Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running.

Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running.

Symptom:    Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running.

                    You may have to restart your computer.

Cause:    '- Hard disk drives have traditionally been based on 512 byte sectors,

                  and all access to the physical media was addressed based on this unit.

                 '- Recently, hard disks vendors have begun to transition to new disks that have a sector size of 4096 bytes (4 KB).

                     These are generally known as an “Advanced Format Disk.”

                      '- Because disks are only able to perform physical media updates in the granularity of the physical sector

                         (4 KB in this case),   a 512 byte write that is directed to the disk will require some additional work

                       in order to be completed.

                       '- This work comes at the cost of performance and reliability,

                           with the specific cost varying based on the workload and hardware implementation.

                        '- To avoid this additional work, applications must be updated to natively support writes

                           that are based on the 4 KB sector granularity.

 

Solution:        1. Run MS KB982018 with aggressive options (for Windows only)

                     2. Reboot

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