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    Default Windows cannot currently check for updates

    yo all,

    had to rebuild my work pc yesterday and noticed that my laptop(win 7 pro) didn't seem to have run any updates recently so went to run updates and get the following error

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

    now i have tried the following and still getting no joy !!

    ran virus and malware scan (eset, malwarebytes) nothing found

    ran microsoft fixit program to fix updates

    checked the services required were running

    checked MS defender was up to date as read that sometimes caused an issue


    only other thing to mention is this laptop (win 7 pro) was connected to my server (ws2012e) but server has been off a while as need to sort it out

    SO ANY IDEAS ?

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    only other thing to add is both pc possibly running same product key as product id is same on both

    but both activated using same gen licence and not showing any problems with licence etc

    now trying this......... [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    EDIT .....

    heres farbar scan [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    ran sfcscan said all was ok

    tried system restore to a few restore points all fail with or without AV running [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Last edited by Mobileman; 5th February 2015 at 01:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    OK possibly sorted did the following below will see if works


    Command Prompt opens up to C:\Windows\System32>_

    Input the commands one at a time and press [ENTER] after each command


    • Net stop wuauserv press [ENTER]
    • cd %systemroot% press [ENTER]
    • Ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old press [ENTER]
    • Net start wuauserv press [ENTER]
    Last edited by Mobileman; 5th February 2015 at 02:08 PM.

    Thanks to Mobileman

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    I've had this once or twice and did what you posted in the post above.

    Sorted it fine.

    Thanks to muttleymacclad

    Mobileman (5th February 2015) 


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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    Really glad you've posted this mate. I put my old desktop on last night for the first time since June and had the same problem. Nice one

    Thanks to beansontoast

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    Fairly common issue on Win7 / 2008R2.

    Has annoyed me a few times.

    Thanks to Over Carl

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    yeah glad its sorted spent last two days sorting out my desktop and laptop, now to sort / make up my server

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    I just done a clean installment 2 week ago and I had the same problem but all I did was just kept re trying the updates eventually I was able to get them, I thought maybe MS had server issues

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    Default Re: Windows cannot currently check for updates

    Trust my luck, two weeks ago I had this problem and didn't have a clue but reading above wish I read this now and saved me a format

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mobileman View Post
    OK possibly sorted did the following below will see if works


    Command Prompt opens up to C:\Windows\System32>_

    Input the commands one at a time and press [ENTER] after each command


    • Net stop wuauserv press [ENTER]
    • cd %systemroot% press [ENTER]
    • Ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old press [ENTER]
    • Net start wuauserv press [ENTER]

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