How to Fix Windows Update Service Missing in Windows 10

The Windows Update service is used to update your Windows 10 system to the latest version and is required because it transmits updates needed for the operating system. The service is managed through the Service Manager. However, some users report cases where the Windows Update Center service is missing from services.msc in Windows 10. Sometimes you may see error code 0x80070424.

Although the main reason is the missing file, one user reported that it seems to have been removed by malware. Therefore, it is recommended that you perform a full system scan for viruses before performing the following troubleshooting steps:

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update Center Troubleshooter can solve many problems with Windows updates. It can be helpful if you encounter a problem in chat. The procedure for starting the Windows Update Troubleshooter is as follows:

  • Click the Start button and select Settings > Updates and Security > Troubleshooter.
  • Select and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Fix Windows corruptions using DISM and SFC tools

Start a DISM scan

The next method to solve the problem of Windows Update Center service missing in Windows 10 is to repair corrupted system files.

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator. To do this:
    Of course. In the search box, type: cmd or command line.
    б. Right-click the command line (result) and select “Run as administrator”.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:
    Dism.exe / Online / Cleanup-Image / Restorehealth
  3. be patient while DISM repairs the component store. When the process is complete (you should be notified that the component store damage has been repaired), enter this command and press Enter:
    SFC / SCANNOW.
  4. Restart your computer after the SFC scan is complete.
  5. Try updating the system again.

Restore incorrect / missing registry keys from the operating system

Prerequisite: another computer with the same version of Windows.

On the working computer:

  1. open the registry editor: do the following:
  • Press the “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously to open the RUN window.
  • In the RUN window that opens, type: regedit
  • Press Enter.

Tap the plus (+) sign on the left pane and navigate to this subfolder:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ services \ BITS

Right-click the BITS subfolder and select Export.

  1. Enter a name for the exported file (e.g., “BITS”) and save it to your desktop.
  2. Then navigate to this subfolder:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ services \ wuauserv

Right click on the wuauserv subfolder and select “Export”.

  1. Enter a name for the exported file (e.g. “wuauserv”) and save it to your desktop.
  2. Close the registry editor.
  3. Copy the exported registry files to a USB flash drive.

The Windows Update service or BITS service (not specified) is not available on the computer.

  1. Insert the USB drive with the exported registry files into an empty USB port.
  2. Double-click the exported BITS registry file (for example, BITS.reg) and allow your information to be added to the registry. *
  3. Double-click the exported wuauserv registry file (for example, “wuauserv’.reg”) and add your information to the registry. * *
  • * Note. If you have problems with the import, start Windows in safe mode and import the keys.
  1. Reboot the computer.
  2. Check if the Windows Update Center is working.

That’s it! Which method worked for you? Let me know if this guide helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.