Full Fix: Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 Keeps Installing the Same Update

By: Ivan Jenic
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Update reminders could be annoying sometimes, but how annoying is when you constantly get the reminder about one same update, even if you’ve installed that update before? So if your computer is receiving the same update over and over again, we maybe have a solution for you.

Windows 10 keeps installing the same update, how to fix it?

If Windows keeps installing the same update, that can be a big problem for many users. Speaking of Windows Update issues, users reported the following problems:

  • Windows 10 keeps installing updates – According to users, Windows 10 keeps installing the same updates on their PC. To fix this problem, you need to stop Windows Update service and delete the SoftwareDistribution directory.
  • Windows 10 keeps downloading the same updates – This is also a common problem with Windows 10. If Windows 10 keeps downloading the same update, you can fix the problem by removing the problematic update or by using System Restore.
  • Same Windows update keeps trying to install – This is another problem that Windows users can encounter. If you’re having this issue on your PC, you should be able to fix it using one of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Delete SoftwareDistribution directory

The Software Distribution folder is where all your automatic updates are stored. Sometimes some issues with this folder could cause various update errors, including above-mentioned problem of constantly installing the same update. In order to solve that problem try to delete the Software Distribution folder and see if there are any changes.

But before you delete this folder you have to rename it first and determine if it’s safe to delete it. Renaming is probably the best way to see if you’ll have any problems the folder, because it’s still here, only under the other name. When you make sure that there are no problems after you rename the folder, you can delete it.

Also, before you delete the Software Distribution folder, you have to stop the service first, and here’s how to do that:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
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  2. Type net stop wuauserv and press Enter.
  3. Type rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old and press Enter.
  4. Type net start wuauserv and press Enter.
  5. Type exit and press Enter.

Now, when the service is stopped, you can delete the Software Distribution folder in order to solve your problem with installing the same update:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter C:\Windows. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. This will open the Windows folder, search for SoftwareDistribution and delete it.
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  3. Restart your computer

Now all backups and downloads of Windows Update are deleted, as well as your problematic update, and you shouldn’t face this issue anymore.

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Solution 2 – Remove the problematic update

Sometimes Windows can keep installing the same update over and over. This usually happens if the update isn’t completely installed or properly installed. However, you can fix the problem simply by removing the problematic updates. To do that, do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by using Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
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  3. Now click View installed update history.
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  4. Select Uninstall updates.
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  5. List of recent updates will now appear. Double click an update to remove it.
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After uninstalling recent updates, check if the issue still persists. If this solution solves the problem, you’ll need to prevent Windows from downloading the problematic update again. Windows 10 automatically installs the missing updates, however, you can also prevent Windows 10 from installing updates automatically.

After doing that, your problem should be resolved completely.


Solution 3 – Perform System Restore

Another way to fix this problem is to perform System Restore. If this problem started occurring recently, you can fix it using this method. To use System Restore, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Select Create a restore point from the list of results.
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  2. System Properties window will now appear. Select System Restore.
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  3. When System Restore window opens, click Next.
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  4. If available, check show more restore points checkbox. Select the desired restore point and click Next.
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  5. Now follow the instructions on the screen to complete the restoration process.

Once your PC is restored to the previous state, check if the problem still persists.


Solution 4 – Reinstall .NET Framework

Many applications require .NET Framework 4 in order to work properly, but if your .NET Framework installation is corrupted, you might encounter problems. Many users reported that Windows 10 keeps downloading the same update because their .NET Framework 4 installation is corrupted.

To fix this problem, it’s required that you completely remove .NET Framework 4 from your PC and install it again. This process requires you to remove all fires related to .NET Framework 4 and download it again in form of Windows update. To remove .NET Framework 4, do the following:

  1. Download .NET Framework Cleanup Tool.
  2. Extract all files and start the application.
  3. Select .NET Framework 4 from the list and follow instructions on the screen to remove it.

After removing .NET Framework 4, you can download it automatically as a Windows update and the problem should be resolved. There are also other tools that you can use to remove .NET Framework from your PC. Applications such as Revo Uninstaller, IOBit Uninstaller, and Ashampoo Uninstaller, will completely remove any application from your PC, so be sure to try them out.


Solution 5 – Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If Windows 10 keeps downloading the same update, the issue might be related to a corrupted update or any other Windows Update issue. There are various problems that can occur with Windows Update, but you can fix most of these issues by using Windows Update Troubleshooter.

This troubleshooter is created by Microsoft, and it can fix common Windows Update problems. To use this tool, you just need to do the following:

  1. Download Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  2. After downloading the application, start it and follow the instructions on the screen.

The application will scan your system and fix any potential problems with Windows Update. After doing that, the issue should be completely resolved.


Solution 6 – Check for updates manually

Sometimes you might be able to fix this problem simply by downloading the new update manually. By default, Windows 10 will download the missing updates automatically, but you can also check for updates on your own. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security section.
  2. Click Check for updates button.
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  3. If any updates are available, Windows will automatically download them in the background.

After downloading the latest updates, the issue should be completely resolved and everything should start working again.


Solution 7 – Check if your updates are applied correctly

According to users, sometimes Windows 10 keeps installing the same update because the update isn’t applied correctly. For example, several users reported that Windows keeps installing the update for Office applications on their PC even though those applications aren’t installed.

To fix this problem, you need to check C:\Windows\windowsupdate.log file and see which updates are being installed on your PC. Several users figured out that the problem was related to registry keys and entries left from these Office applications.

Since these keys and entries weren’t removed properly, Windows Update kept trying to install the updates for these applications over and over. To fix the problem, you’ll have to find the problematic update in the windowsupdate.log file and check which applications it updates.

After doing that, you need to remove all registry entries referring to that application. This is a long and tedious process, however, you can use applications such as Wise Registry Cleaner (Trial version), CCleaner, and Registry Repair (Free) to scan your registry and remove the problematic entries automatically.


Solution 8 – Run SFC scan

If Windows 10 keeps installing the same update, the problem might be related to the corrupted system files. However, you can fix the problem with corrupted files simply by running an SFC scan. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter sfc /scannow and press Enter to run it.
  3. SFC scan will now start. The scan can take up to 15 minutes, so don’t interrupt it.

Once the SFC scan is finished, check if the problem still persists. If the issue is still there, you want to try using DISM scan. You can do that by doing the following:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, run DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command.
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  3. DISM scan will now start. Keep in mind that the scanning process can take about 20 minutes or more, so don’t interrupt it.

After completing the DISM scan, check if the issue is resolved. If not, or if you were unable to run SFC scan before, be sure to run SFC scan again. After repeating the SFC scan, the issue should be resolved.

If you have any additional comments, questions, or this solution somehow didn’t work for you, please reach the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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