Windows update cannot currently check for updates in Windows 8, 7, 10 or Vista

Error – “Windows Update error “Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer” probably occurs when Windows temporary update folder (SoftwareDistribution folder) is corrupted”

To easily fix this error, follow the below steps below

1. Stop Windows Update service.

  1. Open “My Computer” and navigate to “C:Windows”folder.
  2. Delete (or Rename e.g. to “SoftwareDistributionOLD”) the “SoftwareDistribution” folder.

Renamed in my case as “SoftwareDistributionOLD”

3. Step 3: Start Windows Update service.

  1. Go to Windows services and “Start”theWindows Update service.

After search was complete, we could find all updates as shown below

Now you can proceed installing your updates