How to possibly solve Windows Update problems

Unfortunately, even in Windows 10, it happens that the Windows Update starts to not work properly, giving some “strange” errors.

The reasons of the error could be different: obviously you must be rightly connected to Internet, so if you are using some kind of proxy try first to have a direct connection to the Web. But, if you continue to have the issue even after having done a Disk Cleanup and also (as an administrator) a cleanup for system files and then a restart of the PC, you can try the following methods I found looking into the Microsoft Community forum and Microsoft support site.
Note that in Windows 10 a restart is different from a shutdown because only in the first case really the OS starts from the beginning without using possibly cached information in order to startup as quicker as possible.
Having done a some cleanup in the disk and system file could have reset in someway some temporary file the Windows Update could have created before … but anyway it can be useful also for deleting, for example, previous Windows versions so freeing disk space! 😉

Disk cleanup

Disk cleanup

Cleanup system files


Method 1: run the Windows Update Troubleshooter (even more times) [see also, at the end of this post, where to find the embedded troubleshoots]

Method 2: Perform a clean boot. Start Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a “clean boot” that can helps eliminate software conflicts. See this article below to perform clean boot referring to the section How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot of the Kb article to boot the computer in normal startup after fixing the issue.

Method 3: if issue still persists I would suggest you to manually reset Windows Update components possibly using the method from the this article.

Note that there is also an embedded troubleshoot for Windows Update embedded in Windows 10 and you can find it searching for “troubleshoot” in Settings or in Control Panel: you can try that one too.

Search for embedded troubleshoots

Search for embedded troubleshoots

Embedded Windows Update troubleshoot

Embedded Windows Update troubleshoot

Troubleshoots from Control Panel

Troubleshoots from Control Panel

Windows Update troubleshoot

Windows Update troubleshoot


Hope this help!!! … you can possibly suggest in comments other methods, if you know some more 😉




Informazioni su Enzo Contini

Electronic engineer
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