Windows 10 Checking for updates taking forever

While Windows 10 updates have smoothened over the years, there are still many scenarios where the update gets stuck. Windows regularly check for an update or when you click the button. But if your Windows 10 update is stuck and taking forever when Checking for updates, then here are our suggestions to resolve the issue.

Windows 10 Update stuck on Checking for updates

windows 10 update stuck on checking for updates

The scenario where it keeps checking for an update with no response is very confusing. You don’t know if the update is about to start downloading or if it’s your internet connection that is causing the problem. To resolve this, follow these steps:

  1. Exit Settings & restart your PC
  2. Restart Windows Update Service
  3. Clear Software Distribution folder
  4. Clear Catroot2 folder

1] Exit Settings & restart your PC

Close the Settings window and restart your computer. Having done that, read on.

2] Restart Windows Update service

Now open the Command Prompt or PowerShell and execute these commands to stop and start the Windows Update Service:

net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv

If you are not comfortable with the command line option, you can do it from Services.msc. Look for service with name Windows Update. Double click on it to open its Properties box and then find the buttons to Stop and Start the Service.

3] Clear Sofware Distribution folder

Clear Software Distribution folder

SoftwareDistribution is one of the folders where Windows Update downloads all the files which should be installed. Sometimes existing or incomplete update files can cause a problem.

Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete everything inside this SoftwareDistribution folder

4] Reset catroot2 folder

Windows Update Catroot2 Folder

Catroot and catroot2 are Windows operating system folders that are required for the Windows Update process. Windows uses this folder to store the signatures of the Windows Update package and helps in its installation. Deleting content from here is not straight forward. You need to stop the cryptsvc service, and then delete files inside catroot2.

Once you complete all of these, restart the computer, and check for the update again.

TIP: Our portable freeware FixWin allows you to reset this and most other Windows settings or functions with a single click.

fixwin 10.1

Now that the folders have been reset, the update check should end, and if there is a download, it should begin.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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