Windows updates are either a godsend or a curse. While it does help keep your computer up to date and secure, endless updates can be annoying.
Operation may be disrupted due to the fact that updates can reduce Internet consumption. And fears that your computer might restart at a critical moment can be devastating.
Even worse, sometimes Windows updates can take forever. It makes you wonder if it is actually downloading updates or if something went wrong and it stuck checking for updates.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to fix this problem. In this post, we will show you a few simple steps to help you get the updates and get them done.
Restart Windows Update
The first solution is to restart updates and see if that solves the problem. Right-click the Start button and select Run.
Enter SERVICES.MSC and click OK.
This will launch Services. In the list of applications, right-click Windows Updates and select Stop.
Then open File Explorer and go to C: Windows SoftwareDistribution. Delete all files in the folder.
This is where Windows temporarily stores downloaded files. By deleting the saved files, it can recreate the deleted files.
Go back to the Services section and right-click Windows Update again. This time click “Restart”.
Open Windows Settings and go to the Update & Security section.
Check Windows Update for pending updates and try downloading if there are any.
See if the problem persists.
Note. This can also be done via the command line or PowerShell. Just type NET STOP WUAUSERV to stop Windows Update and then NET START WUAUSERV to restart.
Windows Update troubleshooter
If the problem persists, you can use the Windows Update troubleshooter. This is a Windows solution specifically designed to address issues with Windows Update.
This handy tool works on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Download the program and run it later.
Select Windows Update from the list of programs.
Click Next to continue. Your computer will run diagnostics to find problems.
When prompted to run the program as an administrator, select the option to do so.
He will once again ask you to select a program. Select Windows Update and click Next.
Follow the recommendations on the Windows Update Troubleshooter screen.
You may be prompted to restart your Windows computer after the computer completes diagnostics.
Close the troubleshooter when finished. Hope this solves all Windows update issues.
Windows Unit Installer
This will use the Windows Modules Explorer, built-in Windows 10 service. This program fixes stuck Windows updates.
In the example below, we’ll be using PowerShell, but this also works on the command line.
Open PowerShell and type SC CONFIG TRUSTEDINSTALLER START = AUTO at the command line.
You should see the message [SC] CHANGESERVICECONFIG SUCCESS if the command was successful.
Now all you have to do is close PowerShell and see if the problem with the not working Windows update is gone.