How to reset Windows update components in Windows 11 or 10

The Windows update components in Windows 11 or Windows 10 help download and install all features, quality updates, hardware drivers, and other security enhancements.

However, there are times when you experience problems with Windows Update due to a corrupted cache or the relevant services giving an error message. Whatever the underlying cause may be, it can be fixed by resetting the Windows Update components.

There are several ways to reset Windows updates. For example, you can use the Windows update troubleshooter to solve problems with Windows updates. However, you can also use various scripts. These scripts first disable Windows services and then delete files related to Windows updates.

As a result, Windows will rebuild the Windows update components, and the Windows update is reset to default values. This should fix the problems you were having before the Windows update reset.

How to reset Windows Update

As I had already indicated in the accompanying text, to reset the Windows update, it is best to start with the Windows update troubleshooter. This will allow many problems that occur with Windows updates to be solved automatically by Windows.

Reset Windows update with Windows update troubleshooter

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Settings in the menu. Click on System and then click on Troubleshoot.

Click on other troubleshooters and click the Run button next to “Windows update”.

Start the Windows update troubleshooter

Windows will now check if there are any problems with Windows update. Should these problems be found, you will be advised what to execute, or the problems will be solved automatically.

If you need more information about the error in Windows update, click the “View detailed information” link.

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Reset Windows update with Windows update reset tool

If you want to use the tool to solve Windows update problems, you can use WuReset.

WUReset is an open-source utility. It can delete temporary files, scan, detect, and repair corruptions with the Windows system image. For example, scanning all protected system files and replacing any damaged files, changing invalid values in the Windows registry, resetting Winsock settings, and much more.

This is a complete troubleshooting utility that can be generated with Windows updates.

Download WUreset

To get started, open WUreset as an Administrator. You do this by right-clicking on the desktop shortcut after installation and clicking “Run as administrator”.

Administrator rights are required to reset Windows update components and to be able to change or delete system files.

run wureset as administrator

After opening WUReset, select the desired language.

To reset Windows update, type option 2. Resetting Windows update won’t hurt, your Windows computer won’t be damaged, and you won’t have to restart your computer.

Resets the windows update components

Several actions will now be performed. This will not take long.

Reset update services

WUReset has more options you can choose from. However, if the problem is still not solved, I recommend running options 6 and 7.

I hope this succeeded in resetting Windows updates and solving Windows update problems. Choose option 15 to search for the latest Windows updates when ready.

Thanks for reading!

Also read: 7 ways to turn off automatic Windows updates in Windows 11.

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