Fixing Common Windows Update Errors on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Fixing Common Windows Update Errors on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well. In this article, we will address a very common issue: Windows update errors on Windows 10 or Windows 11 computers. If you’ve been trying to update your Windows and encountering 0x errors despite multiple attempts, this article is for you. We’ll walk you through simple yet effective steps to resolve this issue. Make sure to follow these steps sequentially for the best results.

Step 1: Clearing Software Distribution

  1. Press the Windows key to open the search bar.
  2. Type “File Explorer” and select it.
  3. In the File Explorer, navigate to “This PC.”
  4. Access the “C drive” and open the “Windows” folder.
  5. Scroll down and locate the “software distribution” folder.
  6. Delete all contents in the “software distribution” folder.
Clearing Software Distribution
  • You can do this by pressing “Ctrl + A” to select all and then pressing “Shift + Delete.”
  1. Confirm the deletion.

Step 2: Running Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Click on the search icon again and type “troubleshoot.”
  2. Select “Troubleshoot settings.”
  3. Click on “Find other troubleshooters.”
  4. Navigate to the “Windows Update” link.
  5. Click “Run the troubleshooter.”
Running Windows Update Troubleshooter

The troubleshooter will detect and attempt to resolve any Windows update issues. It could take a few minutes for this to finish.

Step 3: Running System File Checker (SFC)

  1. Click on the search icon and type “CMD.”
  2. Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator.”
  3. Confirm the action by clicking “Yes.”
  4. In the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
Running System File Checker (SFC)
   sfc /scannow

This command will do a system file scan and repair. It may take several minutes, depending on your computer’s performance.

Step 4: Checking Windows Update Service

  1. Click the start icon and type “Run.”
  2. In the Run dialog box, type “services.msc” and click “OK.”
  3. In the Services window, scroll down to locate “Windows Update.”
  4. Double-click “Windows Update.”
  5. Make sure the “Startup type” is set to “Automatic” or “Manual.”
Checking Windows Update Service
  • If it’s not, change it to one of these settings.
  1. Click “OK.”

Step 5: Checking Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

  1. In the same Services window, scroll further to find “Background Intelligent Transfer Service.”
  2. Right-click “Background Intelligent Transfer Service.”
  3. Click “Start” if it’s not running.
  4. Set the “Startup type” to “Automatic.”
  5. Click “OK.”
Checking Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)


These are the essential steps to resolve Windows update errors on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer. After completing these steps, open “Windows Update settings” and attempt to update your Windows system. Hopefully, you’ve found some useful information here. Please let us know which step worked for you and if you found this article beneficial. Your feedback is valuable and motivates us to create more article like this. Have a wonderful day and take care! A like, a sub, and a remark would be greatly appreciated.

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