The Windows Update service was introduced with Windows 95 and brought a massive change to how software worked at the time. No longer you had to put your code through rigorous QA testing – if there was ever a problem you could just publish a patch and deliver it to millions over the internet. This also meant that you would have lower quality code but the fact that it can be patched for not only performance and bug issues but also security issues meant that features could be developed in a much shorter time.
Windows Update resulted in a decreased waiting period between an innovative idea and its implementation – but Windows Update is much more than just that. Windows Update is designed to modify the core operating system files on the fly – a quick restart could in theory give you brand new features for your operating system without spending a dime. It also works without the internet – since that is not always an option – and allows you to update the same files via local means if you desire.
Windows Update was one of the greatest ideas to have ever been implemented into Windows – but it comes with its own problems, mostly because of how complicated it is. Despite being decade old there are various problems it could suffer from and it doesn’t always tell you what the problems are so you have to figure them out yourself.
The easiest way to diagnose and fix any problem to Windows Update is obviously to use the Windows Update Troubleshooter. To get that, simply click here and click on “Download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter”.
If the Troubleshooter is unable to help you, you could try and follow these steps – this will delete any corrupted files that Windows Update might have downloaded.
- Open the Start Menu and type “restore point”, then click on the “Create a restore point” result.
- Here, you should see a Create button on the bottom right, simply click that and give it a name then follow the onscreen instructions – you need to make a restore point for your C: Drive.
- Now, open the Start Menu and type “cmd”, then open the Command Prompt as administrator.
- Now type net stop wuauserv and press Enter, wait for it to stop the service and end the process.
- Next, type net stop bits and press Enter. Again, wait for it to stop the service and end the process.
- Now open your Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\.
- You need to delete every file in this folder, make sure you have made the restore point for your C Drive before you do this.
- Now simply reboot your PC and hope for the best.
This should fix your Windows Update if it is going through any corruption issues – it is hard to tell what the issue exactly is unless the troubleshooter tells you something. Windows Update is one of the best features ever to be included in Windows – the only thing it can’t do is fix itself.
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