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4 ways to fix Windows Update Service Not Running error

Windows is one of the most used operating systems in the world for PC and laptops. Users often complain about Windows Update Service Not Running. Microsoft gets updates on windows on a regular basis.

The message which most of the user get is  “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running, You may need to restart your computer.” If you have restarted your computer and still face the same issue then I have listed 4 simple ways in which you can fix the Windows Update Service Not Running issue on your laptop/PC.

Fix 1: Troubleshooting for windows update

Step 1: Click Start ( you will find it the extreme left-hand side of your taskbar or bottom left of the screen) and search for Find and fix problems with windows update.

find and fix problems with windows update

Step 2: Click on Next and windows will start detecting problems

windows update troubling shooting

Step 3: Once the problem is Troubleshooted make sure to fix the problem.

windows update detect problems

If the Windows Update Service Not Running error is not fixed don’t be disappointed i have listed 3 more ways below.

Fix 2: Detect any malicious software

Malicious software can damage your Windows PC by inserting a virus. Trojan virus is known to cause a lot of problems with the windows to update software. I have listed 7 ways on how to detect the trojan virus on your Windows PC

Microsoft has a software tool for removing Unknown software or  Malicious Software. You can visit the website and search for the removal tool.

Once you have used the tool to find out malicious software on your Windows PC. Uninstall the files and also delete them from the recycle bin. If this method solves Windows Update Service Not Running error then you are good to go.

Fix 3: Restart windows update 

Step 1: Open Run (Press the Windows key and R key simultaneously )

services msc run

Step 2: In the run box type services.msc and then click on Ok

Step 3: Find Background Intelligent Transfer Services and double click

Background Intelligent Transfer

Step 4: Change the startup type to Automatic > Start > OK 

Background Intelligent Transfer Services properties

Step 5: Close the tab and restart your Windows PC

Don’t be worried if you are still facing the same Windows Update Service Not Running error. I have got one more way to fix this issue.

Fix 4: Software Distribution folder

Windows has the software distribution folder that stores temporary files for Windows Update. In order for you to fix the Windows Update Service Not Running error, you would need to clear the contents from these folders.

Step 1: Open Run (Press the Windows key and R key simultaneously )

Step 2: In the run box type services.msc and then click on Ok

services msc run

Step 3: Scroll down and click windows update > Stop

windows update services

window update properties start

Step 4: Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all the files and folders

windows update not working

Step 5: Again Open Run> Type  services.msc > Ok > windows update > Start

Step 6: Restart you windows PC

Clearing the  Software Distribution folder should solve the Windows Update Service Not Running error. If you are still facing the issue contact Microsoft support or comment below and we should be happy to help you

Joel Picardo
Joel Picardo has been in the startup space for the last 5 years and has worked with startups in the cryptocurrency and digital marketing industry. He founded GeekyMint along with his co-founder SafdarAli with a mission to provide well-reseached articles in the cryptocurrency, finance, technology, blockchain, software, and startup sector


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