In many circumstances, Windows update gets stuck on installing, and you find that Windows Update status is in pending install for a long time. Windows 10 updates are automatically downloaded and installed when available unless you have turned on the metered connection.

There may be multiple reasons why Windows update gets into the pending install stage. Therefore, In this guide, we will troubleshoot the step-by-step “Windows Update Pending install” issue.

Windows Update Pending install

If you’re updating Windows, but the update is stuck and into the pending install stage. First of all, you should wait for a while because Windows prepares the update before installing it.

If the installing doesn’t start after a while. There may be two common reasons why Windows update status is in the pending install stage.

  • System Restart is required
  • Active Hours

The first thing, Restart the computer. Once you restart the computer Windows will again start installing the update. If this doesn’t fix the issue, and still Windows update status is in pending install stage, go ahead and follow the next step.

If active hours is set on Windows, and you’re working within, Windows might not install the update within active hours. Navigate to Windows settings > Update & security > Change active hours, here either you can change active hours or disable active hours.

If the above fixes don’t work, here is the next step:

1. Enable Automatic Updates immediate installation

If you allow this setting, Windows updates will be immediately downloaded and installed when available. You should keep this setting enable if you want to install the update when available.

  1. Press the “Windows+R” shortcut key to open the Run box.
  2. Type “services.msc” in the run box, then hit the enter button.
  3. This opens services.
  4. Scroll the list of the services, and find Windows update service. (You can easily find in alphabetical order)
  5. Right-click the Windows update service, and then open properties.
Windows Update Pending Install
  1. Under the startup type, select Automatic from the drop-down options list.
Windows Update Pending Install
  1. Next, Apply and OK.
  2. Restart your computer.

Once you restart the PC, check whether the update is installing now.

2. Download and Install Update again

If none of the above is working, here is the one more method you should try.

Windows stores all the downloaded updates files in the SoftwareDistribution folder under the Windows folder. If something goes wrong, the Windows update may get stuck while downloading and installing.

  1. Click the start menu button, and then search “Command Prompt”, then right-click the Command Prompt in the search result and Run as administrator.
  2. In the command prompt, run the following commands to stop Windows update and Background intelligent transfer service.
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop bits
  3. Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder, and delete everything inside the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  4. Next, run the following command in command prompt admin.
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start bits
  5. Restart your computer.

Once the PC has restarted, go to settings > Update & security and check for updates. Now, Windows will again download the update and then install it.

I hope, this guide helps you to fix the “Windows Update Pending install” issue. If you still have any problem, feel free to comment below, we will look forward to solving your problem.


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