Home > Windows Tutorials > How To FIX Windows 10 Update Problems

How To FIX Windows 10 Update Problems

This Windows 10 guide will show you some fixes to try and resolve any issues you may be having with Windows update not working on your PC or laptop.

Every now and again Windows 10 just decides it does not want to install the latest updates and this could be down to many reasons, such as security installed on your Windows 10 system blocking important files for the update to run, recently installed drivers not compatible, or a system file that has become corrupt! It could be just as simple as you are not signed in as a Windows 10 administrator and this is causing the problem.

By following the steps in this tutorial you will hopefully be able to fix any issues you have been encountering.

If all the below fixes fail then it may just be you need to reinstall Windows 10 by doing a fresh install. The upside of doing this is its always good to do a fresh installation as it will remove any old rubbish on your PC / laptop and speed it up

To fix Windows 10 update issues:

Below are different methods to fix Windows 10 update not working.

1. Run update Trouble shooter (Type troubleshoot in start menu > Troubleshooter settings > Additional troubleshooting > Windows update > Run troubleshooter)

2. Run a disk clean up (This will help with cleaning any old temporary files that could be causing issues stopping Windows 10 from updating)

3. Disable your Antivirus and Firewall that you may have installed on your PC or laptop (Either of these could be causing you issues when trying to update Windows 10)

4. Turn off your VPN if you are using one.

5. Try running a check disk to see if any of the system files have become corrupted (Open File Explorer > This PC > Right-click on C: Drive > Properties > Tools > Click ‘Check’ underneath ‘error checking’ > Scan Drive > Any errors fix them > Restart PC)

6. Stop the Windows Update Service (Open command prompt and type in the following command: net stop wuauserv > Press enter > Type in net stop bits > Press enter)

7. Start the Windows update service again (Open command prompt and type in the following command: net start wuauserv > Press enter > Type in net start bits > Press enter)

8. Clear the software distribution folder (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistributiondelete everything in this folder)

9. Re-register DLL’s back to your system (Type in the following code in Command Prompt: for %i in (%windir%\system32\*.dll) do regsvr32.exe /s %i)

After trying these fixes you can try and run the Windows updates again

You can always rename the software distribution folder if you don’t want to delete it.

Check out the video tutorial here on How To Fix Update Issues In Windows 10 if you are getting stuck.

Check out our latest guides:


Laura is a technical writer and blogger who loves all the latest tech, playing video games and fixing issues with PCs. Her guides mainly focus on games, software, Windows and consoles.