The quick and direct method to update Windows 11/10 to the latest version is to use Windows Update in the Settings app. However, you may receive the Updates failed error when doing this. To help you remove the error, MiniTool Software collects some solutions and shows them in this post.

Encounter Updates Failed Error in Windows Update When Updating Windows 11/10

When you update Windows 11/10 via the Settings app, you may find that you only get an Updates failed error in Windows Update. The following screenshot is an example. Usually, you will see some updates install or download errors like 0xc1900130, 0x80070002, 0xca00a009, etc. So, Windows 11 updates failed in Windows Update or Windows 10 Updates failed in Windows Update.

Updates failed error in Windows Update

Reasons for Windows 11/10 Updates Failed in Windows Update

Many situations can cause this issue. Here are some main causes:

  1. Some system files are corrupted on your computer.
  2. The network connection is bad or disconnected.
  3. Some corrupt peripherals cause the issue.
  4. The disk doesn’t have enough free space for updates.
  5. The update files are damaged.
  6. And more….

Now, you know the reasons for Windows 11/10 Updates failed error in Windows Update. Then, you can take corresponding measures to remove this error. If you don’t know what to do, you can try the methods mentioned in the following part.

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How to Remove Windows Updates Failed Error in Windows Update on Windows 11/10?

Method 1: Check Your Network Connection

Your network condition heavily influences your Windows 11/10 updates process if you install Windows updates via Windows Update. If it is bad or disconnected, the update will fail of course. So, if you see Updates failed error in Windows Update, the first thing you should do is to check your network connection.

First, you can see the network icon in the taskbar and check if it is disconnected unexpectedly. If the network icon is shown as follows, it means that the network connection is disabled. You can right-click the network icon in the taskbar and select Network and Internet Settings. Then go to Dial-up > Change adapter options, right-click the network connection you want to use, and select Enable to enable it on your PC.

network connection is disabled

If not, you can open a webpage using your web browser to see if the internet connection works well. If there is an internet connection issue, you need to fix it.

Method 2: Restart Your Computer

Many cache files will be generated during the use of the computer. Some of these files may get corrupted unexpectedly. These corrupted files may disturb your Windows 11/10 updates, causing the Updates failed error.

To remove the Updates failed error in Windows Update, you can try to delete the cache files on your device. It is easy to do this. You just need to restart your computer.

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Method 3: Unplug All Peripherals from Your Computer

If some peripherals are connected with your computer, you should consider whether these peripheral devices are causing this Updates failed error in Windows Update.

At times, the peripheral devices may be damaged, but you don’t know this. A damaged peripheral may bring issues to your computer, such as Windows 11 Updates failed in Windows Update or Windows 10 Updates failed in Windows Update. To rule out this possibility, you can disconnect all peripherals from your computer. Such devices include printers, webcams, microphones, scanners, and so on.

After that, you still need to restart your computer. Then, you can go to Windows Update to check for updates again and see if the error disappears.

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Method 4: Check the Free Space on the Disk

If you want to update your Windows system, you should make sure that there is enough free disk space on the C drive. For example, if you want to upgrade to Windows 11, 64GB of free space is a must. Otherwise, Windows 11 update will fail.

You can open File Explorer on your computer to check the free space in drive C and see if it has enough free space.

check the free space on drive C on Windows 11

check the free space on drive C on Windows 10

If the free space is insufficient, you need to take measures to free up disk space on Windows 11/10.

Method 5: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If the above solutions can’t help you fix the Windows Updates failed issue, you can use Windows Update Troubleshooter, a Windows built-in tool, to have a try.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter on Windows 11

  1. Go to Start > Settings > System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
  2. Click the Run button next to Windows Update to start running it. Windows Update troubleshooter can automatically detect and fix the found issues.

run Windows Update troubleshooter on Windows 11

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter on Windows 10

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  2. Find Windows Update from the right panel and click it.
  3. Click the Run the troubleshooter button under it to run this tool.

run Windows Update troubleshooter on Windows 10

Likewise, this tool can automatically find and fix issues.

Method 6: Manually Delete the Windows Update Files and Run Windows Update Again

The Updates failed error in Windows Update could also mean that the Windows update files are damaged by mistake. You can delete the update files on your computer and check for updates again to perform a Windows 11/10 update. You should delete the Windows update files in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Delete the Windows Update Files

  1. Boot Windows 11 into Safe Mode or boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode.
  2. Open File Explorer.
  3. Go to C:\WINDOWS\.
  4. Find the SoftwareDistribution folder and delete it.

delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

Step 2: Perform a Windows Update Again

Now, you can go to Start > Settings > Windows Update on Windows 11 or Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on Windows 10 to check for updates again and see if Windows update can successfully proceed.

If the error persists, you can try the next solution.

Method 7: Run SFC

Windows Updates failed can also be caused by corrupted Windows system files. To rule out this possibility, you can run System File Checker (SFC) to repair the corrupted Windows system files. It is easy to do this. Here is a guide:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt on your computer.
  2. Since you are running Windows 11 or Windows 10, you need to first run the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool before running the System File Checker. So type this command exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and press Enter.
  3. When the above process ends, you need to type this command sfc /scannow to Command Prompt and then press Enter.

This tool can scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy.

Method 8: Manually Update Windows 11/10

If you still can’t perform a Windows Update using Windows Update due to the Updates failed error, you can use another way to update to the latest version of Windows 11/10. For example, you can go to the Windows software download page to download Windows update assistant or Windows 11/10 media creation tool. Then, you can use the tool you get to manually update your computer system.

Tip: Before updating Windows 11/10, you’d better back up your computer to keep your data safe. You can use MiniTool ShadowMaker to do it. It is a professional Windows data backup software.

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Windows 11 Software Download Page

  1. Go to Windows 11 software download page from Microsoft.
  2. You can find three tools here: Windows 11 Installation Assistant, Create Windows 11 Installation Media, and Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO).

Windows 11 software download page

Windows 11 Installation Assistant

If you want to update Windows 11 on the device you are currently using, you can download Windows Installation Assistant on your computer and then use it to perform a Windows 11 update.

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Create Windows 11 Installation Media

You can also use Windows 11 media creation tool to create an installation medium and then use it to install Windows 11 from USB. Besides, you can use this tool to download a Windows 11 ISO file.

Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)

On the Windows 11 software download page, you can find a Windows 11 ISO file download option. You can select Windows 11 from the expanded list, click the Download button, select the language you want to use, and click the 64-bit Download button to download the Windows 11 ISO file on your computer for further use.

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Windows 10 Software Download Page

  1. Go to Windows 10 software download page from Microsoft.
  2. You can find these two tools: Windows 10 Update Assistant and Create Windows 11 Installation Media.

Windows 10 software download page

Windows 10 Update Assistant

You can click the Update now button to download Windows 10 Update Assistant on your computer. Then, you can open it and follow the on-screen guide to update your computer to the latest version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

You can click the Download tool now button to get Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and then use it to create a Windows 10 installation medium or download a Windows 10 ISO file. After that, you can install Windows 10 from the installation medium or using the ISO file.

Method 9: Pause Windows Update

If you still receive the Updates failed error in Windows Update and you are not in a hurry to get the updates, you can choose to pause Windows Update.

Pause Windows Update on Windows 11

You can go to Start > Settings > Windows Update, and click the Pause for 1 week to pause Windows 11 updates for 1 week.

pause updates on Windows 11

Pause Windows Update on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can pause updates for up to 35 days.

1. Go to Start > Settings > Windows Update.

2. Click Pause updates for 7 days.

pause updates for 7 days on Windows 10

3. If you want to pause updates for more days (up to 35 days), you need to click Advanced options and select the date you want to pause the updates to.

pause updates for up to 35 days on Windows 10

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Method 10: Reset Windows 11/10

You can also reset your computer to remove the Updates failed error in Windows Update.

Tip: To keep your data safe, you’d better back up your files on your computer using MiniTool ShadowMaker, a professional Windows backup software.

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If you are using Windows 11, you need to go to Start > Settings > Windows Update. Then, you can click the Reset PC button and follow the on-screen guide to reset Windows 11. Using this method, you can choose to keep or remove your personal files, and then reinstall Windows 11.

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On your Windows 10 computer, you need to go to Start > Settings > Windows Update, and click the Get started button to reset your computer.

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Bottom Line

When you see the Updates failed error in Windows Update, you should not worry about it. You can try the solutions mentioned in this article to help you remove the error.

Should you have any related issues, you can let us know in the comments. You can also contact us via [email protected].

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