Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fix “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running” error



How resolve “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates – Service not running” error:


Step 1: Stop Windows Update Service.
  • Open Windows Services control panel: To do that:
    • Press “Windows” + “R” keys.
    • In the Search box, type: services.msc & click OK.
(Accept any UAC prompt that appears).






Windows_update_cannot_currently_check_for updates 

  • In Services control panel (at the right pane) find the Windows Update Service.
  • Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Stop”.

Step 2: Delete SoftwareDistribution folder.
  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows\ folder.
  • Find and Delete (or Rename) the “SoftwareDistribution” folder.

Step 3: Start Windows Update Service.
  • Now go back to Windows Services control panel:
  • Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Start”.
Finally, check for Updates again.



NOTE: However it works but i did not have PERMISSION to change the folder name or delete it
 so i had to do it from linux based OS.

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