Windows 11 Version 23H2 Stuck Downloading? Try these solutions

Windows update may get stuck due to various reasons, such as network connection issues, corrupted update files, outdated drivers, insufficient disk space, conflicting programs, and more.

Windows 11 version 23H2 available for compitable devices with 150+ new features and changes. Its a small enablement package for existing widnows 11 with moment 4 update installed, And its a complte package for compitable windows 10 devices running version 2004 and later. You can download and install Windows 11 23H2 by heading to Settings > Windows Update, turning on Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available and clicking Check for updates. However at times you may stuck downloading Windows 11 version 23H2 at 0 or 100 %. Users report, Windows 11 23H2 update not installing or Stuck on 100% Installation for 1.5-2 hours. Slow internet, corrupt update cache, lack of disk space are some of common reason behind this problem. Lets explorer Why Does Windows 11 Installation Get Stuck and How you can fix the Windows 11 23H2 update not installing.

Windows 11 23H2 Update stuck at 100

A number of factors can influence these annoying stuck Windows 11 23H2 updates network connection issues, corrupted update files, outdated drivers, insufficient disk space, conflicting programs are common.

  • A slow or unstable internet connection can lead to issues during the upgrade process.
  • If your computer doesn’t have enough free disk space, the upgrade might get stuck.
  • Certain third-party software can interfere with the upgrade process.
  • If any of the installation files are corrupted, it can lead to a stuck upgrade.
  • Sometimes, security software can interfere with the installation process. You might need to temporarily disable it.
  • Pre-existing system errors or issues can hinder the upgrade process.

Ensure Internet connection working

If you are stuck while downloading Windows 11 version 22H3 Feature Update, the very first thing you need to check you have a stable internet connection. This is crucial because a stable and fast internet connection requre to download windows 11 23H2 update files from Microsoft server.

If the internet connection is slow or unstable, it can lead to timeouts or incomplete downloads, which in turn can cause the update to get stuck or fail altogether.

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Use an online speed test tool or to measure your internet speed. This can help you identify if your connection is slower than expected.

Running ping command is a good way to test the connectivity, help identify if there are any network issues that might be causing the Windows update to get stuck.

Press windows key + R, type ping -t and click ok, Check If there are timeouts or packet loss, it indicates a potential network issue.

ping command

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Turn off your modem and/or router, wait for about 30 seconds, and then turn them back on. This can help resolve minor connectivity issues.

If you are connected to WiFi network, take your laptop closer to Router for better signal strength. In addtion disconnect VPN (Virtual Private Network) temporarily, if using. VPNs can sometimes introduce complexities in network configurations that could potentially interfere with certain processes like updates.

Disable Antivirus or Security software

Sometimes antivirus or security software can interfere with the Windows 11 23H2 installation process. Lets check with temporarily disabling your antivirus or security software to see if it resolves the problem.

  • Look for the icon of your antivirus or security software in the system tray
  • Right-click on the icon and select the option to open the antivirus or security software.
  • Within the antivirus or security software, there should be an option to disable or turn off the protection temporarily.

Some antivirus programs allow you to choose how long you want to disable the protection. You can often select options like 15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. Choose an appropriate duration.

Disable Antivirus protection

Once the antivirus or security software is disabled, try running the Windows installation again.

Also Temporarily disable any non-essential third-party software and Disconnect Non-Essential External Hardware and Peripherals From PC

In addition accurate date and time information is crucial for the update process to function properly. Ensure that your system’s date, time, and regional settings are correctly configured before attempting any updates.

Perform a clean boot

Performing a clean boot can help bypass Windows 11 23H2 update stuck issues caused by third-party software conflicts. This process minimizes startup programs and services, allowing the update to proceed without interference.

  • Press Windows Key + R type msconfig and click ok to open the System Configuration utility.
  • Go to the “Services” tab. Check the box that says “Hide all Microsoft services”. This will hide essential Windows services, preventing them from being disabled.
  • Click “Disable all”. This will disable all non-Microsoft services.

Hide all Microsoft services

  • Go to the “Startup” tab and Click “Open Task Manager”.
  • In Task Manager, disable startup items one by one by selecting them and clicking “Disable”. This prevents them from running at startup.
  • Close Task Manager and click “OK” in the System Configuration window.
  • Restart your computer when prompted. After the clean boot, try installing the Windows updates again.

Check C drive for enough free space

Again windows 11 23H2 installatio may get stuck if there is not enough room on system drive to downlaod and install the necessary files. Check and clear some space on your hard drive if it’s nearly full.

  • Empty Recycle Bin, Remove any files or folders that you no longer need. This could include old documents, downloads, or temporary files.
  • Go to the Control Panel and uninstall any programs that you no longer use.
  • Run built-in Disk Cleanup tool that can help you remove unnecessary files.
  • If you have large files like videos or photos that you don’t need on your main drive, consider moving them to an external storage device.

Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

It’s a built-in tool designed to identify and fix common problems that can prevent updates from being installed. Running the windows update troubleshooter scan for issues and attempt to resolve any it finds.

You can run the Windows Update troubleshooter in the following steps:

  • Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings
  • Go to system then Troubleshoot and click on Ohter troubleshooter
  • This will display list or troubleshooting utilitys, Select Run for the Windows Update troubleshooter

windows update troubleshooter

  • This will automatically detect and fix the problems that prevent Windows update from downloading.
  • Also the troubleshooter checks and restart Windows update and its related services
  • Include reset Windows update cache
  • After the troubleshooter completes its process, restart Windows and again check for updates again.


Reset Windows Update Components

If the cache or files related to Windows updates become corrupted, it can prevent new updates from being downloaded or installed. Heance windows 11 updates get stuck during the download or installation process, resetting components can help resolve the issue.

If any of the installation files are corrupted, it can lead to a stuck upgrade.

  • Press windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok
  • Scroll down to locate windows update service, right click on it select stop,
  • Same way stop the Cryptographic Services and Background Intelligent Transfer Service BITS

Stop windows 11 update service

  • Next Press Windows key + E or click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar.
  • Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution, locate the “Download” folder and open it.
  • Here Press Ctrl + A to select all files in the Download folder, then press Delete. Confirm any prompts that appear.

Clear windows 11 update cache

Dont worry about these files, these are partially downloaded or cached update files. Clearing these files, ensure a fresh start for the Windows Update process.

Now restart the windows update and related service (previously stopped) or restart windows 11 PC. Try Install windows 11 23H2 again.

Run SFC and CHKDSK Utility

When system files are corrupted, it can interfere with the update process, And it could be the reason for Windows updates to get stuck during download. If above solutions didnt fix the problem Run the SFC and DISM command to Make sure any corrupt system file not causing the issue.

The System File Checker (sfc) and Deployment Image Service and Management Tool (DISM) are built-in Windows utilities that help identify and repair corrupted or missing system files.

Press Win + X and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” or “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu.

In the Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. Allow the process to complete. This may take some time.

After the sfc scan is complete, still in the Command Prompt window, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.

Use SFC and DISM command

The sfc command scans and repairs corrupted system files and DISM command is used to repair the Windows image and enable the use of features like Windows Update.

Also If Disk Drive has some issues, Bad Sectors, experience slow performance issues and may find it difficult to write something on it. As a result, Download something not complete which Result in Stuck at any point. We recommend Check and Fix Disk Errors using CHKDSK Utility.

Install the 23H2 Update via the Installation Assistant

Still you are stuck downloading Windows 11 version 23H2? You should try upgrading with the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. This is the official tool provided by Microsoft to help users upgrade their eligible Windows 10 devices to Windows 11.

  • Go to the official Microsoft download page for Windows 11
  • The Windows 11 Installation Assistant is the first option available. Click on “Download Now” to initiate the download.

Download windows 11 installation assistant

  • Locate the downloaded file “Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe” and double-click on it to open the program.
  • Depending on your computer’s hardware, the Installation Assistant may prompt you to use the PC Health Check to ensure your system is compatible with Windows 11.
  • Once your system compatibility is confirmed, click “Accept and Install” to proceed with the installation.

Installation Assistant License agreement

  • The Installation Assistant will start downloading the necessary files for the update.
  • If your system has limited storage space, the Installation Assistant will notify you of this.
  • After the files are downloaded, the Installation Assistant will proceed with the installation process.

Installation Assistant Downloading

This process may take several hours. Ensure your computer remains powered on and avoid leaving any unsaved work during this period.

Once the installation is complete, the Installation Assistant will schedule a time for your computer to restart and finalize the upgrade. You also have the option to restart immediately if you prefer.

Installation Assistant Restart to install windows 11

Thats all, To check if Windows 11 version 23H2 is installed successfully, head to Settings > System, scroll down the specifications section, and the version should say 23H2.

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