Microsoft Update Error number: 0x8DDD0018

Sometimes when you try to download updates from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site you may receive the following error:

Error number: 0x8DDD0018. The site cannot continue because one or more of these Windows services is not running:

  • Automatic Updates (allows the site to find, download and install high-priority updates for your computer)
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) (helps updates download more quickly and without problems if the download process is interrupted)
  • Event Log (keeps a record of updating activities to help with troubleshooting, if needed)

This is usually caused by the Automatic Updates been set to Manual startup instead of Automatic. Once this change is made, Microsoft Update shoulld work fine thereafter.

Other troubleshooting steps to this problem can be found in KB910337

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