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Manually Reset Windows Update Components in Windows 8.1/10/11

From time to time you’ll discover that Windows Update fails for any number of reasons. Below are the steps to reset Windows Update and its components from an Administrative Command Prompt, which will hopefully save you hours of headache trying to pin down a particular issue.

  1. Press Windows key + X on the desktop screen of the computer.

  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin)

  3. On the open Command Prompt window copy and paste the commands (all at once).

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old.
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
  1. Exit the command prompt and check for updates once again.