Windows 7 – Can’t Check for Updates

So, I booted up a Win7 VM that hasn’t been online in 11 months — Windows Update won’t work!

Microsoft was nice enough to give me this message:

Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates, Because The Service Is Not Running

I tried letting Microsoft “fix it for me” from this page, but it didn’t work:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2730071

Here’s the fix.

Start -> type cmd
Right-click on cmd and click on: Run as administrator
Type the following lines, hitting enter after each one:

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%
ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bad
net start wuauserv

Launch Windows Update again – and — let the updates begin!