How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

If your computer is stuck, frozen and having difficulty installing a Windows update, find the steps to fix Windows 10 update stuck on your computer.

Windows 10 update stuck

Ideally, your computer should download and install updates silently in the background so that you can use your computer without interruption.

However, this may not always happen and many frustrated users have reported about Windows Update stuck forever If you are working on updates, do not turn off your computer Message.

In such cases, Windows update may get stuck at 0%, between 55% and 99%, and sometimes it shows stuck at 105%!

1. Force shutdown and reboot

Important Windows updates can be quite large, and major Windows updates take a long time to download and install on your computer.

So it’s always a good idea to be patient and give your computer enough time to download and install the updates.

However, if your computer is forever stuck on the “Working on updates” message, it’s time to force shut down your computer by pressing and holding the button power button.

Start anew After 10 minutes, turn off the computer and see if it boots to the login screen as usual. If this is the case, you can follow the methods mentioned below.

If your computer doesn’t go to the login screen and starts updating again, you need to start your computer in safe mode and try to fix the problem.

2. Check for updates

After the computer restarts, go to settings > Updates & Security > and click Check for updates.

Check for updates option in Windows 10

Hopefully this time your computer should be able to install the update.

3. Use troubleshooter

Follow the steps below to troubleshoot update issues on your computer using the built-in troubleshooter available on your computer.

1. Go to settings > Updates & Security

2. Then click on Troubleshooting > windows update > Run the troubleshooter.

Fix Windows Update problems

3. If prompted, enter yours Administrator password.

4. Wait for Windows to find and fix problems related to Windows Update on your computer.

In most cases, the troubleshooter is able to identify and fix Windows Update problems.

4. Clear the Windows Update cache file

It is possible that the Windows Update problem on your computer is due to the Windows Update cache folder being filled with old update files.

This problem can be fixed by going to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all files and folders in that location.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Open Command Prompt Management in Windows 10

2. In the command prompt window, type net stop wuauserv and press the Enter Key. This command stops the Windows Update service on your computer.

Stop the Windows Update service from Command Prompt

Note: Do not close the Command Prompt window, keep it open and continue to step 3 below.

3. Then right-click on the Start button and click file manager

File Explorer option in Windows 10

4. In the File Explorer window, navigate to This PC (Or Local Disk (C:)) > window folder.

Windows folders on the local hard drive of a Windows 10 computer

5. Open in Windows folder software distribution folder.

SoftwareDistribution folder in Windows 10

Note: To be on the safe side, copy the “SoftwareDistribution” folder to your desktop as a backup

6. In the SoftwareDistribution folder, select and Delete all files located in the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Files in the Windows 10 SoftwareDistribution folder

Note: These are just temporary files and Windows 10 creates them from scratch.

7. After deleting files in the SoftwareDistribution folder, restart the Windows Update service by typing the following net start wuauserv in the command prompt window and press the Enter key.

Start Windows Update service from Command Prompt

After that go to settings > Updates & Security > windows update and click Check for updates Button.

Check for updates option in Windows 10

Hopefully this time you should be able to install updates on your computer.


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