How to Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 11 and 10

The main issues that cause Windows updates to fail are: 1) getting stuck on downloading or installing, or 2) error codes while installing updates. This tutorial shows you how to fix Windows Update errors in Windows 10 or Windows 11. In this step-by-step guide, we will help you troubleshoot almost all types of Windows Update errors and other issues.

Here are some of the most common error codes that you see when a 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…“, “Downloading updates 0%” or “Installing 0%“. 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

You can easily launch the Windows Update troubleshooter by going to the following path:

Windows 11:
Go to Start > SettingsSystem > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters. Next, under Most Frequent, select Windows Update and click Run.

Windows 10:
Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > TroubleshootAdditional troubleshooters. Here, under Get Up and Running, select Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.

Alternatively, you can also download the Windows update troubleshooter for Windows 10 from here (WUDIAG).

After launching the Windows update troubleshooter click 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 Next again.

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Step 2: Apply the Fix to Solve Windows Update Errors

Windows update troubleshooter will check your system for various types of errors. After analyzing errors in the 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, clear the Windows Update cache, and restart the services. If the Windows update troubleshooter was successful in resolving the Windows update issue, it would 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 Again

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 the 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 or Windows 11, 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. To stop these services we need to run the 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 the 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 the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 Folders

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 services, we will rename the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders. These folders store the Windows Update database. If any of the database files get corrupted, 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: Start the Services and Check for Windows Update Again

Now, after renaming both 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 the 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 will 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 successfully resolve 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 methods, you now need to either Reset Windows 11 or 10 using Windows Recovery or perform a clean install of Windows on your PC.

A) Reset Windows using Windows Recovery

If the Windows update issue persists, you can try resetting your Windows 10 or 11 using Windows Recovery. You can perform Factory Reset in Windows 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 the step-by-step process of resetting Windows 10 or 11 using Windows Recovery:

Reset your Windows 10 PC using Windows Recovery

B) Clean Install Windows 10 or 11

If resetting Windows 11 or 10 using Windows Recovery doesn’t work, the only option left is a clean installation of Windows 10 or 11 on your PC. However, before performing a clean install of Windows 10, take a full backup of your important data. Clean installation may erase your Hard disk drive.

For performing a clean installation of Windows 10 or 11, you will require a bootable Windows USB or DVD. You can check this tutorial for installing a clean copy of Windows:

Clean install Windows 10 | Clean install Windows 11

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. In 1% of cases (worst scenarios), you may be required to go through method 4.

We hope this guide helps you resolve Windows Update issues. You can also try this PowerShell script to perform 10 troubleshooting steps on Windows Update. In case you have any queries and suggestions, feel free to share them in the comment section down below.

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