windows 11 update not working

Windows Update Not Working: Top 6 Fixes

Running the Windows update troubleshooter is an effective way to resolve this error


Updates are an essential part of any Windows, and if this feature does not work properly, you could be exposed to various problems, and your device might not run properly. To avoid this situation, we have come up with the best ways to fix errors when the Windows 11 update is not working.

We will walk you through a comprehensive process so that at the end of this guide, you will be sufficiently equipped to resolve any issues you might have relating to Windows updates. Without further delay, let’s get into it.

1. Reboot your device to install updates

Before trying anything advanced, we recommend carrying out a simple reboot. This simple step can help to resolve various glitches and potentially resolve this error. Use the steps below to do this.

  1. Go to your desktop, and press Alt + F4 simultaneously.
  2. A pop-up will appear, from the drop-down menu, select Restart.
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  3. Once your device is on, check to see if the Windows 11 update is now working.

2. Verify that you have enough space in the C drive

Next, you must check for enough space to get a Windows update. You will have difficulty updating your device if you do not have enough space. We recommend freeing up storage space; the steps below will show you how to do this.

  1. Hold Windows + I simultaneously to open the Settings application.
  2. Navigate to the System tab, and click on Storage.
  3. In the Local Disk C: section, click the Temporary files option.
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  4. Pick the item you want to delete, then click the Remove files button.
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3. Restart the Windows update service

The whole update process, which includes downloading and installing drivers, security fixes, and new features for your Windows 11 system, is managed by the Windows Update service. Restarting this service can be like turning on a digital switch when updates stutter, potentially resolving transient conflicts and malfunctions that lead to problems.

This easy troubleshooting step can frequently get the update system running smoothly once more, enabling you to download and install the new updates without any more difficulties. The steps below will show you how to run this process.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input services.msc in the text field, then hit Enter.
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  2. In the Services Window, scroll down, look for Windows Update, right-click on it, and select Properties.
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  3. Navigate to the Startup type section and set the option to Automatic.
  4. Click OK and start the service if it is stopped.
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  5. Lastly, click Apply, and see if the Windows update is working now.

4. Run the SFC and DISM scan

The System File Checker (SFC) and the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) are two built-in tools that work together to resolve various problems, including errors associated with Windows updates. SFC scans your system, looking for corrupted or damaged files, and automatically fixes them. DISM, on the other hand, helps to fix corrupt system images that could be causing this problem.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Input the command below and hit Enter.
    sfc /scannow
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  3. Next, input the DISM command below and hit Enter.
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
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  4. After running these commands, check if the Windows 11 update not working error has been fixed.

5. Run the Windows update troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is an integrated diagnostic tool that scans your system for possible problems preventing updates in Windows 11. It attempts to automatically detect and fix common issues such as program conflicts, network hiccups, and corrupted files.

This is a quick and free first-aid kit for update problems that might potentially fix most errors without the need for physical labor or sophisticated debugging.

  1. Press Windows + S to bring up the Search bar, type troubleshoot, then select the Troubleshoot settings option.
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  2. Next, click on Additional troubleshooter.
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  3. Click Windows Update from the list of options.
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  4. Now click on the Run the troubleshooter button to begin the process.
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  5. Allow the process to finish, then see if the problem has been fixed.

6. Perform a system restore

If the steps above do not fix the problem, we recommend performing a system restore to fix this error. A system restore will take your system to a point where the Windows error is absent on your device. It is like going back to a time when the error was not present. This can potentially fix the error and make Windows update work perfectly.

  1. Press the Windows button to open the Search bar, type control panel in the text field, and choose the related option.
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  2. From the View by option, select Large icons, then choose Recovery.
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  3. Choose Open System Restore.
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  4. Click the radio button for the Choose a different restore point option, then click the Next button.
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  5. Pick a restore point that goes back to before you had the error, then click Next.
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  6. Lastly, click Finish to complete the process.
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Final Thoughts

If you diligently follow the steps outlined in this guide, you can troubleshoot errors associated with Windows updates and get your device running without any glitches. If you would also like to learn how to resolve the Windows update error 0x800f084, check out the linked guide.

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