When installing Windows 11 update, it can fail or can get stuck for a variety of reasons. Here are a couple of simple and quick fixes for the update that is stuck at 0% or 100%.
Microsoft keeps releasing new updates for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. You will continue to receive new updates if your internet is turned on. You can automatically install new updates, disable them, or even skip them but it is recommended to install them for new security features and tools.
You can easily download and install new updates using Windows 11 settings menu. But sometimes the update gets stuck while downloading. If you are also facing Windows 11 update stuck issue then follow this guide.
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What Causes Windows Updates to Freeze or Get Stuck
Here are the possible reasons for the Windows update stuck issue:
- Internet connection issue
- RAM issue
- Windows update service broken
- Corrupted Windows Update files
How to Fix a Stuck Windows 11 Update
Here are all the working methods to fix the Windows update freeze issue in Windows 11.
Method 1: Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Microsoft has added a new Windows 11 troubleshooter tool to fix major issues with Windows 11. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Open Windows 11 settings with Windows + I button on your keyboard.
Step 2: Now in the Settings menu, find and click on Troubleshoot in the right sidebar.
Step 3: Then find and click on other troubleshooters.
Step 4: In the new window, you can see all available troubleshooters available in Windows 11. Find and click on Windows update troubleshooter.
Step 5: Click on the Run button to start it. Now you have to wait for some time till it is running.
Step 6: Once done, it will display all possible errors or issues with the Windows update.
Not only that, it will automatically try to fix the problem. Once done, you have to restart your computer to apply new system changes.
Method 2: Boot into Safe Mode
If you are still facing any issues with the Windows update then try to boot into safe mode. You can also face a Windows update freeze issue if your Windows services are conflicting with other Windows services.
In this case, you have to identify the service and kill it before your download the Windows update. Also, you will need to remove 3rd party application if it is causing this issue.
To fix this issue, you can try to boot your Windows into safe mode and try to update your Windows into safe mode. Safe Mode is a default mode. Basically when Windows starts up with its default settings and only uses the drivers and files it needs to function then it is called safe mode.
Step 1: To boot your computer into safe mode, open the Run command box with the Windows + R button on your keyboard.
Step 2: Next, type the ‘msconfig’ command and press enter. This command will open the System Configuration window.
Step 3: In the System Configuration, find and click on the boot menu.
Step 4: Here find and click on Safe boot. Also, make sure that the Minimal option is selected.
Step 5: Now open the start menu and then click on the power button. Here click on the restart option to boot your Windows into safe mode.
Step 6: When you are into safe mode, go to Settings with Windows + I button on your keyboard.
Step 7: Find and click on Windows Update in the left sidebar and click on check for updates.
Step 8: Once updates are installed, restart your PC into a normal boot.
Method 3: Check Windows Update Service is Running is not
If you want to update your Windows with a Windows update tool then Windows update services are required. These Windows update services are required to check and download the latest updates from Microsoft servers.
Step 1: First, make sure that Windows update services running in the background. To verify, open task manager with CTRL + SHIFT + ESC button together on your keyboard.
Step 2: In the task manager, go to the services tab.
Step 3: Here you can see all running Windows services. Find Windows update service here. If you can’t find it, then chances are Windows update services are not running and disabled. So you have to enable it.
Step 4: If disabled, right-click on it and then choose open service.
Step 5: In the services window, right-click on window update and then go to properties.
Step 6: Select automatic in the startup type option.
Step 7: Click on Apply and ok to save settings.
Step 8: Restart your PC and then again check for updates. It should work.
Manually Delete Old Windows Update Files
When you download any Windows update, it will be saved on your local storage. Most probably, it will be your system drive where your Windows is installed. If you are unable to install Windows updates, you can delete downloaded files and then try again. Here is how you can delete Windows update files from your system.
Step 1: First, you have to disable the Windows update process. To do this, open task manager with CTRL + SHIFT + ESC button together on your keyboard.
Step 2: In the task manager, go to the services tab. Find Windows update service here.
Step 3: Right-click on it and then choose open service.
Step 4: Then find Windows update and disable it.
Step 5: Then restart your computer.
Step 6: Then open Windows Explorer with the Windows + E button on your keyboard and go to this location.
Step 7: Select all the files here and delete them all.
Step 8: After you delete all files, restart your computer.
Step 9: Open the services tab again > find windows update service > right-click on it and go to properties.
Step 10: Choose automatic in the startup type and then click on Apply > Ok.
Step 11: Now check for Windows update and see if it is working or not.
- Change Screen Resolution on a Windows 11 PC
- Format Hard Drive or SSD on Windows 11
- Enable Windows 11 UI Styles in Chrome
Windows update stuck is a serious issue and you have to fix it as soon as possible to download and install the latest Windows updates. We have shared all the working methods to fix this issue.