How to Fix a Windows Update That Failed


Microsoft provides updates to its Windows operating system that fixes bugs and patches security holes. The updates are downloaded in the Windows Update application and installed on your computer. If you accidentally power off the computer or an update fails, you must remove the update from the Control Panel and reinstall it on your system. Reinstalling a failed update avoids the possibility of bugs or corrupted operating system files that cause issues in the future.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click the "Uninstall a Program" link in the "Program" section. Click the icon labeled "View installed updates." Your list of Windows updates display.

  • Click the update that failed and then click "Uninstall" at the top of the window. Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to remove the update. It takes several minutes to uninstall the update. Reboot the computer after the removal completes.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button again and type "windows update" in the search text box. Press "Enter" to open the Windows Update utility.

  • Click the link on the left panel labeled "Check for updates." The Windows Update utility searches for the latest update, which includes the one you just deleted.

  • Click "Install Updates" after the search completes. It takes several minutes to reinstall the failed update. After the installation completes, you must reboot your computer.

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