The Windows Update Reset Script Fixes Many Windows Update Issues

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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As you probably know, Windows 10 is ‘all about updates,’ and updates are one very important part of this operating system.

Actually, updates are more important in Windows 10, than they were in any previous version of Windows.

But, a lot of users are facing various problems with Windows Update, which prevent them from receiving the latest features and improvements from Microsoft.

There are a lot of workarounds for Windows Update problems, even we showed you a few, but all these workarounds require your effort, and none of them doesn’t get the job done by itself.

Well Microsoft knows that problems with Windows update are frequent, so its engineers showed us a simple script which solves a lot of problems with Windows Update.

This is a simple batch script which resets all Windows Update components, like SoftwareDistribution folder, BTS service, Cryptographic Services, etc.

All you need to do is to run the script and everything will be automatically reset. It even works on older versions of Windows, so its use is not limited to Windows 10.

You can download Windows Update Reset Script from here. After you downloaded it, right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator. Let the process finish, and you can check for updates again.


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If you like to experiment with Windows 10 and its features, you can even create this script by yourself. To create Windows Update Reset Script by yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
    • @ECHO OFF
      echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update
      echo.
      PAUSE
      echo.
      attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2
      attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2*.*
      net stop wuauserv
      net stop CryptSvc
      net stop BITS
      ren %windir%system32catroot2 catroot2.old
      ren %windir%SoftwareDistribution sold.old
      ren “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%application dataMicrosoftNetworkdownloader” downloader.old
      net Start BITS
      net start CryptSvc
      net start wuauserv
      echo.
      echo Task completed successfully…
      echo.
      PAUSE
  3. Now just save the file as “WUReset.bat” (including quotes)
  4. To run the script, right click on it and go to Run as Administrator

There you have it, your own Update troubleshooter. I hope that, if you already have problems with Windows Update, this script will save you a lot of time and work.

But if even Windows Update Reset Script don’t solve the issue, you probably have some more serious problem, if that’s the case, you can tell us in the comments, and we’ll try to assist you further.

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  • Hello all,
    New here. Just want to add a short note on the Windows Update Reset Script. Please be aware that in order to run the program, you must save it as “WUReset.bat” WITHOUT the quotations. Once saved, go back and DELETE the .txt extension by right clicking the file and going to Rename. After that, the file is now in the proper format of a batch file (.bat) and can then be ran as directed in the above description.

  • Really??
    A) There is no link in the article to download the script file.
    B) The manually created script file needs to be saved without quotes to run it as a batch file.
    C) The manually created script file (via Notepad) throws syntax errors when run.
    Does anyone proof read or check these articles before publishing? You know, the two sets of eyes rule?