How to Fix a Stuck Windows 10 Update

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Most of the time Windows Update does its job with little or no attention from us.

While we check and install updates manually from time to time, most Windows 10 computers are configured to automatically apply important updates, while older versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8 usually apply these patches the night of the patch service.

Sometimes, however, if the patch, or perhaps even the Service Pack, is installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation freezes, locks, stops, snaps, clocks......... whatever name you want to give it. Updating Windows takes forever and it is time to fix this problem.

Solution 1 - Run troubleshooting for Windows Update

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This automatically detects problems in your system that may take several minutes to resolve. Download the troubleshooting, then click Advanced Settings and you will find the "Apply repairs automatically" option.

Run the troubleshooting and hopefully it should solve the problems that cause Windows Update to crash.

Solution 2 - Deleting files in software distribution

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In the WinX menu, open the command prompt (Admin). Enter the following and press Enter :

Network shutdown wuauserv
Network shutdown bits

This stops the services related to updating Windows.

Then go to the C:Windows SoftwareDistribution folder and delete all the files and folders it contains. Press Ctrl+A to select All and then Delete.

If the files are used and you cannot delete some files, restart your device. After restarting, execute the above commands again. You can now delete files from the distribution folder of the named software.

After deleting this folder, you can restart your computer or enter the following commands individually in the CMD and press Enter to restart the Windows Update services.

net start wuauserv
Mains start bits

Run Windows Update again and check.

Solution 3 - Temporarily disable antivirus programs and the firewall.

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One of the reasons why your Creator updates have been blocked may be caused by your antivirus programs or firewall settings, so you will need to turn it off for a while to see if the problem can be fixed.

1) Temporarily disable antivirus programs.

This error is sometimes caused by third-party antivirus software interference. To see if this is the problem for you, temporarily disable your antivirus and check if the problem persists. (Refer to your antivirus documentation for information on how to disable them.

If this solves the problem, contact your antivirus software manufacturer for advice or to install another antivirus solution.

IMPORTANT: Pay particular attention to the websites you visit, the emails you open and the files you download if your antivirus is disabled.

2) Turn off the firewall.

a) Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard and click the Control Panel option.
b) After displaying small icons, click Windows Firewall.
c) Click Enable or Disable Windows Firewall.
d) Select both Disable Windows Firewall (not recommended) check boxes. Click OK to save.

Solution 4 - Back to the previous version with System Restore

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System Restore has helped solve Windows problems for many years, but it is pretty well hidden in Windows 10. Go to Control Panel, System, System Protection, and click System Restore. Go through the wizard and select'Show more restore points' to see all available options.

Select a time and date, then run the wizard to return to Windows setup (and hopefully resolve your update issues at the same time). The process does not affect your personal files or programs, but it may not be available to you, depending on the initial Windows configuration.

We hope that this will become easier in the future. Microsoft plans to release fewer small updates and more packages with large updates. It will also begin consolidating previous updates into a monthly update. This means that there are fewer individual updates to install.

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