I then went into the Control Panel and changed updates to Never Check.
After this Flash update, I still had both services up and the red X.This is a custom build running Windows 7 64 bit pro, service pack 1.
The other antivirus programs that were on there were norton (way back when it was running vista 32 bit home basic), microsoft security essentials, and previous versions of AVG free.Had the same issue, my system had not updated in over a year.Thanks after trying all the technical stuff this little trick worked for me.Please start a new thread of your own, detailing hte EXACT error message you get.I clicked check for updates and was successful - several updates were ready to be downloaded and installed.This has been driving me nuts, and by just updating Windows Defender, I can download the Windows Updates.I had been using Windows F8 Boot options to disable that while looking for the real problem.
This was a simple fix that worked for me--Thanks Brook Steed.
I just downloaded the latest drivers from Intel and updated the driver from device manager for the IDE controller.This just happened to me and it seemed to be caused by Microsoft Security Essentials trying to install an update.I had been away for a month and Windows had not updated for even longer.Same message, services as indicated on automatic and started.Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates. because the service is not running. I have no idea how to restart or reset the windows update so it will work.I imaged 5 PCs last week and just got to them this morning and 4 out 5 cannot do the Windows Updates.It was already clear to me that (new )disc drives played some role in these.
I remember it giving me this error message, and had just shelved the system for awhile.The end result of all my research on this issue and experience brings me to the conclusion that any anti virus program that is free, IS FREE FOR A REASON. they suck.Changing the settings fixed it straightaway no reboot required.You can do the changes wherever you happen to be with the computer:).
Solution was to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver VERSION: 126.96.36.1991.Subsequent to the HD upgrade, I did a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit before reloading my other programs and user files.
A simple fix for Microsoft Update problems. it will then launch Windows update.I did notice a driver signing error message prior to the attempted windows update fail.Confirmed here, same issue in a Win7 x64 virtual machine, updating windows defender first, rebooted the VM then it worked like a charm.A bit late as an answer, but I found that the problem for me was that windows update itself needed an update.Solution: turn off automatic updates, manually check for updates, install the windows update update, set auto again.This had been freshly deployed from an image in Hyper-V which had not shown this issue in over 20 previous deployments.Suggestion to Miscrosoft, issue an update to unhook this dependence please.