Most of the time Windows Update works as it should. It automatically installs updates in the background and asks you for an occasional reboot. However, sometimes it gets stuck, fails to install an important update and thus prevents the OS from installing other updates. In this article we’re going to show you how to fix it.
How to Fix a Stuck Windows Update Automatically
The first thing you should do is reboot your computer to see if Windows Update gets back to normal. Sometimes a reboot is all a stuck app or service needs. However, if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to perform some advanced cleanup.
The easiest way to fix a non-responding Windows Update is to delete all temporary files that are preventing Windows Update from running as it should. You can do it with the help of Easy PC Optimizer, an advanced Windows optimization, repair and clean-up tool. Simply follow these steps:
- Download and install Easy PC Optimizer
- Go to the Optimizer menu item, run a scan and let the software repair everything it finds
- Move on to System Cleaner and do the same
- Reboot your PC
Windows Update should get back to normal.
How to Fix a Stuck Windows Update Manually
If rebooting your computer doesn’t help, you should try deleting Windows Update cache. Here’s how:
- Right-click the Start menu, choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” and then click Yes to confirm that you want to run the Command Prompt as administrator
- Now we need to stop the Windows update service. To do that, type net stop wuauserv and hit Enter
- Now open File Explorer and go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
- Delete everything from that folder, so that Windows Update can recreate it the right way next time you run it
- Now go back to the Command Prompt window, type net start wuauserv and hit Enter
- Close the Command Prompt windows and restart Windows. Things should go back to normal and Windows Update won’t be stuck anymore.