Windows Update Won’t Install: 4 Easy Solutions That Work

Windows 10 is the most sophisticated & advanced version of Microsoft OS, yet users are still complaining about the Windows update not installing. Updates are a very important part of the Windows OS ecosystem, thus they are automatically downloaded and installed from time to time. This is what to do when Windows Update Won’t Install on its own.

Some Windows 10 users have complained that their computers accumulate tons of pending updates, some of which were ‘waiting to be downloaded’, while some were ‘waiting to be installed’, but none downloads or installs no matter how many times users try to download and install them. Below we are going to discuss a few possible hacks for when the Windows updates won’t install:

Method 1: Restarting PC

Restarting your device when any technical problem arises, is the most important and easy hack. A simple system restart sometimes resolves the error with the updates not installing, so before you try anything else, you should reboot your PC and see if that solves the problem. 

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Method 2: Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a program launched by Windows 10 that deals with update issues. It goes through your PC and looks for bugs that prevent Windows Update from installing as it should. Windows Update Troubleshooter will automatically detect any problem related to updates not installing and try to fix it. You can run the Update Troubleshooter by following the steps mentioned below:

Step1: First, you need to click on the ‘Start menu’.

Step 2: Then you need to type and search for the ‘control panel’.

Step 3: In the control panel, you will need to go to the ‘View’ option and select the ‘Large Icons’ as your ‘View mode’.

Step 4: Then select the ‘Troubleshooter’ option, present under the ‘Control Panel’.

Step 5: Under the ‘System and Security’ menu, you will need to click on the ‘Fix problems with windows update’ option.

Step 6: You will notice that a new window will open where you will need to tick the ‘Apply repairs automatically’ option and then click on the ‘Next’ option.

Step 7: If there is an issue with the Windows updates, the troubleshooter will detect it.

Step 8: If any corruption’s or problem’s presence is found, then the troubleshooter will automatically detect it and will ask you to either ‘apply the Fix’ or ‘skip it’.

Step 9: Next, click on the  ‘Apply this fix’ and you will notice that problems with your device’s ‘Windows Update’ will be solved.

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As soon as the problem with your Windows updates is solved, you will need to install the ‘Windows 10 updates:

Step 1: First, you need to select the ‘Start’ menu or press the ‘Windows Key’.

Step 2: Then you need to type ‘updates’ in the search bar and click on the ‘Check for updates’ option.

Step 3: Now, this will open the ‘Windows Update’ window, and you will simply need to click on the ‘Install now’ option.

This would fix ‘Windows 10 updates won’t install’ issue, but if the issue persists then you can follow the next method mentioned below.

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Method 3: Windows Update Services

You should make sure that all the Windows Update background Services are running normally on your PC. Issues with any one of them can create a hurdle in the proper installation of updates. You should ensure that the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and ‘ Cryptographic Service are running.

Step 1: First, you need to launch the ‘Run dialogue box’ by using ‘Windows+R’ shortcut keys.

Step 2: Then you need to type in ‘services.msc’ and press the ‘Enter’ key, by which the ‘Services page’ will be launched.

Step 3: Next you need to scroll to the ‘Windows Update’ section and right-click on it.

Step 4: After that, you need to select the ‘Properties’ menu.

Step 5: Then you need to change the ‘Startup type’ to ‘Automatic’. If it is stopped, then you will have to click on the ‘Start’ option. 

Step 6: Next you need to click on the ‘Apply’ option and then on the ‘OK’ option.

Step 7: Once this is done, you will need to scroll to the ‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service’  and right-click on it.

Step 8: Now you need to select ‘Properties’.

Step 9: Just in the same way, you will need to change its ‘Startup type’ to ‘Automatic’ and start the process if it is stopped.

Step 10: You will need to search for ‘Cryptographic Service’ and head over to ‘Properties’.

Step 11:  Then you need to change its ‘Startup type’ to ‘Automatic’ too.

Step 12: Finally, after enabling all the above-mentioned options, you will need to restart your PC. 

Once it reboots, you can check whether the ‘Windows update won’t install’ issues have been fixed or not.

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Method 4: Metered Connection

Sometimes, the internet connection that you are using might be set up as a ‘metered connection’ because of which there will be certain download restrictions. Therefore, it is necessary to turn off the metered connection and then check if the problem still exists.

Step 1: First, you need to press ‘Windows + I’ key to open the settings.

Step 2: Then click on the ‘Network and Internet’ option.

Step 3: Next, you need to select the ‘Network and Internet’ option

Step 4: Then click on the ‘Wifi’, present on the left side.

Step 5:  Next, select the ‘Manage known Networks’ option from the next window.

Step 6: Then you need to access the ‘Manage known networks menu’

Step 7: From there, click on the ‘Wifi name’ in the next window.

Step 8: After that, select the ‘Properties’ option.

Step 9: Finally, you need to click on the toggle for ‘Set as Metered Connection’ to turn it off.

Once done, you can check if the issue persists or not. So this was all about ‘Windows update won’t install’ and four possible methods to solve this issue. We hope that this was helpful and informative to you. Stay tuned to TechSunk for more such topics.

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