How To Fix "Service registration is missing or corrupt" Error?

How To  Easily Fix "Service registration is missing or corrupt" Error On Windows 10

Windows Update is a free Microsoft service for the Windows operating system that automates downloading and installing software updates over the Internet. The service delivers software updates for Windows, service packs, patches, as well as the Microsoft antivirus products (such as Windows Defender) and driver updates for  hardware devices. Windows Update is a necessary part of running on any Windows operating system. On most computers running the Windows 10 operating system, updates are installed automatically, however, unlike previous versions of Windows, there is no way to select particular updates you want to download. All updates, such as security updates and Windows Defender definition updates, optional and driver updates, are installed automatically. Despite this restriction, there is a way to choose when to install updates. You can schedule a reboot time and receive a notification about it - this will prevent your computer automatically rebooting without your confirmation.

An outdated operating system is more vulnerable to errors, crashes, and virus infections. If you receive the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error, it is related to Windows Update. This is a service registration error and a common issue for Windows users. There are a number of reasons why the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error might occur: your operating system registry might be damaged/corrupted, or there is incompatible software installed on Windows, etc.

Windows continuously sends updates to users to improve their systems. When troubleshooting the problem with Windows troubleshooter, it might be repaired automatically, or you could still be presented with the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error. In this case, you can try the other methods below to fix the problem.

how to fix service registration is missing or corrupt error

Table of Contents:

Run SFC Scan

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore them. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files (including .DLL files). If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or corrupted, Windows might not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions might not work, or Windows might crash. The "sfc scannow" option is one of several specific switches available with the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it, first open Command Prompt first by typing "command prompt" in Search, right-click on "Command Prompt", and then select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You must run an elevated Command Prompt to be able to perform a SFC scan.

run the sfc scan step 1

In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter on your keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and take some time to complete the scan (about 15 minutes).

run the sfc scan step 2

Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart your computer to see if you are still receiving the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error.

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Check The Windows Update Service

Windows Services (also know as services.msc), are used to modify how Windows services run on your system. These services are responsible for running available programs and managing many system settings and resources. You can modify a service's settings for security, troubleshooting, and performance-related reasons. You need to access Windows Services to stop the Windows Update service. Type "run" in Search and click the "Run" result.

check the windows update service step 1

In the Run dialog box, type "services.msc" and click "OK" to open Windows Services.

check the windows update service step 2

In the Services window, find "Windows Update" service and right-click on it. Select "Properties" in the drop-down menu.

check the windows update service step 3

In the Windows Update Properties window, find "Startup type:" and set it to "Automatic". Then, find "Service status:" and click "Sart" to start this Windows Update service if it was stopped, click "Apply" to save changes.

check the windows update service step 4

Now, go back to the Windows Services list and find "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" and "Cryptographic Services" and apply the same steps as you did to Windows Update service.

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Reset Microsoft Store Cache

Another method that could help to fix the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error is to reset the Microsoft Store cache. You need to execute the WSReset.exe command, which allows you to restart Microsoft Store and clear the app’s cache. It will restart all associated services and clear the Microsoft Store cache. Some users have reported that this method helped them to fix the error. Go to Search and type "wsreset.exe". Press Enter on your keyboard. This will restart Windows Store and clear the stored cache.

reset microsoft store cache

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Run DISM Scan

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. It can be used to repair and prepare Windows images, including the Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. To run a DISM scan, open Command Prompt as administrator and type this command: "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth". Press Enter on your keyboard to execute it.

run dism scan

When the DISM scan is finished, check if the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error persists.

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Reset Configurations Using Command Prompt

If none of the above methods worked, you could also try to run some commands in Command Prompt and check if the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error is fixed. This method includes fixing the error by resetting some Windows configurations and settings. Open Command Prompt (type "command prompt" in Search and right-click in the result, select "Run as administrator") and type the commands below one-by-one. Press Enter on your keyboard after each command.

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Wait until all of the processes are finished and see if you are still getting the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error.

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Reinstall .NET Files

The NET file extension (also known as netViz Project File) is a set of programs that enable data visualization. It is often used for flowcharting and diagrams for business models and IT infrastructures. Many operations would not work on your operating system without .NET files. We demonstrate how to reinstall/refresh these files to fix the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error. Go to Control Panel and set your menu view to "View by: Category". Find "Programs" and click it.

reinstall NET files step 1

In the Programs window, click "Turn Windows features on or off" under "Programs and Features".

reinstall NET files step 2

You will see a list of Windows features. Uncheck all the checkboxes associated with the “.NET” keyword. Unchecking these boxes will uninstall .NET files. This process might take some time. Click "OK" when finished uninstalling to save changes.

reinstall NET files step 3

Now, go back to the same window and check all of the boxes you unchecked before to reinstall the .NET files. Restart your computer after installation is complete to see if this helps to fix the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error.

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Uninstall Your Antivirus

We are not suggesting you to leave your computer without any virus protection - only to uninstall your current antivirus software to see if this helps to fix the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error. It is possible that your antivirus vendor did not update the definitions, which might be causing it to conflict with the windows Update process. Some users reported that uninstalling their antivirus software actually helped to fix this error. Restart your computer and see if the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error persists. If this does not solve the problem, reinstall your antivirus software.

We also recommend that you to try to fix this error by disabling the Firewall. Disable it and check if Windows Update runs without giving the same error. If you have not updated Windows for a long period, it is possible that the Firewall is causing the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error. If you are not sure how to disable the Firewall, follow the steps described below.

Go to Control Panel and type "firewall" in Control Panel's search box. Click the "Windows Defender Firewall" result.

turn off firewall step 1

Find "Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off" and click it.

turn off firewall step 2

Turn off the firewall on both Private and Public networks by selecting the "Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)" option.

turn off firewall step 3

Save the changes by clicking "OK", exit Windows Defender Firewall settings, and restart your computer to see if this fixed the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error.

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Restore Your System Using Restore Point

The System Restore tool creates restore points. A restore point is a collection of important system files stored by System Restore on a given date and time. System Restore reverts everything to a saved restore point, but first, you must have one recorded. If a restore point does not exist on your computer, System Restore has nothing to revert to. To use this tool, you must have created restore points. With a created restore point, this feature will bring your system back to the previous working state, without affecting your files and data.

This solution is a last resort, but if you have any system restore points that were created before you started experiencing the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error, you might be able to fix the problem by performing a System Restore. To restore your system, launch Run. To start it, press the Windows Key + R and type "rstrui.exe". In the Run dialog box, press Enter or click "OK".

restore your system using restore point step 1

In the System Restore window, click "Next".

restore your system using restore point step 2

If there are restore points created, you will see a list of them. Mark the "Show more restore points" checkbox and it should display more restore points. Select the restore point that suits you best (depending on the time created etc.) and click "Next". Do not select a Restore Point at a time when the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error was already present - you certainly do not want to revert to that state.

restore your system using restore point step 3

Confirm your restore point. Your computer will be restored to the state prior to the event detailed in the "Description" field. If you are happy with your choice, click "Finish" and the system restore process will begin.

restore your system using restore point step 4

We hope that at least one of the above solutions helped you to fix the "Service registration is missing or corrupt" error on Windows 10 and you are no longer experiencing problems related to this Windows Update issue.

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