How do I fix Windows Update errors?

Windows Update errors can be highly frustrating and time consuming. These errors are generated when something goes wrong during a Windows software update. It’s essential to ensure that Windows Updates are regularly applied as they contain important security patches, bug fixers, new features and more.

The most common Windows Update errors include the following:

• Error 80072EE2
• Error 0x80070002
• Error 0x80244019
• Error 0x80070057
• Error 0x800F081F

The following methods will help you diagnose and fix Windows Update errors:

Step 1 – Check the Date/Time Settings on Your Device

Sometimes, these errors are caused by incorrect date/time settings on your device. To ensure your clock is set correctly, open the ‘Clock’ app in your Start Menu and check the time is correct.

Step 2 – Restart your Device

Restarting your device is often the most effective way to fix some Windows Update errors. This will reset any existing Windows Update problems, allowing your device a clean start when it powers up again.

Step 3 – Reset the Windows Update Components

Resetting the Windows Update Components will clear out any files and data associated with Windows Update which could be causing issues.

To reset the Windows Update Components, open Command Prompt (right-click on the Start menu and choose ‘Command Prompt’) and enter the following commands:

Net Stop Wuauserv
Net Stop CryptSvc
Net Stop Bits
Net Stop Msiserver
Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
Net Start Wuauserv
Net Start CryptSvc
Net Start Bits
Net Start Msiserver

Then, try to update Windows again – it should now complete successfully.

Step 4 – Clear Out Your Temporary Files

Temporary files can sometimes cause Windows Update errors. To clear them out, open File Explorer, go to your C:\ drive and open the Windows folder. Then, open the Temp folder and delete everything within it.

Step 5 – Perform a Clean Boot

If all else fails, you can perform a clean boot to ensure the update process isn’t hindered by any third-party applications. To do this, open the Run command (Win + R) and type in ‘MSCONFIG’. Click OK, then select the Services tab and tick the ‘Hide All Microsoft Services’ box. Click Disable All, then click OK.

Your device will now restart in safe mode. You’ll be able to run Windows Update successfully, but you’ll need to adjust your services and applications once more when you’re done.

Fixing Windows Update errors isn’t always an easy task, but if you use these tips you should be able to get your device back up-to-date in no time at all!