Problems with Windows Updates

Windows Update failure can happen due to a variety of reasons. We put together a list of steps that can possibly resolve the issue.

  1. Restart the computer by clicking the start button, then click the power icon and select Restart.
  2. Once the computer is restarted try to run Windows Update again. Sometimes when there is a queue of updates to be installed it is not uncommon for one to fail or get stuck

Updates may also fail if you don’t have enough hard drive space available for them

  1. In Windows 11 or Windows 10, click the Start button, followed by File Explorer (the small folder icon). If you don’t see it, check under the All apps or Windows System folder, or type File Explorer into the search box.
  2. In Windows 8 or Windows 10, search for This PC and then select This PC.
  3. In Windows 7 or Windows Vista, select the Start button, followed by Computer.
  4. Find local drive and see if the bar graph is red. If it is red you will need to make space on your hard drive.

If the attempts above still don’t remedy the problem, you can try the build-in troubleshooter in Windows.

  1. For Windows 10 and above, press the Windows key and S at the same time.
  2. Type “troubleshooter” and click Troubleshoot Settings.
  3. Click Additional troubleshooters.
  4. Click Windows Update.
  5. Click Run the troubleshooter.
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts.

If you’re still having trouble with Windows Updates, try posting about it on the Windows community for help:

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