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How to fix Windows Updates for Windows 7

Description: This guide will show you the steps to take when an update from Windows Updates fails to install or fails repeatedly.

First try these Microsoft Fix-Its:

If those don't solve the issue try the following:

  1. Press the Windows button + R to bring up the RUN box. Or click Start and type in RUN in the search box.
  2. Type in services.msc and press OK.
    Windows 7 Run Box
  3. Scroll down to Windows Update.
    Windows Services Control Panel
  4. Right-click and go to Stop.
    Windows Services Control Panel, Stop
  5. Now open up Computer by clicking Start and Computer.
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Computer
  6. Navigate to C:\Windows by double clicking on Local Disc C:\ and then Windows.
  7. Scroll down until you see the folder SoftwareDistribution.
    Windows File Explorer, SoftwareDistribution
  8. Rename the folder to something else: IE: SoftwareDistribution-OLD.
  9. Now restart your computer and try Windows Update again.