Microsoft periodically releases updates for every version of Windows which mainly aims for bug fixes and delivering a smoother user experience. But, at times, while downloading these updates, it may get stuck at “searching for updates” forever. Generally, the problem is associated with almost all Windows version such as 7, 8, or 10. No matter of what Windows version running on your system, the fixes are quite similar in this regard. Therefore, we have listed some solutions, and after going through them, you should be able to resolve your issue of stuck or frozen updates on Windows.
Method 1: Ensure That The Updates Are Really Stuck
First of all, make sure the update is stopped entirely. To check that, wait for some time, thirty minutes is a good estimate, to see if the updates restart downloading by itself. If the updates get really stuck, then it will not download no matter how long you wait. If however, the updates start downloading on waiting for some time. Then there should not any problem continuing with the process.
Method 2: Run Troubleshooter For Windows Updates
Windows has a built-in troubleshooter for update issues, and you should try running it once your updates get stuck or frozen. To perform this action, follow these steps:
- Type troubleshooting in the search bar and select Troubleshooting from the search result list.
- In the Troubleshooting window, you need to click on ‘View all’ from the left pane.
- Next, select Windows Update from the list of Troubleshoot computer problems that needs attention.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.
- Restart your PC and run Windows updates again to check if the problem is resolved.
Method 3: Make Sure The Update Services Are Running On Your PC
To check if the update services are running, a condition necessary for the Windows updates to download and install automatically, follow these steps:
- Press Windows key + R from your keyboard to open the Run box. Type “services.msc” in that box, and click on OK.
- Look for the following services:
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
- Cryptographic Service
- Windows Update
- MSI Installer
- Double click on each of them and check whether their Startup type is set to Automatic.
- If any of these services are stopped, then you need to click on Start to resume the service.
- Now, right-click on Windows Update service, and choose Restart.
Now you can exit the window, after saving the settings by clicking on Apply and OK then restart your computer. This is a fundamental step in resolving the update stuck or frozen on Windows.
Method 4: Delete Windows Update Cache Manually
Sometimes, deleting the temporary updates from the cache may do the trick as well. The built-in troubleshooter essentially does this. But, if it fails to resolve the issue, you may need to delete the cache manually instead. To do that, first, you need to boot into Safe mode on your Windows. To boot in safe mode on your Windows 10 PC, follow the steps mentioned below:
Boot In Safe Mode
Press the Shift key and select Power and Restart from the Windows login screen. While restarting, click on Troubleshoot>Advanced Options> Startup settings> Restart. The next screen that appears should contain the option of Safe mode. Click on the option to enter into Safe mode.
While in safe mode, navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete everything that you find on that folder. This process will delete the temporary files created by Windows Updates, because of which the updates may get stuck. By deleting them and running Windows updates again, it will build these files from scratch and your issue should be resolved.
Method 5: Scan Your Computer For Viruses
In some instances, when the system is compromised due to malicious files, this update problem won’t be an alien to you. In that case, you need to run a thorough scan of your system to see if that resolves your issue.
Method 6: Perform A System Restore
If all the above methods fail to resolve your issue with frozen updates, you can restore your system to an earlier point and check if that resolves your issue.
- Press Windows key + R and type sysdm.cpl and click OK.
- Under the System Protection tab, select System Restore.
- Click Next and select the most appropriate system restore point.
- Follow the instructions to complete the restoration process.
- Finally, once the process is done Restart your computer.
After the restart, check whether the frozen update issue has been resolved.
Above mentioned solutions are the most effective one in resolving the issue when an update gets stuck or frozen. Hope, after going through these steps, you should able to resolve this problem by yourself.