Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running

Issue

Windows Update doesn't work. When trying to run it manually following error is displayed:

Windows update cannot currently check for updates

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

Resolution

The issue was caused by a corrupted SoftwareDistribution folder. 

  • Got do Services (services.msc) and stop Windows Update service.
  • Go to C:\Windows and either delete or rename SoftwareDistribution folder.
  • Start Windows Update service.
  • Windows Update should now work.

July 2018
Windows 10 Pro

 

 

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