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Windows Update - Windows 8 Service

Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of your computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Update
Service name:wuauserv
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%WinDir%\system32\wuaueng.dll
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePageFilePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Update service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Windows Update fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the wuauserv service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Windows Update won't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Update

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsUpdateWindows8.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

Note. Make sure that the wuaueng.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.