Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running

If you are encountering the error message “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running” on your Windows computer, it means that the Windows Update service is not running or has been disabled. This can prevent your computer from receiving important updates and security patches, leaving it vulnerable to malware and other threats.

Here are some steps you can take to fix this issue:

1. Restart the Windows Update service:
– Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
– Type “services.msc” and press Enter.
– Scroll down to find the Windows Update service and right-click on it.
– Select “Restart” from the context menu.
– Wait for the service to restart and try checking for updates again.

2. Check if the Windows Update service is set to automatic:
– Follow the same steps as above to open the Services window.
– Right-click on the Windows Update service and select “Properties”.
– In the Properties window, under the General tab, make sure the Startup type is set to “Automatic”.
– Click “Apply” and then “OK”.
– Restart your computer and try checking for updates again.

3. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter:
– Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
– Click on “Update & Security” and then select “Troubleshoot” from the left-hand menu.
– Scroll down and click on “Windows Update” and then click “Run the troubleshooter”.
– Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooter and try checking for updates again.

4. Reset the Windows Update components:
– Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
– Type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each one:
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
– Close Command Prompt and restart your computer.
– Try checking for updates again.

If none of these solutions work, you may need to seek further assistance from a professional or contact Microsoft support. It is important to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest updates and security patches to ensure its optimal performance and protection.


I hope these steps were helpful in resolving the issue with Windows Update on your computer. Remember to regularly check for updates and keep your system up-to-date to ensure its security and performance. If you encounter any further issues, don’t hesitate to seek further assistance.

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