How to Fix Windows Update Service (wuauserv)

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Have you tried to restart the Windows Update service but it’s just not there?

As you may know, Windows Update or “wuauserv” is a service that is available to keep your PC up to date. Sometimes programs that do Registry cleaning may delete the service from your system mistakenly, one of those programs is the older version of CCleaner.

So if you run into this problem luckily there is a command that adds the Windows Update service back.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to repair Windows Update service using the Command Prompt.

Let’s go!

Missing Windows Update Service: Ultimate Fix Solution

As I told you we are going to execute a command in order to add the Windows Update service back to the service.msc.

First, launch the Command Prompt as administrator.

Copy and paste the following commands and right-click to execute them, hit Enter on the last command.

sc delete wuauserv
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
sfc /scannow

After you execute sfc /scannow restart your PC.

Download this Registry Backup for the Windows Update Service

As I told you at the beginning of this tutorial, this problem occurs when you do Registry cleaning most of the time.

So this service is located in the Registry Editor under this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv

You can download the registry hack to recover the Windows Update service from here.

There you have it, dear friend, if you have any questions about Windows Update don’t forget to leave a comment below.

Thank you a lot for sharing with your friends and family ;)



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Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

  • Ye Naing says:

    Hello,

    After the sfc/scan now and then restart laptop,i cannot found the window update(at services.msc)
    Plz help me!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello,
      sc delete wuauserv
      [SC] OpenService FAILED 1060:

      The specified service does not exist as an installed service.

  • Alex says:

    Ive done everything in the video. And i have installed the Registration Entries you also supplied, and the windows update service is still missing? is that actully what the file is or is it a virus ?
    Please help

  • Halim says:

    Hello, i can’t use sfc /scannow command, i already in administrator. it says “Access is denied.”
    please help

  • Natachaphong says:

    Hi Soufiane,

    I’ve got trojan attack on yesterday so my Win7 can not start window update service because wuauserve missing. I try to search solution for fix since yesterday until just now, Your registry hack to recover is worked for me. Thanks for your solution. :D :D :D :D :D

    Regards,
    Natachaphong

  • Clinton Ntalasha says:

    Hello,

    Regards, Thank you so much for the help, you really saved me ..

  • MEHARPREET SINGH says:

    Hello,
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.18362.1

    Image Version: 10.0.18363.418

    [===========================80.3%============== ]
    Error: 5

    Access is denied.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
    Regards,

  • Mr C Besnyi says:

    Hello, I have a problem with my windows update. I have noticed that the OS sets the Windows Update on Disabled even if I change it by going in services press apply and okay, it will show the start bottom but if I press it will say it’s been disabled and error of 1058. But as of now i followed this instruction giving me error of 1060…. Help pls xD :D

  • Fabian says:

    Hello, Soufiane

    I am trying to start it but it doesn’t start up.
    It says ‘ Windows could not start the wuauserv on Local Computer.
    Error 2: The system could not find the file specified.

    Regards,Fabian :D

  • Donovan says:

    Hi,
    The registry hack worked wonderfully :)
    Regards,

  • ISHTIYAQUE AHMED khan says:

    Hello,sir

    Regards,my laptop version is windows 7
    64bit
    Windows update is missing what I do sir pls help me sir

  • Kylie says:

    omg thank you so much, I tried everything until I found your solution and it worked in a few minutes!! :D

    • Soufiane says:

      Hello Kylie,

      Thank you for leaving a comment, I am grateful that this tutorial helped you fix Windows Update service ^_^

      Regards,
      Soufiane

  • saeed says:

    Hello, i tried everything but after all i cant change windows update to auto and its disabled, even from regedit
    it pops and error when i try to update
    here is the err code : 0x80070422

  • Gopal Singh says:

    Hello,
    I got this error in the second command , don’t know what to do
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.18362.900

    Error: 2

    An error occurred while attempting to start the servicing process for the image located at C:\.
    For more information, review the log file.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log

    please help me out
    very helpless

    Regards,
    Gopal

    • Soufiane says:

      Hi Gopal,

      The problem is with your user account, you need to create a new administrator account, also try to run the Dism command on an elevated command prompt (as admin).

      Have a nice day!
      Soufiane

  • Ris says:

    Hello, i dont find my wuauserv in registry service, do i need to start with this only in Command Prompt?? :

    -Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth in Command Prompt
    -sfc /scannow

    Then, start download and apply the Registry Backup for windows update service??

    pliss help me

    • Soufiane says:

      Hi Ris,

      Just use the two commands in Command Prompt as Administrator and restart your PC, you should be fine.
      Thank you for leaving a comment!

      Best Regards,
      Soufiane

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