Window 7 Update: windows update cannot currently check for update because the service is not running.

Problem:  When trying to update my windows 7 lab computers I get the following error:

windows update cannot currently check for update because the service is not running.

tried rebooting and restarting the windows update service without any luck.  Noticed that this was happening to workstations that haven’t been used for quite some time.

Solution:  Turns out this was related to Windows Defender.  I opened up Defender and updated it.  Restarted my computer and then I was in business.  Not sure why Defender would be the culprit but glad to find the answer.

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