What to do if Windows 10 update fails

If you're having trouble with your Windows 10 update, here are some tricks to fix it and download the latest OS updates

Updating your computer's operating system is super important for the security of your personal data. Updates release new features that improve security and protect users from new dangers on the Web. But you can't always update your PC: it can happen that some problems block the download and installation on your device.

For example, with the Windows October Update there have been several problems. But even minor updates, constantly released by Microsoft, can have problems and not install correctly. You can see this if you open Windows Update and click on "View update history": if any update has gone wrong, it will be reported. But what to do if a Windows 10 update fails? Here are some tricks to fix Win 10 updates gone wrong.

Restart and Try Again

One of the reasons why a Windows 10 update fails is that there are two or more updates in the queue. Since some updates are preparatory to others, you can try restarting the PC and launching the update again: the procedure should restart properly

Use Windows Update Troubleshooting Tool

Microsoft provides a tool called "Windows Update Troubleshooting Tool", which is used to troubleshoot system updates. You can find it under "Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshooting". If it is not already installed in your version of Windows, you can find it at this page. Once downloaded and launched, this tool will clean your system of failed updates. Then you'll be able to retry launching Windows Update and making updates.

Pause Updates

It might sound strange, but to solve a problem installing one or more Windows 10 updates it might be useful to pause the updates themselves. This will delete all downloaded updates and you can restart the process from scratch. To do this you have to go to "Settings > Update & Security> Windows Update" and then to "Advanced Options" and from here you can choose to pause the updates. At this point you have to restart the computer and then go back to the same screen and re-enable the updates. At this point you can launch Windows Update again.

Download updates from Microsoft's website

It is also possible that an update will fail due to connection problems of any kind. Luckily, you can also try downloading Windows 10 updates directly from Microsoft's website. You can find them at this page and you can choose whether to save or install the update directly. It's better to save it and then install it manually.

Download security updates manually

The tactic just explained only refers to large cumulative updates related to new OS features, such as the October Update. But Microsoft releases two different types of updates: those that bring new features and those that fix some security issue. Unfortunately, most of the updates that don't install properly are security updates, and to install them you have to write down their initials (which usually start with the letters "KB") and look for them in the Microsoft Update catalog (you can find it on this page).

Repair Windows installation

The last method, and also the most drastic one, to repair a failed Windows 10 update consists in repairing the entire operating system installation. It is a method to use in extremis, in case the failed update has compromised the stability of the system or prevents it from booting. To force the repair of the operating system you need to turn off the PC while Windows is loading and then turn it back on. You must do this three times in a row. At this point Windows will realize that something is wrong and will launch the "Diagnostic Mode", where you should click on "Advanced Options" and then "Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Repair Installation". When the procedure is complete, you will end up with a version of Windows 10 that lacks all the latest updates