Windows wouldnormally have zero problems installing an update on its own. But there aretimes when user settings or other underlying issues prevent Windows from doingits job. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the things you can do to makeWindows install updates again.

Restartyour PC

A simple systemrestart can sometimes resolve update errors. So before you try anything else,reboot your PC and see if that will take care of the problem.

If not, you cantry the other solutions below.

Check Your Settings

Some Windowssettings can stop it from installing necessary updates. Here are some of thethings you should check.

Metered Connection

Windows havefeatures that prevent it from downloading updates over a metered connection.You should go over your Wi-Fi settings and see if this is what’s causing theproblem.

Go to Windows Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Click the Wi-Fi you’re currentlyconnected to. Look under MeteredConnection and see if Set As MeteredConnection turned on.

There are plenty ofreasons why you’d want to leave this on, especially if you are on a limitedinternet plan and don’t want to incur extra charges. But turning it off willmake sure you get Windows updates as soon as they’re ready.


If you’d like toreceive updates regardless of whether your connection is set as a metered oneor not, you need to over your Windows Update settings.

Go to Windows Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options.

Under Update Options, turn on Automatically Download Updates, Even OverMetered Data Connections. Be aware that turning this on might lead tocharges depending on your network provider.

WindowsUpdate Troubleshooter

Windows 10 hascreated a program that deals with update issues. It’s called Windows UpdateTroubleshooter and it will go through your PC and look for bugs that arepreventing Windows Update from working as it should.

Download Windows Update Troubleshooter and run the application after it’s installed. Once finished, restart your computer. Next, go to Windows Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update.

Click Check for Updates to see if there areany. Windows should start downloading and installing updates.

Add Disk Space

Windows won’t beable to install updates if your computer does not have enough disk space.Consider adding more space if there’s no more room in your hard drive for asystem update. As an alternative, you can also perform disk cleanup.

Search for the Disk Cleanup utility and run theprogram. Choose which drive you’d like to clean up. Select a drive and hit OK.

Disk Cleanup willcalculate how much disk space can be freed. Select which files you’d like todelete and hit OK to continue.

Look for Malware

There’s a small possibility that what you’re experiencing is being caused by malware. To check, run your antivirus software . Quarantine malware if detected to prevent more damage.

RestartWindows Update

If the WindowsUpdate service is not installing updates as it should, try manually restartingthe program.

Launch Search and type Command Prompt. Right-click and select Run as Administrator. Type the following command then press Enter:


The CommandPrompt will run the command. Once finished, it will display a message sayingWindows Update had been stopped. Enter the following command:


This command would restart Windows Update. Go to Windows Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and see if the updates can be installed now.

If you’re having this issue on Windows 7, read our post on fixing Windows Update in Windows 7 .