I. Windows Update is currently unable to check for updates. How to solve it?
When encountering the error message “Windows Update is currently unable to check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer”, and restarting the computer does not solve the problem, please try the following solutions. If you solve the problem through one of the methods problem, there is no need to try other methods.
1. Delete the files in the Software Distribution folder
The Software Distribution folder temporarily stores some files that may be needed to install Windows updates. Sometimes the Software Distribution folder can cause problems with Windows Update, and in some cases, deleting the files in this folder can help resolve Windows Update issues. The specific operation steps are as follows:
Step 1: Run the computer and press the (Windows+R) keys simultaneously to open the Run window. Next, enter the (Services.msc) command and press the (OK) button to open the Services window. After that, find (Windows Update), select it with the right mouse button, and select the (Stop) option at the same time.
Step 2: Next, press the (Windows+R) keys simultaneously to open the Run window, then copy-paste (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution) into the text box and press the (OK) key to open the Software Distribution on your computer folder.
Step 3: Select all files listed in the Software Distribution folder, right-click them and select (Delete), which requires administrator privileges.
Step 4: Then reopen the “Services” window (press the (Windows+R) key at the same time to open the “Run” window, enter the (Services.msc) command and press the (OK) key to open), right-click the ( Windows Update) option, select the (Start) option. After the operation is complete, restart the computer and perform Windows update again to check whether the problem is resolved.
2. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows Update Troubleshooter is a system update troubleshooting tool built into the Windows system, which can help users troubleshoot and fix most of the problems encountered during the system update process. Therefore, when we encounter Windows update errors, try to run the Windows update troubleshooter to solve them. Proceed as follows:
Step 1: Run the computer, press the (Windows+I) key on the keyboard at the same time to open the setting interface. Then click into the (Update and Security) option.
Step 2: Find (Troubleshooting) in the function bar on the left, then select the (Windows Update) option on the right, and click the (Run Troubleshooting) button. Wait a few moments after troubleshooting is complete to see if the problem is resolved. For some Windows system versions, after selecting (Troubleshooting), click (Other Troubleshooting) > (Windows Update), and then click the (Run Troubleshooting) button.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) referred to as RST, when the RST driver is outdated, missing or damaged, it may cause the problem that Windows Update is currently unable to check for updates. Therefore, we can try to update the driver in the device manager, or go to the Intel official website to search for the latest driver for your Windows version to download and install.
That’s all for how to fix “Windows Update is currently unable to check for updates because the service is not running”. If you find that files are missing after the repair is complete or during daily use of the computer, you can check the following methods to scan and restore them.