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Solved: Service Registration Is Missing Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

There are many errors and problems which are associated with the Windows 10 operating system and one of the most common issues is “Service registration is missing or corrupt”. Sometimes you notice that your windows is not updating and You can’t install apps from Microsoft Store, You may face some messages like ‘Windows was unable to install updates‘, ‘Something went wrong‘ etc or windows update error 0x8024402c, Windows Store Error 0x80010108. These are some common symptoms of windows update service registration is missing or corrupt error.

When you try to troubleshoot your PC for knowing and fixing these issues, Your troubleshooter may show an error the service registration is missing or corrupt. This error signifies that there are some damaged/corrupt System Files which is preventing the installation of the Update or install apps and showing Errors.

Fix Windows Update Service registration is missing or corrupt

The error has been detected by the troubleshooter but it couldn’t be resolved. Thus to fix the problem with Windows Updates, we have to resolve this specific issue manually. It clearly indicates that the problem is caused by some root services required to let Windows Updates work. You can try these fixes and see if they help you to overcome this issue. Try bellow Troubleshooting Steps To fix The issue

Run The Default Windows Troubleshooter

Windows has a default Troubleshooting tool that helps to find and repair windows related problems automatically. This error Service Registration Is Missing Or Corrupt is related to windows update. So its better to use the windows update troubleshooting tool first before do any changes on windows to fix Service Registration Is Missing Or Corrupt error. Follow below steps to run the windows update troubleshooting tool. Also, you can download the windows update troubleshooting tool from here and run the tool as administrator. When the tool opens click next and follow the instructions this will check the system for update related errors and fix them.

To manually run the Troubleshooting tool Press Windows key + S, type Troubleshooting and select the first result.

When the troubleshooting window opens click on the additional troubleshooter link.

Now scroll down and locate windows update, select it and click on run the troubleshooter.

This will check the system for errors and problems which prevent install updates and fix them itself.

Deployment image servicing and management tool

Service registration is missing or corrupt error can occur if certain components of your operating system are damaged or corrupted. And in order to fix them repair or restore corrupt Windows system files, you can use the system file checker (sfc scan) tool. Follow the below steps to perform SFC scan.

  • First, open command prompt (admin) on start menu search type CMD, when command prompt appears right-click on it and run as administrator.
  • If the user account control prompt asks to allow the program to run click on yes.
  • Now when the command prompt screen opens type the command below and hit enter key to execute the command.

dism /online /cleanup-image / Scanhealth

DISM ScanHealth Command

After executing the command type “dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth” then hit enter and let it run.

dism restore health command

Run SFC command

System File Checker or SFC is a utility in Windows 10 which allows users to scan for and restore corruptions in Windows system files. SFC can restore files from the DLL cache or if the files are not available, you will need to insert the installation disc of Windows and SFC will automatically pick the correct files and restore them back removing the corrupt files.

  • Now open command prompt as administrator and type command sfc /scannow and wait until the scanning process completes 100%.
  • This will repair and replace the corrupt files.

Run system file checker

After complete the scanning process restarts the windows hope you didn’t face Service Registration Is Missing Or Corrupt error in the future.

Restart Windows Updates Related Services

  • Press Windows + R and type services.msc in the Run dialog box, hit the Enter key to open Services.
  • In the Services window, scroll down to look for Windows Update service.
  • Check the service is running or not and make sure it is set to start Automatic.

Also, check Windows Update dependency services like Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Cryptographic Services are Running otherwise start the services and set to Automatic start.

Rename the Software Distribution folder

If the above methods not work then try to rename the Software Distribution folder which contains installed windows update files. If any corrupt update file occurs the problem then this will be fixed after rename the Software Distribution and catroot2 folder. To perform this follow the steps

Click on windows start search type CMD. On the command prompt and Run As Administrator
Now Run Bellow Commands one by one.

Type net stop wuauserv and enter to stop the windows update service

Now Type net stop cryptSvc to stop the cryptographic Services

Next type net stop bits to stop the Background Intelligent Transfer Service

and last type net stop msiserver to stop the msi server service

perform bellow Two commands to rename the specific folders.

ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old

Type net start wuauserv and enter to start the windows update service

Now Type net start cryptSvc to start the cryptographic Services

Next type net start bits to start the Background Intelligent Transfer Service

and last type net start msiserver to start the msi server service

Wait for complete the processes restart the windows and update windows. Hope This Will fix your problem,

Modify and Remove certain values from the registry

If the above methods not work for you don’t worry we have one more way for that to fix this issue. we can fix this issue by making some changes on the windows registry. we have to use Registry Editor to remove certain values from the registry.

Note Before make any changes on Registry its recommended to create a restore point. so that if anything go wrong with registry changes you can restore your system to the previous working state

First Remove the ThresholdOptedIn value on the registry to do this follow below steps.

Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit, Press Enter or click OK.

This will open the windows Registry window. First backup Registry database and navigate the following key


Here In the right pane, locate the ThresholdOptedIn value click on it and delete.

Few users reported that their Applicability key didn’t have any values besides Default, and according to them, they fixed the problem by adding BranchName and Ring values manually. To do that, follow these steps:

Negative to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\SelfHost\Applicability

Right-click the empty space in the right pane and choose New > String Value.

Enter BranchName as the name of new string and double click it. In Value, data enter fbl_impressive and click OK to save changes.

Again Right-click the empty space in the right pane and choose New > String Value Create a new Sting called Ring and set the Value data to low.

After you’re done, close Registry Editor and restart the windows. hope you will no more face Error Service Registration Is Missing Or Corrupt.

Hope these tips will help to fix Service Registration Is Missing Or Corrupt error on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. still have any queries you can comment below.

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