How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems

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You may have heard of Windows Module Installer Worker. The job of Windows Module Installer Worker is to search for new updates and to make sure updates get installed properly on your computer. Sometimes new updates can display error directly on your screen and sometimes Windows update can get stuck. If the update gets stuck then you will continuously see “searching for updates” and it goes on for uncountable hours. Are you a windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 user? You might face these problems with your Windows Update.

If you’re having issues with Windows Update, then this post will be helpful to you.

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#1.  Troubleshooting Windows Update Problems

Troubleshooter is an inbuilt feature that can be found on every Windows computer. It is an easygoing method which can be used to fix issues related to Windows Update and other Common Computer problems. This tool finds and repairs the issues automatically that are causing unwanted errors. If the troubleshooter fails to fix the problem then it might tell you what exactly the problem is.

Running Windows Update Troubleshooter

To run the troubleshooter

1. Click on Start. 

2. Search for “Troubleshooting.” 

How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems

3. Now Select Troubleshooting. 

Inside the “System and Security” section, click on “Fix problems with Windows Update.”

 How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems

4. Now Click on Advance and then select Next.

How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems

In Advance settings, Make sure that the  “Apply repairs automatically” is checked. If it’s not checked then enable it by clicking on the checkbox and after that click Next.

How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems

You can also click on “Run as administrator.” This option gives you more control over finding issues.

NOTE: Windows Update troubleshooter doesn’t guarantee to fix issues

Sometimes it fixes issues in the very first run but sometimes it fails to fix the issues even after multiple runs. In that case, you can try other options.

You can download the Windows Update Troubleshooter for your Windows version using these links:  

#2. Fix Windows issues with these quick fixes

1. Make sure that your device has enough disk space

You should have at least 15 – 20 GB of free space on your computer. You can perform the disk cleanup to remove unnecessary files from your computer. The updates may fail if your system drive is having no free space.

2. Remove Malware from your system

Malware can affect all your important files and damage your Computer. You can use an antivirus to scan and remove malware from your device. If you do not have any antivirus installed on your computer then you can download and install Malwarebytes which is one of the best free software that will protect you against malware.

3. Fix Windows Update Problem by Rebooting your computer 

Don’t be so surprised! This is one of the most effective methods and it can really fix Windows Update issues. When you get an error while updating Windows, simply reboot your system and try running updates again. You might need to repeat this process several times.

#3. System Restore

System Restore is another good option to fix the Windows Update issues. But it will work only if you can restore Windows to the time when there was no such issue. For this, you’ll need to find out the exact time or date from where the problem started.

To find the last successfully installed update go to Start >Search View Installed updates. Now Scroll down and find last time when the updates were successfully installed.

Once you find that, you can simply click on start and search “Backup and restore”. Select a restore point older than the last successful update. Complete the system restore. Now the problem should disappear. Well, it might not.

#4. Install a fresh Windows

If you tried every method and it didn’t work then you can try installing fresh Windows. Backup all your important data before installing fresh Windows.

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Last updated: September 6, 2017

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6 comments

EverythingOnAPlate

This is going to come real handy!

Mihir Gadhvi

Yep

Saurabh Tiwari

Hi Mihir,
thanking you for posting this blog,

I have bookmarked your post for future reference, it will help me to resolve my windows updating errors…….

Mihir Gadhvi

Thanks for your wonderful words

Normally, I just do fresh install of windows in case of any error, will try these next time. 🙂

Mihir Gadhvi

Yep sure

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