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3 Solutions to Fix Windows 10 won’t Update issue

Posted February 25, 2019

Windows update is necessary for many windows users because updating the OS can perfect the existing version and overcome some bugs so as to protect computers and data safely. But according to feedback from many users, after Windows 10 version 1809, some of they have encountered Windows 10 won’t update issue. Today,  I’ll introduce 3 solutions to the Windows 10 won’t update issue.

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Disclaimer: please always make a backup copy of your files before using any of the advices provided here. If not sure or if the information backup is not possible, seek a qualified assistance before proceeding on your own!

I will list some situations that may lead to “Windows update failed”:

  • Windows 10 won’t download updates.
  • Windows 10 update failed to install.
  • Windows 10 update stuck.
  • Windows 10 won’t update on restart.
  • Windows 10 won’t update because of BIOS.

How to fix:

Fix 1: Try to Remove Third-party Security Software

If you decide to remove the third-party security software currently installed on your computer in order to run Windows Update completely.

Step 1: Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Step 2: Click the Programs icon.

Step3: If you are using Windows Vista and the Control Panel is set to Classic, skip step 2.

Step 4: Double-click the Programs and Features icon.

Step 5: Click the third-party security software that you wish to remove, and then click Uninstall/Change

Fix 2: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

You can try to use an automated diagnostic tool provided by Microsoft called Windows Update Troubleshooter which can be used to fix some errors in Windows update agent. Meanwhile, you should keep all the services about Windows update running.  Now, I’ll introduce how to use the Troubleshooter to fix Window 10 update error.

Step 1: Right-click Start menu and choose Control Panel to continue.

Step 2: On the upper right corner, switch the View by option to Large icons and choose Troubleshooting.

Step 3: Click View all to continue and choose Windows Update. Run it to enter the main interface, and then click Next to continue.

Step 4: Click Try troubleshooting as an administrator to continue.

Step 5: Wait for this software to detect and fix errors. Then click Close to exit Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Step 6: Exit Windows Update Troubleshooter, restart our computer and again try to update Windows 10.

Fix 3: Increase Free Space of System Drive

Sometimes, the problem that Windows 10 won’t install or download update may be caused by small capacity of the system drive. Thus you had better increase the free space of the system drive in order to install Windows 10.

In fact there are several ways to increase the capacity of system drive. Many users should employ a third-party partition manager to increase free disk space on the system partition. Speaking of partition manager, I would like to recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard.

MiniTool partition wizard helps users to manage disks and partitions, check file system, align SSD partition, migrate OS to SSD, clone disk, convert MBR to GPT, etc. This tool offers ever-increasing new features like Disk Benchmark and Space Analyzer to bring the best experience.

Step 1: Launch the application and enter the main interface.

Step 2: Choose the system drive. Then choose Extend Partition from left pane or choose Extend from context menu.

Step 3: Then open the dropdown list from the Take Free Space from menu and choose any partition or unallocated space on the same drive to take free space.

Meanwhile, you also can drag the sliding handle to decide how much free space you want to take. Then press the OK button to continue.

Step 4: Choose the Apply button on the top of the menu to extend system partition.

After having increased the capacity of system drive, you can restart our computers.  And then try to get the new Windows update to check whether Windows 10 upgrade error is solved.

Before you extend partition, remember to back up all files before you want to have a try on any method so as to avoid an accident.

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