Fix “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running” error – Windows 7

If you receive the following error when you try to check for updates on Windows 7 “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running” then follow the steps in this guide to easily fix Windows Updates Error. 

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

 

Step 1: Stop Windows Update Service.

1. Open Windows Services control panel: To do that:

  • Press Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
  • In the Search box, type: services.msc  & click OK.
  • (Accept the UAC warning if appears).

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2. In Services control panel locate the Windows Update service.

3. Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Stop”.

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Step 2: Delete SoftwareDistribution folder.

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows folder.

2. Find and Delete the “SoftwareDistribution” folder (or rename it. e.g. to “SoftwareDistributionOLD”) .

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Step 3: Start Windows Update Service.

1. Now go back to Windows Services control panel:

2. Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Start”.

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3. Try to check for Updates again.

 

That’s all!

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