Windows Update is sometimes underestimated as a cornerstone of your system’s integrity and security. Not only does it keep your PC healthy & current, but it also delivers new features from time to lớn time to keep the platkhung fresh and relevant. However, Microsoft’s updates don’t always roll out as smoothly as the company intends.

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Here, we’ll show you how lớn get Windows Update working again when it fails & what to vì if it looks like an update is causing problems.

Manage automatic updates

You can’t permanently turn off automatic updates in Windows 10, but you can manage when your machine installs an update & reboots your PC. That way, you can at least make sure your machine doesn’t restart during your workday or at an inconvenient time.

Change your active sầu hours

Step 1: Cliông chồng on the Notifications inhỏ on the taskbar followed by the All Settings tile in the kích hoạt Center.

Step 2: Select Update & Security.

Step 3: The Windows Update category should open by mặc định. Clichồng Change Active sầu Hours.


Step 4: You should see the current active hours displayed under a toggle. Click the Change liên kết.

Step 5: Set the start time & the kết thúc time, as shown below, & then cliông xã the Save button. The maximum length is 18 hours.


Reschedule a system reboot

If Windows 10 already scheduled a restart khổng lồ finish installing an update, you can change the time & day to better fit your schedule. Here’s how:

Step 1: Cliông xã on the Notifications ibé on the taskbar followed by the All Settings tile in the Action Center.

Step 2: Select Update và Security.

Step 3: The Windows Update category should open by mặc định. Cliông xã on the Schedule the Restart link next to lớn the Restart Now button.

Step 4: Cliông chồng on the toggle to enable your custom schedule.

Step 5: Piông chồng a time và a day & you’re good to go.

Pause Updates

If you’re having specific issues, the problem may not be with your PC specifically. Instead, a problematic update may be causing issues across multiple devices that Microsoft needs to lớn fix. Here’s how to pause updates for up khổng lồ 35 days:


Step 1: Cliông chồng on the Notifications icon on the taskbar followed by the All Settings tile in the kích hoạt Center.

Step 2: Select Update và Security.

Step 3: The Windows Update category should open by default. Clichồng Advanced Options.

Step 4: Click on the downward-facing arrow next khổng lồ Select Date in the Pause Updates section.

Step 5: Select a date on the drop-down danh sách.

Note: This only applies lớn “quality” updates, aka cumulative fixes. This does not apply to “feature” updates because they are not automatically installed.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Microsoft knows that, sometimes, updates (lượt thích the infamous Windows 10 May 2019 update) can bring along a few unwanted issues, so it has a Windows Update Troubleshooter. This tool will look for any obvious problems that may be keeping Windows Update from functioning correctly. If it can, the troubleshooter will fix them automatically or at least let you know what is causing the issue.


To access the Windows Update Troubleshooter, bởi vì the following:

Step 1: Click on the Notifications icon on the taskbar followed by the All Settings tile in the kích hoạt Center.

Step 2: Select Update và Security.

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Step 3: The Windows Update category should open by mặc định. Clichồng on the Troubleshoot tab listed on the left.

Step 4: Click Additional Troubleshooters listed on the right.

Step 5: Clichồng Windows Update.

Step 6: Cliông chồng the Run the Troubleshooter button.

The troubleshooter won’t solve sầu every problem, but it’s a great place to start and will usually provide useful information even if it can’t offer a fix.

Chechồng your installation error code

If your general update or feature update fails or causes problems, it will often give you an error code. The codes don’t tell you much by themselves, but they include a lot of useful info if you hop online và consult Microsoft’s guide on the matter. Below, we’ve included a table highlighting some of the more common errors.

0x80073712A tệp tin needed by Windows Update is likely damaged or missing.
0x800F0923This might indicate that a driver or other software on your PC isn’t compatible with the tăng cấp to Windows 10. For info about how khổng lồ fix this problem, tương tác Microsoft support.
0x80200056This could mean that the tăng cấp process was interrupted because you accidentally restarted your PC or signed out of your PC. Try upgrading again, and make sure your PC is plugged in and stays turned on.
This error might mean that your PC couldn’t connect to lớn the Windows Update servers. If you’re using a VPN connection to connect to lớn a work network, disconnect from the network, turn off the VPN software (if applicable), and try to lớn tăng cấp again. The error could also mean there isn’t enough không lấy phí space in the System Reserved partition. You might be able to fix this problem by using third-party software lớn increase the System Reserved partition kích thước.
0xC1900208 – 0x4000CThis could indicate that an incompatible tiện ích installed on your PC is blocking the nâng cấp process from completing. Cheông xã to make sure that any incompatible apps are uninstalled and then try upgrading again.

This may signify that your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements lớn tải về or install the tăng cấp to lớn Windows 10.

This likely indicates that your PC doesn’t have sầu enough space available to lớn install the nâng cấp. Free some space on the drive and try again.

This guide is designed specifically for Windows 10. Error codes may not mean the same thing in other versions of Windows.

If all else fails, these quiông chồng fixes might vì chưng it


If our instructions up until now haven’t resolved your issues, then it’s time lớn go bachồng to lớn the tried-and-true methods, the tricks that have sầu been solving update errors since the update was first invented. Here are a few options that may work for you.

Restart your computer

This is a surprisingly effective method that will solve sầu a host of computer issues — và it often works for Windows Update errors too. When you encounter an error message, restart your machine & try lớn rerun the updates. If you haven’t run Windows Update for some time, then you might have lớn repeat this process several times before all updates have sầu been installed.

However, don’t just restart the machine. Turn it off for a few moments so the RAM is cleared of any nefarious code, then turn the machine bachồng on. Data in RAM doesn’t stiông xã around when there’s no power, so you have sầu a clean slate when you boot back into Windows.

Do you have enough disk space?

One scenario in which updates may fail is when your system drive sầu is running out of space. Double-check that you have at least 10GB không lấy phí. If you don’t, perform a disk cleanup to lớn remove sầu files. Here’s how:

Step 1: Type Disk Cleanup inkhổng lồ the taskbar’s search box and select the resulting phầm mềm.

Step 2: Use the downward-facing arrow to select the drive sầu you need khổng lồ clean — presumably, it’s the C Drive — then click OK.

Step 3: Specify the type of tệp tin that you want to remove & select OK. Try khổng lồ stay away from important system files, however.

Alternatively, third-tiệc nhỏ software lượt thích CCleaner can be great for freeing up extra space on your system. For more information on this topic, kiểm tra out our more complete guide on managing Windows 10’s storage space.

Is malware causing the issue?

Malware can affect essential files và services, so it’s vital to lớn run a scanner. If you don’t have antivirus software, look at our favorites for Windows-based computers.

Liên hệ Microsoft Support

If you’re out of options, tương tác Microsoft support. Visit their tương tác page và start a chat, request a callbaông xã, or make a điện thoại tư vấn. You can also ask the community, which can be useful if there’s already a forum on the issue.