Windows 10 Tips and How to Guide

Fix We cant install some updates because other updates are in progress

Windows 10 is the best Ever operating system by Microsoft compared to previous windows 8.1 and 7. New awesome Features, reliable security, optimized speed and more. Also With Windows 10, Microsoft makes update installation automatic. This means if a windows 10 computer system is connected with the Microsoft server through the internet then this will receive the latest Windows Updates automatically. Also If needed, then the PC’s owner can hassle the installation of updates by opening the Settings app, opening Updates & Security, and clicking on the Check for Updates button. But some of users report Windows update fails to install with “another installation is in progress windows 10” or “We cant install some updates because other updates are in progress.” Error while checking windows updates.

We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress. Restarting your computer may help, and we’ll keep trying to update 

Normally this error means that the windows system is currently working on the earlier updates, which might not have been installed properly. And that mostly occurs  If there is some corruption of files related to Microsoft Installer service (msiserver), and Windows blocks other updates from installing even when there is no update being installed at the moment. As a consequence of this user is unable to install any Feature updates.

Fix another installation is in progress windows 10

If you are also suffering from this Update installation Error ” We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress” Here apply bellow solutions to fix this. Start with Basic Solution Simply Restart windows computer. And check again for latest available updates from

  • Windows + I to open settings
  • Click updates & Security
  • Windows update then click the check for updates button.

If still getting same error fallow next step.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Microsoft released an official  Windows Update Troubleshoot tool that clear the Windows Update related temporary files, clear the contents of the Software Distribution folder, repair and reset Windows Update components, check the status of Windows Update-related Services, check for pending updates and more. That helps to fix most of the Windows 10 Update download and installation problems.

You can download and run the Windows update Troubleshooter directly from the official site here.  Or run the Troubleshooter from the settings app following steps below.

  • Press Windows + I to open the Settings app,
  • Click Update & security, then Windows update,
  • look for and select Windows update,
  • Then click Run the troubleshooter,
  • Let the troubleshooter detect and fix problems prevent windows updates to install.
  • Restart Windows after complete the process and again check for updates.

windows update troubleshooter

Restart Windows Installer service

Sometimes certain repair or uninstall processes can start automatically in the background, and it can require Windows Installer service in order to run. If you try to install another software while Windows Installer is running you’ll encounter this error. One of the simplest ways to fix this problem is to restart the Windows Installer service.

  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok
  • Scroll down and look for Windows installer service
  • Right click on Windows installer service select restart.

Windows installer service

Re-register Windows Installer Service

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Then Switch to Services tab and scroll down to found msiserver service.
  3. Right click on it and select Stop.

Next open command prompt as administrator. you can do this by type cmd on start menu search select command prompt, Right click on it and select run as administrator.

Here type following commands one by one and press Enter key to execute the command :

MSIEXEC /UNREGISTER
MSIEXEC /REGSERVER

re-register windows installer service

After that again open Task Manager -> Services -> right click msiserver service and select Start. Now Restart windows computer and check for windows updates. hope this will fix update installation problem We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress.

Tweak Registry Editor

Also, you tweak windows registry editor to fix update installation error We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress on Windows 10.

  • Press Windows + R, type regedit and ok to open windows registry editor,
  • Backup registry database then navigate to the following path
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
  • Here right-click on the PendingFileRenameOperations registry string (REG_MULTI_SZ).
  • Then select Delete and click yes to confirm.

delete PendingFileRenameOperations value

  • Close regitry window and restart windows
  • Now check for updates hope this time you dint face any problem while install windows updates.

Reset Windows updates components

Some Users suggest Reset Windows updates components and clear old update files, force windows update to download and install fresh update files from Microsoft server. And that most probably fix windows update installation problems include”We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress.”

Open Command prompt as administrator then stop the fallowing windows services ( windows update and Background Intelligent Transfer Service ) using command bellow.

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop bits

And minimuze the command prompt window.

stop windows services

Now open C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A to select all,

Then press Delete key to Delete all files inside the downloads folder

Clear Windows update cache

Now again open the command prompt windows and perform command below to Restart the windows services stopped before.

  • net start wuauserv
  • net start bits

start windows services

After that simply Restart windows and check for windows updates. I hope this time windows install updates without any error.

Here a quick video show how to fix another installation is in progress windows 10.

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