Just happened to find this on a Microsoft support forum … the Windows Update Readiness Tool. It appears to have been created for Vista.
The theory, and as we all know Microsoft is big on theory not so good in practice, this Readiness Tool checks your PC to see if their are any software inconsistencies within Windows that will screw-up updates. In theory, it sounds good.
I see that some folks are having problems with the February 2010 Windows 7 Media update, KB977863. ONE of Microsoft’s recommended solutions is to TRY running this Readiness Tool. I managed to install it without incident but I have a fairly clean system. I spray it with disinfectant twice a day and have one of those blue scented toilet bowl cleaners on top of my system drive to ward away evil spirits. [I am teasing. Don’t do that!]
So here is the LINK to the Microsoft Readiness Tool <click here, please>.
I have never downloaded it, let alone run it. Right now I have NO plans to try it out. You know me. PARANOID. Plus, an old codger. I do not trust Microsoft. For all I know this Readiness Tool scans my hard drives to see if I have made any political contributions to Scott Brown. So PLEASE proceed with caution. Always try to imagine Ballmer in drag. That will serve you well as a CAUTION.
All the best. Good luck.