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Win7 - Windows Update won't Update

Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Windows 7 machine that, when I run the Windows Update program, gives me an error that says:

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

Restarting the computer does not help.  When I check the Windows Update service, the status is "Started".  The Startup type is "Automatic (Delayed Start)".

Changing the type to manual and stopping/restarting results in no error message and no action when the "Check for Updates" button is pressed.  

How can I get this machine to update?  Thank you
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