Windows could not start the Windows Update service on Local Computer

If you are trying to start the Windows Update service, but you see an error message Windows could not start the Windows Update service on Local Computer, Error 87, The parameter is incorrect, here are some solutions you can try.

Windows could not start the Windows Update service on Local Computer

While trying to use Windows 10 Update, you can receive several error codes like 0x80070643, 80244019, 0x80240034, etc. Apart from that, if you find that the Windows Update service has been stopped, and you try unsuccessfully to start it, then here is what you can do.

Windows could not start the Windows Update service on Local Computer

To fix this problem, you can follow these suggestions-

  1. Check Service Dependencies
  2. Start Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Cryptographic Services
  3. Reset Windows Update component
  4. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
  5. Edit Windows Registry.

1] Check Service Dependencies

A Windows service depends on other services, and that is called Dependencies of a Windows Service. The Windows Update service also depends on three different services called – Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service,  DCOM Server Process Launcher and RPC Endpoint Mapper. This means that if those two Services are not working properly, then the dependant Service also will not start.

Open the Services Manager and locate these-

  1. Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service
  2. DCOM Server Process Launcher
  3. RPC Endpoint Mapper

Double-click on each service and verify whether the Startup type for all is set to Automatic and the Service status is set to Running or not. If not, then click on the Start button. You need to use that option to run the service. After doing that, check if you can enable the Windows Update service or not.

2] Start Background Intelligent Transfer & Cryptographic Services

Bothe these Services too need to be working normally for Windows Update:

  1. Background Intelligent Transfer Service – Manual
  2. Cryptographic Services – Automatic

So locate them and make sure the Startup type is as mentioned above, and the Service status is set to Running. If not, then click on the Start button to start the Service.

Check if you can enable the Windows Update service or not.

3] Reset Windows Update component

If the problem continues then, you may need to reset each Windows Update component manually. This becomes mandatory when you have made a lot of changes regarding Windows Update, and the update service has stopped due to unknown reason.

4] Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update Troubleshooter is probably the best option for you when nothing is working for your benefit. You can run Troubleshooter in Windows 10 from Windows Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Here you should find an option called Windows Update. Click this option and click the Run the troubleshooter button. After that, you need to follow the screen options.

5] Remove a value from Registry

If the Troubleshooter fails and you receive a message Service Registration is Missing or Corrupt, then open the Registry Editor and navigate to this path-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability

If you can find a value called ThresholdOptedIn on your right-hand side, delete it.

Hope something helps!

TIP: More generic suggestions to troubleshoot Windows Services will not start issues.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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