It is not only you who has serious problems with W8.1 WU service. At this very moment I am trying to update remotely my friends L440 and it is stuck on searching phase aswell. You may try to download all the updates to your HDD by using WSUSoffline client and than install them locally.
Hmm.. It's interesting. Are you telling me that I went through all this and it was all an issue with MS's update servers? Since I wiped my windows, I probably will need to get a lot of updates. I'll give it a try.
I will not wait anymore, it's been close to 18hrs, it is not getting anything.
Well, there were plenty good reasons why W8/W8.1 fell flat!
This is probably another foul trick to steer people to that crappy W10.
Personally I'll stay with W7 until it expires in 2020. No more Windows for me after that!
Never bothered with W8/W8.1 and I definitely don't want W10 or whatever else Micro$haft tries to stuff down our throats.
In the meantime I'm beginning to like Linux.
I wish I could stay with 7. 7 was another reason why I loved my X220 so much.
Now with this T450s, 8.1 was forced down my throat, not to mention constant nags to upgrade to Win 10.
If my outlook was working properly, I wouldn't bother with updates anyway but once things started failing, it felt like it was going downhill.
PS: How does WSUSoffline know system specific updates, or does it skip those and install only "important" updates and not hardware-targeted updates?