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Windows Update is broken for some Windows 7 users

Some Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users are reporting they can't check for updates using Windows Update and Microsoft Update. No word yet on a Microsoft fix.
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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

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Windows 7 users are reporting problems checking for updates through Windows Update and Microsoft Update.

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The root of the problem may be an expiration date that Microsoft needs to fix on its side, noted Computerworld earlier today.

A Microsoft Answers thread for those hit by the Windows Update Error 80248015 -- which began at some point on Dec. 3 -- is growing. I've also seen some with Windows Server 2008 reporting this same problem on Twitter.

I am one of those affected on my desktop Dell PC that's running Windows 7 SP1. The message I am seeing is: "Windows could not search for new updates." When I click on the error code, I don't get any further information. Others say they're receiving the message: "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer."

Some are suggesting that users apply an old fix and/or to change the system's date to something older than March 12, 2017.

I've got a question into Microsoft about when and how the company expects to fix this issue. So far, no word back.

Update (Dec. 5): A Microsoft spokesperson sent the following statement: "We resolved the issue causing a delay in the update delivery service." No further details were provided.

Windows 7 is slated to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft through mid-January 2020.

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