Windows is not updating

Sometimes, however, when the patch, or maybe even service pack, is being installed during shutdown or startup, the update installation gets stuck - freezes, locks up, stops, hangs, clocks... Windows Update is taking forever and it's time to fix the problem.The installation of one or more Windows updates is probably stuck or frozen if you see one of the following messages persist for a long time: is all you'll see on the screen.In the Control Panel list of troubleshooters, in the “System and Security” section, click “Fix problems with Windows Update.” In the Windows Update troubleshooting window, click “Advanced.” In the advanced settings, make sure that the “Apply repairs automatically” check box is enabled, click “Run as administrator” and then click Next.

If you don't see anything at all on screen, especially if you think the updates might have been installed completely, see our How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates tutorial instead.There are several reasons why the installation or finalization of one or more Windows updates can hang.Most often, these types of problems are due to a software conflict or a preexisting issue that simply wasn't brought to light until the Windows updates started installing.At the Command Prompt, type the following command and then hit Enter to stop the Windows Update service. Microsoft has now provided official instructions about how to fix this problem.According to Microsoft, this problem occurs because Windows Update itself needs an update, creating a bit of a catch-22. Select “Never Check For Updates (Not Recommended)” in the dropdown box and then click “OK”.