Okay, My brain must be turning to mush in my advanced age. I installed a new Windows 7 workstation for a computer graphics client. Installed graphics ripping software which produces print jobs for their large Roland printer. The graphics software looks for available updates on the net at each start. It found some, but crashed when it attempted to download the updates.
My first thought was "Eliminate possible Firewall issues". So I turned off all of the firewalls, Public, Private, Work, whatever there was. Restarted the computer and verified that they remained off.
Problem was not resolved by this action. After messing around with some other possibilities, I went back to the firewall. All firewalls still showed as Not Active. Event though that was the case, I went into the allowed programs list for the default firewall for this location and added the ripping software to it. Lo and behold, that resolved the issue and the software is updating while I write.
So now I am wondering, if the firewall is off, why did it require adding this program to the allowed list, unless it wasn't really off. Or simply doesn't behave like it is supposed to, much the same as I often do.
Can someone enlighten me?