[Solved] “The Specified Service Does Not Exist As An Installed Service”

On Windows PC, many issues could cause the error “the specified service does not exist”  =which complicates the operation of  Windows Update Standalone Installer, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, etc. In terms of solutions, it’s wise to run Windows Update troubleshooter, register Windows Time Service, run SFC and DISM scan, .. . You don’t know how to carry out the solution on your own and could use some help? Then this article is for you. 

Causes

In use,  Windows could run into a wide range of errors but regarding “the specified service does not exist”, you should keep in mind the following suspects: 

  • Windows update
  • Tine service 
  • System files 

Solutions  

Solution 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

As the name suggests, Windows Update troubleshooter is good at taking care of issues that involve Windows updates. If you have a hard time running Windows Update Standalone Installer, it’s wise to give  Windows Update troubleshooter a go.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Troubleshoot.
  • Step 3: Click Additional troubleshooters and pick Windows Update.
  • Step 4: Hit Run the troubleshooter. 
  • Step 5: Assuming that the troubleshooter manages to identify the cause, click Apply this fix. Needless to say, you should allow the process to go all the way. Last but not least, restart your computer. 

Note: Depending on the situation, you have to take a look at Windows Update service.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Services and press Enter
  • Step 2: In Services, locate Windows Update, right-click it and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: If Service status says Stopped, hit Start. You may want to use the opportunity to change Startup type to Automatic as well.
  • Step 4: Go to Dependencies tab then note down every service that Windows Update needs to run. Next, select Apply and choose OK.
  • Step 5: Return to Services, locate services you have noted down and make sure that Service status says Running. For good measure, change Startup type of each service to Automatic. Last but not least, restart your computer. 

Solution 2: Register Windows Time Service

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open Quick Link Menu.
  • Step 2: Select Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
  • Step 3: In Command Prompt (Admin), run each of the commands down below:
    • net stop W32time
    • W32tm.exe /unregister
    • W32tm.exe /register
    • net start W32time

After you finish, you should see a message saying “W32Time successfully registered”. You could restart your computer then. 

Solution 3: Run SFC And DISM Scan

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open Quick Link Menu.
  • Step 2: Select Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
  • Step 3: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command sfc /scannow to perform SFC scan. 
  • Step 4: As soon as the SFC scan concludes, proceed to run each of the following commands to perform DISM scan.
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 5: Once the scan wraps up, restart your computer and see how things turn out. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the error code 0x80070424?

Error code 0x80070424 indicates that your machine failed to install the most recent updates. Unstable Internet connection, limited bandwidth and so on could cause the error on Windows computers.  

How do I pause a Windows update?

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Choose Update & Security then select Advanced options in Windows Updates.
  • Step 3: Set a date under Paused updates to pause the updates. Next, proceed to restart your computer. Windows is going to automatically resume updating on the date you set. 

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