According to many users, they are facing issues with updating Windows 10 1903. This update was rolled out for Windows users in April 2019 by Microsoft. Users complained that the Windows 10 update 1903 either failed to update, install, or was stuck. If you are still stuck in a similar situation and unable to update Windows 10 on your PC, we will talk about specific solutions to help you out of this situation.
Why is Windows 10 Update Stuck?
Windows 10 updates getting stuck is a prevalent issue. This may happen on your PC too. There is not a definite reason that could lead to this issue. Insufficient storage space glitched Windows update service, third-party Antivirus or Antimalware, issues with the system files, faulty Windows Update folder, broken or corrupt update file, and more could be the reasons behind Windows 10 Update getting stuck on your PC.
How to Fix Windows 10 Update 1903 Stuck Issue?
Several solutions could help you get out of this trouble. All you need to do is try out the solutions given below and see which one works for you. Let us check them out:
#1 – Perform a Disk Cleanup
You can begin with performing a Disk Cleanup on your PC for the system drive. The system drive is the disk partition on which Windows 10 is installed. If you notice that the System Drive memory is almost full, make sure to clean it up. Here is how to do that:
Step 1: Begin by pressing the Win + R keys to open the Run box. Here type cleanmgr, then press Enter.
Step 2: This will launch the Disk Cleanup window on your PC’s screen. Here, click on the Drives dropdown menu and select the system drive where Windows is installed. This usually is the C: drive. Now, click on the Ok button.
Step 3: Now, you will see another window open with Disk Cleanup for (C:). In the section named Files to delete a team, make selections on all the checkboxes. Now, select the Cleanup system files button available in the section below.
This will initiate the process of Disk Cleanup on your PC. Wait till this is complete. After that, go ahead and check if sufficient space was cleared up. At least 32 GB free space in the disk drive is ideal for carrying out Windows 10 updates, such as the 1902 update.
#2 – Remove your PC’s Peripherals and External storage devices:
The Windows 10 Update may be stuck on your PC because of troublesome external devices connected to your PC. While carrying out an update, begin by removing the external storage devices like Flash Drives, Hard Drives, SSDs, SD Cards, etc. You can also remove other peripherals like USB Printer, Webcam, etc.
After removing these devices, we suggest you reboot your PC once. After the reboot, go ahead and try to update Windows 10.
#3 – Disable / Uninstall third-party Antivirus Software
Third-party Antivirus or Antimalware software at times could hamper the usual functioning of Windows 10 on your PC. If you have installed any such software on your PC to protect from external threats, you can begin by temporarily disabling it. After disabling the Antivirus, restart your computer and see if you can update Windows 10. If this doesn’t work, you may need altogether to remove the Antivirus or Antimalware software from your PC. You will need a dedicated software remover utility to remove the remnants of the Antivirus left-back in the Windows Registry.
Make sure to enable or reinstall your Antivirus software back to keep your PC protected.
#4 – Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
To fix issues related to Windows Update in Windows 10, there is a dedicated troubleshooter that you can make use of. Here are the steps to run this troubleshooter:
Step 1: Open the Settings app in Windows 10 by pressing Win + I keys.
Step 2: Make a section on the Update & Security option.
Step 3: In the Update & Security window, go to the left section and select the Troubleshoot option. Go to the right panel. If you do not see any troubleshooter option here, click on the Additional troubleshooter option.
You will be able to view a list of Troubleshooters. Here, click on the Windows Update option, then the Run the troubleshooter button will appear; click on it.
This will launch the troubleshooter. Wait till the diagnostic is complete. If any issue with Windows Update will be found, the troubleshooter will fix it for you.
#5 – By Deleting Windows Update Folder
Many users suggested that deleting the Windows Update storage folder did the trick for them. This solution works because it might be possible that a corrupt or incomplete Windows Update file is stored in the folder. The update gets stuck because of this. After you get rid of this folder, Windows will download a fresh Windows Update, and you will be able to successfully carry out the update. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Launch File Explorer on your PC and go to the following location: C:\Windows
Step 2: Here, you will find a folder named SoftwareDistribution. Go ahead and delete it.
It might happen that you will not be able to delete the folder and get a message saying that it is in use. If that happens, you will have to stop the Windows Update service on your PC. Here is how to do that:
– Open the Run box by pressing Win + R keys. Here, enter services.msc and click on the Ok button.
– The Services window will launch. Here, look for the service named Windows Update. Make a right-click on the service and select the Stop option.
After successfully stopping the Windows Update service on your PC, go ahead and delete the Software Distribution folder.
After deleting the folder, try to carry out a Windows 10 update and see it still gets stuck.
#6 – By Running SFC Scan in Windows 10
The SFC scan is a command-line utility. It looks for issues on your PC related to system files. In case any such problematic file is found, the utility fixes it for you.
Now, the Windows 10 1903 update stuck issue could also occur because of faulty system files. Hence, in this solution, we will know how to run this scan in Windows 10.
Step 1: Launch Command Prompt on your PC with elevated privileges. To do this, press the Win + S keys. When the Windows Search Panel opens, type cmd, you will find a Run as administrator option in the search results. Click on it.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press the Enter key.
Let the scan run.
Additionally, you can also run the DISM scan once the SFC scan is complete. This scan is also capable of detecting and repairing issues on your PC. Here is the command you have to use:
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
Now, the DISM scan takes quite a while to commence. So, be patient and let the scan finish.
Once the scan is complete, restart your PC. You will now be able to update Windows 10 1903 version on your PC without any issue.