windows update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. you may need to restart your computer.

Posted on 2014-07-14
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Last Modified: 2014-07-14
Hi Team,

I have Windows 2008 R2 Standard 64 bit Server. When i am trying to install windows patches getting below error and windows update service is in started state only.

"windows update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. you may need to restart your computer."

When i am trying to install patches manually getting error as" Installer encountered an error : 0Xc80003f3"

Even after restarting the server also same error coming. Please help me to fix the above issue.
Question by:MSSG_RRD
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becraig earned 2000 total points
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Save the below content as a .bat file and run as admnistrator:

regsvr32 MSXML3.dll /s
net stop wuauserv
cd /d %windir%\SoftwareDistribution
rd /s /q DataStore
net start wuauserv
regsvr32 softpub.dll
regsvr32 mssip32.dll
regsvr32 initpki.dll

Open in new window

 services.msc and
stop windows update and
Go to windows explorer and find SoftwareDistribution - r ename it as SoftwareDistribution.old
 services.msc and
start windows update

Let me know if that works.

Also check out the previously answered question below.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40195325
Thanks it's works for me

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