Windows Update Stopped Working

I got he following error on my PC

“Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running.”

I tryed to do a manual update and noticed no updates were coming down from MS.

I have 2 PC’s, a laptop running Windows 7 and a Desktop running Windows7. Both these systems had a broken update process, VERY STRANGE.

I ran all the suggested fixes that I could find but nothing worked, on either system.

Eventually I used the tried and tested method of:-

Open up a Command Prompt from the Start / Accessories / Command PromptĀ  ( right click and open in Administrator Mode)
type in the following and after each press Enter

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

cd c:\windows\softwaredistribution

ren Download Download.old

ren DataStore DateStore.old

net start wuauserv

net start bits

Amazing!! It worked!!!

This is the only thing that worked. All is now ok again.

 

UPDATE
Has another PC with a similar problem but the above didnt work for that one.
Hunted around and found this
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058
Opened it on the affected PC and run it and it fixed it.
So two similar problems (Wont update) but two different reasons and solutions.

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