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Windows 7 unable to update... firewall problems

Windows 7 home premium SP1/Asus Laptop -K53E

Getting an error 1068 when trying to start the windows firewall in services. Also a message "The dependency service or group failed to start".

Getting a 0x80070424 error when trying to run Windows update.

Also Background Intelligent Transfer Service is not listed in services anymore.

Have tried most of the fixes listed on Google to no avail. Including

Really don' t want to backup and nuke this laptop. Anyone have any idea what I should do?

Thanks in advance...
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Can you provide a link to the background on this hotfix and your thoughts on why it will fix the issue?
it specifically design by microsoft for firewall issue on windows 7 server.
Here is the information

In my experience, these fixes resolves issues and no harm is caused
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Windows 7 server?  This is a Windows 7 Home Premium system.  What is Windows 7 server?
tats a type .. the solution applies to all these
Microsoft Windows Update
Microsoft Update
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Enterprise
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Starter
Windows Vista Ultimate
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Thank you.  We will try this tonight and advise.
Check for any 3rd pary Security or AV applications that might be overridding these settings

You can try to disable, or uninstall the apps and see if it helps
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We tried all the solutions but nothing working, except a RELOAD!