When the Windows Update is turned on, it will automatically download and install updates. After the update process is done, Windows will restart itself (or ask you to take this action: Restart / Reboot) to apply these updates.
However, you might get stuck (“Windows Update stuck”) with the update and configuration process if there is any problem. Most cases, you will receive a message: “Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer”
If this error occurs, your computer will take about 30 minutes or up to an hour to revert. Don’t need to worry about this revert, give your computer time and it will be back to normal soon.
How To Fix Failure Configuring Windows Updates Issue
Basically, this error will not destroy your computer. But if it happens frequently, you have to figure out what the cause is, and fix this issue. Microsoft always release the update to fix bugs and improve stability as well as adding new features. If the Windows update process can’t be done, your computer might be in trouble.
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In order to fix “Failure configuring Windows updates” error, please try all three steps below:
Create System Restore Point In Windows
Firstly, you have to enable Windows System Restore to protect your Windows OS, from the change, avoid any damage to the system while we are fixing the issue.
To enable System Restore in Windows, click on the Start logo > right-click on Computer > select Properties. You can also access to Properties by right-clicking on the “Computer icon” on your desktop and select Properties.
On the left side, click on System protection. Under the System Protection tab, select the drive that you want to enable system restore, then click on the “Configure” button.
In the next step, select “Turn on system protection” > click on “Apply” and then “OK” button.
Next, click on “Create” button to create a system restore point at that moment. Windows will automatically create a system restore point, and will tell you with a message when it’s done.
This step to create a backup in case if something goes wrong, you can easily restore your Windows system back from this point and will not lose anything, like before.
Use Windows Update Troubleshooter
In this step, we will try to fix this issue by using a built-in feature in Windows, a troubleshoot function. To access this troubleshooter, go to Control Panel > and click on the “Find and fix problems” link.
Next, click on the “Fix problems with Windows Update” link.
In the next step, click on “Advanced” > select “Run as administrator”, plus stick on the “Apply repairs automatically” box > Next.
The troubleshooter will automatically run and fix the problem. Your issue should be gone immediately. If this step can’t help you solve the problem and it still remains, try the step below.
In case you can’t find the troubleshooter, visit this link (from Microsoft) to download and open the Windows Update troubleshooter.
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Delete Windows Update Cache And Download Files To Fix Windows Update Stuck
In order to delete all Windows Update cache and download files, you have to turn off two Windows services first. Go to Start > Run > type services.msc > Enter.
The Windows Services will appear, let scroll down and find two services below and then “Stop” them.
How to stop them? Find and double-click on it, select “Stop” button.
- Windows Update
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Next, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all files in two folders: DataStore and Download. Remember, you only need to delete all files & folders inside these folders, do not delete these folders. Windows might ask you to use Administrator permission to delete those files, just allow it. Don’t need to worry, delete those files and folders will not damage any part of your Windows. You will not lose any important file.
After the deletion process is done, you have to turn on two Windows services that you have turned off above. Simply find it in Windows Services, double-click on it and click on “Start” button.
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By now, the “Failure configuring Windows updates” error should be solved. If the problem still remains on your Windows computer, comment below with details (or contact us) and we will help you out.