Windows 11 Update Failed or stuck? Here’s How to Fix That

Did windows 11 KB5023698 download stuck or fail to install with different errors? Here is how to complete a Windows update after failure

Microsoft regularly releases Windows updates, and it’s essential for keeping windows 11 secure. The company recently released Windows 11 KB5023698 which resolves a bug that affects a computer account and Active Directory domain, joining fails. Also, there are fixes for Microsoft Store, Edge browser, Bluetooth audio headsets stop working and more. This is a mandatory update and Microsoft recommends downloading and install immediately when it is available for your device. Well sometimes while installing the update you may experience Windows 11 KB5023698 stuck downloading or windows 11 updates failed to install with different errors.

Windows 11 update stuck downloading

The reason may differ, from slow internet connection to third-party antivirus software or Lack of drive space, corrupted update files, hardware, or driver conflicts. Here in this post, we have effective solutions apply to fix windows 11 update problems.

Check for updates again

If the windows 11 update fails to install or is stuck downloading, check and make sure you have a working internet connection to download update files from the Microsoft server.

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    Ensure you have enough free space in your C drive to install the latest windows 11 updates and remove the external hard disk (if connected)

    Temporarily disable or uninstall third-party antivirus and disconnect VPN if connected.

    Restart your computer and Re-run the Windows updates again from Settings -> Windows Updates -> click on Check for updates.

    windows 11 checking for updates

    Run Windows Update troubleshooter

    Let’s run the built-in windows update troubleshooter that automatically detects and fix problems causing the windows 11 update stuck downloading or fail to install.

    • Open the settings app using the Windows key + I
    • Go to the System tab then on the right-hand side Scroll down and click on Troubleshoot then other troubleshooters

    Other troubleshooters

    • Here you will get different troubleshooting options to fix internet connection, audio, printer issues etc.
    • locate and select the windows update option then click the run option to launch the windows update troubleshooter,

    Update troubleshooter

    • This will start to diagnose windows update issues, check windows update service status, corrupted update cache etc and try to resolve them itself.

    Clear Windows update cache

    Running the windows update troubleshooter typically deletes the update cache, including any potentially corrupted files or stuck downloads. But if it doesn’t you need to delete it by following the steps below.

    • Restart your computer in safe mode,
    • Press Windows key + E to open file explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    • Delete all files and folders inside the download folder to do this press Ctrl + A to select all and hit the del key

    Delete update cache windows 11

    • Restart your computer and check for updates again from Settings -> Windows Updates -> click on Check for updates

    Run Windows Update in Clean Boot State

    Boot in Clean Boot State and run Windows Update and see if this helps. When you start the computer in clean boot, it will start windows using a pre-selected minimal set of driver and startup programs. and help if any driver conflict or startup program prevents install or apply windows updates.

    • Press Windows key + R, type msconfig and press ok to open the system configuration utility,
    • Go to the general tab then click selective startup, make sure to clear the load startup items checkbox and ensure the Load system services and Use original boot configuration are checked
    • Next move to the services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services check box, now click disable all

    hide all Microsoft services

    • Click apply then ok and restart your computer
    • Now again check for updates this time may you get success without any problems.

    Download and install the latest update manually

    If you are still having trouble installing the update, try to Download and install the latest update manually.

    • To do this navigate to the Microsoft Update Catalog here,
    • Search for the KB number of the security update that’s failing to install or is stuck download
    • Save the update files to your computer, and run it as administrator after it finishes downloading.

    Microsoft update catalog

    Use the System File Checker

    Sometimes corrupted system files or problems with your Windows 11 installation may prevent applying windows updates. Run the system file checker utility to check for and repair any issues.

    • Open command prompt as administrator
    • First, run the DISM command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    • Let the command scan and execute 100% once done run the system file checker command sfc /scannow
    • Again wait to complete the scanning and repair process, once done reboot your PC and check for updates again.

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