FIX: Windows Update Service registration is missing or corrupt' By: Lily Smith
3 minute read
windows update service registration missing corrupt

Windows Update should be an essential aspect for every user of the Windows Operating System. If the system does not get updated on time, it might face all kinds of problems such as security issues, performance issues etc. Most computers get their updates automatically but sometimes, although the Update Service is set on the Automatic Mode, the system is not able to install the available updates.

If this happens, please try to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter first. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot and launch the troubleshooter as shown in the screenshot below.

windows 10 update troubleshooter

If this doesn’t fix the problem, you can use one of the methods described below.

How to solve Windows Update Service registration problems

  1. Check Windows Update Related Services
  2. Run Windows Update Commands
  3. Run sfc/ scannow
  4. Turn off and on Windows Firewall
  5. Disable Antivirus Software

1. Check Windows Update Related Services

Access “Windows Update Related Services” and make sure that the services listed bellow are running:

  • Windows Update
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  • Cryptographic Service

In order to do this, please follow the next steps:
1. Press Windows key + R
2. type services.msc in start Run box and press Enter.

services.msc windows 10


3. Locate the Windows Update Service/ Background Intelligent Transfer Service/ Cryptographic
4. Right click on each of the services and select Properties
5. In the field Start up type, please select Automatic from the list

windows update service automatic
6. Click Start under Service status
7. Click OK

Make sure you follow the above steps for all three mentioned services.

2. Run Windows Update Commands

1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator (by pressing Windows key + X and select Command
2. On the Command Prompt window, copy and paste the commands below:
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

3. Wait for the process to complete and then close the Command Prompt. Restart your computer and check if the issue persists.

3.  Run sfc/ scannow

The error can also be caused by corrupted system files. In order to detect and fix potential corrupted system files, please follow these steps:
1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator (by pressing Windows key + X and select Command
2. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter

sfc scannow
3. Wait for the process to complete and then check if you can install the updates.

4. Turn off and on Windows Firewall

1. Open Control Panel
2. Click Windows Firewall
3. Select Turn Windows Firewall on or off (in the left pane)

Turn off Windows firewall

4. Check the button next to turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) then click OK button
5. After the Windows Update error is solved, don’t forget to turn back on the Windows Firewall.

5. Disable Antivirus Software

You can also try to turn off the antivirus software temporarily. Sometimes, your antivirus tool may prevent your computer from installing the latest OS updates. As a result, simply disabling your antivirus may help you fix this problem in just a few minutes. Don’t forget to enable your antivirus protection as soon as you’ve installed the available updates.

We hope that one of the methods listed above helped you fix the problem. If you came across other solutions to fix this issue, let us know in the comments below.


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