Windows 10 updates are a great way of ensuring that your computer has the latest features.
Also, most of these updates are security patches, which ensure that your device and privacy is fully secure.
While Windows 10 updates are great, many users are experiencing difficulties installing them on their computers. Because when they try installing these updates, it get stuck and then fails.
If you are also experiencing this problem, here is a quick and easy way to fix the issue.
Word of Caution.
Be absolutely sure that the Windows 10 update got stuck or fails before trying any of the first 3 fix outlined below.
If you try any of the fix below when the update did not get stuck or failed, it can cause a lot of damage to your system.
So, be very patient when installing Windows 10 updates. Just because it has spend some minutes at a certain percentage does not necessarily means that it is stuck.
Fix 1: Force Restart Your Computer and Try Again.
Most times, the reason why Windows 10 updates get stuck and fails is because, the programs you were using before you started installing the update is not allowing Windows 10 have enough RAM or disk space to operate.
If this is the case, what you need to do is to force restart your computer.
This you can do by using the Ctrl + Alt + Del menu. What this means is that, after the update got stuck and then fails, you should press the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys on your keyboard together.
When you do, and the menu appears, use the Power icon and the bottom-right to Turn off, or Restart the computer.
If after pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys several times and the menu do not appear, then you can long press the power button on your computer to turn it off.
When it is off, wait a few seconds, then you can turn it back on, and try installing the update again.
Fix 2: Remove Windows 10 Update Temporary Files.
Windows 10 Update temporary files are the files which the built-in Windows update feature uses to update your system.
These files can get corrupted during or after downloads. When this happens, it will definitely cause the Windows 10 update to get stuck and fail.
So, to resolve this, you need to manually remove these files. Doing this will force Windows to download a new error-free file which it will use to update your computer.
Here is how to remove Windows 10 update temporary files.
- Open Windows PowerShell (Admin) by right-clicking on the Windows Start menu.
Or from the Start Menu app list, expand the Windows PowerShell folder, right-click on Windows PowerShell, and click on Run as Administrator.
- When it opens, type in, or copy and paste the codes below into it, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard after each one.
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
Remove-Item -path c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
- When you are asked to confirm if you want to perform this action, press either the Y or A key on your keyboard to confirm.
- After that, type in, or copy and paste the codes below into it, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard after each one.
net start wuauserv
net start bits
- Now, open the Windows 10 Settings on your PC, click on Windows Update and then on Check for Updates.
- Finally, download and install the updates.
At this stage, you are likely not to experience the Windows 10 update got stuck issue again.
Fix 3: Update Windows 10 Manually.
If after the steps above, you are still experiencing the stuck and failed Windows 10 update problem, then your next option is to download the update manually using your web browser.
Here is the guide on how to do it.
- Open a web browser on your system and go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
- Now, open the Windows Settings, navigate to Windows Update and then, click on Check for Update.
- Use the names of the Updates in the list from the Settings to search on the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Once you have found the update, click on the Download button next to it.
- After downloading, double click on it (that is, the file with a .exe extension) to initiate the update installation process. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
Fix 4: Upgrade Windows 10
Twice every year, Microsoft release an overall upgrade to the previous Windows 10.
This upgrade includes all the updates that was made to the previous version of Windows 10, and some extras.
Had it been you are able to install updates from the Windows Settings, then you will not need to perform the upgrade manually.
But since that is not the case, you will need to download the Windows 10 upgrade ISO file, and perform the upgrade manually.
Performing the upgrade manually is not difficult. What you need is just to download the upgrade ISO file. Double-click on it to open, and click on the Setup.exe file. Then follow the on-screen instruction.
I have written a detailed guide on how to download the latest Windows 10 upgrade ISO file previously. Just click > here < to check it out.
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