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Aren’t you just tired of that annoying alert that says Windows 10 is missing important updates? Or maybe important security and quality fixes?

Naturally, when users notice the alert, they quickly hit the Update button. Oftentimes, the pending updates fail to install. And a different Windows 10 update error pops on the screen.

Fix Windows 10 Device is Missing Important Updates

⇒ Note: If this alert affects a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise computer managed by an organization, contact your IT admin for further help. Most likely, this is a Group Policy issue.

Restart the Windows Update Service

If the update service is not running or something’s blocking it, restart it.

  1. Type ‘services‘ in the Windows search bar and launch the Services app.
  2. Then scroll down to Windows Update.
  3. Right-click on the service and select Restart.
  4. Then double-click on Windows Update, and stay on the General Tab.
  5. Set the Startup service to Automatic.windows update service
  6. Restart your computer and check if your computer is still missing important updates.

Note: Disabling Windows Update is one way to get rid of this alert. That is if you really don’t want to update your machine. But if you want to install the update, make sure the service is running.

Reset Windows Update

If restarting the service did not work, try resetting it.

  1. Return to the Services app.
  2. Locate and stop the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Windows Update. Right-click on each server and select Stop.stop bits windows 10
  3. Next, navigate to C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution.
  4. Delete all the files and folders from that folder. They’re just temporary files.
  5. Launch Powershell with admin rights.
  6. Run the following commands one by one:
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop cryptSvc
    • net stop bits
    • net stop msiserver
    • ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start cryptSvc
    • net start bits
    • net start msiserver
  7. Restart your computer. Check if the update alert is gone.

Check Your Update Settings

You can tweak the Windows Update settings so as to temporarily block pending updates or avoid installing major updates.

For example, you can pause updates for seven days, or set up a metered connection.

If you enabled any of these options (or others), navigate to SettingsUpdate & SecurityWindows Update Advanced options. Set your update options to default settings.

windows 10 advanced update options

This will unblock the update process on your computer. Of course, if you really want to stop Windows 10 from installing the latest updates, keep the settings as such. And simply ignore the update alert. Go back to default settings only if you want to update your machine.

Manually Download The Update

If you know the KB number of the problematic update, you can manually download it from Microsoft’s Update Catalog.

microsoft update catalog

Simply enter the update code, hit Enter, and select the update you’re interested in. Then hit the Download button.

Run the Update Troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a dedicated Update Troubleshooter. Simply put, Microsoft is aware that update issues and errors are quite frequent. Hence the need for a dedicated troubleshooter.

If there’s something deeper within the system that’s blocking the update from installing, the Update Troubleshooter should fix it.

  1. Go to SettingsUpdate and Security.
  2. Then click on Troubleshoot (left pane).
  3. Scroll down and locate the Update troubleshooter.windows update troubleshooter
  4. Select it and hit the Run the troubleshooter button.
  5. Restart your computer.

We hope one of these five solutions worked for you.



This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages



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