Additionally, Microsoft offers a Windows Update Troubleshooter Guide for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. For the first two, the solutions are the same, while for the last one, there’s a separate section.
First of all, you need to select the Windows version you’re running. The tool will then ask you to run the Windows Update troubleshooter.
As you’ll see, there isn’t a specific tool that you can use to fix the updating issues, but rather a series of steps that you have to take, one by one, until being able to install the updates.
For older systems, there’s a list of commands to run in Command Prompt to finish the process.
For Windows 10, on the other hand, there’s a series of small steps meant to discover the error cause, first.
Common-sense suggestions include cleaning disk space, force-starting the update process and updating system drivers first.
So if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow troubleshooting guide, Microsoft’s Windows Update Troubleshooting Guide is a very handy tool to use. However, it might take more of your time until finally fixing the situation.
That is why we warmly recommend and all-in-one tool like Restoro to have a complete system check-up and a quicker solution.
Alternatively, there are a bunch of other tools to repair your OS.
Don’t forget, after the repair process to download the latest Windows cumulative updates.
Alternatively, if you’re dealing with a specific error code, chances are that we already covered it in our Windows Update Troubleshooting Hub.
If all the solutions provided here failed to fix the Windows Update issue you’re experiencing, you need to reset or reinstall Windows. But we hope it won’t get to that.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows Update errors
- Why is my Windows Update not working?
There are many causes why Windows update lags or simply won’t start or finish. Among them, corrupted or missing files and system bugs.
- What does the Windows Update Troubleshooter do?
The Windows Update Troubleshooter fixes all potential issues that might be preventing the OS from installing the latest updates.
- How do I run Windows Update Troubleshooter on Windows 10?
Windows 10 has several dedicated troubleshooters, including one for the update process. These can be found in the Troubleshoot menu.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.