Update problems can leave your PC vulnerable to hackers, malware, and other security threats. Here’s how to overcome Windows Update failures.
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How to reset and restart Windows Update
John Mitzi’s Windows-based updating system has failed, leaving him unable to install the new patches needed to keep his system safe from emerging security threats.
- “My Windows Update isn’t working. Is it possible to uninstall this application and reinstall it?
“So far, I’ve been unable to fix this problem. Any suggestions?”
Windows Update is a critical component of the Windows OS; it can’t be uninstalled, but it can be repaired — usually quite easily!
Sorting out Windows Update’s many possible failure points used to be a major hassle, involving some deep spelunking techniques such as resetting the local Update database, stopping and restarting the patch engine, killing and restarting hung Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS; info) downloads, and so on.
Happily, those days are mostly done. Microsoft now offers an impressive range of Update-specific repair tools that can correct most problems.