How to fix Windows Update Pending Install Issue

How to fix Windows Update Pending Install Issue

Window Update Pending install error can be due to the customized settings on your Windows, some bug, or it could be because of another issue. Windows updates are by default set to automatically download and install on availability. However, not many know that you also get an option to change this setting to disable auto-update in Windows 10.

Sometimes you may find that your Windows 10 is stuck with the “Windows Update Pending Install” status and it fails to install. Additionally, displaying errors as “Pending install, Pending download, Initializing, Downloading, Installing, or Awaiting install” problems.

So here in this article, we are going to help you solve these issues by tweaking the settings. You can successfully install Windows Update by following this guide.

Window Update Pending Install fix

Window Update Pending install fail can be due to the customized settings on your Windows, some bug, or it could be because of another issue. Regardless of the reason behind it, this can be easily fixed using simple tricks

Run the Windows Update Troubleshoot

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a built-in feature designed to fix Windows update errors.

Follow the instructions step by step below to run Windows Update Troubleshooter to fix the “Windows 10 update pending install” issue:

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button and click on ‘Settings’. Or simply type ‘Settings’ in the Search box to open it.
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’ and look for the ‘Troubleshoot’ option.
  3. On the left-hand side menu, click on the ‘Troubleshoot’ option.
  4. Go to ‘Windows Update‘ and then click ‘Run the troubleshooter’.
  5. Wait for the troubleshooting process to complete, it will detect the existing issues. Then click on the ‘Apply the fix’ option.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the repair process.
  7. Restart your device and look for Windows updates pending Install again. You should be able to install them now.

In case if the error still exists and this method cannot fix the error, try the next method.

Restart the system

Windows 10 updates do not all install simultaneously. Some updates may need to install before other updates can be installed. So after you have installed updates that require a system restart, the pending restart may be preventing other updates from installing.

  1. Open the ‘Start menu’ by clicking the ‘Start’ button.
  2. Click the power button and select ‘Update and restart’.
  3. After restarting, now open the ‘Settings’ app. Go to ‘Update and Security’.
  4. Click ‘Windows Update’. Select ‘Check for updates’.

Hopefully, the update will begin to install.

NOTE: Windows 10 updates stall during installation when there are too many of them to install. Try to keep your system up to date and install updates as soon as they become available. If an update remains in the install queue too long, it may ultimately fail to install.

Update Manually

If you have customized your system and set it to install Windows updates manually, then follow these steps for your Windows update to begin

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button and click on ‘Settings’.
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’ ,then look for the latest ‘Windows updates’.
  3. On the right-hand side menu, click on ‘Check For Updates’ to manually look for the latest Windows updates and install them.
  4. If there is an important update, it may ask you to restart the computer or it will just download the Windows update and install it once you restart the computer later.

Set up Automatic Updates Installation

If nothing is working for your Windows Update Pending Install issue, then try tweaking your Windows Update settings from manual to automatic.

  1. Head to the ‘Start’ button on the left bottom corner and click on ‘Settings’.
  2. Select ‘Update & Security’ to look for the latest ‘Windows updates’.
  3. On the left-hand side menu, click on ‘Advanced options’.
  4. Toggle all the necessary settings and check for updates again.
  5. Restart your PC ,then see if the “Windows 10 pending install” issue has been fixed.

Use Command Prompt

If the “Windows update pending install” error persists. Nevertheless you can follow these steps and use Command Prompt to fix it.

  1. Type command prompt in the Search box, then right-click it to select ‘Run as administrator’.
  2. Input the following commands and press Enter after each one:
  3. Now, restart your PC, then see if the Windows update pending install issue is fixed.


We have covered almost all major fixes for the ‘Windows Update Pending install’ issue. If this article turned out to be helpful to you or you still face any issue regarding the installation of the latest Windows 10 update, do share your thoughts about this in the comment section.

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