There were some problems installing updates but we’ll try again later [FIX]

By: Elsie Otachi
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In case you’re experiencing difficulties trying to perform an update installation on Windows, there are ways to work around the issue.

Here are some solutions that can help you fix the update installation issues. There issues usually trigger the following error: “There were some problems installing updates but we’ll try again later“.

There were some problems installing updates[FIX]

Solution 1: Run Windows Update troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter automatically detects, and fixes most incorrect settings on your computer that brings the message ‘there were some problems installing updates but we’ll try again later’.

Sometimes you can’t perform an update installation if your computer can’t find the correct IP address when trying to resolve a URL for Windows Update website, or for Microsoft Update website.

This error, usually coded as 0x80072EE7, may occur if the hosts file contains a static IP address, so running Windows Update troubleshooter resolves any issues that prevent you from updating Windows.

Follow these steps to run Windows Update troubleshooter:

  • Click Start
  • In the search field box, type Troubleshooting
  • Click Troubleshooting

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  • Click View all in the left pane

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  • Select Windows Update

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  • Run Windows Update Troubleshooter and follow the instructions on the screen

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Does this let you continue with your update installation? If not, try the next solution.


Solution 2: Run DISM tool

If you still can’t perform an update installation on Windows 10, run the DISM tool, or Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool.

The DISM tool helps fix Windows corruption errors when Windows Updates and service packs fail to install due to corruption errors, like if you have a damaged system file.

Here’s how to run the DISM command on your PC to check if it helps you when you can’t install updates on Windows:

  • Click Start
  • In the search field box, type CMD
  • Click Command Prompt in the search results list

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  • Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Once the repair is complete, reboot your computer and try to perform an update installation again.


Solution 3: Manually reset Windows Updates components

Disclaimer: this solution contains steps that are part of modifying the registry. Please note that serious problems may occur if you do this incorrectly. Ensure you follow these steps correctly, and carefully.

Back up the registry before you modify it, then restore it if a problem occurs.

Follow these steps to manually reset the Windows Updates Components:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin)

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  • Click Yes when asked for permissions
  • The Command Prompt box will open

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  • Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands at a command prompt:
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver
  • Press Enter after each command you type
  • Rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder by typing the commands below in the Command Prompt then press Enter after each command you type:
  • Ren C:WindowssoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  • Ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
  • Restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands in command prompt:
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop cryptSvc
    • net stop bits
    • net stop msiserver
  • Type Exit in the Command Prompt to close it

Try running Windows Updates again to check if the issue has been resolved.

Note: it isn’t recommended to uncheck the update option Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows. Windows Updates downloads and installs updates required to run Windows efficiently.


Solution 4: Run a System File Checker scan

A System File Checker scan checks or scans all protected system files, and then replaces the incorrect versions, with the genuine, correct Microsoft versions.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type CMD
  • Select Command Prompt

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  • Right click and select Run as Administrator

  • Type sfc/scannow
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your computer

If the update installation issue persists, try the next solution.


Solution 5: Temporarily disable your antivirus security software

You can uninstall third party software on your computer such as computer cleaner or antivirus to check whether it can fix the issue.

Note: for antivirus, temporarily disable it because you need it to prevent your computer from security threats. Immediately after you’re done fixing the update installation issue, re-enable your antivirus.

Did any of these solutions get your update installation working? Let us know in the comments section below.

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