Fix: Windows 10 update errors

Windows 10 update errors

If you are a Windows 10 user, updates are an important component of the program in order to protect your data and keep the program running efficiently and as intended. Updates also provide new features and improve performance of the program. Unfortunately, as with any technology, things can sometimes go awry during the update. In this post, we will tell you how you can fix some of the most common Windows 10 update errors.

The basics on fixing Windows 10 update errors

If you are trying to update your device and Windows Update is not working, there are a few things you can do to resolve the issues, including restarting your computer, checking to make sure the internet connection is working as well as pausing the updates.

Restarting your device

  1. Open Start
  2. Click Power Options
  3. Click Restart

Once you complete these steps, try to update you device again from the Windows Update settings page.

Check your internet connection

An often simple solution may be where the issue lies. To confirm your internet connection, do the following:

  1. Open Start
  2. Search for Command Prompt, click the top result to open the console
  3. Type something like google.com to ensure you have an active internet connection
  4. Confirm you are getting a reply without any packet loss. The option to check the internet connection by opening a website is of course, always an option. But, the command prompt is a more accurate and effective way to determine your network connectivity. If you can’t connect to the internet, then it is likely an issue with your connection and not with the Windows Update.

Pausing updates

Sometimes, you may be dealing with issues downloading the updates. A simple solution to this is pausing and resuming updates. To pause and resume updates on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on Update & Security
  3. Click on Windows Update
  4. Click on Pause updates for 7 days
  5. Restart the device
  6. Open Settings
  7. Click Update & Security
  8. Click on Windows Update
  9. Click the Resume Updates button

Once you have done those steps, try checking for updates again to see if you have fixed the issue.

Free up space

Often, a lack of storage can cause errors when it comes to trying to update your Windows 10 program. If you need more space to complete the updates, try the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on System
  3. Click on Storage
  4. Under the Local Disk C: section, click on Temporary Files
  5. Select whichever items you want to clear to make some more space on your device
  6. Click the Remove Files button 

Once that is complete, you will have more space to run Windows 10 and all of the necessary updates without triggering a “not enough space” error code.

Windows 10 update troubleshooting

Windows 10 comes with a handy Windows Update troubleshooter tool. This tool can diagnose and resolve common issues with the updates. To use the feature, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on Update & Security 
  3. Click on Troubleshoot
  4. Under the section that says “Get up and running,” select the option that says Windows Update
  5. Then choose the Run the Troubleshooter button
  6. Click Close

Once that is done, the troubleshooter will self-diagnose and fix any issues that it finds, then you should be able to update again.

Installing Windows updates manually

Sometimes installing the most recent update manually can help fix underlying problems with the Windows Update service. Before you can download the appropriate update package, you must figure out whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10. To do that, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on System
  3. Click on About
  4. Under “Device specifications”, you will see what the system type is.
  5. Under “Windows specifications”, you will see the version number that you are running

Once you have completed these steps, you can go on to download the latest package to complete installation.

Downloading updates manually

In order to download Windows 10 updates manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Update History
  2. Click the version of Windows 10 that matches your installation on the left side
  3. Confirm the knowledge base number of the latest update
  4. Open the Microsoft Update Catalog page
  5. Search for the KB number— a number starting with KB
  6. Click the Download button for the version that applies for your installation. For instance, if you are running the 64-bit version (steps to find the version above), you need to click the download button for the Windows 10 version 1903 for x64 systems update

Following the above steps should help you resolve any issues you are having with Windows 10 updates and allow you to resume using your device in an optimal way.

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