Fix Win­dows 10 Update Stuck on Check­ing for Updates Issue

Updated on 15 May 2020 by

If you have noticed that your Windows 10 computer has been running hot lately, then there is a very good chance that there is an issue with Windows Update. The fans on your Windows 10 PC or laptop will run at full speed for no reason. There has been a lot of user complaints about this and it turns out that every time Windows try to check for an update – it gets stuck for no reason. So, it tries to use all the resources on your PC for some weird reason to check for updates.

Strangely, even if you tried checking for updates manually from the Windows Update Settings, it would get stuck at the ‘Checking for updates’ step. We took the matter in our hands and found the real reason behind this: The ‘svchost.exe process (you can check this in Task Manager) was consuming a lot of RAM, which in turn made your PC fan go bonkers.

If you have not faced any of the above two issues, there are still multiple issues with getting a Windows Update. this post, we have laid out all the possible steps you can take to fix ‘checking for updates’ issue on Windows 10.

1. Restart your PC or Computer

This is the first thing I do when I run into an issue on my Windows 10. And it works most of the time, honestly. Computers are no different than smartphones. They all are just millions of lines of software code and any software is prone to random bugs every once in a while.

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So, what you are facing might be a temporary issue. And that is why, before you start looking deeply into anything else on your Windows 10 PC, I recommend you simply reboot it once. This will ultimately stop your computer from checking for updates and will fix the issue.

2. Check Date and Time on your PC

Software updates are really weird, be it Windows or Android. Even something as trivial as an incorrect date/time will cause never-ending issues. So, make sure that the data and time are set correctly on your PC.

To do verify the date and time on Windows 10: Right-click on the clock on your taskbar and select ‘Adjust date/time‘ from the menu.

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In the Settings window that opens next, enable ‘Set time automatically‘ and also click on Sync now under Synchronize your clock.

If the Set time automatically option is already enabled when you see, simply disable it once and then re-enable it again.

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3. Try from a Different Network

Sometimes, the network your Windows 10 PC is connected to might be the problem. You need to connect your Windows to a different Wi-Fi network to make sure that the issue is not with the network. To do this, you simply use a hotspot from your smartphone to connect your PC.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-14

Once you are connected to the new network, restart your PC and then check for Windows Updates from Settings.

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4. Disable Antivirus or Update it

Antivirus software that you have installed on your Windows 10 PC could also be an issue for broken Windows 10 updates. To fix this, simply disable the Antivirus software for some time and restart your PC before checking for updates from Windows Settings.

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Sometimes, an update for your Antivirus software can also fix the issue; see if an update is available for it. If there is an update, simply install it and restart your PC and then try downloading updates.

5. Disable Microsoft Product Updates

The next thing to try is to disable updates for other Microsoft products. You can do this by following this below instructions:

  1. Open Windows Settings on your PC. Tip: Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-3
  3. Go to ‘Advanced options‘.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-4
  4. Turn-off/Disable ‘Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows’ option.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-5

Once completed, simply restart your PC and look for updates.

6. Restart Windows Update Service

In the Windows world, a ‘process’ and ‘service’ are two completely different things. Restarting a service has the potential to fix a lot of issues in Windows. Simply follow the below steps:

  1. In the Windows 10 search, type ‘Run’. Open the Run app that shows up at the top. Tip: Press Windows key + R shortcut to open run prompt.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-6
  2. Type ‘services.msc‘ in the Run dialog box and hit Enter.Windows-10-Update-Issue-7
  3. In the Services window that shows up, look for ‘Windows Update‘. Right-click on it and then select ‘Stop‘. Wait for a while and then right-click again and select ‘Start’.Windows-10-Update-Issue-8
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7. Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you have come this far, I can understand your frustration! Don’t lose hope for there are still options. Next, we can try running the Windows Update troubleshooter offered by Windows itself.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings by using the Windows key + I shortcut.
  2. Click on ‘Update & security‘.Windows-10-Update-Issue-9
  3. On the left pane, look for and click on ‘Troubleshoot‘. Note: You can also simply search for ‘troubleshoot‘ either directly from the Windows search or using the search in Settings.
  4. Tap on the ‘Windows Update‘ section and then hit the ‘Run the troubleshooter‘ button.Windows-10-Update-Issue-10

Windows will take care of the rest of the process; simply wait for the process to complete.

8. Disk Cleanup

When none of the above options work, you could try to perform a disk cleanup on the C drive. This helps in removing any corrupt files that might cause issues with new downloads.

Follow the below steps carefully:

  1. Open the ‘This PC‘ folder on your computer.
  2. Right-click on the C drive and select Properties.Windows-10-Update-Issue-11
  3. Under the ‘General‘ tab, click on ‘Disk Cleanup‘.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-12
  4. In the Disk Cleanup window, select the ‘Delivery Optimization Files’ checkbox and click Ok.Fix-Windows-10-Update-Issue-13
  5. Restart your PC.

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I think it is safe to say that Windows Updates has become a bit worse with Windows 10. There is a new weird issue every other day. Please note that the solutions listed above are in no particular order. What works for one may not work for others. And that is why I recommed you to try all the listed solutions.

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