Windows provides an updates that you must download and install regularly. The updates of Windows will improve the performance of the computer. It also has patches for bugs that exist on the former version of Windows. It’s important for you to keep you Windows PC updated. But what should we do if our Windows PC stop working or freeze after we install an update? In this article, we will discuss about the issue that might happen to you. We will also provide solutions to fix Windows Update not working error.
What cause Windows Update Not Working Error
By default, Windows Update service will download the updates silently in the background. It will give you a notification for you to install the updates. But it will stop it automatically if you don’t give it permission to install the update. During this time, sometimes Windows Update will get stuck at “searching for update”. Nothing you can do during this error. However you can do the methods in this post to fix windows update not working error.
This kind of error commonly happens in Windows 8 and 7. But it is getting serious in Windows 10. There are other reasons why windows update not working error can happen in Windows 10. It could be because corruption in Registry, installation of corrupt or broken updates, virus & malware or bad internet connection.
Note: Even so, we still recommend you to keep the updates on no matter what. The Windows updates are very essential for you. It is the best way to get patch for the bugs on Windows.
How to Fix Windows Update Not Working Error in Windows 10, 8, and 7
We have five tested solutions that you can try to repair Windows Update not working issue in Windows 10, 8, and 7. You don’t have to be an expert to do all methods in this article. Just follow the steps-wise guide carefully so that you can fix Windows update not working error permanently.
Method 1 – Use System Restore
Note: To be able to perform the System Restore feature, you must have set or enable the System Restore before the error happens. If you haven’t, skip this method and jump to the next method.
Restoring to the latest date when the Windows system working perfectly can help you to fix the Windows Update not working error in Windows. It is one solution that you can do to fix almost all error in Windows system.
1. Press Windows key and go to Control Panel > System > System Protection.
2. Click on System Restore.
3. Choose Show more restore points.
4. Then, pick a time and date that you want reverse.
5. Wait patiently for the progress to finish.
Even though you set your Windows to earlier time, it will not affect your personal folders and files. So, your files and folders are safe.
Method 2 – Clear Windows Update Cache
Cleaning Windows Update Cache is one of the best solutions to fix Windows Update not working issue in Windows. In this method, you will stop the Windows Update service, delete the temporary files its created and perform the Windows Update again. The steps are pretty long, so read them thoroughly.
1. Firstly, boot Windows into Safe Mode.
2. Right click the Start menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt.
3. Write net stop wuauserv in the Command Prompt and hit Enter.
4. After that, type net stop bits and press Enter.
5. Launch File Explorer and navigate to C: Windows/SoftwareDistribution.
6. Delete the files in this folder. Those files are the temporary files created during the previous updating process.
7. Return to the Command Prompt. Type net start wuauserv and press Enter.
8. Then, write net start bits and hit Enter.
Now the Windows Update service will run again in the background. Once it’s finished, you can restart PC to check if the Windows Update error in Windows has gone.
Read also: Fix Failure Configuring Windows Update Error
Method 3 – Use Windows Troubleshooter
Microsoft has provided the system with a great tool to fix errors in Windows OS. The tool that we are going to use is Windows Troubleshooter. In this method, we will try to use Windows Troubleshooter to fix Windows update stuck at 99 error in Windows 10. Follow the steps below:
1. Go to Control Panel from the Start menu.
2. Switch to troubleshooting and then select Fix problem with Windows Update.
Windows 8 and 7 should have this Help & Support feature too. If you cannot find this feature in Windows 8 and 7, you might consider to upgrade your Windows version. It probably will also resolve the windows update error at the same time.
That’s it. Those are the three ways you can do in order to fix the Windows update not working error in Windows 10, 8, and 7. If you have another method that’s not stated in the lists above, please write it in the Comment section. We hope it helps you. Thank you for reading win10repair!