Windows Update failed to install on Windows 10 22H2 [Solved]

Windows update fails to install or stuck downloading hours? Let's troubleshoot Windows update installation problems on Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 user, you may have encountered a frustrating problem: Windows Update failed to install on your device. Several users complain that KB5034122 for Windows 10 version 22H2 fails to download or install. Some others 2024-01 Cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 22H2 for x64-based system (KB5034122) failed to install with different errors 0x800f0922, 0x8000ffff, 0x800f0826 and more. This can happen for various reasons, such as Slow internet connection, incompatible drivers, corrupted system files, low disk space, or Antivirus blocking. In this article, we will show you some possible solutions to fix the issue, windows 10 KB5034122 failed to install or stuck download and get your Windows 10 device up to date with the latest security and feature updates.

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Windows 10 KB5034122 Failed to Install

There are several possible reasons why a Windows Update might fail to install on your computer. Insufficient Disk Space to Corrupted System Files, Network connection issues, Third-Party Antivirus or Security Software are common.

  • If your system doesn’t have enough free space, Windows may struggle to install updates
  • Corruption in system files can prevent updates from installing.
  • If the update download was interrupted or the installation was incomplete, it might fail.
  • Some antivirus or security software may interfere with the update process.
  • Problems with the Windows Update service itself can cause update failures.

If Windows 10 update KB5034122 is stuck during download at 0% or 99% or completely failed to install, it might be that something went wrong with the file itself. Clearing the folder where all of the update files are stored will force Windows Update to download fresh files.

  • Check and make sure you have a working internet connection to download Windows Update files from the Microsoft server.
  • Disconnect from VPN (if configured on your PC), and security software such as third-party antivirus.
  • Make Sure that you have enough free disk space before installing the update.
  • Remove all external storage media, such as USB drives and SD cards.

Restart the Windows Update service

The Windows Update service is responsible for downloading and installing updates on your device. Sometimes, it may get stuck or encounter errors that prevent it from working properly. Restarting the service can help clear any temporary glitches and resume the update process.

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  • Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type services.msc and click OK to open the Services window.
  • Find the Windows Update service in the list and right-click on it, then select Restart.
  • Wait for a few minutes and check if Windows Update can install the updates.

Run Windows Update troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter is a built-in tool that can help you diagnose and resolve common problems with Windows Update. Let’s run the troubleshooter that automatically detects and fixes the problems that prevent Windows update installation.

  • Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  • Click on Update & Security, then on Troubleshoot.
  • On the right pane, click on Additional Troubleshooters.
  • Under Get up and Running, click on Windows Update, then on Run the troubleshooter.
  • This will start the diagnosis process and fix any problem preventing Windows updates to download and install.
  • Once the diagnosis process is complete, Restart your PC

Windows update troubleshooter

Clear Windows Update Files

The SoftwareDistribution folder is where Windows Update stores the downloaded update files. Sometimes, this folder may get corrupted or contain incomplete or damaged files that cause Windows Update to fail. Deleting this folder can help fix this issue by forcing Windows Update to download fresh files.

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  • Type services.msc on the start menu search and hit the enter key.
  • This will open the Windows services console, scroll down, and locate the Windows update service
  • Right-click on Windows update service, and select stop.
  • Do the same with its related service BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service)

stop windows update service

  • Now press Windows + E keyboard short and Go to the following location.

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

  • Here Delete everything inside the download folder, but do not delete the folder itself.
  • To do so, press CTRL + A to select everything and then press Delete to remove the files.
  • Again open Windows services and restart the services (Windows update, BITS) that you previously stopped.

Clear Windows Update Files

Now restart your computer and try to install Windows update again.

Perform a clean boot

Clean booting your computer may also help. If any third-party software causes conflict to download & install Windows updates. A clean boot is a way of starting Windows with only the essential services and programs running. This can help you identify and eliminate any software conflicts that may interfere with Windows Update.

  • Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type msconfig and click OK to open the System Configuration window.
  • Click on the Services tab and check the box that says Hide all Microsoft services.
  • Click on Disable all to disable all non-Microsoft services.

Hide all Microsoft services

  • Click on the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  • In the Task Manager window, click on the Startup tab and disable all startup items by right-clicking on them and selecting Disable.
  • Close the Task Manager window and click OK in the System Configuration window.
  • Restart your device and check if Windows Update can install the updates.

Note: To restore your normal startup configuration, repeat these steps but enable all services and startup items that you disabled.

Switch to Google DNS

Here is another working solution you must apply if Windows updates fail to download and install.

  • Press Windows key + R, type ncpa.cpl and click ok
  • This will open the network connections window, Locate your active network adapter right-click on it select properties,
  • Locate and select Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click properties,
  • And finally, change the preferred DNS server 8.8.8.8 and Alternate DNS server 8.8.4.4.
  • Checkmark on validate settings open exit, click ok apply.
  • Now again open Windows Update and hit the check for updates button.

Enter DNS server address manually

Run SFC and DISM command

There are chances corrupted or missing system files prevent applying the latest Windows updates. The System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tools are two powerful utilities that can scan and repair any corrupted or missing system files that may affect Windows Update.

  • Open the command prompt as administrator,
  • Type the command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press enter key,
  • Once the scanning process completes 100% run the system file checker utility command sfc /scannow.
  • Wait until the scanning process completes 100% and reboot your computer.
  • Let’s again open update & security settings and check for Windows updates.

Install Windows Update manually

This is another way to install Windows updates without any errors or Stuck downloading. And no need to run the Windows update troubleshooter or Clear the 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 the 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 today – KB5034122 is the latest patch for Windows 10 version 22H2 and KB5033371 (OS Build 17763.5206) is for Windows 10 version 1809.
  • You can get offline download links for these updates from here
  • 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 the Upgrade process use the official media creation tool to upgrade to Windows 10 version 22H2 without any error or problem.

Did any of these solutions help you fix the problem? Let us know in the comments below.

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