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PMTerp

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The problem first manifested itself when I was trying to install framework 4. Whenever I try to go to Windows Updates that screen freezes for a long time and then when I try to get updates I get "Windows update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer". Of course I have restarted, I've tried Microsoft's auto diagnose and fix problems with Windows Update, I've tried the System Update Readiness Tool all to just get errors. I did notice when I access services that Windows Update is stuck in "starting" status. I've tried to use Task Manager to stop it but it will not allow. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Hi PMTerp Posted Image

Often due to missing dlls or other files windows functionality like firewall, automatic updates etc stops working. See if the link below helps,
http://www.blogsdna....with-fix-wu.htm I must admit though I would think the tools / fixes you ran would have addressed the issues in the link provides.

Also I did find this for what it's worth..
Please see this link for additional information that may help (Only information) on the problem you are experiencing,
http://www.winvistat...us-t240080.html [updates-service-stuck-starting-status]

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Thanks for the reply. I found info at this link http://www.viruswarn...71/Default.aspx earlier and it fixed the problem. Basically, had to boot into safe mode as admin, since Windows Update was set to "Startup Delayed" I was able to rename the software distribution folder, restart, and then check for updates. I guess the problem has been around on my PC for a long time because it did 111 updates! Thanks for the assist!
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I'm glad your resolved it. Thanks for using Geeks to go!
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