[8 Ways] How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck Checking For Updates Issue

When you encounter Windows 10 stuck checking for updates issue, you can find out some effective solutions in this post, such as checking system files, restart PC, etc.


By Tina / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Help! Windows 10 checking for updates stuck


"I've decided to update my Windows 10. Unfortunately, it has been stuck "Checking for Updates" for the last 30-45 minutes. Is this normal? I'm afraid I'm stuck in some kind of loop. I've searched the forum and couldn't find anything. Do you have any ideas?

- Question from tenforums.com

Why Windows 10 checking for updates stuck?

In forums, some users reported Windows 10 checking for updates stuck. This problem is actually a result of the update mechanism not being compatible with Microsoft's server communication. Computer freezes can really confuse users. Why does it happen?

It may be caused by corrupted system files, virus invasion, insufficient PC hard disk space, etc. If you are also facing Windows OS checking for updates stuck issue, read on, we will discuss 8 solutions.

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How to fix Windows 10 checking for updates stuck

In this section, we will be dedicated to sharing how to solve Windows 10 stuck on checking for updates. Let's get started.

▶ Solution 1. Restart the computer

When we encounter some computer problems, restarting the computer can effectively terminate the abnormal task. So, if Windows OS stuck on checking for updates, you can start the PC and try the update task again. 

Check For Update

▶ Solution 2. Run the Troubleshooter

Usually, the Troubleshooter can identify and fix Windows issues. Follow the steps below to troubleshoot update issues on your PC.

Step 1. Open the Windows Settings, click "System" and "Troubleshoot".


Step 2. Then click other troubleshooters and "Run" to start this built-in tool.


 ▶ Solution 3. Check and repair system files

System files will affect the Windows OS operation. If the system files are abnormal, Windows update errors will also occur. You can check and repair system files in CMD.

Step 1. Press the "Windows" button and input "cmd", click "Run as administrator".

Run As Administrator

Step 2. Type "sfc /scannow" in the CMD window, then press "Enter".


▶ Solution 4. Restart the Windows Update service

In Windows OS, a process does not refer to a service. Follow the steps below to restart the Windows Update service.

Step 1. Press "Windows+ R", then type "services.msc" and press "Enter". 

Run Service

Step 2. In the new window,find out and right-click "Windows Update", then select "Stop". After a while, right-click it again and select "Start".

Restart Service

 ▶ Solution 5. Check the update time

Please check the time of Windows update, if the time is not correct, it will also affect the work of the computer.

 Step 1. Right-click on the taskbar to see the date and time, then click "Adjust date/time".

Adjust Time

Step 2. Turn on the "Set time automatically" and "Set time zone automatically" options. Then click "Sync now".

Sync Time

 ▶ Solution 6. Remove virus

Viruses can threaten computer and system security, it can also cause Windows 10 stuck checking for updates. Download reliable antivirus software to clean them.


 ▶ Solution 7. Disable MICROSOFT Product Updates

Sometimes updates for other Microsoft products conflict with Windows 10 updates, you can try disabling Microsoft product updates, and see if it can fix the problem. 

Step 1. Open the Settings, then click "Update & Security".

Update Security

Step 2. In the new interface, select "Advanced options". Then turn off the "Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows" option.

Update Options

 ▶ Solution 8. Free up system disk space

Another important reason for Windows 10 stuck checking for updates problem is that the system disk is full. You can try to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, freeing up system disk space. It is a powerful and versatile disk manager.

In a simple and clear interface, whether there is unallocated space or not, you can extend the target partition.

"Resize Partition": There is unallocated space on the same disk, and the unallocated space is adjacent to the target partition, you can extend it.
"Merge Partition": There is unallocated space on the hard disk, but the unallocated space is not adjacent to the target partition, you can merge the partition with the unallocated space.
"Allocate Free Space": When there's no unallocated space, you can directly move free space from other partitions to extend it.

Besides, you can try the other amazing functions to have more disk space, including Migrate OS to SSD, Disk Clone Wizard, App Mover, etc.

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Note: To free up system disk space on Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003, you can go to the Server Edition.

Step 1. Download and open this powerful tool, then right-click a drive with much free space, click "Allocate Free Space".

Allocate Free Space

Step 2. In the popped small window, set the space and destination drive, then click "OK".

Allocate D to C

Step 3. Click "Apply" to allocate free space to the C drive.


Tip: If you want to deeply clean up PC, the "delete large files" function can remove all junk files and unwanted large files.


Look, on this tutorial, we share 8 solutions for Windows 10 checking for updates stuck. Hope these methods can help you update Windows 10 successfully.

Tina · Staff Editor
Tina is an English editor of AOMEI Technology. She has a positive attitude and full of energy. On her work, she always keeps thinking to figure out the solutions for users' problems, and writes the answers so that can help someone. In her daily life, she likes to sing, watch TV and sleep. She always being grateful and happy to all the things happened and all the people encountered.