Reset Windows Update components on Windows 10 to fix download issues

Did your PC get stuck trying to download and install Windows 10 updates? Or Feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 failed to install with Different error codes. Don’t worry about it, Here this post we discuss how to Reset Windows Update components on Windows 10 to fix download issues, Solve windows update stuck, fails to install with different error codes etc.

As Microsoft regularly release windows updates with security improvements, and bug fixes to patch the security hole created by third party applications. With Windows 10 updates are set to download and install automatically whenever your pc connected to Microsoft server. But sometimes things not go well, users report windows update stuck at checking for updates, updates stuck downloading at specific point 35% or 99%, for some other users windows update fails to install with different error codes 80072ee2, 0x800f081f, 803d000a etc.

Why did Windows update fail to download and install?

There are a various reason that causes windows update fails to install, but the most common we found while troubleshooting on various systems “the corrupted windows update Database ” and some other are Security software blocking, corrupted system files, Internet connection issue, Incorrect Time, Date and language and region settings etc.




Fix Windows update Download and Install problems

Whenever you face any windows update related problems first Disable Security software ( antivirus ) if installed.

Check incorrect regional settings that can also 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.

If the windows 10 feature upgrade Process Stuck While Downloading or installing updates. Then First make sure you have enough disk space to download the updates ( minimum 20 GB Free Disk Space ). And Have Good Stable Internet connection To Download the Update files from Microsoft Server.

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

Reset Windows Update components on Windows 10

If applying basic solutions didn’t fix the problem still windows stuck downloading or failed to install with different errors here the ultimate solution “Reset Windows Update components” which Most probably fix almost every window update related problems.

What reset windows update components do?

Resetting windows update components, Restart the windows update and its related services. try to scan and fix update database cache, restore windows update settings to its default settings which most probably help to resolve most of Windows 10 update problems.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

First, we’ll use the built-in “Windows Update Troubleshooter” tool, Offered by Microsoft which help you figure out the problem and rest the windows update component automatically.

You Can Run windows update Troubleshooter From Windows Settings -> Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Then select windows update and Run The Troubleshooter As shown Bellow image, and follow on-screen instructions.

Windows update Troubleshooting Tool
Windows update Troubleshooting Tool

Also Run the Network adapter troubleshooter to make sure there is no network related issues that are preventing from you to download the Windows 10 updates.

The troubleshooter will run and attempt to identify if any problems exist which prevent your computer from downloading and installing Windows Updates. After complete, the process Restart windows and again manually Check for Updates. Running the troubleshooter should hopefully clear up the problems causing Windows Update to get stuck.

To see if the problem has been resolved, restart your computer and check the Windows update component. It should work fine now.

Clear Windows Update cache

If running Windows Troubleshooter didn’t fix the problem, Lets manually clear the Windows Update cache to fix download issues on Windows 10. ( Basically windows update files stored on a folder called “software distribution” Any corruption or buggy update on this folder cause windows update fail to download and install.) We are going to clear the update cache files inside stored inside software distribution/ Update. So that next time windows download the fresh update files and successfully install windows updates.




Before clearing the cache, you would need to stop the Windows update and its related services. To do that, search for “services” and open it as an administrator. Find the service “Windows Update,” right-click on it and then select the option “Stop.” Do the same with Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and Superfetch service.

Now To clear the cache, do the following:

  • Press “Win + R,” enter the below path and press the Enter button.
  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\
  • This folder has all the files related to Windows updates.
  • Open the “Download” folder, select all the files and delete all the files.
Clear Windows Update cache
Clear Windows Update cache

After that, you need to restart Windows Update and its related services. To do that, again open the Services and start the Windows Update Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and Superfetch service. To start the service, right-click on it and select the option Start on the context menu.

That’s all now let’s check and install latest updates from Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update, and check for updates.

Checking for windows updates
Checking for windows updates

Install Windows Update manually

This is another way to install windows updates without any error or Stuck downloading. And no need to run the Windows update troubleshooter or Clear update cache.You can resolve the problem manually by installing the latest Windows 10 updates.

  • Visit the Windows 10 update history webpage where you can notice the logs of all the previous Windows updates that have been released.
  • For the most recently released update, note down the KB number.
  • Now use Windows Update Catalog Website to 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 July 08, 2018 – KB4338819 is the latest patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and KB4338825 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.

Did these solutions helps to fix windows update related problems? Let us know on comments below still need help feel free to discuss on comments below.