Windows Update Cannot Currently Check For Updates [SOLVED]

Fix Windows Update service not running Easily

By April Cai in Common Errors Tags: Windows 7Windows Update

Just now, you go to Windows update on your Windows 7, and click check for updates. Ah oh, it’s not working as usual. Instead, you’re seeing this error saying:

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

So, you may probably restart your computer and perform Windows Update again, but it fails again and shows you the same error. Not to worry. Many Windows users are experiencing this error as you do. More importantly, We’ve found the correct method to solve it. Read on this page and follow to solve the problem on your Windows.

How do I solve Windows Update cannot check for updates?

Here’re the most effective methods for you to try to solve the Windows Update service not running issue. You may not have to them all; Please start your way from the top of the list till you solve your problem.

  1. Run the “Fix problem with Windows Update” troubleshooter in Control Panel
  2. Update your RST Driver
  3. Register the Window Update service
  4. Remove your Windows Update history and restart the Windows Update service

Method 1: Run the “Fix problem with Windows Update” troubleshooter in Control Panel

Microsoft have “Fix problem with Windows Update” troubleshooter built in your Windows. You can run it whenever you encounter Windows Update problems.

To run the troubleshooter, follow these:

1) Click Start button, type troubleshoot in the search box and then click Troubleshooting.

2) Click Fix problems with Windows Update.

3) Click Next.

Windows will then automatically detect the problems of the Windows Update service.

4) Run Windows Update after the troubleshooting to see if it works.

Note: If you see the message saying Troubleshooting couldn’t identify the problem, or the Windows Update still doesn’t work, try the next method.

Method 2: Update your RST Driver

It usually occurs when the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver on your Windows is outdated, corrupted or missing. You could try to update your RST driver to correct the issue.

There’re two ways you can update your RST driver — manually and automatically.

Manually update your RST driver – You can update your RST driver manually by going to the official Intel website, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows 7. 

Automatically update your RST driver – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your RST driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver EasyDriver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your device, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged RST driver to automatically download and install the correct version of that driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

4) Restart your computer and try to perform Windows Update to see if it works.

Method 3: Register the Window Update service

If any of the .dlls  file involved with Windows Update is not correctly registered, you may also encounter this problem. To solve it, you can go with the following steps to register the Windows Update service:

Before that, please stop the Windows Update service on your computer first:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and click OK.

3) Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Stop.

Then, register the Windows Update service:

4) Click the Start button, type cmd in the search box and then right click on cmd to select Run as administrator.

5) Click Yes when prompted by User Account Control.

6) Type the following command and press Enter after each:

regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wups2.dll
regsvr32 wuwebv.dll
regsvr32 wucltux.dll

Click OK when prompted.

Now restart the Windows Update service on your computer:

7) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.

8) Type services.msc and click OK.

9) Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Start.

10) Restart your computer and try to perform Windows Update on your Windows to see if it works.

Method 4: Remove your Windows Update history and restart the Windows Update service

This problem could be also caused by the corrupted Windows Update history files. You can try to remove your Windows Update history to see if it could save the Windows Update back to work.

Note: Your Windows Update history files are saved in the Windows Software Distribution folder. The following steps will remove all the files in this folder and rebuild your Windows 7 datastore. Try this method only if the methods above all fails.

Before we remove the folder,  please stop the Windows Update service on your Windows:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and click OK.

3) Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Stop.

Then remove the Windows Update history:

4) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and (at the same time) to open Windows Explorer.

5) Copy and paste the following address in to your address bar on the Windows Explorer: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution

6) Select all the files in the SoftwareDistribution folder, and right-click to select Delete.

7) Click Yes.

Now restart the Windows Update service on your computer:

8) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.

9) Type services.msc and click OK.

10) Find and right-click on Windows Update and select Start.

Now try to perform Windows Update on your Windows to see if it works.