Feb 28, · To do that, press Windows key and type Windows Update. Click on Windows update in the search results. In the Windows update window, click on Change Settings. Select Never check for updates under Important Updates and click OK. Sep 20, · Windows Update error “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer” probably occurs when Windows temporary update folder (SoftwareDistribution folder) is corrupted. To easily fix this error, follow the below steps in this s: Windows update can’t update because the service is not.
This issue happened to me after I upgraded my drive from a GB to a 1TB Toshiba drive. Note I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit version on an HP lapto. Sep 20, · Windows Update error “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer” probably occurs when Windows temporary update folder (SoftwareDistribution folder) is corrupted. To easily fix this error, follow the below steps in this s: Feb 28, · To do that, press Windows key and type Windows Update. Click on Windows update in the search results. In the Windows update window, click on Change Settings. Select Never check for updates under Important Updates and click OK.
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I had the same issue – “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer. The fix for me was to go into Windows Update and change the settings to “Never check for updates not recommended “, click OK, and then change it back to “Install updates automatically”.
I’m sure that switching it off this way and then choosing any option that enables windows updates would have had the same effect. As soon as I did this, windows update went from having a red X to a green check mark that said “Windows is up to date” even though it was not – but this signified that the service was now working properly.
I clicked check for updates and was successful – several updates were ready to be downloaded and installed. I imaged 5 PCs last week and just got to them this morning and 4 out 5 cannot do the Windows Updates. I have the same error message as this thread’s title. They are all Windows 7 Pro 32Bits French version. I tried the solutions on this page without luck. Could it be some kind of major WU flaw since a couple of people seem to be getting it today?
The only PC that did his updates had the right time. If the changes don’t work, then we need to know the EXACT error messages you get when attempting to start them.
I restated both the services. Still I’m getting the same error and not able to update Windows. I’m on Win7 32bit. I restarted the services and restarted the laptop but still can’t update. Diagnostic Report 1. What your problem is, I have no idea – but you had best post it to a NEW thread of your own, with full details.
I think they all DO have the same problem. In my case, Windows Defender was off and not updated and I was getting the same error others are reporting, “Windows cannot currently check for updates.
Restarting them did nothing, they restart with no error. I tried GAB’s suggestion, turned on Defender and updated it and voila, magically Windows Updates are running without a hitch. What is the connection between Defender and running Windows Updates?
My laptop was just doing the samething when I found this posting. I checked andthat was set to Manual. I changed it to Automatic and started the service. I could then run Windows Update with no issues. My laptop was just doing the same thing when I found this posting. I checked and that was set to Manual. Same thing here. Win 7 64 bit, everything activated. Had the same problem as most of you today. I do not use Windows Defender on this box the service is disabled. I use it every day.
No problems on this system. Windows Defender IS running on this system. Just ran WU – one update available – Windows Defender defintion update 1. Started up the 32 bit system today, ran WindowsUpdate, got the big red X in the shield; it said ” windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running”, but the service WAS running, rebooted. BITS is running as well.
Came here, read this thread. Enabled Defender; ran it, had it check for updates and install them. Went back to WU and lo and behold, 25 updates available. I had similar issue on HP laptop with Windows 7 professional this morning – “Windows update cannot currently check Defender is turned off and never used.
Don’t have or use MS Essential Security. Do use Symantec Endpoint protection. Brook’s fix to change setting to “Never check for updates”, OK, and then change back worked for me, but only after I changed the Windows Update settings by other means in the first place. Like PMBottas, I only use the pc infrequently. Last time was March I have no group policy settings on the pc or by system network administrator for Windows Update, yet Windows Update Change settings told me I did and would not allow me to change my update settings at all.
All local group policy settings for Windows Update were set to Not configured, yet Registry settings existed in an AU folder within WindowsUpdate that would not update to match the group policy changes I made in an attempt to “fix” whatever issue existed. Not sure how these came to exist. I found another website detailing similar problems that suggested deleting all the entries within the WindowsUpdate registry folder, so I did.
While these things did not resolve my problem, I believe it helped, because at that point I could do Brook’s fix and change to Never update. Thanks so much for this set of posts! I never would have thought to select Never update. I just downloaded and installed about 35 updates without problems. In my experience this issue is commonly caused by a bug in windows. To rectify the issue you simply update windows defender and hey presto windows update is working again.
I had this problem with Trend Micro Internet Security installed. It disables Windows Defender in local policies. I uninstalled it and as soon as Defender updated then the red cross was gone from Windows Update and about 30 updates were available. This is an issue because Windows Update does not report it its not working because the supervising program sees the required services as running OK. I updated Defender – boom Windows update immediately started working and the machine is updating right now.
If you intended to support Brook Steed’s response as the answer you need to click the green up-arrow in Brook’s response. By clicking the “Propose As Answer” link under your own response will mark your own response as an answer. I too had both services running, but was still unable to restart. Your fix did the thrick. Thanks, norm. Hopefuly, Micrsoft wil find the root cause.
I do not run microsoft essentials, or their earlier program defender. Thanks Brook for this gem. Up to the point of spotting your post, I had spend hours troubleshooting this issue to no avail. I wanted to check for updates manually since the Auto function slowed down the old single core machine when I had other things to do.
So I checked “Never Update”, rebooted and selected to let me choose whether to download and install. Problem fixed. I too ran into this problem today as I was updating my laptop. Hadn’t run the system since February I did notice a certificate warning in my event logs – that a certificate had expired or was about to expire.
I suspect that Windows Defender may have updated that certificate – thereby allowing Windows Update to continue Changing the Windows Updtate settings to “Never check for updates not recommended “, click OK, and then change it back to “Install updates automatically”.
Go to windows defender or search for it in start menu search bar. Turn it on if it is off my was off. Windows update works great after that. Same message, services as indicated on automatic and started. However Defender was turned off. Resolved as many have, by turning Defender back on, updated it.
Thanks Brook. Your fix worked for me too! I changed WU to “Never Check for updates Laptop, Windows 7, 32 bit, turned of Defender, scanned for threats, turned on Windows Update Thanks, Al. Same issue: services up, big red X. For the hordes of MS engineers that will no doubt be working day and night on this issue, here’s some additional info:.
Before looking here for a solution, I first rebooted the PC and was then greeted by a pending update notification for Adobe Flash Player, which I applied yeah I know, but it’s just a scratchpad machine.
One of the voices I hear tells me this pending Flash thing had to do with the automatic updates failure other voices vehemently disagree. After this Flash update, I still had both services up and the red X. I then applied Brook’s fix and got MB worth of updates installed in a matter of minutes thanks again Brook!