07-07-2011 11:45 AM
I am really flustrated with my T61P - a week ago it lost my user profile, so I installed a new hard drive and reloaded the OS (Vista Ultimate) from the recovery disks. I have installed antivirus software, do all the MS updates, and then uninstalled all the ThinkAdvantage programs (except for Client Security). Continuing to check for new Windows Updates works fine. Then I installed ThinkAdvantage System Update - can still do Windows updates. Run System Update, install 19 updates, reboot - Windows Updates no longer works! I get the message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running/ You may need to restart your computer." The service is running (I even restarted it from Admin tools). Rebooting makes no difference. I have reloaded the OS and updates about 6 times in the last week and always end up with this problem. It does appear that since Windows Update was working before installing the Lenovo updates that there is a problem with the Lenovo updates.
Help would be appreciated.
07-12-2011 12:40 AM
11-11-2011 09:07 PM - edited 11-11-2011 09:14 PM
Perhaps related...on my T61P with a working well instance of Win7 and a 500MB HD upgrade after a Nov 5 2011 ThinkVantage System Update installation of the Intel Matrix Storage manager driver for Windows 32bit 220.127.116.112, I received the "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." error message. The successful fix is to go to Device Manager IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section. Select Intel(R) ICH8M SATA AHCI Controller -2829 and open it up. Go to the driver section and roll back the driver to version 18.104.22.1683.