The Windows Update service (
wuauserv) enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this 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.
If the Windows Update service is missing in the Services MMC console in your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, use the registry fix in this article to restore it.
[Fix] Missing Windows Update (wuauserv) Service in Windows 10/11
To restore the Windows Update service on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, follow these steps:
- Download wuauserv-service.zip and extract the contents to a folder.
- Double-click on the enclosed file
wuauservREG file for your OS.
- Click Yes to apply the settings to the registry.
- Restart Windows for the Windows Update service to get registered correctly.
(The above archive includes registry files for Windows 10 22H2 and Windows 11 22H2.)
Important: If the Windows Update services are deleted at every restart, your system could be infected. See the article Windows Update services are deleted at every restart for more information.
The Windows Update service registry key is located at:
By default, the Windows Update Service (
wuauserv) service is set to Manual start.
- Windows 10 Default Services Configuration and Permissions
- Windows 11 Default Services Configuration and Permissions
I hope the above registry fix has restored the missing Windows Update service to the Services console in your Windows 10/11 device.
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