How to Fix Windows Update
Windows installs updates fully automatically. If this is not the case, you should fix Windows Update. We show how it works. Whether Windows 10 , Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 : Normally, you do not have to worry about installing security and feature updates for Microsoft operating systems. The systems look for new updates in the background, download them and install them the next time the PC is restarted.
At least the theory. In practice, however, it often happens that Windows acknowledges the search for new system updates with errors. Also, the automatic update installation is far from always given. But do not worry, we’ll show you how to fix the Windows Update bug.
Windows Update broken: The first steps
If the Windows Update feature does not work properly, try some standard steps first. Perhaps the simplest: Restart your PC . Especially on laptops that are put to sleep, a real reboot can often do wonders. Then open the Control Panel or (in Windows 10) the new settings and manually check for updates. Under Windows 10, go to the section ” Update and Security “.
Click on the ” Check for updates ” button in the ” Windows Update ” section . For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you can find the corresponding function in the Control Panel under “”.System and Security – Windows Update “. If Windows finds the updates, install them and reboot the system.
With a bit of luck, the manual search for Windows updates already solves the problems.
Repair Windows Update via Microsoft Tool
Fortunately, Microsoft is well aware that Windows Update tends to fumble now and then. For this reason, the developers from Redmond offer for all current versions of Windows utilities that bring Windows Update back to scratch. It automatically performs a series of steps that should ideally bring Windows Update back up and running.
For example, the program checks the Internet connection and restarts the system services required for Windows Update. With a little luck, running will be enough to fix update issues.
For Windows 10 users, troubleshoot Windows Update at the following link:
If you are still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 follow this link:
After downloading the .cab files, start troubleshooting as an administrator. To do this, right-click on it and select ” Run as administrator “. Then just click through the steps in the wizard. The update troubleshooter checks to see if any steps need to be initiated and runs them fully automatically if needed. If the tool finds errors, you should restart your PC after the correction and check whether Windows Update works again.
A utility program from Microsoft automatically takes the necessary steps to fix Windows Update bugs.
Check Windows system file
If Windows Update stops working, it can also be due to faulty system files. Fortunately, all Windows versions provide the ability to verify the integrity of system files from the command line. It is made possible by the System File Checker or “SFC” for short. This not only checks for corrupt files, it can also repair them automatically. If you experience problems with Windows Update, it may be worthwhile running the program once.
How to use the System File Checker on Windows:
- Open the command line or Windows PowerShell with administrator rights. Simply search for it in the start menu , right-click on it and select ” Run as administrator “.
- Enter the command ” sfc / scannow ” on the command line .
- Now wait until Windows has checked the integrity of the system files. If the system finds errors, it tries to fix them automatically.
With luck, installing updates for Windows will work again.
Checking the system files can help solve problems with Windows Update.
Manually update Windows
If the automatic Windows update still does not work, you can try manually updating Windows. In this case, users of Windows 10 are particularly easy. Microsoft makes it possible in the current system to update the system via the update wizard.
Download the Windows Update Assistant at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 .
Then start it and let it pass through. It automatically upgrades Windows 10 to the latest available version. Do not worry: data will not be lost.
An alternative for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is provided by WSUS Offline Update . The program downloads all available updates for the system and creates a comprehensive update script. This allows you to install all available updates for your Windows system in one go.
This works well even if the PC you are upgrading is not connected to the Internet. By the way: WSUS Offline Update also works with Windows 10. If the solution described above does not work, you may, with a little luck, get back a current system and, incidentally, a faulty Windows Correct the update.
Windows Update does not work – How to fix
When Windows Update stops working, you will not be able to keep your system up-to-date so that it becomes insecure over time. We will show you how to get the update function up and running again.
Windows Update stops working: start troubleshooting
- Download the Windows Update troubleshooter and run the tool.
- If you click Next, Troubleshooting automatically looks for the cause of the error.
- If a problem is detected, you can have it resolved directly.
Repair Windows Update: You can do that
- Start the command prompt with administrator rights and enter the command “dism.exe / online / cleanup-image / scanhealth”. If you confirm with [Enter], Windows Update will be checked. Then enter the command “dism.exe / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth”. Does not help, use the command “sfc / scannow”.
- Also check the date and time of Windows . If the settings are not correct, Windows will not find the correct updates and deny the service.
- If that does not help, you can still do a system recovery . In the worst case, you have to reinstall Windows .
How to Repair Windows Update
If Windows repeatedly fails to install certain updates, it is often due to damaged or missing installation packages. In this case, it usually helps to flush the cache for downloaded updates. Windows can then download and set up the missing updates again.
There are several ways to empty the “Update Cache”. The easiest way leads over the Windows-own repair function. Find out how to detect and fix update problems in the following picture gallery. If subsequent error messages persist, the update process may be disrupted by other programs or devices. In this case, refer to the tips in the “Avoiding Windows Upgrade Issues” section below.
Manually install Windows Update
What many do not know: Windows Update is not the only source for official Windows updates. If the update function can not automatically deliver a particular package, it may work manually. Because who knows the so-called “KB number” of the desired update, can also download any update via the Microsoft Update Catalog .
He then receives a single Windows installer package file with the extension * .msi – which can be started by double-clicking. How to identify a specific update and set it up manually, you will learn in the following photo gallery.
Avoid problems with the Windows upgrade
Since the first release of Windows 10 in mid-2015, Microsoft also delivers new versions of Windows directly via the update function of the operating system. With the Spring Creators Update , the fifth so-called “Feature Update” is currently in the starting blocks. Strictly speaking, this is not a simple update, but a much larger upgrade to a new Windows installation. If this process stops, stops or automatically resets, it is often due to these causes:
Virus scanner:Old antivirus programs are often incompatible with the new Windows or interfere with its setup. Solution: Get the latest version of the software from the manufacturer. Then uninstall the program, perform the Windows upgrade, and then install the new antivirus. Best of all, you use the official removal tool of the manufacturer to uninstall .
USB devices: Even attached hard disks or removable media can interfere with a system upgrade. Therefore, remove all possible USB drives from the computer before each upgrade. This also applies to memory cards, as these are also addressed via the USB interface.
Unknown devices:If unknown devices with a question mark appear in the device manager of Windows, problems also threaten. Solution: Uninstall these devices after right-clicking on them. To open Device Manager, press Windows key + Pause and click Device Manager .
Old drivers:Obsolete device drivers often cause problems. To avoid this, locate and install the latest drivers for your PC before upgrading to the manufacturer’s website. Patience, because often new drivers are available only after the release of a new version of Windows. Sometimes the PC manufacturer offers not only simple drivers but also a device-specific BIOS or firmware update that enables the smooth upgrade of an older operating system to Windows 10.