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The Update Services service failed to start ...: The system cannot find the path specified.

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am repeatedly (every 2-3 minutes) receiving an Event ID 7000 error in the System Event logs.  See below for details.

I did a search but did not find anything for the ... "The system cannot find the path specified" type of error.

Does anyone know what is causing the error and how to fix/stop it?

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7000
Date:            2/15/2009
Time:            12:23:00 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      The Server Name
The Update Services service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the path specified.
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Your GPOs that point to the server may be pointing to the wrong port number.

By default:
http:\\servername              (on port 80)
http:\\servername:8530     (an alternative port to port 80 if you have a web site already on the server)
Thanks for the response - I will give these suggestions a try tomorrow.

Any luck, boss?
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