Windows 7, 8 or 10 update stuck? We have a few solutions below check them out.
There are a whole lot of things you may want to accomplish in your day; your PC windows update stuck is rarely among them. Yet Window PCs are notorious for having those occasional long update sessions where there’s a blue screen displaying a percentage which is every user’s cue to frantically pray it ends soon. Don’t have time for it all? We can help with that…
Microsoft Windows Update are not always to a new or improved version. In fact, the lack of any new versions in the offing has been quite a relief to users who can now thankfully concentrate on bettering their hardware to reap benefits of the PAO cycle. A lot of these updates are actually patches that repair newly discovered bugs or better security or performance. As much as possible, it is best to let the update complete. However, if you have something pretty urgent which can’t wait, or perhaps the update has been going on forever, the steps we’ve listed below might help you sort things out. Let’s begin.
Making sure what kind of update it is…
If you catch an update soon enough, you should be able to see the version or other update details which you can then google to know more about it. A security patch can be dangerous to ignore since it can leave you susceptible to an ongoing virus threat that the patch was designed to repel. Performance patches may be doable to ignore, though they’re hard either way since things are already pretty slow on that front for a low-specs PC. Other kinds of patches may be dealt with as one deems fit.
How to Stop Windows Update Getting Stuck or otherwise Taking Too Long?
There are a few hardware and software issues that may be causing your windows updates taking forever. We compiled a list of those issues for you. Take a look at windows update fixit.
- Restart the PC. This is to be done only if the PC is taking too long, and not 2 minutes in on the update beginning when you’re feeling impatient. You can long press the power button of the CPU and wait for the fan to stop humming. That’s when you can be sure that the PC has stopped. Power it back of with the same button and hope for the best.
- You may be prompted by your PC about the improper shut-down. Restart the PC in normal mode and perform a system restore. This can be done in the Control Panel, Under “System and Security” option, “System” and then in the “System Protection”, using the option “System Restore”. You can choose whichever point to restore your PC to, based on what point you last remember your PC to be working correctly.
- If you cannot access Control Panel in the normal mode, try using Safe Mode and perform the System Restore.
- If you can get through to the desktop, use system utilities to perform a disk cleanup. You might not have a lot sitting in your recycle bin, but you may find GBs worth of old versions and data clogging your PC’s memory under Advanced Cleanup. It might also speed up your PC a little, though there are no guarantees on that front. Getting your memory to clean up a little might give enough space for the update to speed along a little and finish quickly.
- You can always allow the PC to update when you’re not using it. Use the Task Scheduler to schedule the update to be executed at a time when you’re sleeping, for example, or when you’re out to party. Just set the time for the update, and leave your PC on. Your PC will be ready to run by the time you return to it.
A few times windows update stuck at 0, and it is not your fault or that of your PC. If you have enough free space and a little patience, Windows is the best OS to use. The updates are evidence of the company working hard to keep users safe and comfortable; it’s hard to blame them for it. Anyway, know any better ways to get your updates to go faster? Share them with everyone in the comments.