Windows 11 not showing up in Windows Update? Try these fixes

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  • A lot of users have reported being unable to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows Update.
  • If you using a PC that meets that minimum requirement, you should receive the update in a while since the roll-out is in a phased manner. However, there are ways to make the jump even sooner.
  • Check for any issues with the Windows Update, namely, if they are paused, stuck, or the presence of conflicting programs. 
  • Also, learn how to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs.
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Windows 11 has been rolled out for users, though in a phased manner. PCs that are compatible should receive an update in the days to follow. However, many users have reported Windows 11 not showing up in Windows Update.

This could be due to a bunch of reasons, some related to your computer’s compatibility while others to the phased rollout. Whatever be the case, there are ways you can get your hands on the latest Windows iteration from Microsoft.

If you have been checking the Windows Update section time and again to upgrade but to no avail, read ahead to find out the various ways you can install Windows 11 on your computer.

Is my PC compatible with Windows 11?

A large number of computers wouldn’t be able to upgrade to Windows 11 owing to the strict system requirements. And Microsoft has its reasoning for that.

To check whether a computer can run Windows 11, Microsoft has released the PC Health Check app. Just download and install the app, run it, and you will find out whether or not your system is compatible.

If you get the message This PC meets Windows 11 requirements, your computer is compatible. Head over to the next section to find out ways to make the upgrade even if Windows 11 is not showing up in Windows Update.

For those of you who see This PC doesn’t currently meet the Windows 11 system requirements, you wouldn’t be receiving the upgrade via Windows Update. Head over to the end to find out how you can install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC.

What can I do if Windows 11 isn’t showing up in Windows Update?

1. Resume Windows Update

  1. Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security from the various options listed here.Check for Windows Update
  3. In the Windows Update tab that opens by default, check if there is a Resume Updates button on the right. If there’s one, click on it to start receiving updates.Resume Windows Update
  4. Your system will now automatically start scanning for any available update including those for Windows 11.Computer looking for Windows 11 update

If you have paused updates, you wouldn’t be receiving any, including the one for Windows 11. Even if you don’t remember doing it, there’s no harm in cross-checking before we proceed further.

After you enable updates, if an upgrade for Windows 11 is available, it would be shown in Windows Update, and subsequently, downloaded and installed on your computer.

2. Reboot the computer

  1. Navigate to the desktop and press Alt + F4 to launch the Shut Down Windows box.
  2. Click on the dropdown menu and select Restart from the list of options.Restart computer
  3. Click on OK to restart the computer.Click OK to restart

Before restarting, make sure to save any open files to avoid data loss. Rebooting the computer restarts the OS and fixes any trivial bugs that may be interfering with the Windows 11 update.

3. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security from the list of options listed in the Settings.Windows Update in Windows 11
  3. Select Troubleshoot from the tabs listed in the navigation pane and click Additional troubleshooters on the right.View Addiitional Troubleshooters
  4. Click on Windows Update.Select Windows Update
  5. Click Run troubleshooter to diagnose and fix issues preventing your PC from receiving the update for Windows 11.Run troubleshooter
  6. The troubleshooter will now start running. Follow the instructions and choose the appropriate response, if and when prompted, to complete the process.Windows Update troubleshooter

The built-in troubleshooters offered by Microsoft are excellent in identifying and fixing small bugs, misconfigured settings, and other issues. After the troubleshooter is done running, check if Windows 11 is now showing up in Windows Update.

4. Repair Windows Update components

Although you are required to repair or reset Windows Update components when encountering an error, it may also help you get the Windows 11 update in this case.

If they have become corrupt or have run into a bug that is leading to the Windows 11 not showing up in Windows update issue, repairing or resetting them should come in handy.

5. Restart the Windows 11 update

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run command.
  2. Type services.msc in the text field, and either click on OK or press Enter to launch the Services app.Launch Services
  3. Locate and double-click on the Windows Update service.Windows Update Service properties
  4. Click on the Startup type dropdown menu and select Disabled from the list of options that appear.Disable Windows Update service
  5. Click on Apply to save the changes.Save the changes
  6. Next, click OK to close the properties window.click Ok
  7. Close the Services app.
  8. Now, you need to reboot the computer. To do that, press the Windows key, click on the Power button, and select Restart from the menu that appears.restart the computer
  9. Press Windows + E to launch the File Explorer, and navigate to the following path or paste it in the addressbar at the top and hit Enter.C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
  10. Press Ctrl + A to select all the files saved here, and hit the Del key to delete them.Delete Windows Update files
  11. Choose the appropriate response in case a confirmation box pops up.
  12. Now, again launch the Services app as you did earlier, and double-click on the Windows Update service.
  13. Select Automatic from the Startup type dropdown menu this time.Set Windows Update service to automatic
  14. Click on Apply to save the changes.Save the changes
  15. Click on Start under Service status to run the service, and then click on OK at the bottom.Start Windows Update service
  16. Go to the Windows Update section in Settings and check if you can now install Windows 11.

In some cases, the update for Windows 11 may seem stuck at 100% for hours without any progress. In such cases, following the steps mentioned here will get things up and running and allow you to upgrade.

6. Disable or uninstall conflicting apps

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run command.
  2. Enter appwiz.cpl in the text field and click on OK or hit Enter to launch the Programs and Features window.Launch Programs and Features
  3. Locate and select the app you want to remove, and click on Uninstall at the top.Uninstall app
  4. Choose the appropriate response in case a confirmation box pops up.

To disable an app, you can go to its built-in Settings and turn on/off the required toggle or choose the appropriate response.

The method to disable each app is different and there should be an option for it somewhere in the app’s built-in Settings. Search the FAQ section on the official website for the program to find out the exact steps.

If disabling the app didn’t work or you couldn’t find the option for it, follow the steps above to uninstall the app.

Certain programs are known to block the Windows Updates, thus leading to the current issue.

You should look out for third-party firewalls and disable or uninstall them. Also, apps like Pi-hole or other similar ones, have been found to be the culprit, and uninstalling them fixed the problem.

Once you are done disabling or uninstalling the problematic apps, check if you are able to find and install Windows 11 from Windows Update.

7. Use the Installation Media

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For this method, you will require a USB flash drive with more than 8 GB of storage to create a bootable USB for installing Windows 11.

  1. Plug in the flash drive to your sytem.
  2. Go to the download page for Windows 11 and click on Download Now under Create Windows 11 Installation Media.Download Windows 11 installation media
  3. Navigate to the location where the downloaded file is saved and double-click on it.Run setup
  4. Click Yes on the UAC prompt that appears.
  5. The setup will take a few moments to get things ready.
  6. Click on Accept to agree to the license terms.Accept the terms
  7. Now, you will find the recommended language and edition already selected. In case you want to make any changes, untick the checkbox for Use the recommended options for this PC and choose the appropriate settings. Finally, click on Next.Choose language and edition
  8. Choose the USB flash drive option and click Next.Choose USB flash drive
  9. Select the removable drive that you earlier plugged in from the list and click on Next.Choose a USB flash
  10. Wait for the setup to create a bootable USB drive. You can monitor the progress in this window.Windows 11 bootable USB is being created
  11. After the bootable flash drive is created, click on Finish to close the setup.Close the setup

Once done, you can now easily install the OS from the bootable USB drive. Although the guide is for Windows 10, it would assist you when installing Windows 11 as well, since the process remains the same.

After the flash drive is booted, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

A major advantage of this method is that you will always have a bootable USB at your disposal, which would make things a lot easier in case you have to reinstall Windows 11.

Can I use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant to upgrade?

Yes, the Windows 11 Installation Assistant is another tool at your disposal to upgrade to the latest iteration. However, you cannot use it if the PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements, since the Installation Assistant wouldn’t run.

You can download and use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant with the help of our guide. Simply, go to the How to use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant? heading and follow the steps listed there.

What do I do if my PC doesn’t meet the system requirements for Windows 11?

As promised earlier, we would now list out the ways you can install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC. However, Microsoft has stated that such PCs may have compatibility issues and might not receive updates, including those for security. You will thus be exposing the system to a major risk.

Though if you have made up your mind, you can install Windows 11 after bypassing SecureBoot and TPM checks. This would require making some minor changes to the Registry.Registry Editor

It’s also possible to install Windows 11 without TPM, another workaround users had been looking for due to the TPM 2.0 requirement.

If you are still unsure, learn how to install Windows 11 on a Virtual Machine, try it out and then make the upgrade. Nevertheless, if you have already made the jump, it’s easy to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10.

By the time you reach the end of this article, you know a bunch of ways to install the latest iteration from Microsoft on both supported and unsupported PCS. Also, the Windows 11 not showing up in Windows Update issue would be fixed.

Let’s know which method worked for you and the experience thus far with Windows 11.

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