I am in the process of creating a portable LaTeX system. For this I downloaded MiKTeX 2.9 Portable, which I installed and am now trying to update. However, the 'Updateable packages' screen keeps hanging on 'Searching...' without any visible drive, CPU or network activity.
I tried solving this by changing from a random package repository to a specific one. Upon making this change, i got a dialog 'Downloading package database', which exhibits the same problem: doing nothing and not changing.
Trying to update the repository with the option 'Let me choose the repository' (choosing a different location than with the action above) results in the same problem.
Is it normal for this process to take 45 - 60 minutes? Is there something I am doing wrong, or a common problem with making these updates? I tried to find related questions, but all questions I could find are about specific error messages, not about a simply stalling update.
The only thing I can think of that might be wrong is some kind of firewall issue. However, I am trying to execute this update from a PC on which I have a regular version of MiKTeX 2.9 installed, which has no problem finding and installing packages on the fly.
Edit: I just found out that I am able to manually install packages through the package manager. So it isn't a server/network issue, the problem just arises when trying to update.