Fix Net Helpmsg 2186: The Service Is Not Responding in Windows 11

A significant number of users faced this error while attempting to restart the Windows Update Service through the “NET START WUAUSERV” command.

If the Windows Update service is not running or disabled, it could pose a potential threat to your system’s security since you won’t receive the latest updates.

The NET START command is an in-built Windows command that starts and stops services and other programs. Occasionally, while using this command, you may come across an error message with the code “Net Helpmsg 2186”.

Run a System Maintenance troubleshooter

In your Windows search bar, type in Perform recommended maintenance tasks automatically and press Enter.

Select Advanced.

Select Apply Repairs automatically and click Next.

Reset Windows Update components

In your Windows search bar, type in cmd and choose Run as Administrator.

Type the following commands and Press Enter after each one

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

net stop appidsvc

net stop cryptsvc

Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\*.*”

rmdir %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution /S /Q

rmdir %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 /S /Q

regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll

regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dll

regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll

netsh winsock reset

netsh winsock reset proxy

net start bits

net start wuauserv

net start appidsvc

net start cryptsv

Perform clean boot

Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog

Type msconfig and press Enter.

Under the Services tab and select Hide all Microsoft services.

Click the Disable All button, press Apply and click OK to save changes.

Press CTRL + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

Choose the startup tab and Disable all the enabled startup apps.

Restart your PC.

Execute a System Restore

Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog

Type in rstui and press Enter.

Select the restore point you want to revert to and click Next.

Click Finish.


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