Complete how to guide for Windows update problems

If you are experiencing problems with Windows updates, this article will help you.

Time and again, people report problems with Windows updates. This often concerns specific updates that could not be installed or that Windows update in general no longer works at all.

There can be several reasons why Windows update gives an error message. The error message may vary, but the cause does not always have to be with Windows update itself. So before we proceed with the tips in this article, there are some checks that you can check beforehand to solve Windows update error messages.

  • Check if your internet connection is working correctly.
  • Check your antivirus package. Temporarily disable protection where necessary.
  • Check the set date and time on your computer.
  • Check that you are not connected via a VPN connection.
  • Check available disk space on your primary drive, usually the C drive. You should have at least 10GB of available disk space for the Windows update, then you are good to go. If not, consider freeing up disk space.

If you have checked all of the above and this has not solved the problem, you can apply this article’s tips.

Complete how-to guide for Windows update problems

Create Restore Point

I recommend before proceeding that you create a restore point in Windows. A restore point ensures that if you experience problems due to a modification, you can always return to a restore point when the problems did not occur on your computer.

To create a restore point, click on the Start button. Then, in the search window type: restore and click on the “Create a restore point” result.

Then click the “Create” button, give the restore point a clear name and click OK. A restore point will now be created.

Create restore point in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Windows update troubleshooter

Microsoft has an application built into Windows that can identify and automatically fix problems with the Windows update service.

When this Windows update troubleshooter starts, all components such as configurations and services related to Windows update are checked. If any errors are found, you will be advised to perform an action to solve the problem.

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Settings in the menu. Click on System on the left and click on “Troubleshoot” at the bottom. Then click “Other trouble-shooters” and then click the “Run” button next to “Windows update”.

Run Windows update troubleshooter

The Windows update troubleshooter starts by identifying any problems related to services, configurations, and files.

If problems with Windows update are found, these errors are fixed automatically.

Delete Windows Update Files manually

At times, a Windows Update does not want to install due to problems with update files. Therefore, it is recommended to remove the temporary Windows Update files.

To begin with, we are going to stop the Windows update service. Stopping this interrupts running or pending update processes in Windows and helps us to remove the temporary files.

In the search box at the bottom of the Windows taskbar search for: services. Open the services app result.

Open services app in Windows

In the Windows service window, search for the service: windows update. Click on the result, and in the top left corner, click on Stop the service.

Stop Windows update service

Leave the Services window open. The Windows update service needs to be started again when we are done.

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. and open the following folder: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\
  3. select all the files and folders in the Download folder with CTRL+A
  4. and delete the files and folders with the delete button

Delete all files in softwaredistribution folder

Now go back to the Services application. Click on the Windows update service, and in the top left corner, click on Start the service.

Start Windows update service

Close all windows. Go to Windows update and check and reinstall all updates in the Windows settings. The update files that did not install before will now be installed if all goes well.

Windows update reset tool

If you cannot solve technical problems in Windows yourself, you can use the WUReset tool. WUReset is a tool that can perform actions to solve Windows Update problems for you. This tool is available in several languages.

You can download WUReset from here. After downloading, you can install the tool. Then a shortcut called: Reset Windows Update Tool will appear on the Windows desktop. Click on it to open it. Next, you need to run the app as an Administrator.

Reset Windows update tool select language

Type the specific number of the language in which WUReset is displayed. For example “0” for English.

Then accept the conditions by pressing “y” of yes.

I recommend you start with option 3. This removes temporary files in Windows update that are holding things up. After that, check for Windows updates.

After that, I recommend that you choose option 2. Option 2 restores all components related to Windows update service. If these components are restored, you can check again through Windows update if the specific update is now downloaded and installed.

Windows update reset tool options

To check for Windows update you can go to the Windows update settings or type in option 15. The Windows update settings will then open for you.

If this still doesn’t have the desired effect, I recommend typing in option 11, then 12, 6 and 7. WUReset will first backup your Windows registry and then adjust and restore a selection of keys. Check again with option 15 in the Windows update reset tool when this process is finished.

Finally, I recommend that you start option 9. There will then be any errors in Windows automatically fixed for you. In addition, windows components will be fixed if necessary. This is necessary if Windows update settings or components are damaged by software or any malware on your computer.

Other tips for solving problems with Windows update

I recommend that you reboot the computer and try again. Restarting the computer can solve many problems. Also, check firewall software and/or you have a legal version of Windows.

I hope you have managed to resolve Windows update problems using this guide. Thank you for reading!

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