Microsoft keeps updating Windows on a regular basis as Windows Update makes it easier for users to keep their system and apps regularly updated. The update process depends on a lot of factors and each of them plays an important role while updating Windows operating system. Since the update process involves many factors, it is common that you may face problems while downloading and installing these system updates. You might also face Windows 10 update problems while updating your OS. Whenever you experience any problem while updating the operating system, try to find the root cause of the error message.
Many users enable Automatic Updates in their system’s setting and this makes them unable to detect the issue early. Given below are some causes and proper troubleshooting methods that you can try to fix such as Windows 10 update issues.
What Causes the Windows Update Error?
There are several causes why Windows 10 cannot update properly on your system. Mainly the problem is due to third-party applications installed or unstable internet connection. If your anti-malware app is creating a problem in your device, try to disable services and check whether the issue persists.
Another reason for such issues is incompatible files or apps that might affect the update process. In such cases, check whether malware installed on your device is OK or not. Given below are some basic troubleshooting steps that you can try to fix your issues:
- Check the strength of your internet connection and in case of low bandwidth, switch to a better network.
- Delete all the apps that are creating problems while installing new updates.
- Make sure that your device has enough storage for new downloads.
- Restart your computer and then download the files again.
How to Fix Windows 10 Update Error Messages?
If the issue persists even after trying the above methods, you can try the main solutions that are given below:
Method 01: Enable the Windows Update Service
Most of the time, issues while updating Windows 10 OS occur with the Windows Update service. Actually, this service is one of the processes that run in the background and works silently while installing any updates in your system. So, it is important to check whether the Windows Update service is running or not. If it is disabled, then execute the following steps to enable this service:
- Press Windows + S keys and then type services in the search box to open the Services manager.
- Locate Windows Update from the list of services and double-click on it to open the Properties panel.
- Ensure that Startup type is Enabled and the default option is Manual, but you can set it to Automatic.
- Now, click Start under Service Status and then click OK to save changes and at last, exit the Services manager.
Method 02: Restart Other Windows Update Services
Along with Windows Update service, there are many other services related to Windows Update that you should restart to fix such issues. These services include:
- Network List
- DCOM Server Process Launcher
- Network Connections
- BitLocker Drive Encryption Service
- Windows Defender Firewall
Just locate these processes one by one in the Service Manager window, right-click on them and choose the Restart option. This will start the processes again and resolve the Windows 10 update errors.
Method 03: Edit the Registry
If you’re still facing issues while updating OS, check your computer’s registry to make sure it is not creating the problems. Many users claim that editing the registry cause damage to your system, so never edit any of the entries randomly. Follow the below-mentioned steps to fix the issue by editing the registry:
- Firstly, then type regedit in the search dialog located at the bottom-left corner of your desktop. Then, press Enter key to open the Registry Editor.
- Now, paste HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Windows Update > Auto Update in the address bar.
- Locate EnableFeaturedSoftware and check if its value is 1. If not, double-click and change the value to 1.
- Next, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AppXSvc in the registry.
- Look for the Start entry and check if its value is 3. If not, double-click and change its value to 3.
At last, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer. After restarting, check if the Windows Update error is resolved.
Hope, the above solutions fix most of the Windows Update issues in your system. But if these methods don’t work, try to reinstall your Windows 10 OS. In case of any issue and further help, get in touch with the technical support team.