If you have a genuine Windows then obviously you have setup Windows Update to automatic. Well in such case most of the time it silently works on background. It looks for new updates, downloads them and installs the basics one without telling you. Now the problem is sometimes it gets stuck or stops working. If you are dealing with the same then check our tutorial on how to fix Windows update stuck issue. Make sure to follow each step if you don’t want any problem later.
Know that this problem can happen to any version of Windows majorly in 7, 8, or 10 but it is very common in Windows 7 which we guess most of you are using reading this article. Sometimes updates throw an error and sometimes it just gets stuck in one position then no matter you check it after a few hours or days.
It seems that Windows updates are important for you that’s why you are here. If you are here to get knowledge then we recommend you to don’t neglect the updates as it helps keep your system from potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Steps to Fix Windows Update Stuck Issue
Windows has inbuilt troubleshooter that we know totally useless and 99% of the time it doesn’t help but consume some minutes of our life. Anyways still giving it a try is not a bad choice especially if it somehow fixes the issue. So try it first. When you run troubleshoot for the respective issue it generally performs three actions:
- It turns off the Windows Update Services.
- It renames the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution path to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old, this will actually clear the cache of Windows Update so it can get start from the beginning.
- It restarts the Windows Update Services.
Now you might be thinking about how to start or find the troubleshooter? Well, it is very easy to locate it.
1. Hit the Windows button and type ‘troubleshooting’. Open the first result and it will open a Control Panel window.
2. Look for System and Security option and click on Fix problems with Windows Update.
3. A Window will pop up from where you need to click on the Advanced option.
4. When you click on Advanced make sure that the option ‘Apply repairs automatically’ should enable or checked. After that click on Run as administrator open that is just above the checkbox option.
5. That’s it, troubleshooter will perform all three process mentioned above. Know that generally, troubleshooter is useless in most of the cases but in this problem, there is a higher chance that troubleshooter will help you to fix Windows update stuck issue.
If at the end troubleshooter flashes a message that it couldn’t identify the problem then we still recommend you to run Windows Update manually as it might not solve the issue but as it clears the cache so it might get work.
Fix Windows Update Stuck Issue by Manually Deleting Cache
If troubleshooting and last trick don’t work for you then its time to manually deleting the cache. When you take things in your hands then you might reach where troubleshooting can’t. To make the process more proof we take it one step further by booting the system into Safe Mode. It is to make sure that system really gets rid of cache problem.
- Shut down your system and restart it with Safe Mode by pressing the F8 button. Using arrow key select the Safe Mode option. If you have Windows 8 or 10 then hold down the Shift key while clicking on Restart option or navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced > Options > Windows Startup Settings > Restart > Safe Mode.
2. It sounds a bit technical in later version. Anyway when you’ve got the Safe Mode the next thing that you need to do is stop the Windows Update service. Sometimes it doesn’t let you stop the service even in Safe Mode so try to stop it using Command Prompt.
3. Click on Windows button and type command prompt in the search box. Alternatively, you can go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
4. For Window 8 or 10 right click on Start menu or press Windows + X then choose ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ after that click on Yes to run it
5. In command prompt screen type below command then press enter. It will stop the Windows Update service.
net stop wuauserv
6. Now open File Explorer and go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution. From here delete all the files. Don’t worry there is nothing important in it.
7. Now you need to restart the Windows Update service. Go back to command prompt window and type below command and press enter.
net start wuauserv
8. When command prompt show message ‘The Windows Update service was started successfully’ close the command prompt and restart the system in normal mode. After this rerun Windows update. Hope it will fix Windows update stuck issue.
How to Update Windows & All at Once Using Microsoft’s Convenience Rollup
You might be unaware but Windows has produced something that helps you to update your Windows at once. They call it ‘Convenience Rollup’, an essentially Windows 7 Service Pack 2.
It has a large number of updates for Windows that obviously take some time to install. This update has updates released from February 2011 to May 2016.
You might be thinking where it actually helps you. Well if you have just installed an old Windows version then this convenience rollup help you to install all updates at once so you don’t have to wait for updates.
The sad thing is you can get this update normally through Windows update. We will update with you all the process in our upcoming article so stay tuned with us.
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