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How to fix "Windows cannot find wuapp.exe" error message

How to get rid of: "Windows cannot find 'wuapp.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." error when you try to start Windows Update?

Error description

windows cannot find wuapp.exe

This is just an example. Your error message can look differently.

What is wuapp.exe?

wuapp.exe is a file to which Windows Update Application Launcher refers to. Therefore, when other programs change or move the file, the application with a link to it cannot normally operate and an error message appear.

Why does it happen?

The reasons of these errors may differ:

  • displacement or removal of wuapp.exe;
  • incorrect setup or uninstallation of applications;
  • adjustment of associated registry files or malware;
  • system update of Windows 10 replaced or moved wuapp.exe file.

It is important to fix the problem as soon as possible, because otherwise it may lead to serious issues like slower work of the system, failure to run some applications, system terminations and alternations in Windows setups.

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Fix for Windows 10:

Most frequently the problem appears in Windows 10 during the attempts of updating the system.

Solution 1: Fixing via Windows Update Troubleshooting.

  1. Initiate a Search for 'troubleshoot' and choose Troubleshooting;
  2. windows 10 search troubleshoot

  3. Under the category System and Security click on Fix problems with Windows Update;
  4. windows 10 fix problems with windows update

  5. Choose Advanced and check if Apply repairs automatically is on;
  6. windows 10 troubleshoot windows update advanced settings

  7. Click Run as administrator.
  8. windows 10 run troubleshooting as administrator

Solution 2: Update the Windows 10 system via the Settings menu.

  1. Open the Settings (Windows + I);
  2. windows 10 start settings

  3. Go to the Update & security tab;
  4. windows 10 update and security

  5. In the section Windows Update click on the Check for Updates button;
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  7. Update the system if any updates are available.

Fix for other systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP):

  • Look for the file in the Recycle Bin.

One of the simplest means to fix the encountered problem is to open the Recycle Bin, check the file here and resolve it. If it is not possible, then you could wish to download the missing file from the Internet. Though it is strongly recommended not to do it, since they can carry malicious software or, at least, be deprecated or inadequate to your system. The best way to get the file is to download it from the reliable sources.

  • Scan the system for viruses.

Viruses can infiltrate your system and set up for other system files in the meantime recoding the wuapp.exe or removing it. The malware may also just imitate error messages. It wouldn't be inappropriate to conduct a virus detection with an antivirus program. We recommend you to download and scan your computer with SpyHunter 4 to remove viruses that can cause "Windows cannot find wuapp.exe" error message.

  • Repair the system with the sfc /scannow command.

The sfc command (short for System File Checker) is a tool used for dealing with the system files. It detects the damaged or rewritten files and amends them automatically.

  1. Start the search for "command" but do not press the Enter key;
  2. Press CTRL+Shift and ENTER, in the appeared window click on Yes;
  3. Input "sfc /scannow" and press Enter;
  4. Wait until the scanning ends.
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