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    Are you getting "Windows Update Service Not Running" error on your Windows system? Is Windows Update process is getting terminated in between? Lets learn why this error occur and how to fix it.

    Why is your Windows Update Service Not Running?

    Many Windows users have Windows updates issues. You get an error that says: "Windows Update is unable to verify updating now since the service does not work." And you can not install updates on your system if you look for updates on your Windows systems.

    This is an irritating issue. And it is just as annoying to try to solve this problem because you will spend much time reading tips on the Internet and most of them won't work.

    But don't worry. Here are some techniques that helped many Windows users to fix their errors.

    How to Fix Windows Update Service Not Running?

    You don't have to check all of them. Just work through the list until you discover the one you're interested in.

    Solution 1: Restart the Windows update service

    Step 1. To start the Run window, click Win + R. To open the Service Manager, type the services.msc command and click Enter. 

    Step 2.  Locate the Windows Update service in the list that is sorted alphabetically. Right-click and press on Restart.

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    Step 3. Reboot and verify whether the system helps. But before you restart your computer you can completely disable windows auto updates and get rid of this issue.

    Solution 2: Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

    1. To open the Settings page, click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol.
    2. Go to Security and Updates and then go to the Troubleshoot tab.
    3. Select and run Windows Update troubleshooter.

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    Solution 3: Manually Start the service

    1. To open the Run window, press Win + R. To open the service manager window, type services.msc in the command and click Enter. 
    2. Locate the update service for Windows, right-click it, and choose Properties.
    3. To modify the startup type, click on the Start button.
    4. Click Apply and then OK. Make sure the status of the Service says "Running."

    Try running Windows updates without restarting the system. We shouldn't receive errors because this service is running. Problems can be resolved in the future after the system is updated.

    We have separate guide on how you can disable unwanted services in your Windows system.

    Solution 4: Clear your Windows update history

    You may get the error because many temporary files are stored in the SoftwareDistribution directory. A good and quick fix would be to completely remove the files present in this directory. You can follow the below steps-

    1. To open the Run Command Box, press Windows + R buttons
    2. Type services.msc and click OK
    3. Right click on Windows Update and click Stop.
    4. Open Windows Explorer and go to the directory C:Windows 
    5. Find and delete the Software Distribution folder.
    6. Go back to the Windows Control Panel, right-click on Update service and select Start.
    7. Reboot your computer and run Windows Update.

    Solution 5: Temporarily disable firewall/antivirus

    Windows Update service can sometimes be stopped by your antivirus program. So, disable it temporarily and check for updates. Allow your computer security as soon as possible, whether the solution works or not. All in all, we hope the above-mentioned options will help you to fix your issue. Also, do not forget to share other strategies that you have attempted to help you solve this problem.

    If you want to learn more about Windows Updates you can anytime check out these Microsoft Support pages.