Windows 10 is the Windows that updates every 24 hours
Windows 10 sometimes updates itself day after day. That’s because Microsoft cares about sending security and major updates as soon as they get released. But sometimes, we find ourselves stuck in the middle of an update. The progress freezes and we have nothing we can do to make it resume. But in this guide, we’ll reveal some methods to resume your update without any hiccups.
We have another guide that explains how to stop Windows’ automatic updates completely. If you want to do that later, after you get your Windows unstuck, here it is: https://win10faq.com/windows-modules-installer-worker-using-high-cpu-fix/
Now let’s fix our Windows Update!
I- Make sure it’s really stuck
Sometimes, you may feel like it’s stuck, but in fact, the update is fixing a few things and you’ll find yourself jumping from 23% to 47% in a second after 30 minutes of waiting. That’s why you have to wait from 2 to 3 hours before assuming that you’re really stuck. If nothing changes on your screen for 3 hours then we can now safely say your update froze and you have to get out of it.
Another way to tell if the update is stuck or not is to check ff there’s activity in your CPU usage, RAM and network. To do so:
- Press Ctrl+Shift+ESC buttons and the task manager will show up.
- Click More details if you’re not seeing the big panel (see picture).
- Go to the performance tab and check the activity of CPU, Memory, Disk and Internet connection too, if there’s a lot of activity that may mean you’re not stuck and some invisible progress is taking place.
II- Found that you’re stuck? Restart your computer
- Try the normal restart.
- If you can’t click on the start button, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then choose the restart from the power option in the bottom right corner.
- If it doesn’t work you may press and hold the power button until the computer / laptop is completely shut and then power it on manually.
- After restating it, you may try again to check for Windows updates. Type check for updates in the start menu and then choose Check for updates.
III- Now that your computer isn’t stuck, Use the update troubleshooter to prevent this problem in the future.
- Type Troubleshoot in start menu and then choose Troubleshoot.
- Choose Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
- If needed, choose Try troubleshooting as an administrator.
- Choose Apply this fix.
- Close the troubleshooter.
IV- Then, clear your update cache manually
The troubleshooter actually should do this automatically, but this is how you make sure it’s done.
First of all, start your computer in safe mode:
- Type system configuration and then choose System Configuration.
- Open the Boot tab and check the Safe mode checkbox, minimal and click OK.
- Choose Restart to restart you computer now.
You’re now running Windows 10 in Safe mode.
- Type cmd in start menu, right click on Command Prompt and then choose Run as administrator.
- Click Yes to give it permission .
- Type the following commands to stop Windows Update service (Press Enter after each command)
- Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all the files and folders there. Don’t worry, the next time Windows Update will run, it will recreate all of them from scratch with less probability to get an error.
Now let’s restart Windows Update service using the Command Prompt as administrator
- Type the following commands to Start Windows Update service (Press Enter after each command)
- Restart your computer once again and check for Windows Updates.
V- Updates still getting stuck? Try System Restore
This will bring back your computer to a previous state, this may help avoid any error that happened recently and running the update again cleanly:
- Open Control Panel and search for recovery.
- Open System restore.
- Click Next.
- Choose a previous restore point and click Next.
- Click Finish.
- After the system restore is finished, try check for updates again.
VI- Update still getting stuck?? Restart/recover your PC
If you run out of options then you should recover your system. Fortunately, there’s an option to recover your system without deleting any files but it’s better to have a backup too.
- Type recovery in start menu and then choose Recovery Options.
- Click Get Started.
- Choose either Keep my files or Remove everything.
VII- Re-install Windows 10
If none of the previous steps works, you should re-install your Windows 10. A fresh copy is always a good last solution and it’s important for Windows Update to be working smoothly.