Windows Update service is important for you to upgrade your Windows. If it is missing from your Windows computer, do you know how to fix it? In this post, MiniTool Software will show you some effective methods to fix this Windows Update Service missing problem.

Windows Update Service Is Missing?

Are you bothered by Windows Update Service missing? When this issue occurs, you can’t find the Windows Update” services in service.msc. When you want to update your Windows in Settings, you will find the error messages saying There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. The following error code can be 0x80070006, 0x80080005, or 0x80070424.

Don’t worry! This issue can be solved as long as you use the right method. In this post, we will show you some solutions. If you are not sure the exact reason for this error, you can try these solution one by one to help you out.

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Method 1: Scan for Viruses And Malware

When you encounter this Windows Update Service missing issue, you need to check whether your computer is infected by viruses and malware. You can donwload and install professional anti-virus software on your computer. Then, you can use it to scan for malware and viruses on your computer. If there are viruses or malware, you can use the anti-virus software to remove them from your computer.

Method 2: Restore the Registry Key for Windows Update

Another cause of Windows Update Service is the lack of the registry key for Windows Update. You can restore it to have a try.

1. Press Win+R to open Run.

2. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

3. Go to this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services4.

4. Find wuauserv and right-click it. If wuauserv missing Windows 7/10/8, you can skip to step 8.

5. Select Export from the pop-up menu.

6. Save the key to your computer and name it as reg.

7. Delete the wuauserv

8. Close the Registry Editor.

9. Open Notepad. Then, copy and paste the following text to it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv]

"DependOnService"=hex(7):72,00,70,00,63,00,73,00,73,00,00,00,00,00

"Description"="@%systemroot%\\system32\\wuaueng.dll,-106"

"DisplayName"="@%systemroot%\\system32\\wuaueng.dll,-105"

"ErrorControl"=dword:00000001

"FailureActions"=hex:80,51,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,14,00,00,\

00,01,00,00,00,60,ea,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

"ImagePath"=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,\

74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\

00,76,00,63,00,68,00,6f,00,73,00,74,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2d,00,\

6b,00,20,00,6e,00,65,00,74,00,73,00,76,00,63,00,73,00,20,00,2d,00,70,00,00,\

00

"ObjectName"="LocalSystem"

"RequiredPrivileges"=hex(7):53,00,65,00,41,00,75,00,64,00,69,00,74,00,50,00,72,\

00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,\

65,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,47,00,6c,00,6f,00,62,00,61,00,6c,00,50,00,72,00,69,\

00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,\

61,00,74,00,65,00,50,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,50,00,72,\

00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,54,00,63,00,\

62,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,\

00,41,00,73,00,73,00,69,00,67,00,6e,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,6d,00,61,00,72,00,\

79,00,54,00,6f,00,6b,00,65,00,6e,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,\

00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6d,00,70,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,6f,00,\

6e,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,\

00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,73,00,65,00,51,00,\

75,00,6f,00,74,00,61,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,\

00,00,00,53,00,65,00,53,00,68,00,75,00,74,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,6e,00,50,00,\

72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,44,00,65,\

00,62,00,75,00,67,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,\

00,00,53,00,65,00,42,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,75,00,70,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,\

00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,52,00,65,00,73,00,74,00,\

6f,00,72,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,\

00,53,00,65,00,53,00,65,00,63,00,75,00,72,00,69,00,74,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,\

69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,54,00,61,00,6b,\

00,65,00,4f,00,77,00,6e,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,68,00,69,00,70,00,50,00,72,00,\

69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4c,00,6f,00,61,\

00,64,00,44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,72,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,\

6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4d,00,61,00,6e,00,61,00,67,00,65,\

00,56,00,6f,00,6c,00,75,00,6d,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,\

65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,00,00

"ServiceSidType"=dword:00000001

"Start"=dword:00000003

"SvcHostSplitDisable"=dword:00000001

"SvcMemHardLimitInMB"=dword:000000f6

"SvcMemMidLimitInMB"=dword:000000a7

"SvcMemSoftLimitInMB"=dword:00000058

"Type"=dword:00000020

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv\Parameters]

"ServiceDll"=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,\

00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,\

77,00,75,00,61,00,75,00,65,00,6e,00,67,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00

"ServiceDllUnloadOnStop"=dword:00000001

"ServiceMain"="WUServiceMain"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv\Security]

"Security"=hex:01,00,14,80,78,00,00,00,84,00,00,00,14,00,00,00,30,00,00,00,02,\

00,1c,00,01,00,00,00,02,80,14,00,ff,00,0f,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,\

00,00,02,00,48,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,14,00,9d,00,02,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,\

05,0b,00,00,00,00,00,18,00,ff,01,0f,00,01,02,00,00,00,00,00,05,20,00,00,00,\

20,02,00,00,00,00,14,00,ff,01,0f,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,05,12,00,00,00,01,\

01,00,00,00,00,00,05,12,00,00,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,05,12,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv\TriggerInfo]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv\TriggerInfo\0]

"Type"=dword:00000005

"Action"=dword:00000001

"Guid"=hex:e6,ca,9f,65,db,5b,a9,4d,b1,ff,ca,2a,17,8d,46,e0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv\TriggerInfo\1]

"Type"=dword:00000005

"Action"=dword:00000001

"Guid"=hex:c8,46,fb,54,89,f0,4c,46,b1,fd,59,d1,b6,2c,3b,50

10. Go to File > Save as, and then save the file as reg.

11. Close Notepad.

12. Open the reg file. If you see the User Account Control interface, you need to click Yes to continue.

13. Clcik Yes on the pop-out interface to add the information to the Registry.

14. Click OK.

15. Reboot your computer to see whether the issue is solved.

If the Windows Update Service missing issue is solved, you can delete the Win10UpdateFix.reg file from your computer and use your PC as normal. However, if the issue persists, you can try the next solution.

Method 3: Use SFC and DISM

Corrupted system files on your Windows computer can also cause Windows Update Service missing. You can use SFC and DISM to fix the problem.

  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type this command and press Enter: Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth.
  3. When the above process ends, type this command and press Enter: SFC /SCANNOW.

After these steps, you can reboot your computer and then check whether you can successfully update your Windows.

Method 4: Perform a Windows In-Place Update

Another method to solve Windows Update Service missing is to perform a Windows in-place update. This is another method to update your Windows. If the above methods can’t help you out, you can try this one.

These are the solutions to Windows Update Service missing. We hope they are heplful for you. Should you have any related issues, you can let us know in the comment.

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