How To Fix Windows Update Problems

Microsoft regularly releases updates for Windows, which are aimed at fixing bugs, and making the user experience more smooth and error-free. Usually, these updates are set to Automatic, which means they are updated automatically without intervention from the user’s end. But sometimes you may encounter several glitches with an installation of these updates. Some of the most common errors include a stuck or frozen update, update not installing, or the system caught in a restart loop.

While the system generally shows an error code when encountered with an issue, but it is rarely of any help, as these errors are not easy to fix. Thus, here we have listed the measures you can take to fix the most common Windows update errors.

Make Sure There Actually Is A Problem

Before beginning with the troubleshooting you should always check that there actually is a problem with the updates. To check, you need to wait and see whether the issue resolves by itself. Sometimes it can take over three hours to install an update. So, you will have to wait long to check. But it’s worth the effort. If there is an actual error it will not fix, but you will be confirmed that you require to do the needful to resolve the issue. If however, the issue resolves by itself, then you don’t need to do anything, and you can enjoy the updated version of your OS without any effort.

Method 1: Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

The built-in troubleshooter for Windows can fix many problems including updates. This process, though not foolproof, is a good first step in resolving your Windows update issues. To run the troubleshooter, follow these steps:

  1. Type troubleshooting in the search box, and click on Troubleshooting from the list of results.
  2. In the Troubleshooting window, under System and Security, click on Fix problems with Windows Update.
  3. In the new window that opens, click on Advanced and select Run as Administrator. Now, click Next to continue.

The troubleshooter will now try to detect and fix any problems with the updates. After completion of the process, it will list any problem and whether or not it has been able to resolve the issue.

To check whether the Troubleshooter has actually been able to resolve the issue, try running the updates again, preferably after a restart.

Method 2: Delete Updates Download Folder

Sometimes an issue with the update like when the updates get stuck or refuse to install can be caused if anything goes wrong with the downloaded files itself. In that case, you may try deleting the downloaded files and restart the updates from scratch, which sometimes fixes the issue.

To clear the updates folder, navigate to C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete everything that you find on that folder.

Now, restart your computer and try to rerun the updates to check whether this step has resolved your issue.

Method 3: Disable Antivirus

Temporarily disabling your Antivirus, may sometime resolve an issue with updates. So, it’s worth a try. Disable the antivirus that you are running on your device and check whether that fixes your issue.

Fix Common Errors With Windows Updates

Some common error codes appear with a faulty update. We have listed the solutions to these errors for your convenience.

Error 0x800F081F

For this error code you can try the following fix:

  1. Type cmd in the search box, right-click on Command prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. In the Command prompt window, type the following commands and hit Enter after each line.
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Error 0x80240016

If this is the error code, then probably Windows is busy installing the updates, or a simple restart will resolve your issue. Thus, you need to wait for 10-15 minutes and restart your computer, to check if that resolves your issue.

Error 0x80240030

To fix this error try these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Type cmd in the search box, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. In the black Command prompt window, type the following commands and hit Enter at the end of each line:
    • netsh winhttp reset proxy
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net start wuauserv

Other Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Windows update will not install if there is not enough space on your computer hard drive. So, you may try cleaning up your PC to free up space for the updates to install.
  2. The date and time must be correctly set on your computer for the updates to install. If for any reason, the date and time get incorrectly set on your computer, you should try correcting it and rerun the updates to check if that resolves your issue.

These are the most common troubleshooting steps to resolve any issue with Windows updates. Hope, after following these measures, you are able to resolve your windows update error.


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