With the latest Windows 10, Microsoft has set it to automatically download and install windows updates. That means Windows update works silently in the background and whenever new windows updates available download and install them automatically. Or for some updates, you need to restart your PC to apply them. But sometimes it doesn’t work as expected, windows updates stuck downloading or checking for updates. There are several reasons that cause windows Update to stuck downloading or fail to install but most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or maybe a pre-existing issue in the update that was not identified until the update began installing and more. Here are solutions you may apply to fix and install windows update successfully.
Windows update stuck downloading
Before getting started check and Confirm the Update Is Truly Stuck? Because sometimes due to a slow internet connection downloading windows update files from Microsoft server may take some time. That’s why we suggest to wait a few more minutes and let the updates download.
Also, check and make sure you have a working internet connection,
Temporarily disable Antivirus protection, and also disconnect from VPN (if configured on your PC)
Next Start windows into clean boot state And check for windows updates. This will help if any third-party software conflict cause windows Update to stuck downloading.
Also, Open Command prompt as administrator Run DISM command ” DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth ” To repair the system image and Run sfc /scannow ( System file checker utility ) to check and restore if any missing, corrupted system files causing windows update to stuck downloading or installing.
Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Run the Build in Windows update troubleshooter that helps to detect and fix the problems cause windows Update to stuck downloading and installing.
- Press the keyboard shortcut, Windows + I to open the settings app,
- Click Update & security then click windows update,
- On the right-hand side, select windows update and then select run the troubleshooter,
The troubleshooter will attempt to identify if any problems exist which prevent your computer from downloading and installing Windows Updates.
In most cases, the Troubleshooter will tell you there are pending updates to install. Click ‘Apply this fix’ and allow the Troubleshooter to install them. In other cases, you will need to follow the onscreen instructions to repair the update.
And If found any problem the update troubleshooter try to fix the problem itself. After complete the troubleshooting process simply restart windows and now check for updates from settings -> update & security -> windows update -> check for updates.
Reset Windows Update components
Also, there are chances that the windows update database get corrupted itself which conflicts with new updates to download and install. Let’s reset windows update components and force windows Update to download fresh update files from the Microsoft server.
Open the command prompt as administrator, and perform the command below to stop windows update and its related BITs service.
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop bits
Now navigate to file explorer then C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\download.
Here delete all data inside the download folder, to do this press Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut and press the Del key.
Now-Again open the command prompt and run command “net start wuauserv” and “net start bits” To restart the Windows Update Service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service which you previously stopped.
Let’s again open settings, Update & security then hit check for updates button.
Install Windows Update manually
If all the above solutions fail to fix the problem, still windows update stuck downloading or fails to install then let’s install windows updates manually.
Visit the Windows 10 update history webpage where you can notice the logs of all the previous Windows updates that have been released.
For the most recently released update, note down the KB number.
Now use the Windows Update Catalog Website to search for the update specified by the KB number you noted down. Download the update depending on if your machine is 32-bit = x86 or 64-bit=x64.
Open the downloaded file in order to install the update.
That’s all after installing the updates simply restart the computer to apply the changes. Also If you are getting windows Update stuck while upgrade process simply uses an official media creation tool to upgrade to Windows 10 version 21H2 without any error or problem.
I am sure this time your system successfully install the latest windows updates without any error or download, the installation is stuck. Still, need any help or face difficulty while performing the above solutions feel free to discuss on the comments below.
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