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How to Reinstall Failed/Cancled Updates in Windows 10

Jean updated on Nov 16, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

How to install failed Windows update

"To my surprise, I noticed that I have two failed updates in Windows 10 Update history in settings, they're the most recent updates. How do I get the system to reinstall the failed updates? I pressed the Check for updates button but it tells me my system is up to date, making the new update unavailable there."

Microsoft pushes system updates very frequently for the purpose of giving users the best experience with the least bugs. Usually, every update is automatically showing up when it's available in the Windows Update area under Settings > Update & security. By simply clicking Check for updates, the update will run itself and install on your computer.

However, sometimes users may unconsciously think that the update has been successfully installed without checking the update status or the update history, where displays the real update result of update succeeded, failed or canceled.

That's the problem we'll focus on resolving right now, which is how you're going to reinstall the latest yet significant updates that have failed once or twice. Basically, you got two options to go but both require a preparatory job to ensure 100% safe Windows 10 reinstallation, with all necessary data and system protected. For short, you need a backup solution always before considering a system update or reinstall.

Backup System and Data Before Reinstalling System That Failed

Since the next coming options to reinstall a failed system update would be very likely to cause data loss, computer backup is greatly necessary. 

Here's the most recommended Windows backup and recovery solution - EaseUS Todo Backup. It's free backup software that supports to backup disk, partition, files and system with a compressed backup image that won't occupy disk storage space a lot. What's more, only one click can easily restore what you've backed up with it.

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Step 1. If you want to back up your current Windows Operating System to an external storage device, connect it to your PC.
And note that the device should be as equal to or even bigger than your system drive.

Step 2. Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "OS". Or, you can also click the "menu" at the left top corner and select "System Backup" to start.

Select backup mode for system backup.

Step 3. Select the Windows System that you want to back up and specify the destination - local Windows computer hard drive, cloud/network drive or external storage device to save the OS image.

Click "Proceed" to start backing up your Windows OS now.

Backup Windows system by selecting system and destination.

PLUS: If you want to create an automatic backup plan for your Windows system image, please refer to the below tips for a tutorial guide:

1. After selecting System Backup, click "Schedule: Off" option, then set up backing up your OS by daily, weekly, or monthly.

Create backup plan to automatically backup Windows 10.

2. Save the changes. And finish the process by following Step 3. After the first full backup of your Windows OS, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically to run an OS backing up on itself as your settled schedule.

No matter which way you'll choose to resume a system update that has once been interrupted, failed or canceled, do not skip the procedure of protecting your computer data to the utmost!

Guide: How to Reinstall Failed Windows 10 Updates

Depending on your own preference, choose either of the following options to restart your failed system update even it's no longer available in Check for update button.

Option 1. Rename the Software Distribution folder

This option is somewhat troublesome but has little impact on the computer data. 

Step 1. In the Windows 10 Search box, type: %windir% and Press "OK".

Step 2. Locate the "SoftwareDistribution" folder and rename it as "SoftwareDistributionOld".

Step 3. Next click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Windows Update" > "View update history", there you will see all the updates that have been installed or that have failed to install on the computer. In the Status section, locate the update that failed to install and click the red X so you can find out the particular update build number. For example, KB123456.

Step 4. Go the Microsoft Downloads page and search the update number KB123456 and download it onto your PC.

Step 5. Run the downloaded update file so you can install this update again on your computer.

Option 2. Clean install Windows 10 update

Here we'd like to introduce you a simpler way to clean install Windows 10 system update without requiring a CD or USB recovery drive, which is to reset your computer with everything back to its fresh state. Your data files should be fully backed up before doing this procedure.

Step 1. Go to Settings and click "Update & Recovery".

Step 2. Click "Recovery", tap "Get Started" under "Reset This PC".

Step 3. Choose "Remove everything" and then choose "Remove files" and clean the drive to clean reset PC. 

Step 4. Finally, click "Reset".

Wait patiently until your computer restart, by then you'll have your PC freshly installed with Windows 10. Just go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and check if there is available system update you wish to install.

If you prefer the other way to clean install Windows 10 with a recovery drive, click the link and learn from it.

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