Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.

I am working on an HP laptop that needed a new hard drive.  I cloned the failing hard drive to a new hard drive and installed it back into the laptop.  I tried to get Windows Updates but received the following error: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.  I tried stopping the wuauserv service and re-naming the SoftwareDistribution folder and even deleting it but nothing worked.  I finally stumbled onto a TechNet forum post that said to try and update the Intel Rapid Storage Technology” drivers and all I did was Google “Intel Rapid storage Technology HP” and used the first one that showed up from hp.com.  It worked.  Another symptom you’ll probably have is Microsoft Windows Defender won’t start, nor will the service.  You will get an error message that says: “windows could not start the windows defender service on local computer error 0x8e5e0247.”

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