Windows Update Problem Server 2012

When trying to install updates on a server I’ve been unable to click on the links to see the Optional or Important pending updates- they just didn’t work. It is if they are just formatted as links but don’t actually do or go anywhere.
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In the past when going to the start screen and typing “update” to open the update utility I’ve seen an option for “Install Optional Updates.”
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As a troubleshooting step I started from that point, got the same (seemingly) update window but now was able to click the links, select the updates, and install them.