How to Fix Windows Won’t Install Updates

Windows won’t install update error is a problem often faced by many Windows users. This issue often arises when they’re prompted to install the latest system updates version.

While there is no single answer to why Windows updates won’t install. Sometimes this update error may be due to corrupt update files, user settings, or lack of drive space. Thankfully, there are fixes you might want to try to correct this.

Restart your PC

This simple hack can be useful to resolve a Windows Update issue. When you receive the error message, consider restarting your PC. If this doesn’t work, you can try other solutions.

Switch off Metered Connection

Sometimes, a metered connection can restrict Windows updates. This limits the amount of data the computer can use. Check your internet connection to confirm if it’s the cause of the problem. If a metered connection prevents Windows from updating, you’ll need to turn it off.

Navigate to Window Settings and click on “Network & Internet”.


Thereafter, select “WiFi”.


Check for your WiFi name from the list of networks available and click on it. Thereafter, check if the metered connection is turned on by scrolling down. If it is turned on, toggle it off.


Now check if the error has been corrected.

Repair Corrupted System Files

Corrupted system files can also cause Windows updates won’t load error. Deleting or repairing these files will help fix the problem. Depending on the Windows version, you may need to run System File Checker to check and repair the corrupted files.

If you are on Windows 10, use the search bar to search for “Command Prompt”. and run it as an administrator by right-clicking on it and select “Run as Administrator”.

Now, type in the following and click enter.


The system file checker should begin running immediately. This can take several minutes.


Once this process is completed, a list of any problems found will be displayed. You can then address each issue. Although, in my own case, there is no problem found as shown below.


Once you address any issue found, you can then check again to see if the issue has been resolved.

Restart Windows Update

If your Windows update isn’t loading after trying the recommendations above, you should consider manually restarting the program. You can do this by resetting your Windows Update through the command prompt.

Open the command prompt as an administrator. Type in the following command and click the “Enter” button.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Upon completing the commands, restart your computer and check that Windows won’t update issue is resolved.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows update troubleshooter is an automated diagnostic tool that fixes Windows updates won’t update issues. This program runs a diagnostic test on your PC, targeting malfunctioning components. Here’s how to use the troubleshooter for Windows updates.

Type “Troubleshooting” in the Search bar and select the first option that appears.

From the top-left corner, select “View all”.

Scroll down to click on windows updates.

Then click on “Next” button.

Now, click on “Try troubleshooting as an administrator”.

This activates the software, which scans your system for any problem. If the software detects any issue, follow the prompts to resolve it. No problem were found in my own case.

Clean your Disk Space

Windows won’t install update failure may result from low disk space. To fix this issue, you’ll need to increase the disk space by adding more drive.

Alternatively, you can do disk cleanup. Before cleaning up your disk, ensure you backup your files and empty the recycle bin.

Navigate to the Start Menu, search for Disk Cleanup utility and click on it. Follow on-screen instructions to complete the cleanup process. You’ll need to choose the drive to clean and select all the items to be deleted.

Once you go through the fixes above, the “Windows Won’t Install Update” issue should be resolved. You may also find our guide on how to run android games on windows PC helpful.

If you have any issue while following the steps described in this guide, or you have other comments, kindly leave it in the comment section below.

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