Windows 11 Update Stuck: Fixed For Good

Jan 4, 2023
Updated • Jan 3, 2023
Tutorials, Windows 11 News

Windows 11 is one of the best versions of Windows in a long time. It comes with various powerful pictures; however, it comes with a few bugs as well. One of the problems that a lot of users face is their updates being stuck. The frustrating part is some updates reach as much as 99% and stay stuck. This article will look at a few ways you can resolve this issue.

Leave Your Computer

One of the ways to fix this problem is to leave your computer while the update is downloading. The updates usually get stuck due to interruptions in internet connectivity or power surges. Plug in your computer and leave it while the updates are downloading. It may happen faster and the update will not get stuck.

Windows Troubleshooter

If your trouble with updates is not resolved, you can try the update troubleshooter. To do this, go to settings and then click on update & security. Once there, click on troubleshoot and then additional troubleshooters. On the next window, you will see an option called windows update. Click on 'run this troubleshooter.' The troubleshooter will look for any issues and fix them. Once it is fixed, you will need to restart your computer and the update will download and install after that.

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Software Distribution Folder

You can also go to 'C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution' and see if the update is still happening. This is the software distribution folder that stores temp files and has all the data needed for updates. Right-click inside this folder and then click on properties. Check the size of the folder to see if the size is increasing. If it is the same, you can follow the below steps:

Switch off your Windows update. To do this, type 'cmd' in the start menu, right-click and select 'run as administrator.' Type the command "net stop wuauserv" and "net stop bits" and this will stop the update.

You must then delete the update files in the distribution folder. Finally, you switch on the updates by running the command prompt again and typing "net start wuauserv" and "net start bits." This should resolve the Windows update issue.

Uninstall a Conexant Audio Device

Disabling Auto Driver Downloads

Uninstalling a Conexant audio device is straightforward and has worked for a few users. To do this, open your start menu and then your control panel. Under the control panel, click on 'system.' You then need to select advanced system settings and click on the hardware tab. Click on the device installation settings and choose 'No' as the answer to the question and then save the changes.

Uninstalling a Conexant Audio Device

You must then open the device manager and look for your audio device under the 'sound, video and game controllers.' Right-click on the device name and choose uninstall device. You will get a confirmation pop-up. Click on uninstall. 

Restart your computer and go to your device manager again to see if the drivers are not installed. Run the Windows 11 update again and after it's done, re-enable the driver downloads once the update is done.

Don’t Get Frustrated Anymore

Stuck updates can get frustrating if you're not sure what's causing it. We hope these tips will help you get resolve stuck updates with Windows 11.


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  1. John G. said on January 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Some years ago I had a severe problem with Windows Update that didn’t allow me to update for almost six months, yes, a half of a year stuck in a massive update fiasco. After having done everything in my hands to solve it, and after go to every kind of computer shops, even having call by phone to MS help services with no success at all, I found somewhere this batch *.bat file that solved my W10 update problem in less than one minute (I hope that it will help someone someday, it’s a must have batch file; I think it’s available in some web sites also):

    rem * EXECUTE AS ADMIN *
    net stop bits
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptsvc
    net stop msiserver
    rd /q /s %windir%\softwaredistribution.old
    rd /q /s %windir%\system32\catroot2.old
    ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
    ren %windir%\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old
    del “%allusersprofile%\application data\microsoft\network\downloader\qmgr*.dat”
    cd /d %windir%\system32
    regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s jscript.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s vbscript.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s scrrun.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s msxml3.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s msxml6.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s actxprxy.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s softpub.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s wintrust.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s dssenh.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s rsaenh.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s cryptdlg.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s oleaut32.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s ole32.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s shell32.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s wuapi.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s wups.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s wups2.dll
    netsh winsock reset
    net start bits
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptsvc
    net start msiserver
    rem * RESTART PC *

    1. MikeO said on January 4, 2023 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks, John. Another tool to throw in my Windows toolbox, if ever needed.

      1. John G. said on January 4, 2023 at 3:43 pm

        @MikeO, you’re welcome! :]

    2. VioletMoon said on January 4, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      Yes, there a number of places one can find such scripts; the following sites provide the same scripts or variations on a theme:

      The few times I’ve had issues with Windows 10/11, I’ve run the Tweaking Repair Tool/Portable with unsurpassed success; it worked so well in solving problems, I made a hefty donation to the developer:

      The other tip other users have gifted to me is to never use Windows Update–just turn it off–and use the WAU Manager; in Advanced Options, one can “force” downloading and installing” updates which triggers a script to “refresh” the process–works quite well for me:

      I think both tools are and script ideas have been mentioned by Martin in various articles at various times.

      As a last resort, one can download the most current ISO from the Adguard site and complete a non-destructive re-install. It’s such a convenient option that if I suspect any type of corruption on my system, I will use it first. Makes for a that “new” installation feel. Be sure to delete the Windows.old folder at some point.

      Make a system image before running any tool, script, or non-destructive re-install, yes?

      1. John G. said on January 5, 2023 at 9:10 am

        Thanks @VioletMoon for the provided links! :]

  2. Jody Thornton said on January 4, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Wow! That’s objective reporting. Windows 11 is the BEST version in a long time? Really?
    Tone Deaf Shaun! Tone Deaf!

    No worries! John G. will be along to thank you for the article.

  3. Anonymous said on January 4, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    shill alarm

  4. Anonymous said on January 4, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Stop windows update service
    Delete Download Folder in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
    run cmd Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    run cmd sfc /scannow

  5. Marek said on January 4, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Windows 11 is one of the best versions of Windows in a long time.

    Shaun, I love your sense of humor.

    1. Microdumbos said on January 5, 2023 at 12:14 am

      Haha. Good joke from Shaun. Since Windows version 7, Microsoft hasn’t released a superior operating system. Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and 11 are all terrible. Microsoft is absolutely awful at creating software.

  6. Flyer said on January 4, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    Funny text about Win 11 “it comes with a few bugs as well”.
    Man, do you know what it means “few”?
    Every update creates new problems unknown before, am I wrong?
    To be honest, with such absurd you’ve made my day :D

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