Restore Missing Windows Update (wuauserv) Service in Windows 10/11

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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.

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RELATED: Missing Windows Update service can cause the error “0x80070424 – The specified service does not exist as an installed service”. This has been addressed in the article Error 0x80070424 in Windows Update and Microsoft Store

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.

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View Resources Usage by Individual Services in Windows 10

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With the Windows 10 Creators Update (codenamed “Redstone 2”) Preview Build 14942, the way in which services are hosted has changed. In Windows 10 v1703 systems with more than 3.5 GB of RAM, each service would get its own service host (svchost.exe), instead of running under a shared service process. This lets you view the resources usage by each individual service. Resources here mean network, memory, disk and CPU usage.Read more

How to Fix Base Filtering Engine Service Startup Problems

The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service is a crucial network component targeted by many malware. If the BFE service doesn’t start, many services, such as Windows Firewall, Routing, Remote Access, and others, fail to start.

Should the BFE service be missing from the Services MMC, or if the Action Center warns you that the Windows Firewall isn’t enabled, it’s highly likely that your system is under attack. Have it checked thoroughly using a reputed anti-malware tool, or you may seek professional help to eliminate malware. Trying to repair these services when malware is on board your system isn’t going to help in most cases.Read more

Backup Windows 10/11 Services Startup Type Configuration

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After doing a fresh install of Windows, disabling unused Windows Services is one of the time-consuming tasks you perform. Once configured, you can back up the service startup state using a Script so that it can be used for subsequent installations or if you need to automate the task on several computers.

Services state backups can also help when you troubleshoot Windows services and want to quickly roll back the changes you made.

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