Windows Updatesare either a godsend or a curse. While the program does help keep your computerup-to-date and protected, the endless updates can be annoying.
Work can bedisrupted because updates can hog your internet consumption. And the fear thatyour computer can restart at a crucial point can be disruptive.
Even worse,sometimes Windows Updates can take forever to finish. It leaves you wonderingif it really is downloading updates or if something went wrong and that it’sstuck checking for updates.
Fortunately,there are steps you can take to fix the issue. In this post, we’ll show you afew simple steps so you can get the updates over and done with.
Restartthe Windows Update
The firstsolution is to restart your updates and see if that fixes the problem.Right-click the Start button andselect Run.
Type SERVICES.MSC and click OK.
This will launch Services. From the list ofapplications, right-click WindowsUpdates and select Stop.
Next, open FileExplorer and go to C:\ > Windows > SoftwareDistribution. Remove all thefiles in the folder.
This is whereWindows temporarily stores the files it downloaded. By removing the storedfiles, it’s duped into recreating the deleted files.
Go back toServices and right-click Windows Update again. This time click Restart.
Open Windows Settings and go to Update & Security.
Under WindowsUpdate, see if there are pending updates and try to download if there are any.
See if the issuepersists.
Note: There isalso a way to do this through the CommandPrompt or PowerShell. Simplytype in NET STOP WUAUSERV to stopWindows Update followed by NET STARTWUAUSERV to restart.
If the issuestill persists, you can use Windows Update Troubleshooter . This is aWindows solution that’s specifically designed for fixing Windows Updateproblems.
This handy toolworks for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Download theprogram and launch it afterward.
From the list ofprograms, select Windows Update.
Click Next to continue. Your computer willrun diagnostics to detect problems.
When prompted torun the program as an administrator, click the option that allows you to do so.
It will onceagain ask you to select a program. Select WindowsUpdate and click Next.
Follow theon-screen recommendations that Windows Update Troubleshooter will provide.
You might beprompted to restart your Windows computer after the computer is done runningthe diagnostics.
Close thetroubleshooter after it’s done. Hopefully, this would end all your Windowsupdate issues.
This will makeuse of Windows Module Explorer, a built-in Windows 10 service. This programtackles stalled Windows updates.
We’ll be usingPowerShell in the example below but this also works in Command Prompt.
Open PowerShelland enter SC CONFIG TRUSTEDINSTALLERSTART=AUTO in the command line.
You should seethe message [SC] CHANGESERVICECONFIGSUCCESS is the command was successfully executed.
Now all you haveto do is close the PowerShell and see if the Windows update not working problemis no longer there.