Futhermore, it's only a temporary solution; most likely the issue will appear again with the next Patchday.
On the VM, I went from starting Setup to a fully updated W7 in around 90-120 minutes using the rollup.
It should also help on systems that were up-to-date last month - just install the missing updates from the list below in this case.......
The term 'solution' might be a little bit exaggerated, since the following How To only tries to make sure that the Update Agent doesn't need to check all updates, so the check for new updates is done faster.
about a new rollup for Win 7 SP1 that includes all updates as of April 2016, as well as an upcoming change that will see all non-security updates for Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 combined into a single monthly update.
Kudos to Vista1972, who posted that link in the Vista Forums thread has a workaround that apparently works for many Vista users as well.
The webpage This How To is valid for Win7 SP1 and Vista SP2, which have been newly installed or haven't been updated for some time.
I don't have a Win 7 computer at home so I'm not the best person to ask about slipstreaming the OS image (which isn't the topic of this thread), but the Microsoft Tech Net article And since this update can be injected into Windows 7 SP1 media, it’s fully supported to mount a Windows 7 SP1 image (WIM file), then inject this update into it.
See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744559(v=ws.10)for the details of how to do this...
I did the same with May updates but could notice they (updates) were downloaded and installed without that usual delay so that I could restart and then switch off my system without waiting for the morning!
Three passes on Windows Update to bring things current - the first took 35 min or so to find updates, the other's were quite rapid...
" hang on my Vista machine since Aug 2015 so the upcoming change to combine non-security updates for Win 7 SP1 into a single monthly update might be a significant development for Win 7 SP1 users who also suffer from these slow Patch Tuesday updates.