Fix a Failed Windows Update

Every so often, your Windows operating system will require that you update it in order to keep it running fast and safe. This is vital to the overall performance of your computer and if the Windows Update you run fails you need to know how to fix it.

Common Symptoms

A lot of times Windows Updates will successfully download, but they will fail to be installed. So, this does you no good as the updates will have never make it onto your machine leaving you vulnerable and out of date. When this happens there is typically an error message that pops up telling you that some or all of the Windows Updates failed to install.

Possible Causes

There are several reasons why your Windows Update can fail. If it happens on a frequent basis, then you likely have a problem with the Windows Installer itself. You may also have some corrupt files or even a corrupt registry which will also stop your Windows Update from being properly executed.

Suggested Solution

Automatically: If the manual options don’t work, or you simply don’t want to take the time to do them, you can go automatic. To do so, use a scanning program that will check your entire computer, including its registry, for problems and that will also be able to clean up and fix any messes that it finds.

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