" Thanks for replying,
1. Windows update is in the CP.
2. What is missing is part of the Management Console, namely in the "Administrative Tools" -> "Services", in the Services the Automatic Updates is missing !
3. Hence when I run (from any location or shortcut) the "Windows Update" which in my instance is the "Windows Update with Windows Ultimate Extras" updater, and I click on the [Check for updates] button, I get an error message,
Title: Windows Update
Message content: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.
Option: [OK] is the only option.
Other programs have no issue with installing them or updating.
Trust this clarifies the issue