Windows won’t install updates – what to do first.
If Windows is not updating and you receive an error code, it could be due to corrupted or missing installation packages. To fix this, you can use Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter.
- To activate it, open Settings and select Update & Security.
- Click the Troubleshoot button and then click Windows Update. To start troubleshooting, click on “Troubleshoot.”
- After a successful scan, this tool fixes all problems automatically. However, this process may take some time, so do not turn off your computer until it is complete.
- Then close the troubleshooter and restart your device.
What to do if Windows won’t install updates
If the Microsoft troubleshooting tool doesn’t work for your problem, try another solution:
- Before installation, make sure there is enough free space on your hard disk, at least about 10 GB. Use Disk Cleanup to remove unnecessary installation packages.
- When searching for and installing updates, turn off the anti-virus system, as some updates may be mistakenly marked as a virus. For your computer’s safety, remember to reactivate your antivirus later.
- Also, unplug any USB devices you don’t need at the moment, such as external hard drives or USB drives.
- Try updating your Windows 10 drivers if necessary.
- The error in Windows updates can also be related to Microsoft servers. In this case, you have no choice but to wait a while and then try to install updates again.
If these tips don’t work, here are a few more tools to try.
For example, Microsoft has a Windows Update Troubleshooter that automatically takes the steps necessary to fix Windows update errors.
Alternatively, if you are an advanced user, you can also use the Reset Windows Update Tool to undo failed updates. To avoid repeated errors, it is worth downloading the Windows Update MiniTool application to install updates manually.