OPen internet explorer then hold the Alt key down and press the T key while holding the Alt key down (Alt-T)this will bring a box of options up, then press the O key on its own, this will bring up the internet options box, then hold the Alt key down and press the L key and you should have English (united kingdom) (en-gb ).
have been working behind the scenes on the Windows update site, and together with opthers I've been helping out. There's a redesign taking place, and we've been beta testing the new version quite intensely over the past few days.
That may hace something to do with your problem, or it may not. I don't know if the live version of update has been affected by our goings on. That testing phase is now over, so if things settle down you'll know it was related.