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Checking for Updates in “Windows 7 Ultimate”

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The option sequence, Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates, gave the message:


“Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer”


I used Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Component Services > Services Local, and found “Windows Update” in the list displayed.


In this list the properties of “Windows Update” were listed as “Started” and “Automatic (Delayed Start)”.


I nevertheless restarted Win 7 but the properties of “Windows Update” were the same and there was still the same message from “Windows Update”.


Any clues about what is going on would be appreciated.  

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stop the service, and rename the folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution_old, start WindowsUpdate service again and look if you can now seatch for updates

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