FIX: Silhouette Studio won’t update

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Silhouette Studio is a great freeware tool used by designers.
  • Unlike typical design software, this one specializes in silhouette designs.
  • There are plenty of alternatives out there, such as Adobe Illustrator.
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Silhouette Studio won't update

A great number of users have reported that Silhouette Studio won’t update. This is an extremely frustrating issue in case you need to use some of the newly developed features for your projects and can’t get access to them.

For these reasons in this article, we will explore the best way to troubleshoot the issue caused by Silhouette not updating. Please make sure to follow the steps in the order that they were written to avoid any unnecessary problems.

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How can I fix Silhouette update problems?

1. Use an alternative design tool

Despite seeming like such a niche software, Silhouette Studio is not the only program out there specialized in silhouette designs. Other premium products such as Adobe Illustrator are equally capable of handling such a job, and arguably better too.

Illustrator is not just your typical vector-based image editor, as it holds the tools that allow it to be anything, form a graphics designer to a digital artwork tool, all within the same interface.

More so, the files can be easily exported and imported to and from other Adobe products, such as Premiere Pro or Adobe Photoshop.

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2. Update Windows 10

  1. Click on Cortana search box in your desktop toolbar, type in Windows Update, and choose the first option from the top of the search results.Cortana Search windows update - Silhouette won't update
  2. In the newly opened window, click on the Check for Updates button, and wait for the process to complete.check for windows updates - Silhouette won't update
  3. Try to see if the issue persists.

3. Scan and repair system files using SFC

  1. Press Win + X keys on your keyboard, and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).Windows Power Shell with administrator privileges - Silhouette won't update
  2. Type the command sfc /scannow (without quotes), and press Enter.Windows Power Shell running sfc scan - Silhouette won't update
  3. After the process is completed, Windows PowerShell will give you valuable information about your system, and also try to fix any error it encounters. It will look something like this:Powershell sfc scan completed - Silhouette won't update

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4. Reset and fix Windows Update components

  1. Download the official Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  2. Once the download process is completed, run the application by double-clicking it.
  3. Select the option Windows Update from the window that opens, and click Next.windows update troubleshooter - Silhouette won't update
  4. After the process is completed, click the Close button.
  5. Open Windows Update Troubleshooter again, and now select the second option in the list Windows Network Diagnostics.Windows network diagnostics - Silhouette won't update
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. After the process is completed, click the Close button.
  8. Restart your computer and try updating Windows again.

5. Clean boot your Windows 10 PC

  1. Press ‘Win + R’ keys on your keyboard, type in msconfig (without quotes), and click Ok.msconfig in run window - Silhouette won't update
  2. Inside the General tab, select Selective startup.
  3. Deselect the Load startup items check box.System configuration window selective startup - Silhouette won't update
  4. Inside the Services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services option found at the bottom.
  5. Click Disable all.system config services hide all microsoft services - Silhouette won't update
  6. Inside the Startup tab, click Open Task Manager.
  7. On the Startup tab of Task Manager, right-click all enabled processes and select Disable.task manager disable any enabled processes - Silhouette won't update
  8. Click OK.
  9. Select Restart.
  10. Check if the problem is still there.

In this article, we explored some of the best ways to troubleshoot Silhouette Studio not being able to update to the latest version. Please make sure to follow these steps carefully in order to avoid any other issues.

Feel free to let us know if this guide helped you by using the comment section below.


FAQ: Learn more about Silhouette Studio

  • What is Silhouette Studio?
Silhouette studio designer edition is the version of the Silhouette software made especially for designers.
  • Is Silhouette Studio free?
All Silhouette cutting machines use a free included software called Silhouette Studio. In terms oh how they work, they are similar to Cricut machines.
  • Can I download Silhouette Studio?
The basic edition of Silhouette Studio is included with the purchase of each Silhouette and can also be downloaded for free. For more alternatives, check out the entries from this guide.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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