If you’re having issues running Windows update on Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2, you may have come across this error message in your WindowsUpdate log file. I’ve seen this occur on 3 separate brand new installs of Windows Server 2012 today. Here’s how to fix it!
Open the Services manager (Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services)
Locate the “Windows Update” service
Stop and start the Windows Update service
Go back to Control Panel, Windows Update, and re-scan for updates
In every example of this issue I saw, this seemed to correct the issue without having to reboot the servers.
Written By: Amardeep Juneja