Fix: Windows Cannot Check for Updates Currently

Are you tired of constantly seeing the “Windows cannot check for Updates Currently” error message on your computer? Do you feel like pulling your hair out every time you try to update your system, only to be met with this frustrating error? Well, fear not because I’m here to help you bypass all those pesky security measures and install your updates quickly! So buckle up and get ready to break all the rules as we dive into Windows updating. Let’s get started, shall we? 

Why ‘Windows Cannot Check for Updates Currently’ Error Is Showing Up?

Ah, the famous error message “Windows cannot check for updates currently.” This could mean a lot of things, but some of the most common causes include:

  1. Internet connectivity issues: First, suppose your internet is acting up, and you’re getting more buffering than browsing. In that case, Windows won’t be able to check for or download any updates. So you need to fix that internet connection ASAP!
  2. Windows Update service is not running: Secondly if the Windows Update service isn’t running, you aren’t getting any updates! So, ensure that service is up and running, or you’ll be stuck with outdated software like it’s the dark ages. Don’t be a caveman; update that software!
  3. Corrupted Windows Update components: If the files or components that Windows uses to check for updates become corrupted or damaged, you may see this error. 
  4. Outdated or incompatible drivers: Also, suppose your device drivers must be updated or incompatible with the Windows operating system. In that case, it can cause conflicts that prevent Windows from checking for updates.
  5. Third-party antivirus software: Some third-party antivirus programs may interfere with Windows Update, preventing it from running correctly and resulting in an error message. 

To fix the issues, you can try restarting your computer, checking your internet connection, ensuring that the Windows Update service is running, running the Windows Update troubleshooter, temporarily disabling the third-party antivirus software, and resetting the Windows Update components.

How to Fix “Windows Cannot Check for Updates Currently”?

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Here are some fixes that will help you:

Fix 1: Disable Anti-Virus Software or Firewall Temporarily

Oh boy, here’s a fun one! To fix the issue where Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, you can temporarily disable your anti-virus software and Firewall. These pesky security measures can be a real pain and might even prevent your favorite applications from working correctly. So, turn them off and see if that fixes the problem. And who needs security anyways? Are we right? Just kidding.

But remember, once you’ve successfully updated Windows, turn your anti-virus and Firewall back on. We wouldn’t want any pesky viruses or hackers sneaking into your computer, now would we?

Fix 2: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Why bother downloading and installing more software when you can fix the Windows Update issue yourself? Instead, save your time on something other than that. Here’s what you do:

  1. Click on the Start button and choose Settings from the Start Menu.
  2. Select Update & Security under Windows update & security
  3. Switch to the Troubleshoot tab on the left pane and select Additional troubleshooters on the right.
  4. Look for the Windows Update troubleshooter and select windows update troubleshooter
  5. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.
  6. Windows will now look for the start detecting problem
  7. After troubleshooting, Windows will list the problems and possible solutions.problems detected by the troubleshooter

Fix 3: Register Windows Update Service

The solution suggested by Microsoft involves tampering with the registry by deleting specific keys to fix the update error. But this solution might only work for some, as it may not apply to Windows users in a home-based environment who lack the necessary registry key.

Follow these steps to fix the update error:

  1. First, press the Windows key + R to start the Run dialog.
  2. Type “services.msc” and tap on OK to open the Services console.Running services.msc
  3. Find the Windows Update service, left-click it, and select Stop Service on the top.
  4. To make the necessary changes to fix the corruption, you must stop the “Windows Update” service first. Stopping windows update serviceThen, if you receive an error when containing the service, continue to the next step.
  5. Press the Windows key + R again to open the Run dialog.
  6. Type “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution” and click OK.
  7. Delete the contents of this folder.delete contents of softwaredistribution folder
  8. Return to the Services console, right-click the “Windows Update” service, and select Start next to the Stop sign we clicked earlier.

Fix 4: Update RST Driver

RST? It’s just some boring tech jargon that doesn’t matter. But if you really must know, RST stands for Rapid Storage Technology, and the RST driver is a software component that helps manage your computer’s storage devices, like hard drives and solid-state drives.

The outdated RST driver may cause the “Windows update cannot currently check for updates.” So, to get around this annoying little problem, you can update your outdated or corrupted drivers.

To do this, you must visit the official website of Intel and download the latest RST driver. Be sure to choose a driver compatible with your computer; otherwise, you might cause more problems than you solve. Then, install it on your computer.

After that, you’ll want to reboot your computer to feel the effects of your little trick. If all goes well, you should be able to update your Windows without a problem.

Fix 5: Reset Windows Update Repository

There’s a super important folder in your Windows directory called SoftwareDistribution. It’s like the holy grail for all the files your computer needs to download and install the latest Windows updates. But here’s the thing, if some of the files in that folder get corrupted, it can mess up the whole updating process and cause serious errors.

BTW, to give you a heads up, if you use this method to fix the issue, it will also clear out all your update history. So, keep that in mind before you decide to proceed!

  1. Launch the Command Prompt with the administrative rights.
  2. On the command line window, use the net stop wuauserv command to stop the Windows Update service and the net stop bits command to stop Background Intelligent Transfer Service.stop wuauserv and bits
  3. Now launch the File Explorer and navigate to the following address: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistributionsoftwaredistribution location
  4. Delete the contents(files and folders) of the SoftwareDistribution folder.delete contents of softwaredistribution folder
  5. Now again, launch the Command Prompt window and use the net start wuauserv command to start the Windows Update service and the net start bits command to start Background Intelligent Transfer Service.start services


We’ve ended this blog post: “Windows cannot check for Updates Currently.” And what did we learn today, folks? That pesky anti-virus software and Firewall can get in the way of our Windows updates! But don’t worry; we’ve provided some helpful tips on temporarily disabling them so you can take care of your updates.

Of course, we must remind you to turn your security measures back on once you’re done because we want you to stay safe in the big evil internet world.

How often are Windows Updates released? 

Windows Updates are released monthly, on the second Tuesday of each month (also known as “Patch Tuesday”).

Can I turn off Windows Updates? 

While it is possible to turn off Windows Updates, it is not recommended. Turning off updates can leave your computer vulnerable to security threats and may result in performance issues.

What should I do if a Windows Update fails to install? 

If a Windows Update fails to install, you can try running the Windows Update troubleshooter, resetting the Windows Update components, or contacting Microsoft support for further assistance.

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