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Windows 11 updates are underway stuck

Windows 11 updates are underway stuck at 0, 66, 82, 87, 100” is a common issue when updating Windows 11. If your PC is also stuck on the page, what should you do? Take it easy and it is easy to get rid of the trouble after trying solutions given by MiniTool here.

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Updates are Underway Windows 11 Stuck

Keeping Windows up to date is an important thing since the updates can bring security updates, feature improvements, and patches bugs to make sure the PC function perfectly. For Windows 11, it is necessary to install the latest updates.

However, during the update, you may run into the situation of Windows 11 update stuck. To be specific, your PC is always on the screen – “Updates are underway. Please keep your computer on” even though the process is 100% complete. Sometimes it is stuck at 0, 66, 82, 87, or other percentages.

Windows 11 stuck on updates are underway

Tip: Sometimes Windows gets stuck on preparing to configure Windows screen. If your Windows 11 is performing certain necessary updates but is stuck, what should you do? Refer to the related post to find solutions - Stuck on Preparing to Configure Windows? Here’re 7 Solutions.

Then you may ask “updates are underway Windows 11 how long does it take” in Google. You should know the update process can take some time to complete but it won’t take hours. Usually, you are taken to the next stage once the process reaches 100%. If it hangs for a long time, you need to take action to get rid of the loop.

Let's get to the point. How to fix “Windows 11 stuck on updates are underway”? Try multiple ways here.

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Fixes for Windows 11 Updates Are Underway Stuck

Press Ctrl + Alt + Del

In some situations, the update may be stuck at a particular part of the installation process. You can try to press Ctrl + Alt + Del to see if the Windows login screen is presented. If so, log in to Windows as normal, which may let the update process continue successfully. If nothing happens after the operation, continue other troubleshooting tips.

Hard Reset Your PC

If the Windows 11 update installation is completely frozen, you can do nothing but hard-reboot. Thus, try to hard restart your computer if the issue “updates are underway Windows 11 stuck at 0, 100, etc. for a long time” happens.

Step 1: Press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds. This can turn the PC off. No lights can be seen near the power button.

Tip: For a tablet or laptop, you may need to remove the battery.

Step 2: Wait 30 seconds and then press the power button to turn it on again.

Run Windows 11 to Safe Mode

In Safe Mode, Windows only loads the minimum services and drivers that the system authentically needs. “Windows 11 updates are underway stuck at 0, 66, 82 or 100” can happen due to a conflict between another program or service and Windows updates. So, you can try to boot Windows 11 to Safe Mode.

If that’s the case, you can restart the PC from there and start the Windows update installation again. The process will finish and the PC can boot to the normal state.

Well then, how to boot your Windows 11 computer to Safe Mode on the stuck interface of “Windows 11 updates are underway 100 complete”?

Use a bootable drive or force restart the PC several times to enter WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment). Then, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. Press F4 to enter Safe Mode.

Windows 11 Safe Mode

Tip: In Windows 11, there are many ways to access Safe Mode. You can find them in our previous post - How to Start/Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode? (7 Ways).

Run SFC 

In Safe Mode, you can run an SFC scan with System File Checker. This can help to scan the entire operating system for the corrupt Windows files and repair the corruption to fix your issue.

Step 1: Type in cmd to the search box, click Command Prompt, and choose Run as administrator.

Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to the CMD window and press Enter to execute the operation.

Step 3: Wait some time until the verification finishes 100%.

sfc scan Windows 11

Tip: Or you can boot the PC to WinRE, click Command Prompt, and then execute the SFC scan.
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Rename SoftwareDistribution Folder

To fix “updates are underway Windows 11 stuck at 0, 66, 100”, you can try this way in these steps:

Step 1: In Command Prompt, type these commands one by one and press Enter after each command:

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

Step 2: Rename the update folder by executing the command - Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old.

Step 3: Restart Windows update services by running these commands in turn:

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

After that, go to check if the update installation process gets stuck or not.

Run Startup Repair

To fix “Windows 11 stuck on updates are underway”, you can try to run Startup Repair. This feature can help to fix issues that prevent Windows from loading. Here, you can also have a try.

Step 1: Boot your Windows 11 to WinRE using a bootable drive or force restart. (Related article: How to Access Advanced Startup Options (WinRE) on Windows 11)

Step 2: Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Repair.

Windows 11 Startup Repair

Run a System Restore

If you have created a system restore point before a Windows 11 update, you can get rid of the trouble – “updates are underway stuck Windows 11 at 0, 100, etc.”. Also, you need to run the PC to Windows Recovery Environment, and navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore. Next, choose a restore point, confirm the restoration operation and click Finish.

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Reset This PC

If none of the above ways to fix “Windows 11 updates are underway stuck”, the last way you can try is to reset this PC to its factory settings.

Step 1: Go to WinRE and click Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.

Step 2: There are two options for you to do this operation – Keep my files and Remove everything. It is highly recommended to select the first option to keep data safe. If you choose the second one, you had better go to back up your important files by following the post - How to Back up Data without Booting Windows? Easy Ways Are Here!

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Step 3: Select Cloud download and Local reinstall. To know which one to choose, refer to this related post to find details - Cloud Download vs Local Reinstall: Differences on Win 10/11 Reset.

Step 4: Finish the PC resetting by following the on-screen prompts.

After the resetting, try to update the Windows and you won’t meet issues.

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Back up PC before Windows 11 Update

After trying these solutions, you should successfully fix the issue – “updates are underway Windows 11 stuck at 0, 66, 82, 100”. After that, we recommend that you create a system image. This is mainly because fixing Windows update issues is troublesome and time-consuming. Even sometimes, you fail to fix problems although you try many fixes.

If you back up your PC, you can quickly use the backup to restore the PC to a normal state when Windows update problems happen.

Tip: It is also recommended to back up your PC before any Windows updates to avoid update issues. In addition to system backup, you can choose to back up important data to avoid data loss after an update.

Referring to creating a PC system image, you can use MiniTool ShadowMaker – a professional and free Windows 11 backup software. It enables you to easily back up and restore Windows in case of system crashes. Besides, you can use it to back up files, folders, disks, and partitions, sync folders & files, and clone a hard drive for disk backup or upgrade.

To run this software for Windows 11 backup, click the following button to get its trial edition (free trial in 30 days) and then double-click on the exe file to finish the installation by following the on-screen prompts.

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Step 1: Double-click on the icon of this backup software for Windows 11 to open it.

Step 2: Click Keep Trial to continue using this edition.

Step 3: Go to the Backup page, you can see MiniTool ShadowMaker has selected system partitions as the backup source. To create a system image, skip this step. To back up files, click Source > Folders and Files, select the items you want to back up, and click OK.

Step 4: Click Destination and choose an external hard drive, SSD, HDD, USB drive, etc. as the path to save the image file of the backup.

Step 5: Click Back up Now to start the backup immediately.

MiniTool ShadowMaker back up system

After finishing backing up your PC, it is recommended to go to Tools and click Media Builder to create a bootable USB hard disk, USB flash drive, or CD/DVD so that you can use it to perform a recovery in case of an unbootable PC like the situation of “Windows 11 updates are underway stuck”.

Tip: Sometimes Windows updates cause data loss. If you find your important files get lost after installing the updates, restore them from the backed-up file. Or you can perform file recovery with MiniTool Power Data Recovery. To know more information, refer to our previous post - How to Recover Your Lost Files after Upgrading to Windows 11.

FAQ - Windows 11 Download & Install Issues

In addition to the situation of Windows 11 update stuck, you may run into some issues when downloading Windows 11 updates or installing Windows 11. The following are the related situations and click the corresponding link to get the solutions:

Highly recommend: Before you install a new update, create a backup for your PC with MiniTool ShadowMaker. Once the PC goes wrong, you can perform a quick disaster recovery from an image backup.

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Final Words

Windows 11 updates are underway 100 complete stuck or Windows 11 update stuck at 0, 66, 82, 87…? The stuck problem is very common when installing Windows 11 updates on your PC. If you are bothered by this annoying thing, don’t panic and multiple ways in this post can help you out easily. Just try them one by one until you find useful ways.

If you have other troubleshooting tips in addition to the above fixes, let us know in the comment below. Thanks in advance.

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