05 November, 2016

How To Solve Windows Updates' Problem

Windows Update Problems

Sometimes Windows Update stops working while it's working in the background because of one update that declines to be installed.

In Windows 7 it happens more than it does on Windows 8, 8.1 or 10. Sometimes Windows update gets an error also or it stops in the middle of it.

The Windows Update Troubleshooter

Most of the times the Windows Update Troubleshooter is the solution to the updates' problem.

First, it closes the Windows Update services, then, It renames the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old, (so that it can start downloading the updates from the start, again!) and then, it reboots the Windows update services.

The Windows Update Trouble shooter is present in all the modern windows and in the same place in all of them.

To open it, click on the start menu and search for "troubleshooting". In the search results, click on the first search result.

Type "troubleshooting" in search bar in start menu

Now on the bottom and under "system and security" section, click, "Fix problems with Windows Update.

Fix problems with Windows Update


On the next window, click "Advanced".

In the advanced setting's window, check "Apply repairs automatically" and then click on "Run as administrator". The reason behind giving administrator privilege is that it ensures that the download cache files can/will be deleted.

Check "Apply repairs automatically" and click "Run as administrator

The Windows Update does it's work and notifies whether the problem is solved or not. Like I said in the start, Windows Update Troubleshooter solves the Windows Update problem most of the time. So try running Windows Update again. Even if the troubleshooter shows no problems because sometimes the process of starting and stopping the service and the clearing of cache solves the Windows Update problem too.

image credits: HTG

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