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Windows Home Server 2011: Cannot check for updates error

I know WHS2011 is out of date but it is too much work at the moment to install a newer operating system on my home server.

I attempted to perform a windows update as I usually do, unfortunately, I received a red error warning

Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer

Not great but I hoped a simple restart would fix it.  As per usual, no joy, the old switch it of and on again didn’t work.

I did a bit of research online and found a thankfully simple solution:

  • go to services and stop Windows update service
  • locate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its content
  • start Windows update service
  • check for updates

Microsoft technet forum post

The user who posted this stated that it worked for Windows Server 2008 R2, I thought tI would give it a go anyway.

Luckily, it worked first time.  I restarted the update service and the updates were downloading again.

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