I have a 3 year old HP Pavilion Laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. I guess I had assumed that it would automatically run updates, as I have checked all the appropriate boxes in the settings.I assumed that Microsoft was constantly producing updates to their operating systems, particularly Windows 7. I thought, today, I would see how the updates were doing, and when I click on Windows Updates, check for updates, I get the above error report: "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer". I have restarted, shut down and restarted my computer 4 times, and each time I get the same report. What do I need to do? I am using Google Chrome as my browser.