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What should you do if the Windows update fails, which may result in security gaps and the monthly updates are not installed? One option would be to manually install one of the many update packs that are circulating on the Internet and that combine the hotfixes and patches provided by Microsoft in one installer. But that does not solve the real problem, at the latest with the next routine update a month later it will reappear.
Microsoft now offers its own tool to solve many Windows update problems. This is a script that has been downloaded almost 400,000 times since July 2017 and is also updated regularly by Microsoft. The script is called "Reset Windows Update Agent" and is available here. The tool can be used with the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 10 Insider Preview.
The tool ends up on the computer as a 750 kilobyte ZIP file ResetWUEng.zip, which you should first unzip. The script is called "ResetWUEng.cmd" and must be started with administrator rights. To do this, right-click on the file and then select "Start as administrator" in the context menu. After the disclaimer, which must be confirmed with "y" for "yes", a menu appears which presents common functions that can help in solving Windows update problems. After entering "2" and pressing the Enter key, all Windows update components are reset and the service is restarted. This may take several minutes. Otherwise, the script can also be used to delete the temporary Windows files or to scan the protected system files. The tool can also be used to reset the Winsocket settings.
Solve Windows update problems when Microsoft tool fails
The repair with our PC-WELT-FixWindowsUpdate tool for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 is more permanent and more elegant Updates and resets the saved security features. It then re-registers all libraries relevant for the update and loads the current version of the Windows update tool.
Install the PC-WELT-FixWindowsUpdate. The tool then starts automatically and works through all of the steps mentioned. As soon as the message “Done. Restart the computer and call up the Windows update ”appears, press any key and then click the“ Finish ”button. After restarting the PC, type “Windows Update” in the input field or, for Windows 8/10, in the settings search, click on “Check for updates” and continue as usual.
Repair Windows update using a Microsoft tool
If our tool does not fix the problem for you, download the Microsoft Diagnostic and Repair Tool. Then start it with a double click and follow the wizard. If the tool finds an error, let it try to repair it automatically.
Repair Windows Update: How to Fix Errors 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, or 0x80070020
Microsoft offers an interactive guide on how to fix a number of update problems. On the page, first select the version of Windows that is having the problem and then follow the instructions.
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Repair Windows Update: How to Fix Error 0x800F081F
If the Windows Update shows one of the mentioned errors with your Windows, try the following tip. Give cmdin the search field, then click the entry "Command Prompt" with the right mouse button, uOther possible causes for Windows update errors select "Run as administrator". Then enter the following commands one after the other on the command line to check and repair your system image:
dism.exe / online / cleanup-image / scanhealth
dism.exe / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth
More error codes and possible solutions to them
netsh winhttp reset proxy
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv
This will reset the proxy settings to "direct" and restart the update service.
Other possible causes of Windows update errors
The Windows update will only work properly if the date and time are correctly set on your system. Check and correct this, for example with the tip "Windows time: accurate to the millisecond".
There is not enough free space on the Windows drive. If the drive is about to fill up, free some space. The guide "Make your PC faster: Clean up Windows, memory and hard drives" will help you.
Support for Windows XP has already been discontinued, so Microsoft does not publish any more updates here. For Vista, the time will come on April 11, 2017. Windows 7 will still receive security updates until January 14, 2020, but no more new functions. Microsoft only provides full support for Windows 10 (and 8). This is how the switch to Windows 10 works. The changeover is still possible free of charge until July 29, 2016.
Incorrect flight mode: With Windows 10 it can happen that WLAN works, but the flight mode still appears to be activated on the surface. This means that you can surf the net, but the Windows update does not work. To check and fix this, click on the speech bubble in the lower right corner of the tray (next to the clock) to open the Action Center. If Airplane Mode is enabled here, click once or twice until the icon is no longer highlighted in color. Then it is actually switched off and updates work again (thanks to our reader Florian Ebert for the tip).
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