One thing every Windows users hate is Windows Updates, you never knew when your PC being installed with the updates and how long does it take, most of the time Windows Update went successful but their are some desperate situation when your time is more important and your Windows 10 device frozen at Windows Update Stuck.
You might regularly update your PC and maintain with the latest update either manually or default automatic configured setting by Windows. You will get the major Windows update on every 2nd Tuesday of each month and this Windows update will take some extra time to download and install on the device during the restart or at the time of shutdown.
It is normal, when your Window device gets the patches or any cumulative update, during the installation at the time of shutdown or startup the update installation may get stuck or your device freeze. It may remain from minutes to hours with the same screen.
In order to resolve the Windows Update Stuck issue, there is the list of 5 possible solution which you can perform one by one and at the end of the this the Windows Update Stuck issue will be resolved on your Windows device.
Solution 1: Ctrl+Alt+Del
Believe me or not sometimes Windows updates get installed properly and you will not get the login screen. In this case, you might be thinking that your PC or laptop is still installing the Windows update.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard you will be automatically shown the login screen, login your device normally and start your productivity.
If this doesn’t help and Windows update stuck is the same then following the next possible solution to fix the issue
Solution 2: Restart or force shutdown
Restart or force shutdown is the second possible solution now, hence your device is already frozen you are helpless now. Restart your device by pressing reset button (if available) or press the power button for a few seconds until your device turn Off.
Now again turn ON your device and see if the Windows is normally login and finish the Windows Updates installation normally.
If Windows has messed something on your device then you will automatically taken to the Advanced Boot Option or Startup settings menu upon next startup. Now following the next possible solution to fix the Windows Update Stuck issue.
Solution 3: Login with Windows Safe Mode
You will be automatically taken to Advanced Boot Option or Startup settings directly or after either diagnose or Automatic Repair. In this case, first login your PC with safe mode because when you do so, your Window only loads with the minimum drivers and services that Windows required to function properly.
In this case, if any third party program or services is conflicting with one of the Windows updates which will not run in the safe mode and your Windows Update installation might end up successfully.
After the next startup your PC will login normally without any issues if you still get the Advanced Boot Option or Startup settings then perform the next possible solution to fix the Windows Update Stuck Issue.
Solution 4: Perform System Restore
Performing a complete system restore might undo the changes made to your PC during or after the installation of the Windows Updates. System Restore is one of the best possible solution to fix the Windows Update Stuck issue you are facing on your device.
Check this blog, for the detailed information What is System Restore and How to perform a System Restore Point.
Solution 5: Perform clean install of Windows.
If none of the above 4 solution fixes the Windows Update Stuck issue on your device, then performing a clean install of Windows update is the only solution to fix the problem.
Unfortunately, no one will like to perform these steps because it will remove all the software and setting for the PC.
But if you are here, you have no other option to choose and you are left with only option to perform a clean install of Windows OS.
How do I confirm my PC is actually stuck or frozen?
Before proceeding any troubleshooting steps confirm that your PC is actually has frozen or hanged because sometimes a Windows update can take more than 3 hours to complete.
On this event instead of fixing the problem you might even create a new problem.
To avoid these issues press the number lock button on your keyboard repeatedly and see the number lock LED light is turning on and off. If this is a PC, then you will get a hard drive activity light which most of the time is blinking.
If the number lock and hard drive activity LED is keep blinking, then your PC not frozen or stuck and there is still some progress is happening in the background.
If the number lock or hard drive activity LED is not blinking at all, then your device has frozen or stuck whatever you call it. In these scenarios you can proceed the following troubleshooting steps to fix the Windows Update Stuck issues.
The reason behind Windows Update Stuck or Frozen Issue
There is a cause where your Windows update installation or finalization of one or more process can hang or stuck at some point. Most of the time it might be a conflict due to any installed Software or service issue that causing the problem now or in some rare time, it was the improper setting in the Windows update itself, Which is from Microsoft.
Not only Windows 10 device, but you might find the similar freezing issue during the Windows Updates in any of the version like Windows 8 or Windows 7 or Windows Vista or even Windows XP but it is getting a lot better in Windows 10.