Why Windows 10 Update Taking Forever & Tips To Fix It

by Hashir Zuniga

Windows 10 Update Taking Forever

While using Windows 10, we should not need to be worried about updates. This OS was automatically updating many new features and also fixed many bugs. You may not see it because it running in the background. But, sometimes we faced the truth that Windows 10 update taking forever.

Windows update taking forever is the main bugs of Microsoft programs. Moreover, the old OS has also faced this problem from Windows Vista. While updates are stopped working, the screen still shows like usually when the program is working properly. But in fact, the program is stuck and just like this Windows 10 update taking forever. If this happens to your PC how long you will be waiting or choose to skip it?

How Long Windows 10 Update Usually Take?

While the screen is showing like the program is worked properly, you can identify it is stuck or not by measuring how long it takes. Usually, Windows 10 update only takes 20-30 minutes on average. Microsoft said that it was 21 minutes less than before. In contrast, we still find it takes more than 3 hours to finish the update.

How to Stop Windows 10 Update Taking Forever

Your Windows 10 is in the update when it showing a blue screen with “Getting Windows ready, don’t turn off your computer”. At that time, your laptop usually getting slow down, freeze and sometimes getting stuck. The worst problem like this happened in 2018. Windows 10 update taking forever means the update speed is very slow. Many people hate this situation because sometimes it happens when we need a laptop. Now, let see some ways you can do to fix this problem.

1. Restart Your Windows 10

Restart Windows 10

If your Windows update is stuck at the same percentage in a long time, the first way you should do is to restart your computer. This method may not usually succeed but you can refresh your computer and close all programs in the background.

After restarting your computer, you can open Windows Update on Settings. Choose Update & security, and then click Windows Update. After that, click Check For Updates and update your computer.

2. Clean the Hard Drive Garbages

clean up hard disk

Sometimes the garbage takes so much free memory in our hard drive. It is because the size of the garbage is huge. Moreover, in some cases, the size can reach up to 20 GB. So it is important to clean the hard drive to get a smooth and successful update. Importantly, never pause the update while already in some percentage,  it freezes the update program.

Firstly, you should install and then open the EaseUS Partition Master and then choose Tools – System Optimization. After that, click the Junk File Cleanup or Large File Cleanup. You can find the useless junk file by clicking “Analyze” then clear them up. You can also find all the huge files in your hard disk by clicking the scan. Clean up your hard disk is easy but it gives you many benefits. One of the benefits of clean up your hard disk is increasing your computer speed.

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3. Using a Troubleshooter

Troubleshooter Windows 10

Using Windows 10 is just like using many good and useful programs. Windows 10 provides many problem fixers that might happen on your PC. They have offered a feature to fix many problems in Windows Update and one of those features is Windows Update Troubleshooter. However, this program will show you what’s going wrong in your PC that makes the update stuck and freeze.

You can run the Troubleshooter by opened your Control Panel at first. If you don’t know how to open it, do the right click on the start menu on choose Control Panel. After that choose the Troubleshooting, then clicking view all to display all the problem fixers. Search Windows Update and clicking it to run this troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will start to fix any problems in your Windows Update.

4. Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Windows Updates sometimes had a conflict with some startup programs. Stopping your startup programs to launch at startup can fix the Windows Update problems. While your startup program is running together with the update, it will make your computer work harder. As a result, the programs will be running slowly.

At first, to open Task Manager, press CTRL + Shift + Esc keys at the same time. After that, choose the Startup tab and do right click on programs you want to prevent from automatically open on startup. Click disable to disable this program to run automatically.

5. Uninstall Unnecessary Programs

uninstall unnecessary programs windows 10

You had the old programs which already not used for a long time? It is better to uninstall it because it can easily lighten up your laptop. Uninstalling it also can give more free space that good for Windows Update while running. Too many unused programs on your PC will slow down your PC while working.

To uninstall your unnecessary programs, at first you should open the Control Panel. Click the Windows logo on your keyboard and type Control Panel to find it. After that, select Uninstall Programs on your screen. Last, choose the program you want to uninstall, press right-click on it and select uninstall.

6. Defragment Your Hard Drive

This day, Windows 10 is well programs. They give us many useful tools to keep the hard drive, one of them is Defragmenter. However, defragment your hard drive can help fixes this problem. It had a function to stabilize your PC and your hard disk. Defragmenter working by fixed many boot sectors in hard disk and also fix error programs.

You can run defragment by press the Windows logo on your keyboard then type “defragment”. Choose Defragment and Optimize Drives program to open it. After that, click Optimize on your screen and just wait for the process to end. It is easy right to open and defrag your hard drive?

In conclusion, as the newest program, Windows 10 is working well. But sometimes, the problem appears in Windows 10 update taking forever. This problem has happened since a long time ago when Microsoft released Windows Vista. On the other hand, Microsoft tries to fix this problem by offering many features that can help you. Above, I hope this article can help you to face the Windows update problem.

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