8 Ways to Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 11

Windows 11 update fails to install or is stuck downloading at various points in the update process. Here is how to fix it

Microsoft has recently released Windows 11 with security updates, quality improvements, and bug fixes. However, some users report Windows 11 update fails to install or is stuck downloading at various points in the update process. So what causes Windows 11 update fail to download or install? Slow or unstable internet connection, system files are corrupted on your computer, the disk doesn’t have enough free space for updates, or the Windows update database corrupted are some common reasons behind this problem. Here in this post, we have a few working solutions apply to fix Windows 11 update problems.

Fix Windows 11 update problems

Here are some general steps to fix Windows 11 update problems:

  1. Check your internet connection: Make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
  2. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.
  3. Free up disk space: Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive for the update. You can use Disk Cleanup or Storage Sense to remove unnecessary files.
  4. Disable third-party antivirus software: Antivirus software can sometimes interfere with the update process. Try disabling it temporarily.
  5. Disconnect peripherals: Disconnect any external devices like printers, scanners, or USB devices before starting the update process.
  6. Perform a clean boot: A clean boot can help eliminate software conflicts that may be preventing the update from installing. Go to Start > Run > msconfig > Services, and select “Hide all Microsoft services” > Disable all > Restart.

Before moving forward, we recommend restarting your computer and try to install Windows updates again.

Check and make sure you have a stable internet connection to download Windows update files from the Microsoft server. And disconnect VPN, if configured on your computer.

Free up some disk space

Again check and make sure the system drive has enough free space (at least a few gigabytes of space available on your PC’s C: drive ) to download and install Windows updates.

To free up space on your system drive you can

  • Uninstall larger software packages you don’t need
  • Run a disk cleanup scan to erase junk files
  • Move some files from C drive to a different drive or external storage
  • Delete old downloads that are no longer required

Disable security software

Sometimes third-party utilities such as antivirus may interfere or conflict with Windows updates result this problem. To ensure third-party software isn’t causing any update issues, try temporarily disabling it before checking for updates in Settings. Or uninstall your third-party antivirus software by following the steps below.

  • Press Windows key + R, type appwiz.cpl and click ok,
  • This will open the Programs and Features window, from here locate and select your antivirus software then click uninstall.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process and restart your computer.
  • Now check for updates again, hope this time there are no more Windows updates stuck or fail to download

Check the Windows Update Service

The Windows Update is a service and its related services need to be enabled and running to download and install updates. If the Windows 11 update fails to download or install you need to check the required services are running or not.

  • Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok
  • This will open the Windows services console, scroll down and locate the Windows update
  • Double-click on Windows Update to open its properties, make sure the startup type is set to automatic, And start the service next to service status (If the service isn’t running)
  • Click on apply then ok to save the changes.

windows update service

Do the same with other related services required by Windows Update are enabled and running

  • Application Identity
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Cryptographic Services

Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows update troubleshooter is a built-in tool designed specifically for detect and fixing Windows update problems. The troubleshooter won’t necessarily fix every Windows update error but it can resolve quite a few update issues nonetheless. Let’s run the Windows Update Troubleshooter and let it detect the problems and fix it.

  • Click on the start menu then select settings app,
  • From the system tab select troubleshoot than other troubleshooters,
  • This will display all available Windows 11’s troubleshooting tools there
  • Locate the click on the run option for the Windows update and follow on-screen instructions.

Windows update troubleshooter

The Windows update troubleshooter tool will open and automatically detect issues, and try to fix them if found any. Once done reboot your PC and check for updates again.

Run a System File Scan

There are chances Windows update fails to install or apply because of corrupted system files. The system file checker utility is one of the best tools included in Windows 11 for Scan and repairing system files. Running SFC command-line utility verifies the integrity of system files and replaces corrupted ones. Let’s run the sfc utility and check if corrupted system files prevent Windows 11 updates from being installed.

  • Open command prompt as administrator
  • First, run the Deployment Image Servicing command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Next, to initiate an SFC scan, type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key
  • Wait for the SFC scan to finish and display an outcome within the Command Prompt
  • Reboot your computer and check for updates again.

Reset Windows Update Components

Also, windows 11 update problems can often be due to corrupted Windows update components. Therefore resetting Windows update components and clearing the update cache is another potential solution to fix Windows update problems.

To reset Windows update components and clear the update cache first we have to stop Windows update and its related services.

Step 01- Stop Windows update and its related services:

Press Windows key + S then type cmd, now right-click on the command prompt select run as administrator. Now perform the following commands one after one to stop its related services.

  • net stop bits
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop appidsvc
  • net stop cryptsvc

Step 02- Clear Windows update Database

Next press the Windows key + E to open file explorer

Navigate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Delete all files and folders inside the download folder, to do this press the Windows key + A to select all and hit the Del key.

Delete windows update cache windows 11

Step 03- Start Windows update and its related services

Now again open the command prompt and start the Windows update and its related services by performing the following command.

  • net start bits
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start appidsvc
  • net start cryptsvc

And finally, open Windows update and try to install the latest updates.

Clean Boot Windows

Still, windows update fails to install? Let’s start Windows 11 in clean boot state that eliminates the possibility of startup software and services conflicting with the update process.

  • Press Windows key + R, type msconfig and click ok to open the system configuration window,
  • Select the radio button, select startup and uncheck the checkbox for the Load startup option
  • However, the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options should be selected there.
  • Select Hide all Microsoft services on the Services tab shown directly below
  • Press the Apply button, and click OK, then restart your computer.
  • Now check for Windows updates again.

Windows 11 update offline installer

If the above solutions failed to fix the problem, still the Windows 11 update failed or stuck download? In such situations, you need to download and install the latest update manually.

  • Navigate to the official Windows 11 update Download page here,
  • Search for the KBxxxx number of the security update that’s failing to install.
  • Save the update file to your computer, and run it after it finishes downloading.

Did the above solutions help fix Windows 11 update problems? Let us know in the comments below.

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