|Mr. Fixit's PC Upgrade and Repair
|How to fix Windows Update
|If you are reading this, I suspect you are having issues with Windows not installing updates. You are not the first to have this problem and you will not be the last. The
problem with Windows Update is that it doesn't like to behave. Once in a while it develops an attitude and we try to put up with it. When Windows keeps trying to install the
same updates, many people resolve the problem by turning off Windows Update, which is not wise. You need Windows Update functioning to ensure that your PC receives
the latest security and software patches. When Windows XP was retired in 2014, a huge attack began. Hackers were having a field day exploiting XP's vulnerabilities
because people refused to upgrade. When Windows Vista retires in April 2017, there will be an increase in exploiting the OS. You do not have to like Windows Update,
but you do need it to ensure Windows works smoothly.
Windows Update provides Security updates or critical updates to protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits. Other updates include drivers and other
software fixes, or enhances functionality. Many of these updates occur on Tuesdays, which has been nick named "Patch Tuesday". Security and Critical updates occur as
soon as they are released. In my experience most Windows Update issues occur when the user re-installs the operating system or when Windows Update gets
interrupted. Many times it is the result from having a virus on the PC. For example, if you reinstalled Windows 7, there are over 200 updates and Windows tries to install
all of them in one session. A third of them will fail because those updates cannot be installed yet. The computer has to restart for changes to take effect before installing
other updates. It must have never occurred to Microsoft to make Windows Update install updates in multiple sessions in the order they were released.
You may have seen error codes like 0x80070308, 0x8007065e, 0x80073712, 0x8007000b, 0x8024a105, etc. The problems range from missing update components to
Windows Update being corrupted. Don't worry, there is a way to fix Windows Update. The process is tedious at best but worth it. The commands vary between Windows
32/64 bit 7, 8, or 10. Because there are over 50 commands to repair Windows Update, I made a Batch file (*.bat) for you to download to speed up the process. Click on a
link below to download the Batch file. Save the file in your downloads folder. Go to the download folder and you should see the batch file. The batch file must run as the
administrator for it to work. Right click on the File then left click on Run As Administrator. If you're not sure if you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows, you can go into Control
Panel and then System. This will show which version you have. if you prefer to do the commands manually, Click here.
Windows 10 Update patch (32-bit)
Windows 10 Update patch (64-bit)