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 Whenever new updates are available windows download itself or sometimes users have to check for the updates. But sometimes Due To Corrupt system files or some other reason windows update stuck downloading updates for a 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 Occurs when the Update Storage folder (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution) Became corrupted.

Fix windows update stuck issue

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

First, make sure you have Good Stable Internet connection To Download the Update files from Microsoft Server.

Check Windows update service and its related services (BITS, Superfetch) are on running state. Open windows services ( Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok ) here check and start these services ( if not running ).

Check Any Security Software not causing the issue, Or Completely uninstall the antivirus program or any other security program from your system.

Also, incorrect regional settings cause Windows update Failure. Make sure your Regional and language settings are correct. You Can Check And Correct them From Settings -> Time & Language -> Select Region & Language from options on left. Here Verify your Country/Region is correct from the drop-down list.

Also perform a clean boot and check for updates, Which may fix the problem if any third party application, service causing the windows update stuck.

Run Windows update Troubleshooting Tool

As discussed Update Storage folder ( software distribution ) 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
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
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 windows 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 below 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.

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

stop Windows Update related services
stop Windows Update related services

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

delete software distribution 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 this type below 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
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 the 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.

Install Updates manually

if the issue still persists, you can try to manually install the updates that you provide to us in Microsoft Update Catalog. Here search for the update specified by the KB number you noted down. Download the update depending on if your machine is 32-bit = x86 or 64-bit=x64.

(As of 22 September 2018 – KB4458469 (OS Build 17134.319) is the latest patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and KB4457136 (OS Build 16299.697) is the latest patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).

Open the downloaded file in order to install the update.

That’s all after installing the updates simply restart the computer to apply the changes. Also If you are getting windows update stuck while upgrade process simply use official media creation tool to upgrade windows 10 version 1803 without any error or problem.

These are the best working solutions to fix windows updates stuck downloading, windows updates stuck at any point for a long time on windows 10 computer. I hope after applying these solutions update installation problem will get solved. Still, have any query, a suggestion about windows update installation Feel free to discuss comments. Also, read Manually Check and install Updates on Windows 10 version 1803

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