If Windows 11 is unable to install cumulative and other updates
on your device, there’s a chance this may be due to software
issues. A bug or misconfigured Windows Update settings can
prevent users from grabbing the latest Windows 11 improvements
from Microsoft’s servers.
To address issues with Windows Update, Microsoft has now
published the first reliability patch for Windows 11.
KB4023057, which has been released for Windows 10 in the past,
is now also available on Windows 11. Microsoft is pushing its
Windows KB4023057 update for the new operating system which
will attempt to solve problems that could prevent future
updates on Windows 11.
In its official support bulletin, Microsoft describes the update as
“Update for Windows Update Service components”. It includes
reliability improvements for Windows Update across all
supported versions of Windows, including version 1909, version
2004, version 21H1, and later.
Microsoft has compiled the same update for Windows 11 on
October 27 and it includes resources to address issues that
affect the update processes. In our tests, we observed that the
update could reset certain registry values if they’re
preventing updates from downloading.
KB4023057 is also going to make the following changes:
- It can try to reset network settings. This would be done if
problems are detected by Windows Troubleshooter.
- Microsoft will remove any registry keys preventing updates
from being applied to your device.
- It will repair corrupted components of Windows Update or
attempt to reenable the disabled components/services.
- If your device is low on storage, Microsoft will also
compress certain files in the user profile directory and free
up disk space to install important updates.
- Microsoft will also attempt to reset the Windows Update
database and repair issues preventing Windows 11 updates on
your device. In some cases, Windows Update history in Control
Panel will be cleared.
Other troubleshooting steps this update will perform vary from
device to device, but you can expect the patch to clean
registry keys if they’ve been incorrectly configured by a
How to install KB4023057 on Windows 11
Windows 11’s first reliability update is rolling out in stages
and it will be installed automatically on devices where updates
are blocked due to software issues.
You don’t need the patch if Windows Update is working on your
device, but you can always download it from Microsoft
This reliability update is also designed to prepare devices for
future releases of Windows 11 or big cumulative/optional
Additionally, Microsoft is experimenting with a few new
features for Windows Update on Windows 11. For example, the
company is testing the “Update Stack Package”, which can
deliver specific improvements to the Windows Update experience
before a monthly or feature update is downloaded on your
is working on new online service packs to update specific
system features like pages of the Settings app without
releasing a new version of the OS.