How To Fix Update Error In Windows 11

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Undoubtedly, Windows 11 has added a lot of interesting new features and improvements, but like any operating system, it also has its share of problems. Update errors are among the most frequent and annoying issues users go across. These mistakes may stop your system from getting crucial security updates, feature updates, and bug fixes. We'll look at four efficient fixes for update failures in Windows 11 in this blog post to make sure your system is always up to date and operating efficiently.

Examine your internet connection.

Checking your internet connection is the first step in fixing update issues. For the purpose of obtaining updates from Microsoft servers, a steady internet connection is essential. To test your connection, take the following actions:

  1. In the taskbar, which is often found in the bottom right corner of your screen, click the network icon.
  2. Click the "Connect" option and provide your network credentials if the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection is disabled.
  3. Once connected, try using any online tool or website to see if the internet is working properly.

Utilize the Windows Update Troubleshooter

A built-in troubleshooter is available in Windows 11 and is intended to automatically identify and fix a variety of update-related problems. Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter can assist in locating the issue's primary cause. This is how to apply it:

  • To launch the Settings app, press Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  • From the menu of choices, select "Update & Security".
  • Click "Troubleshoot" in the left sidebar.
  • Select "Additional troubleshooters."
  • Find "Windows Update" in the list of possible troubleshooters, pick it, and then click "Run the troubleshooter."
  • Comply with the on-screen directions, and the troubleshooter will make an automatic effort to identify and resolve any update-related problems.

Reset the components of Windows Update

Try resetting the Windows Update components if the Windows Update Troubleshooter is unable to fix the issue. Temporary update files must be deleted, and related services must be stopped. This is how you do it:

  • To launch an elevated Command Prompt, use the Windows key + X and choose "Windows Terminal (Admin)".
  • Enter after each line as you type the following commands one at a time. The Windows Update services will be stopped by the following commands:

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

  • At this point, the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders will be renamed. After each line, type the following commands and press Enter:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

  • Finally, use the following commands to restart the services we stopped earlier:

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Install Windows Updates Manually

Faulty updates can be downloaded and installed manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog if all else fails. By using this method, you can be sure that you have the necessary update files to bypass download problems. Perform the following actions:ṇ

  • Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website. 
  • Enter the KB number of the update, which you can find in Windows Update settings, in the search field. 
  • Find the appropriate update for your 'x86, ARM64' system architecture, then click the "Download" button next to it.
  • Double-click the update file to start the installation process after downloading.


For maximum performance, security, and access to new features, it's essential to keep your Windows 11 system up to date. Now you can confidently use the techniques described in this article to effectively troubleshoot and resolve update issues. Always remember to check your Internet connection, run the Windows Update troubleshooter, reset Windows Update components, and manually install updates if needed. That way, you can skip update issues and enjoy a solid, streamlined Windows 11 experience.  

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