In the Control Panel list of troubleshooters, in the “System and Security” section, click “Fix problems with Windows Update.” In the Windows Update troubleshooting window, click “Advanced.” In the advanced settings, make sure that the “Apply repairs automatically” check box is enabled, click “Run as administrator” and then click Next.
Giving the tool administrative privileges helps ensure that it can delete files in the download cache.
One of the issues with the forced and automatic updates in Windows 10 is that - on occasion - a broken update will be included and fail to install.
When this happens, Windows will try to download and install it each time you shut down or start your PC.
You install this like any other program after downloading it, by clicking on the downloaded file in your browser, or heading to your downloads folder and double-clicking it.
The troubleshooter should start and show a welcome screen.
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This can happen on Windows 7, 8, or 10, but it’s become especially common with Windows 7.
Sometimes updates will error out, or sometimes Windows Update may just get stuck “searching for updates” forever. Windows includes a built-in troubleshooter that may be able to help fix a stuck update.
If you’re still having trouble after running the troubleshooter (or if you’re the type that just likes to do things yourself), performing the same actions manually may help where the troubleshooter didn’t.
We’re also going to add the extra step of booting into Safe Mode first, just to make sure that Windows can really let go of that cache of Windows Update downloads. On Windows 7, restart your computer and press the “F8” key on your computer while it boots to access the boot options menu, where you’ll find a “Safe Mode” option.
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