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.
|Windows 8 edition||Windows 8||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1 Update 1|
|Display name:||Windows Update|
|Path:||%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs|
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.
Windows Update won't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.
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.