but I think I could learn how to use it.
It's easy to use. UpdateGenerator downloads the updates and UpdateInstaller installs them. The "more advanced" stuff like excluding updates is explained in the FAQ and the forum.
Another question for you: If one of the updates at your "http://wu.krelay.de/en/" post fixes the Windows Update Agent, how does it get broken again a month later?
Windows Update breaks again only on Vista every Patch Tuesday. Why? MS releases new updates every month and adds them to the Update Catalog. The updates must be processed by the Windows Update Agent to check for missing ones. It has a hard time doing so because it's still the same one since 2011 and probably ineffiecient as hell (unlike the latest ones for Win7 and 8.1). Without going too much into detail, there are supersedence chains in the whole update "tree" structure, so it's a lot to calculate for this "old granny"
If you have Vista, you can check the VistaX64 forum thread I linked to on my site; it's an active thread where people post the new "speedup patches" every Patch Tuesday (or a day or two later).