Updating Windows 10 is a necessary procedure to take regularly to keep your computer running smoothly. But this process is not always fluid as there are some cases where you might experience glitches, such as unresponsiveness while installing windows updates.
While it is normal for windows updates to take several minutes to complete installation. Once you notice no movement on the screen during the process, and the completion percentage does not increase after several minutes, then your Windows update is stuck.
Experiencing this can be frustrating, but it is not a permanent problem, nor do you need to take your computer to an engineer to fix. In most cases, it results from a corrupted system file, and this guide shows you how to fix a stuck windows 10 update. Although, the procedure equally applies to older or newer versions of Windows OS. You may also be interested in how to solve iPhone speaker not working.
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How to Fix a Stuck Windows 10 Update
Once you notice your Windows update is stuck, you should power off your computer by holding down the power switch for several seconds. You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Del to see if you will be taken to the log-in screen.
If you are taken to the login screen after you reboot your computer, or after you press the Ctrl+Alt+Del button, you should log in to your computer, and use any of the three methods below to fix stuck Windows updates.
1. Fix Problem with Windows Update from Control Panel
2. Use the Services App to fix Problems with Windows Update
3. Fix Stuck Windows Update from the Command Prompt
Method 1: Fix Problem with Windows Update from Control Panel
From the Windows start menu, type “Control Panel” into the search box and select it from the results.
Next, select View by>>Category>>Large icons.
Next, scroll down and select “Troubleshooting”.
And under “System and Security”, select “Fix problem with Windows Update”.
Click on “Next” on the next screen for the troubleshooting module to detect and fix your stuck Windows update problem.
Method 2: Use the Services App to fix problems with Windows Update
From the start menu, type in “services.msc” into the search bar and select the “Services” app.
On the preceding screen, scroll down to locate “Windows Update”.
Next, right-click on it and select “Properties” from the menu. Next, select “Automatic” from “Startup type”, and click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons sequentially.
Next, right-click on “Windows Update” again, and select “Restart” from the menu.
This begins to troubleshoot and fix the Windows Startup problem.
Method 3: Fix Stuck Windows Update from the Command Prompt
Type “cmd” into the search box, right-click on “command prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.
This gives you administrative privilege to the Windows command prompt. Next, type in the following command and press Enter.
net stop wuauserv
The command stopped your Windows Update service. Next, type in the following command and press Enter.
net stop bits
Next, go to “My Computer” from file manager. Then select This PC>>Local Disk (C:). From here, open the “Windows” folder.
From here, scroll down to locate “SoftwareDistribution” and open it.
Select all the files inside the folder, cut and paste them into a new folder, so that you can revert to it in case of an error.
Next, open “cmd” again, and type in the following command+Enter.
net start wuauserv
Next, type in the following command and press Enter.
net start bits
Once you complete this process, you should restart your computer. This should fix the Windows Update stuck problem.
I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.