Do you notice Windows 10 installing the same updates again And Again? This usually happens if some update has not been installed properly, and your Windows operating system is unable to detect the installed or partially installed update. Also, Sometimes corrupted update files, and corrupted Windows update databases cause Windows 10 keep installing the same update over and over. This article will explain why Windows 10 keeps reinstalling the same update and how to solve this problem with some simple methods.
Why Windows 10 keep reinstalling the Same Update?
There are several possible reasons why Windows 10 keeps installing the same update repeatedly.
- The update was not installed properly or completely, and Windows 10 cannot detect it.
- Incompatibility with existing software or drivers can cause updates to be incompatible, leading to constant installation attempts.
- If update files are corrupted during the download or installation process, Windows might repeatedly try to install them.
- Issues in the Windows Registry can also contribute to the problem, preventing the system from recognizing that the update has been installed.
- The Catroot2 folder, which stores the signatures of the updates, is corrupted or needs to be reset.
Depending on the cause of the problem, there are different solutions that you can try to fix Windows 10 keeps reinstalling the same update. Here are some of them.
Uninstall the Problematic Update
The first thing you should do is identify and uninstall the update that keeps installing over and over. Go to Settings > Update & Security > View update history and note down the number of the update that keeps installing. It will be something like KB5034763.
- Press Win + R, Type appwiz.cpl and hit the enter key.
- Then click on View installed updates
- Right-click on the problematic updates and select uninstall.
- Restart your computer and run Windows Update again to install the update afresh
Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows Update Troubleshooter is a built-in tool designed to automatically detect and fix common problems that can prevent updates from installing.
Run Windows update troubleshooter on Windows 10
- Press Windows + I to open the Windows settings app,
- Go to Update & security then troubleshoot and click on Additional Troubleshooters
- Click on “Windows Update” and run the troubleshooter.
- Windows Update troubleshooter begins detecting problems.
- Check the Windows update and its related service, and clear Windows update cache files.
- Wait for a while until the troubleshooter applies the fix. Once done, close the troubleshooter and restart the PC; then try reinstall the updates.
Manually clear Windows update cache
The SoftwareDistribution folder is located in the Windows directory and is used to temporarily store files. Which may be required to install Windows Update on your computer. Sometimes, this folder may get corrupted or contain outdated files that cause Windows 10 to reinstall the same update. If the Windows update troubleshooter fails to detect the problem follow the steps below to manually clear the Windows update cache.
- Press Windows + R, type services.msc, and ok
- This will open the Windows services console, Right-click on Windows update service select stop,
- Similarly, stop Sysmain and BITs service and then minimize the Windows services console
Clear Windows update cache
- Now press the Windows + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer,
- Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\download.
- Then open the Download folder and Delete all the files and folders inside the Download folder.
- Go back and open DeliveryOptimization” folder.
- Again, delete all the folders and files in this folder.
- Restart the Windows 10 PC and try to install updates again.
Run System file checker utility
Sometimes corrupted missing system files cause different problems to include Windows updates to stuck, fail to install, or Keep Updating over and over. Run the built-in system file checker utility this will help restore missing system files with the correct ones.
- Open the command prompt as administrator,
- Type the command sfc /scannow and press the enter key,
- this will detect and restore missing system files with the correct one,
- let the process to 100% complete and restart Windows,
- Now open Windows update and hit the check for updates button.
Manually Install the Update
If the above solutions didn’t help, Downloading and installing the update manually from the official Microsoft Update Catalog can bypass any issues with the automatic update process.
- Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
- Search for the specific update by its KB number.
- Download the update package compatible with your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
- Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the update.
Malware can disrupt the update process. Performing a thorough malware scan using Windows Defender or a reliable third-party antivirus program is essential.
If all else fails, reaching out to Microsoft Support can provide personalized assistance for resolving the issue.