I routinely do a Windows Update check on my XP Pro system, like once/day. Over the last week or two, I've noticed that it's taking longer to get through the scanning portion, but as of yesterday sometime, it's gone completely south.
At this point, when I start Windows Update from the Start menu, the IE browser window just hangs with the status line at the bottom saying that it's opening the windows update page at microsoft.com. The little flag stops waving, the window doesn't refresh itself. I let it "run" for a while and still nothing happens. Eventually I need to kill it from the ctrl+alt+del menu, at which point it prompts whether I wish to "send report to Microsoft?".
Last night I did (once) manage to get through and after a *long* scan it reported there were two items to download and install, but when I tried to do so, the popup download/install progress panel never showed any activity, and when I eventually clicked on the cancel button, it failed to go away, and ended up having to kill the IE browser. That was the last time it has gotten past the hang at displaying the update page.
I use Mozilla for all my other browsing, so I tried using IE with a regular site and it worked fine, so I doubt that it's something wrong with my box (although that's certainly not proof of such). My guess is that there's something disfunctional about Microsoft's update page server(s).
Anyone else having similar troubles?