There’s an issue with brand new installations of Windows 7. If you’re trying to patch/update a brand new Windows 7 installation, Windows Updates will sit there for days without patching anything.
It turns out that, a while back, Microsoft updated their patching servers and because of that, brand new Windows 7 installations will fail to patch until you install the following KBs:
Some of these KBs will not say that will not apply, but keep trying the others and one will fix the Windows Update issue with newly installed Windows 7.
A while back, I opened a Technet case on Microsoft’s forums and here’s the original link.