Discord update failed retrying loop

Discord is an extremely popular Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) application for gaming users and anyone who wants to create online community. The dev team regularly updates the Discord app with new features, the latest bug fixes, and security improvements. And every time you launch the app on your computer Discord search for new updates and install. However sometimes while open the app you may run into issue “Discord update failed – retrying in 10 seconds“. Users report Discord won’t update or Discord gets stuck in a failed update loop and prevent them open the app on Windows 11. There are multiple reasons behind Discord update failed loop, slow internet connection, lack of permission, and corrupted app data files are common. This post explores what exactly do to fix Discord Update Failed loop in Windows 11.

Why Discord Not Updating on Windows 11?

There are multiple reasons behind Discord Update Failed Infinite Retrying loop.

  • Discord won’t update because of Inaccurate internet connection.
  • Discord is unable to apply the updates due to lack of administrative privileges.
  • It may be antivirus software that won’t let the discord update files get downloaded properly.
  • Discord’s cache files are Corrupted and leading to issues with the update process.
  • Discord’s servers may experience technical difficulties or undergo maintenance.

Discord failed loop error occurs when the application has not been updated for a long time or something is wrong with the system.

What to Do When a Discord Update Fails?

One of the most common reasons for discord update failed – retrying in 10 seconds is a slow or inconsistent internet connection. The app needs a stable working internet connection to download update files from the Discord server. And before try any advanced troubleshooting tips check and check and ensure the Internet connection is working.

Internet speed test
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Sometimes, a simple restart can fix temporary glitches or conflicts that prevent the update from completing successfully.

Again you may be experiencing problems with Discord updates because the Discord server is down. Visit Discord’s service status to ensure there is no problem.

Discord Server status

Sometimes temporary bugs or glitches prevent Discord Update. And restarting the app should help you resolve it.

  • Open taskmanager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  • Under the process tab locate, Discord process right click and select End task
  • Now re-open the Discord app and see if this finishes the update.

Discord End task

Run Discord as Administrator

Running Discord as an administrator can potentially help resolve the problem of Discord not updating, especially if the issue is related to permission restrictions. Let’s run Discord application as an administrator, it bypasses certain limitations imposed by User Account Control (UAC) settings and grants the application elevated privileges. It allows Discord to modify system files or make changes in restricted folders to complete the update successfully.

Locate the Discord app shortcut on Desktop, right-click on it select Run as administrator.

Run Discord as administrator

Alternatively, Press the Windows key + S, and type Discord. Right-click on the Discord application from the search results, and select run as administrator. If User Account Control (UAC) prompts for permission click yes to allow Discord to run with administrative privileges and install required updates.

Rename the Update.exe file

Problems with the Discord update file (update.exe) file or if the Discord update file becomes corrupted on your PC can also cause such anomalies. Users report, that Rename the Discord Update Executable File does the trick. It will force Discord to download the updated file again, resolving your issue.

Ensure the Discord app is not running or open task manager and end the Discord process.

  • Press Windows key + R, Type %localappdata% in the box and press Enter.
  • Now locate the Update.exe file, right-click on it choose Rename.
  • Rename it to oldupdate.exe and reboot your PC

Rename discord update file

Now try running Discord again, preferably as an administrator and check this time Discord download updates without any problem.

Temporarily Disable Antivirus/Firewall

Sometimes security software conflicts or firewalls may prevent Discord from accessing the internet and result Discord update failed – retrying in 10 seconds issue. Let’s Temporarily disable third-party security software, disable proxy, disconnect VPN and try to update Discord again.

Disable real-time protection:

  • Press Windows key + S type Windows security and select it
  • Navigate to Virus & Threat protection then click on Manage Settings and Toggle off Real-time protection.

Realtime protection

If you are using third-party antivirus Disable it or temporarily uninstall from Windows 10.

Disable Proxy Settings

If you are using a proxy server to connect to the internet, it may interfere with Discord’s update process. To disable proxy settings on Windows:

  • Press Windows key + R, type inetcpl.cpl and click ok to open Internet Properties.
  • Move to the Connections tab, and click on “LAN settings.”
  • Uncheck the box that says “Use a proxy server for your LAN” and click OK to save the changes.
  • Restart Discord and check if the update loop problem is resolved.

Disable Proxy server
Allow Discord Through Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall acts as a security measure to block unauthorized access to your computer, and sometimes it may mistakenly prevent Discord from establishing the necessary connections for updates.

  • Press the Windows key + S, search for and select Windows Defender Firewall.
  • Next Select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall from the left pane.
  • Click the Change settings button, Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
  • Now Locate Discord on the list and mark the checkboxes that read Private and Public. Click OK to save the changes.

Whitelist Discord app on windows firewall

Now check if this help resolve update failures or issues related to the firewall blocking Discord’s access to the internet.

Set time Zone automatically

Sometimes incorrect Date and Time settings on your computer may create trouble connecting the discord server and result discord update failed loop.

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the settings app
  • Go to Time & Language from the left then click Date & time
  • Enable the toggles next to Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically.

Correct Data and time windows 11

Again if you are using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can cause connectivity issues or network congestion, which may interfere with Discord’s ability to establish a stable connection. Disable your VPN temporarily and Restart the Discord app to allow it to finish updates.

Reinstall Discord and clear app data

If the above solutions didn’t help still you are getting Discord update failed loop on Windows 11. You should try to completely remove Discord, then reinstall it using the official installer.

This will help you remove any faulty app data that may have been preventing the app from updating.

Uninstall Discord app

  • Press Windows key + X and select installed apps
  • Locate the Discord app section click the three-dot menu select the uninstall option
  • And follow on-screen instructions to remove Discord from your computer

Uninstall Discord
Clear Discord app data

  • Press Windows key  + R, type “%appdata%” (without quotes), and hit Enter.
  • Locate the “Discord” folder in the AppData directory and delete it.

Clear Discord Application Cache

Download and install the Discord app

Now head over to Discord’s official site discord.com and download the latest version of the application.

Download Discord

Right-click on installer files select run as administrator and follow on-screen instructions to install the latest version of Discord on Windows 11.

Launch Discord and check if the update loop problem is resolved.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.