Fix Most Windows Update Problems in Windows 7

Learn how to fix Windows Update in Windows 7.

Remove or Disable Conflicting Software

Some third party programs can cause errors in the Windows Update service. If you have any spyware or so called “Internet/web accelerators” remove or disable them and try running Windows Update again.

Reset the Windows Update Software Distribution Folder

A common Windows Update problem is a corrupt file in the Windows Update distribution folder.

  1. Open the command prompt with administrative privileges by typing cmd in the Start Menu’s search box.
  2. Right-click cmd in the search results and select Run as administrator.
  3. Stop the Windows Update service by typing net stop WuAuServ in the command prompt and then press Enter on your keyboard.

    Note: Make sure the command prompt says Windows Update service was successfully stopped before you go on to the next steps.

  4. Type %windir% in the Start Menu’s search box and press Enter.
  5. Right-click the folder named SoftwareDistribution and select Rename.
  6. When the SoftwareDistribution folder is highlighted blue rename it to SoftwareDistributionOLD.

  7. Go back to the command prompt running as administrator and type net start WuAuServ and then press Enter.

    Note: Make sure the Windows Update service was successfully started before you go on to the next steps.

  8. Try running Windows Update again.

Check System Files for Errors

If you still can’t update Windows you need to make sure all of the system files are in working order and none of them have been changed or corrupted.

  1. Open the command prompt with administrative privileges by typing cmd in the Start Menu’s search box.
  2. Right-click cmd and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

  4. Restart the computer when the scan has finished.

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