R rakatoa Member Joined Feb 11, 2014 Posts 12 Feb 11, 2014 #1 Hi guys, I use Win7 Ultimate and recently I got the problem that I cant start Windows update. If I click on the Windows Update under Control panel on some instances nothing happens. I have to kill the application in the Task Manager. Sometimes it starts but it reports an error: “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running” I have tried numerous fixes but nothing worked. 1) ATTEMPT #1 - FAILED Click Start Type: cmd Right click on cmd in start menu and select 'Run as Administrator' Type: net stop wuauserv Hit Enter Type: ren c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old Hit Enter Type: net start wuauserv Hit Enter Type: exit Hit Enter Restart the computer Attempt to download updates The new folder named “softwaredistribution” is created but still I get the same error message when I start Windows Update. 2) ATTEMPT #2 – FAILED Go to www.micorsoft.com and try to use following troubleshooter: Automatically diagnose and fix common problems with Windows update” however it failed to fix the problem. Following has been reported: Problems installing certain updates -- Not Fixed Check for missing or corrupt files -- Detected Some security settings are missing or have been changed -- Fixed Service registration is missing or corrupt -- Fixed Problems installing recent updates -- Fixed On internet there are mainly threads repeating the above two solutions. I was unable to find anything else. Hope that someone can help me fix the problem. Many thanks in advance.