Here’s how you can reset Windows Update on Windows 10 to fix download issues

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Windows Update on Windows 10

Are you stuck trying to download and install Windows 10
updates? Don’t worry though, we’ll show you how to reset
Windows Update on Windows 10 in this guide.

It is of prime importance to be able to download all the latest
updates on Windows 10 as it provides the operating system with
the latest security patches, bug fixes, important driver
updates, cosmetic updates and also receives the new features
and updates.

If you are unable to download these updates onto your Windows
10 machines, here’s how you can reset and fix the update
components of Windows 10. One solution is to reset the windows
update service which will fix most of the common occurrences of
the windows update problems. That is if the update service or
the cache has a problem or has been corrupted or if the
required components are missing.

We’ll go through few routes through which we can fix the
Windows Update component and let you install the updates.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

First, we’ll use the built-in “Windows Update Troubleshooter”
tool from Microsoft. This tool will help you figure out the
problem and rest the windows update component automatically.

  • Download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter from
    Microsoft. You can do so from here.
  • In the menu, choose Windows Update and click on Next.
  • If you are provided with an option to do so as an
    administrator then click ‘Try troubleshooting as an
    administrator’, select Windows Update and click Next.
  • If the Troubleshooter finds any problem, it’ll fix it for
    you. Then close the utility tool.
  • Do the same steps but this time in the menu choose ‘Windows
    Networking Diagnostics’ to make sure there is no network
    related issues that are preventing from you to download the
    Windows 10 updates. Again wait for the tool to resolve any
    problem that it may find and close the troubleshooter tool.

To see if the problem has been resolved, restart your computer
and check the Windows update component. It should work fine
now.

Fix the Windows Update issues manually

Second, we’ll try and fix the Windows update problem manually.
Instead of depending on the troubleshooter tool from Microsoft.
You can resolve the problem manually by installing the latest
Windows 10 updates.

  • Visit the Windows 10 update
    history webpage where you can notice the logs of all the
    previous Windows updates that have been released.
  • For the most recently released update, note down the KB
    number.
  • Now use Windows Update Catalog
    Website to search for the update specified by the KB
    number you noted down. Download the update depending on if your
    machine is 32-bit = x86 or 64-bit=x64.
  • (As of June 23, 2018 –
    KB4284835 is the latest patch for Windows 10 April 2018
    Update, and KB4284822
    is the latest patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).
  • Open the downloaded file in order to install the update.

The last step is to restart the computer after the update has
been installed. This normally will fix any problems with the
windows update component and you can now cross-check by using
the Check for updates button on the update section of the
settings page.

Clear Windows Update cache

Third, we’ll manually clear the Windows Update cache to fix
download issues on Windows 10. Before clearing the cache, you
would need to stop the Windows update service. To do that,
search for “services” and open it as an administrator. Find the
service “Windows Update,” right-click on it and then select the
option “Stop.”

To clear the cache, do the following:

  • Press “Win + R,” enter the below path and press the Enter
    button.
  • C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution
  • This folder has all the files related to Windows updates.
  • Open the “Download” folder, select all the files and delete
    all the files.

You would need to restart Windows Update. To do that, again
open the Services and start the Windows Update service. To
start the service, right-click on it and select the option
Start on the context menu.

To install the latest updates, navigate to Settings ->
Update & Security -> Windows Update, and check for updates.



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