Allteks Useful Guide to Fixing a Stuck Windows 10 Update
Microsoft Windows 10 is a software specifically been designed to receive frequent updates with little fuss, normally by making them automatic and requiring minimal input from us users. Usually they only take a couple of minutes run time before your computer starts to reboot and just require your machine to be switched on, newly released Windows 11 however does promise to make these smaller and even less obtrusive.
I’m sure we all know that there are times where even Windows 10 updates seem to take way longer to run through than usual and you may go on to find that the update has become stuck mid process. I think I’m right in saying that this has become one of modern life's inevitable frustrations and that it usually comes at the most inconvenient of moments. But don’t panic - don't do anything in anger (even looking back!) – breathe easy, because as we know there’s always a fix.
Try to resist the urge to switch off and on again, as hard as this is J as that could exasperate the problem. First course of action should be to check whether it is stuck or just very slow - some updates can be vast. Once you've established this, you can then move on to our tips below...
Fixing a stuck Windows 10 update
1. Try the usual Ctrl-Alt-Del, this may be a quick fix for an update that's stuck at a particular point. This will allow you to access the login screen, and sign in as usual, if not, then further action may be required.
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2. Restarting your PC. We realise that manufacturers see a re-start mid-installation as a cardinal sin and expressly warned against it, but if your update is genuinely stuck then you’re not left with many options. Do this by physically pressing down on power or reset button, and remember that you may have to hold it down for a short time.
3. Boot the pc into Safe Mode. This is accessible from the Start up Settings menu. This mode disables everything but the absolute essentials Windows needs to run, thus ensuring that any software conflicts that could be interfering with the update are removed. After the update installs, you can restart Windows to exit Safe Mode.
4. Perform a System Restore. To safeguard against this type of thing, Windows usually create a restore point just before applying an update, so if necessary you can roll it back should there be any problems. You can access the System Restore function from Safe Mode, or from the Advanced Start up Options if this doesn’t do the trick.
5. You could always attempt a Start Up repair. This is a more in-depth fix than just a System Restore, the Start Up Repair tool (also accessible from the Advanced Start Up Options screen) can occasionally fix underlying issues that could be hampering the update process.
6. Performing a clean Windows install. Really, this is the 'nuclear option', but if all else fails, you could well be forced to simply delete your previous copy of Windows and start completely from scratch. A Warning though, this will erase your entire hard drive, so it’s imperative that you back up any vital data before carrying out this process.