If you’re trying to install Windows updates in Windows 10 but are stuck on the “Check for updates” process; or you can’t install updates, don’t worry, you are not alone. You can find solutions from this article to solve the Windows 10 not updating problem.

5 methods for Windows 10 not updating issue:

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Run Windows Update troubleshooter
  2. Update your drivers
  3. Restart the Windows update service manually
  4. Fix Windows file corruption
  5. Do a clean install of Windows 10

Method 1: Run Windows Update troubleshooter

Whenever you’re having problems with Windows system, the easiest method you can try is to run the Windows built-in troubleshooters. Windows 10 has built-in troubleshooters to diagnose and automatically fix common problems. There are many troubleshooters for different problems.
For the Windows 10 not updating issue, you can run the Windows update troubleshooter to resolve the problem.

  1. Press the Windows logo key + I together and then click Update & Security.
  2. Select Troubleshoot tab and click Windows Update. Then click Run the troubleshooter.

  3. Wait for the result and follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. Restart your PC and check to see if the Windows 10 not updating issue is resolved.

Method 2: Update your drivers

The problem can be caused by faulty drivers, especially the faulty network card drivers. So one of the things you should do is to verify that all your devices have the right drivers, and update those that don’t.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged device to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
  4. After updating the drivers, check to see if the Windows 10 not updating issue is resolved.

Method 3: Restart the Windows Update service manually

To fix the Windows 10 not updating issue, you can try to restart the Windows Update service manually. Restarting the service can release the occupied system files and make the program back to normal.
Here’s how to restart the Windows Update service:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R key at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Shift+Ctrl+Enter together to open Command Prompt in the administrator mode.
    Note: Do NOT click OK or just press the Enter key as that won’t allow you to open Command Prompt in the administrator mode.
  3. Type “net stop wuauserv” and press the Enter key on your keyboard. You’ll see a message saying The Windows Update service was stopped successfully.
  4. Type “net start wuauserv” and press the Enter key on your keyboard. Then the Windows Update service will be started again.
  5. Check to see if the Windows not updating issue is resolved.

Method 4: Fix Windows file corruption

When your computer’s system file was broken or corrupted, it may cause the Windows 10 not updating issue. To solve it, you can use System File Checker (SFC) to repair the broken system files.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R key at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Shift+Ctrl+Enter together to open Command Prompt in the administrator mode.
    Note: Do NOT click OK or just press the Enter key as that won’t allow you to open Command Prompt in the administrator mode.
  3. Type “sfc /scannow” in the window and press Enter. Then wait for the verification is 100% complete.
  4. Restart your computer to check if the Windows not updating issue is resolved.

If the result indicates that there are broken files exists but SFC can’t fix it, you can turn to Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) Tool for deeper examine and repair.

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the DISM Tool.

Method 5: Reinstall Windows 10

If the above methods can’t help, you can reinstall Windows 10 to fix it. However, this method will wipe all of your data in your PC. So, before doing a clean installation, you have to back up all your important files in another drive. Click here to get the backup tutorial.

To reinstall your PC, you can click here to get the step-by-step tutorial.

Hopefully, these methods can help you resolve the Windows 10 not updating issue. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know by commenting below.

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