Fix: Windows Update Service or BITS Service Windows Services No Problem (Solved) –

On several occasions – often after a malware attack – Windows Update service and other important services like BITS (Fon Intelligent Transfer Service) can be broken or removed from your system. In such cases, Windows cannot check for or download new updates for your computer, and when you try to force Windows to check for updates, you receive the following error message: Windows Update cannot check for updates at this time because the service is missing or down. You may need to restart your computer.”

When this error occurs, you may also find that the Windows Update service or (and) the BITS service is not in the list of installed services in the Windows Services Management Console.
In this guide, you can find detailed instructions on how to solve the problem of Windows Update and/or BITS service missing from Windows services.

Windows Update service bits are missing

How to solve Windows Update service or/and BITS service is not (missing) in the list of services (Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 OS).

Solution 1. Scan your computer for viruses and malware.
Solution 2: Run the Microsoft Fix it 50202 tool.
Solution 3. Reinstall Windows Updates components.
Solution 4. Restore the default Windows Update and BITS services values ​​in the Windows registry.
Windows Update – Additional solutions for the BITS service(s) missing issue.

Solution 1. Scan your computer for viruses and malware.

Important: Make sure your computer is 100% free of malware such as rootkits, malware, or viruses before performing the steps below. To complete this task, follow the steps in this Quick Malware Scan and Removal Guide, and then check for updates again. If the problem persists, go to the next step.

Solution 2: Run the Microsoft Fix it 50202 tool

1. Download it and run Microsoft Fix it 50202 (Source: Microsoft Article 910336)


2. Accept license agreement and then select The next one.

 Fix 50202

3. leave the Run the aggressive options unchecked and press The next one.

 Fix it 50202 - 1

4. How long will you be patient? MS Fix it 50202 the tool fixes the problems and then click Shut down when asked.

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6. Restart your computer.


7. After restarting, try checking for updates again. If the problem persists, go to the next step.

Solution 3. Reinstall Windows Updates components.

1. Running Windows Update Reset tool from Microsoft to automatically restore Windows Updates components (depending on the version of Windows). (Source:

Reinstall Windows Update components

2. press Accept it on the first screen.

Windows Update Components - 2

3. select Identify issues and apply fixes for me (Recommended) option.

Windows Update Components - 3

4. Be patient while the Fix-It tool restores the Windows Update components. Then Open Windows Update and check for updates.

Windows Update Components - 4

5. If you’re still having problems with Windows Update, go to the next step.

Solution 4. Restore the default Windows Update and BITS services values ​​in the Windows registry.

IMPORTANT: Before proceeding, make a backup copy of the registry. For this:

1. Click on “WindowsPicture-201_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb1_t + “RClick the ” button to download Running dialog box.
2. Type regedit and press Enter To open the registry editor.

registration book

3. From the main menu, go to File & select Export.

registry backup
4. Specify the destination (for example, your Work table), give a file name (eg “RegistryUntouched”), select Export range: All and press Save.

export registry

5. Close Registry editor.

After you’ve backed up the registry, it’s time to reset the Windows Update service and BITS service registry settings to their default values. For this:

1. Download – depending on your version of Windows – two (2) text files (WindowsXUpdateService.txt, WindowsXBitsService.txt) on your desktop.*

* Right click on each file name and select Save otherwise.

fix - Windows Update service is not listed

2. Then go to Control Panelopen Folder options and at Appearance tab, deselect the Hide extensions for certain file types option and press OK.


3. Go to the desktop and change the extension of the downloaded files .txt for .reg. (eg “from”Windows7UpdateService.txt file to “Windows7UpdateService.reg”. & from “Windows7BitsService.txt file to “Windows7BitsService.reg”.)

4. Double click WindowsXUpdateService.reg create the file and merge its data into the registry.


(Click Yes to the UAC warning message)


4. Do the same operation and merge WindowsXBitsService.reg file to the registry.

5. Restart go to your computer and check for updates again.

Additional solutions to resolve the Windows Update – BITS service(s) missing – not listed – problem.

1. Run the service repair tool by ESET as administrator.

2. Run the System File Checker (SFC) tool to fix corrupted Windows files and services. For this:

  • Open an elevated command prompt window:
    • Start > All Programs > Accessories
    • That’s right– press toCommand line” and select “Run as administrator“.

command prompt is run as administrator

  • Type the following command in the command window and click Enter.

sfc snannow

  • to wait and do not use your computer until SFC tool checks for and fixes corrupted system files or services.
  • When the SFC tool is finished, restart Go to your computer and check if the Windows Update service is listed and running.

Good luck!

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