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How to fix Windows 10 update problems

Hello! Windows 10 updates are essential to get the most out of the operating system. In addition, Microsoft often fixes security bugs through Windows Update. In addition to performance problems, operation and other bugs. However, it is well known that Windows updates can often fail. What represents a very annoying problem. Sometimes, these problems are the responsibility of the user. Other times they are caused by Microsoft. Therefore, today we will see how to identify these failures. And more importantly, how to fix them. Read on to learn how to fix problems with Windows Update.

How to update Windows 10

Microsoft has changed its upgrade policy with Windows 10. In fact, with this operating system, there are two modes. On the one hand, we have cumulative updates. Which seek to fix all kinds of bugs (security, bugs, performance, etc). These updates arrive through Windows Update twice a month. On the other hand, there are feature updates. These involve major changes to the operating system, new features, and changes. Additionally, they usually arrive every six months. In this post, we show you everything related to Windows 10 update. However, Microsoft provides online links in case Windows Update does not work properly. First of all, cumulative patches are available in the Windows Catalog. Likewise, new versions of the system are available from the download center.

How to fix problems with windows update.

In many cases, the simplest solution is often the right one. So sometimes, it is enough to restart the system. Please note that Windows Fast Startup changes the behavior when turning the computer off and on. Consequently, when you restart Windows, the system shuts down completely. Also, when booting, it reloads the entire system, including the kernel. Therefore, rebooting may solve the problem with the update.

Restarting the system
Restarting the system

Using the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Lately Microsoft has included some troubleshooters for specific elements of Windows. Therefore, it has also included one for Windows Update. So you just have to follow the following path:

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Windows Settings>Update & Security>Troubleshoot>Additional troubleshooters

Next, select the tool related to Windows Update.

Launching the Windows Update troubleshooter
Launching the Windows Update troubleshooter

The tool will immediately start to do its job.

Windows update troubleshooter

This tool will initiate a series of checks in search of the cause of the problem. For example, it will check if there are pending reboots if the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is working. It will also check if there is an internet connection, if the services are correctly enabled and if there are no pending updates to be installed that could be causing problems. At the end of the check, a report with a summary of possible problems will be presented. In addition, he will apply the corrections that he considers pertinent.

Check system integrity

Sometimes these problems are caused by system integrity failures. This happens when a Windows file has been modified or deleted. Fortunately, Windows provides a number of tools to check system integrity. See our tutorial on how to use the SFC and DISM tools.

Check your antivirus settings.

Sometimes updates are not installed because a program interferes with them. Usually, it is a third-party antivirus. But also some cleaning and optimization software can block updates. So the best thing to do is to uninstall the antivirus, firewall, optimizer, or cleaner that may be interfering with the update. Don’t worry, Windows Defender does its job very well. It is a great security tool!

Check the internet connection status.

It is also common for this error to be caused by a bad internet connection. Therefore, it is advisable to check if the connection is stable. To do this, simply open a web browser. Or try pinging it. It is also advisable to cache the DNS cache of the system using the following command in CMD:

ipconfig /flushdns

Delete SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders

Windows Update saves some cache files. It does this in order to function properly. Additionally, the contents of these files are used during the download and installation of the update. However, when the process is finished, they are deleted. Therefore, if any file is locked, it may generate an error. Consequently, it is recommended to delete the contents of these folders. Please do not delete the folder, only its contents.

  • C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution
  • C:/Windows/System32/catroot2

Ultimately we have seen how to fix problems with the Windows update. It can certainly be a real nuisance. In addition, an outdated system is dangerous. As it may be subject to security threats. On the other hand, it is always interesting to have the latest news. All right, that’s all for now. Please stay tuned for more updates on Windows 10. See you later!

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