How to Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 10

The main issues that cause Windows updates to fail are – 1) taking a long time to scan, or 2) error codes while installing updates. This tutorial shows you how to fix Windows Update errors in Windows 10. In this step-by-step guide, we will help you in troubleshooting almost all types of Windows Update errors and other issues.

Here are some of the most common error codes that you see when Windows update fails to install an update: 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020, 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F. Some of these errors might cause your PC to stuck on “Checking for updates…“. Keep reading to know how to fix these errors.

Windows Update Errors In Windows 10
Windows Update Error in Windows 10

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This tutorial walks you through a series of troubleshooting steps to get your Windows update issues resolved. Make sure you follow the steps in the order they are provided here.

1. Fix Windows Update Errors Using Troubleshooter

The first thing to try when you see a Windows Update failure message is Windows Update Troubleshooter. This utility is provided by Microsoft itself to help people troubleshoot Windows update errors. Follow these steps to run the Windows Update troubleshooter:

Step 1: Start Windows Update Troubleshooter

First download the Windows update troubleshooter from the links given below:

Windows 10 | Windows 8.1

After downloading, run the Windows update troubleshooter and click on Next.

Start Windows Update Troubleshooter To Fix Windows Update Errors
Run Windows Update Troubleshooter and click Next

Windows update troubleshooter will look for errors in Windows update components. However, it may ask you to run as an Administrator. Click on Try troubleshooting as an Administrator to continue.

Click On Try Troubleshooting As An Administrator
Run the Troubleshooter as an Administrator

After that Troubleshooter will start with administrative privileges. Click on the Next again.


Step 2: Reset Windows Update Components and Fix Errors

Windows update troubleshooter will check your system for various types of errors. After analyzing errors in Windows Update, the troubleshooter will ask to Apply this fix or Skip this fix to continue troubleshooting.

Click Apply This Fix
Click Apply this Fix

Windows Update troubleshooter will reset Windows update components and clear the Windows Update cache and restart the services. If the Windows update troubleshooter was successful in resolving the Windows update issue, it will show you details of fixed issues. Now you can close the troubleshooter.

Close The Troubleshooter
Close the Troubleshooter after fixing Windows Update Errors

Step 3: Check for Updates

It’s time to check if Windows Update issues were fixed or not. Go to Settings > Update & Security and click on Check for updates. If issues were fixed successfully, you will be able to download and install updates on your Windows PC.

Check For Windows Update After Fixing Windows Update Errors
Check for Updates after fixing errors

SEE ALSO: How to get latest Windows 10 Update on your computer?


2. Manually Fix or Reset Windows Update Components

In case the troubleshooter fails to troubleshoot Windows Updates errors in Windows 10, you can perform those troubleshooting steps manually. You can reset Windows update components using simple commands in the command prompt. Just follow these steps carefully:

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as Administrator

First, we need to stop Windows Update and Cryptographic Services. For stopping these services we need to run Command prompt as Administrator.

Search cmd in the Start menu, right-click on it, and select Run as administrator.

Search For Cmd On Start And Click Run As Administrator To Open Command Prompt With Admin Rights
Search for cmd on Start and click Run As Administrator

You may see UAC prompt. Click on Yes to continue. After that Command Prompt will open with administrative privileges.

Command Prompt Window
Command Prompt Window

Step 2: Rename Software Distribution Folder

Enter the following commands and press Enter after each to stop Windows Update Cryptographic services.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptsvc
Stop wuauserv And cryptsvc Services Via Command Prompt
Stop Windows Update And Crypto Services

After stopping both the services, we will rename SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders. These folders store the Windows Update database. If any of the database files get corrupt, it causes Windows Update to fail. Usually, if you try to rename these folders without stopping Windows update and Cryptographic services, it will give you an error.

Enter the following commands to rename SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution_old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2_old
Rename Software Distribution And Catroot2 Folders
Rename Software Distribution And Catroot2 Folders

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Step 3: Check for Windows Update after Applying the Fix

Now, after renaming both the folders, start Windows Update and Cryptographic services again. Type the following commands and press Enter after each command.

net start wuauserv
net start cryptsvc
Start Windows Update And Crypto Services
Start Windows Update and Crypto Services

It’s time to go to Settings > Update & Security and click on Check for updates to see if the problem is fixed or not? If the Windows Update problem was fixed, you will see Windows Updates working correctly.

Check For Windows Update After Fixing Windows Update Errors
Check for Windows Update

3. Fix Windows Update File Corruption

If Windows Update Error was not fixed even after performing the manual Windows Update component reset, you can now move to the third method i.e. fix Windows file corruption. In this process, you need to run both DISM and SFC commands and not only DISM. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Scan and Restore Health Using DISM and SFC Tools

Open Command Prompt with Administrator rights. In the command prompt run the DISM command in the following format-

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

This command takes some time to execute depending upon the configuration of your PC.

Run Dism Command To Fix Windows Update Corruption Issues
Run DISM Tool

After DISM, run the SFC command in the following format:

sfc /scannow

This command also takes time to scan and fix system errors in Windows Update components.

Run Sfc Command To Fix Corrupt File Issues In Windows 10
Run sfc /scannow Command to fix corrupt files

Step 2: Run Windows Update

Most probably Windows update issue would be resolved by this step and you will be able to update your Windows to the latest version via Windows Update.

Go to Settings > Update & Security and click on Check for updates to see if Windows Update issues have been resolved or not? If you were successful in resolving the issue, Windows Update will work correctly.

Check For Windows Update After Fixing Windows Update Errors
Check for Windows Updates

4. Reset Windows or Perform a clean install

If Windows update issues are not resolved even after trying the above 3 methods, you now need to either Reset Windows 10 using Windows Recovery or perform a clean install of Windows on your PC.

A) Reset Windows 10 using Windows Recovery

If the Windows update issue still persists, you can try resetting your Windows 10 using Windows Recovery. You can perform Factory Reset in Windows 10 just like you do on Android phones.

Go to Settings > Update & Security and click on Recovery in the left pane. The following tutorial may help you with step by step process of resetting Windows 10 using Windows Recovery:

Reset your Windows 10 PC using Windows Recovery

B) Clean Install Windows 10

If resetting Windows 10 using Windows Recovery doesn’t work, the only option left for you is a clean installation of Windows 10 on your PC. However, before performing a clean install of Windows 10, take a full backup of your important data. Clean installation of Windows 10 may erase your Hard disk drive completely.

For performing a clean installation of Windows 10, you will require bootable Windows 10 USB or DVD. You can check this tutorial for installing a clean copy of Windows 10:

Clean Install Windows 10


Troubleshoot and Fix Windows 10 Update Issues

In most cases, your Windows Update issue would be fixed by the first and second methods only. There will be hardly 10 percent of cases that will go up to the third method. And in 1% cases (worst scenarios), you may require to go through method 4.

Hope this guide helps you resolve Windows 10 Update issues. In case you have any queries and suggestions, feel free to share them in the comment section down below.

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