windows updates for server 2003 stopped working

I have a server that I have never had a problem with.  Now all of a sudden windows updates won't work.  I have tried using I.E. 7 Tools-Windows Updates, Express and just churns forver.  I tried the control panel and same thing.  I can see the history just can't use the updates.  I have a critical security update I have to get and install and need some help if possible.  I reset I.E.7 and rebooted and still the same problem.  I tried using firefox and windows wont let me use another browser.  I think something got messes up after last updates but did not check windows updates.  Can see all external and internal web sites from this browser. Proxy has not changed.   Can't upgrade to 8.0 won't work with windows server 2003.
kdschoolAsked:
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
check the windowsupdate.log for errors

May need to delete windows update software distribution download folder.

net stop WUAUSERV
The Automatic Updates service is stopping.
The Automatic Updates service was stopped successfully.

Delete manually the content of C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download

net start WUAUSERV
The Automatic Updates service is starting.
The Automatic Updates service was started successfully.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Nothing in the event log and the fix it will not work becasue my firewall blocks it. Should I proceed with your instructions?  Am I using a command prompt to issue the net stop commands?
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Never got any error message just churns forever even overnight.
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Yes go ahead and do the above.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Did all steps and was successful, did not fix it. Then did a reboot and still did not fix it.  Same problem just churning away but can see the history.
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
does windows update work on any other servers ?
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VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:
Hi,

Check this,

Windows Update does not start in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2497281

How do I reset Windows Update components
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

Windows Server 2003 Updates are not working
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/ac5602df-8944-49cd-ad47-f821a57d3e03/windows-server-2003-updates-are-not-working

Hope that helps :)
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
It is working fine on my windows server 2008. So far none of these items have worked.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Thank to all of you something you provided fixed this.  I marked the last item as best becasue it seemed after that it worked again.  Thank you again.
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