When Software Updates fail to install here is a quick trick you can try

We all had issues with software updates that fail to install and the errors in the logs are not very intuitive or are misleading. Sometimes you suspect a corruption in the Windows Update Agent on the client machine.

What can you do?

Here is a quick and easy to implement trick: I would suggest to  try and reinitialize the Windows Update Agent.

Open Comand Prompt with administrative rights and execute following commands.

– net stop wuauserv

– rd C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution /S /Q

-net start wuauserv

You can also try and reset all the Windows Update components on that machine:

REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuapi.dll

REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng1.dll

REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng.dll

REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wucltui.dll

REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wups.dll

Here is a detailed description on how to do reset all Windows Update components, but in most cases the regeneration of SoftwareDistribution folder solves  a lot of issues.

 

7 thoughts on “When Software Updates fail to install here is a quick trick you can try”

  1. This is a nice and very useful post.
    I would like to know if there is any similar steps for troubleshooting SCEP issues as well? It would be great if you could suggest some steps.

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