• August 26, 2021 •

Windows 10: Checking for Updates Stuck (Fixed)

Microsoft makes sure that its operating system should receive regular updates. Your computer might be affected by those errors, bugs, or glitches that make your system misbehave. Also to update the security, operating system updates are rolled out by the developers every now and then. Mind you, when it comes to Windows updates, it can frustrate you by having no choice but to roll back on the previous updates due to issues. Or it can make your system better.

Some unfortunate Windows 10 users are experiencing an issue related to its update. When they try to check for updates, it gets stuck and won’t respond further just like an endless loop. Good thing is that you can be able to fix this issue on your own in less time. Just follow the troubleshooting guide that we have managed to provide you to fix “Windows 10 stuck on checking updates”.

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Troubleshooting Windows 10 Checking for Update Stuck issue

Follow the troubleshooting methods mentioned below to fix the issue. If one method works for you then stick to it, else move onto the next method.

Restart Your System

Restarting your system is the basic thing you can perform to fix any issue as Microsoft itself suggests to do so. A software glitch or a bug might be causing the issue, a simple restart can fix it easily. It will also release system memory that will allow chances of better memory management.

  • Just visit Start menu > Power button > select to choose Restart.

This will eventually be the issue.

Update Date and Time

Wrong system date and time often create the issue, your internet might work but it can raise other issues related to updating. Just have a look at the clock located at the bottom left corner. See if it’s correct, if not then follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the Start menu and open Settings.

Step 2: In the settings window, select Time and Language.

Step 3: Under Time and Language, select Date and time.

Step 4: Now turn on the Set time automatically button.

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)

Also, you can set the time manually by scroll down on the same window and select Change date and time format.

Check the Internet Connection

Your internet connection might be causing the issue, see if the connection is good. Else, you can try to connect to other Wi-Fi networks available, also your ethernet cable to see if this works. If there’s no internet connection then contact your ISP (Internet service provider).

Disable Antivirus

The security software present on your system might be interfering with the update. Having security is good too, but optimum security will not allow your system to update or to install any software. Here, we advise you to disable your antivirus accordingly and try to update the computer. If this works then remember always to disable your antivirus before updating your system.

Restart the Windows Update

Here, we will restart the stucked update of Windows 10. This could have happened due to a glitch and just needed to simply re-update.

Step 1: Press the Windows + R shortcut key to open Run.

Step 2: Type SERVICES.MSC and click OK.

Step 3: In the next window, you will get to see all the services which are present on your system. Search Windows Update and do a right-click on it and select Stop.

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)

Step 4: Next, open the Windows file explorer and visit C:\ > Windows > SoftwareDistribution path, remove all the files in the folder. And delete all the temporarily stored update files.

Step 5: Now again go back to the services window as mentioned in step 3, search Windows Update, do a right-click on it, and select Restart.

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)

Step 6: Visit Start menu > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > > Check for Updates.

Once the update is available, then select download and install.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows update troubleshooter will help you to fix the issues related to Windows update. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Download and install Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Step 2: Open the program and select Windows Update from the list.0

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)

Step 3: Click on Next, the system will analyze and detect the problems.

It will prompt you to run the program as an administrator, click on the Try troubleshooting as an administrator. Next, select Windows Update and click on Next. Just follow the onscreen instructions, a prompt will appear asking you to restart the system, do as it says, and sees if this works.

Perform Disk Cleanup

Here, we will perform a disk clean for the C drive. Corrupted system files or bad sector might be causing the issue, not allowing the Window to update. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Open the Windows file explorer.

Step 2: Do a right-click on C drive and select Properties.

Step 3: Now select Disk Cleanup under the General tab.

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)

Step 4: In the Disk Cleanup window, select Delivery Optimization Files and hit OK.

Finally, restart your computer. Again perform to “check for updates” task to update the Window.

Windows Module Installer

Windows Module installer is used to check stalls updates automatically. We will do this process using Windows PowerShell, follow the steps to see if this works:

Step 1: Do a right-click on the Start button and select PowerShell (Admin).

Step 2: Type the following command and press enter.

Windows 10: Checking For Updates Stuck (fixed)
 SC CONFIG TRUSTEDINSTALLER START=AUTO

You will get to see the [SC] CHANGESERVICECONFIG SUCCESS command, assume that the process is successfully executed. You can also do the same method on Command Prompt, restart the PC and the issue should be fixed.

What if Nothing Works?

All the methods mentioned above are valid fixes. At this point, the “Windows 10 Checking For Updates Stuck” issue should be get resolved. If the issue still tends to exist, then you can perform a Windows reset, this will not delete your files as you have the option to keep them.

That’s it for now, hope this helps! We are glad to know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then, stay tuned for more info.

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