Fix windows update stuck downloading updates windows 10

Microsoft Drop regular Windows updates with New Features, security improvements and bug fixes To fix the security hole created by third party applications. Windows 10 is set to download and install windows updates automatically when machine connected to Microsoft server. So When ever new updates are available windows download itself or some times users have to check for the updates. But some times Due To Corrupt system files, or some other reason windows update stuck downloading updates for long time.

If you find that your Windows Update is stuck downloading updates at 0 % or any other figure in Windows 10, here we have some applicable solutions to fix this. Mostly Windows update Stuck issue Occure when the Update Storege folder (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution) Became corrupted.

Fix windows update stuck issue

If you are also suffering with this Windows update stuck issue, unable to install latest windows updates. Here apply Bellow solutions.

Run Windows update Troubleshooting Tool

As discussed Update Storage folder ( softwaredistribution ) folder corruption is the main reason behind this problem. You can run the windows update Troubleshooting tool, Which check and fix all update related issues itself. It’s the easiest method to try, so go ahead and run it first. Head over to the Microsoft support site and download the troubleshooter (direct download link). Once downloaded, open the destination folder and then execute the application.

To manually run the Troubleshooting tool on Windows 10 click on Start menu -> open Settings -> Update & Security -> Troubleshoot -> Then select Windows Update -> Run The troubleshooter.

run Windows update Troubleshooting Tool

Also you can open Control panel -> small icon view -> Troubleshooting -> View all -> click on Windows update to Run the Troubleshooting Tool. Next click Advanced Settings and you’ll find an “Apply repairs Automatically” tick on it and click next.

run Windows 10 update Troubleshooting Tool

This will check the system for errors and problems which prevent to install updates this which can take a few minutes to complete and fix them itself. After complete the troubleshooting Restart windows. it should hopefully clear up the problems causing Windows Update to get stuck. Now check for update to download and install update, If still Having windows update stuck at any point fallow next step.




Delete SoftwareDistribution Cache 

If you’re still having trouble after running the troubleshooter , performing the same actions manually may help where the troubleshooter didn’t. Deleting windows update cache files is another solution that may just work for you.

For This first we need to Stop some Windows update related services. Open Command prompt as Administrator then type bellow commands one by one and hit enter to execute.

Type  net stop wuauserv To Stop The windows Update Service

Next Type net stop bits To Stop Background intelligent transfer service.

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And Type net stop dosvc To Stop the Delivery Optimization Service.

stop Windows Update related services

Now Go to C: > Windows > SoftwareDistribution and Delete all the files inside the folder.

delete software distribution folder

It may ask you for administrator permission. Give it,Don’t worry. There’s nothing vital here. Windows Update will recreate what it needs the next time you run it.

* Note: If you cannot delete the folder (folder in use), then restart your computer in “Safe Mode” and repeat the procedure.




Now Again move to command prompt and restart the stopped services to to this type bellow commands one by one and press enter key.

First Type  net start wuauserv To Start The windows Update Service

Type net start bits To Start Background intelligent transfer service.

And Type net start dosvc To Start the Delivery Optimization Service.

stop and start windows services

When the service has restarted, you can close Command Prompt and restart Windows. Give Windows Update another try and see if your problem has been fixed. You will be able to download and install the updates successfully.

Repair Corrupted Windows system files 

SFC command is an easy solution to fix some windows related problem. If any missing or damaged system files create the problem System File Checker if very helpful to fix . If due to corrupt missing or damaged system files windows update stuck at installation this system file check can help to fix this error. you can read more about windows SFC Utility here.

On start search Type CMD and Run as administrator when command prompt appears. Here type command SFC /SCANNOW and hit enter key to execute the command.

This  will scan your system for all its important system files, and replace where necessary.  Wait until Windows scans and repairs system files. When the System file check and repair is completed, restart your computer and check for windows updates from Settings – > update and security -> check for updates. hope this time updates install without any problem.

These are the best working solutions to fix windows updates stuck downloading, windows updates stuck at any point for long time on windows 10 computer. I hope after apply these solutions update installation problem will get solved. Still have any query, suggestion about windows update installation Feel free to discuss on comments. Also read form our blog : How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update Installation. 

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