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Reliable Choice: How to Fix Windows Update Cannot Currently Check For Updates

Posted on Feb 08, 2018 by Brithny to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Does your Windows update service fail to check for updates? Find solutions to the error: Windows update cannot check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.

Windows update cannot check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer. 

Every time you try to restart your computer and perform Windows Update, but it fails and shows you the same error. 

windows update cannot check for updates

Just relax! Many Windows users are experiencing this error as you do. More importantly, We’ve found the correct method to solve it. Read on this page to solve the problem on your Windows.

How to Fix Windows Update Cannot Check for Updates?

Here we provide three effective methods to help you solve the "Windows update cannot check for updates" issue. You may not have to them all. Please start your way from the top of the list till you solve your problem.

Before you take actions to fix the issue, you'd better back up your data before you make any changes. All you need to do is use this free backup software to back up your data in three steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and then choose the backup option you want.

Step 2. Choose the system, hard drive, files or apps that you want to backup, and then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to backup data from your computer.

backup data before you fix the update problem

After you have back up your data, you can follow the methods to solve the "Windows update cannot check for updates" issue.

Method One. Run Troubleshooter to Fix Problem with Windows Update

The Windows Update Troubleshooter is always a method to consider when you have any problems running Windows Update. Go to the Microsoft official website, search for "Troubleshooter" and download it, and this tool is able to automatically diagnose and fix common problems with Windows Update.

Then run Windows Update after the troubleshooting to see if it works If you see the message saying Troubleshooting couldn’t identify the problem, or the Windows Update still doesn’t work, try the next method.

Method Two. Restart the Window Update Service

♦ Press the Windows logo key + R to invoke the Run box.

♦ Type services.msc and click OK.

type services.msc and click ok

♦ Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Stop.

♦ Click the Start button, type cmd in the search box and then right click on cmd to select Run as administrator.

♦ Type the following command and press Enter after each:

  regsvr32 wuapi.dll

  regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

  regsvr32 wups.dll

  regsvr32 wups2.dll

  regsvr32 wuwebv.dll

  regsvr32 wucltux.dll

♦ Click OK when prompted.

Now restart the Windows Update service on your computer:

  • On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.
  • Type services.msc and click OK.
  • Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Start.

Now you can restart your computer and try to perform Windows Update on your Windows to see if it works.

Method Three. Fix the Error with CMD Command

1. Click the Start button, type cmd in the search box and then right click on cmd to select Run as administrator.

2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and press Enter after each command:

net start bits

net start wuauserv

Now try to perform Windows Update on your Windows to see if it works.