Some Windows 10 users have encountered the problem that Windows Update gets attacked when checking for new updates. This problem can have several causes, one of them being excessive memory consumption by the svchost.exe process under the task manager. We have created this guide with some solutions that you can try if Windows Update gets stuck on your PC.
Restart your computer
Before you start trying any other option on your PC, simply restart your computer once. This will stop the computer from looking for updates and in many cases the problem will be fixed . This is a basic rule of computer science that we must always keep in mind when a problem appears.
Check the date and time
Next, make sure the date and time are set correctly on your PC. There are times when an incorrect date or time interferes with Windows Update updates, blocking their operation.
To check, right-click on the clock on the taskbar and select "Set date and time" from the menu.
A configuration window will open. Check the box " Adjust the time automatically " and also click " Synchronize now ." If the option to adjust the time automatically is already activated, turn it off and on again.
Try a different internet network
There are times when the problem is related to the Internet connection. If you have access to a different Wi-Fi connection, try connecting your PC to it to fix the problem. You can also create an access point from your Android phone. Another solution would be to use a wired Ethernet connection .
Once the computer is connected to a new network, restart the system.
Disable updates for Microsoft products
Another option that you can try to unblock Windows Update is to disable updates for Microsoft products . Next, we explain the steps you must follow:
- Open the settings on your PC with the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.
- Go to "Update and security".
- Click on "Advanced Options."
- Disable the option "Receive updates from other Microsoft products when updating Windows."
Restart your computer and check for updates again. Hopefully the problem is resolved.
Restart the Windows Update service
Windows is an operating system in which processes and services are two different things. There are many times when restarting a service fixes many problems related to the process.
Follow these steps to restart the Windows Update process
- Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Windows 10 Launch Tool.
- Type "services.msc" in the dialog box and hit Enter.
- In the Services window that will open, scroll down until you find "Windows Update." Right-click the mouse and select the "Stop" option. After a few seconds, right-click again and select "Start."
Run the file cleanup tool on your hard drive
You should also try cleaning the hard drive on which Windows 10 is installed . That will help to remove any corrupt files that create problems for new update downloads.
You can do it in a very simple way:
- Go to the search bar on the start menu and look for the "Disk Cleanup" tool.
- When the tool opens, click on "Clean system files."
- Click Clean Disk on the General tab.
- Select all the options and click "OK" to start cleaning.
Restart your PC and see if the problem is resolved.