Windows 7 error 80248015 blocks updates [FIX]

By: Carmen Stan
2 minute read
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Even if Microsoft was pretty aggressive while pushing its Windows 10, it seems that Windows 7 still remains an extremely popular operating system among users. But unfortunately, more and more users keep reporting an issue that pops up with Windows Update in Windows 7. We are referring to the 80248015 error.

The error message displays “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.” The sad news is that you won’t be able to fix the problem with a simple restart of the system.

The error message dates back to 2014

This is not the first time that this error message pops up because it seems that back in 2014 it appeared as well. The same problem was spotted in older versions of Windows, and the fixes that were able to solve the problem back then don’t seem to work this time at all.

How to fix Windows 7 error 80248015

The current issue may be caused by a file -authorization.xml in c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\AuthCabs\authcab.cab- that has an incorrect expiration date. To solve the problem, you should head to the settings for Windows Update where you have to disable the option that’s labeled “Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows.”

It seems that this workaround was able to fix the problem for some users, but unfortunately, it’s not 100% guaranteed that it will work for everyone. Because the success rate of this tip is not the maximum, users are advised to wait until Microsoft rolls out a patch to fix the problem or until the company comes up with any other solutions.

Until then, if you happen to get error 80248015, you can try out the solution mentioned above, and if you’re lucky, it will work for you as well.

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