I am guilty of not doing regular maintenance on my systems like I should. This lead to some telltale signs, such as drives not mapping. Each morning the following message kept popping up but was ignored — updates were not completed.
What worked for me was removing all the third-party security software that was installed along with clearing up disk space. For me the latter was just a nice thing to do because there were hundreds of gigs of space available already. But since you are digging around, it’s good to do some cleanup. Make sure the services are running, and then reinstall the third-party security software.
Below are some of the things that I did:
Removing all the third-party security software:
- Go to the Control Panel by typing “control panel” in the search bar next to the Start Menu. You can also right-click on the Start Menu, click on Search, enter Control Panel and press enter.
- Click Programs then Uninstall a program.
- Select the third-party security program that you need to remove.
- Not to worry, they will be reinstalled after completing the windows update.
(Optional) Clean up you disk space.
Check if all the services needed for the Windows Update to run are running:
- Right-click on the Start Menu and click on Run, enter services.msc and then click OK.
- These are the three services—Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Cryptographic Service, and Windows Update.
- Access each service by finding it in the listing, right click, select Properties and under the General tab, change Startup Type to Automatic. Click on Start, or Stop and Start if Service status is running. Click on Apply and then OK.
Visiting Windows Update on your system:
- Right-click on the Start Menu and click on Search, enter Windows Update and enter. This is an example of what mine looked like.
- Click Restart and wait for the system to come back up. Then go back to step 1 to see if the Windows Update worked.
Reinstall all your third-party security software that you previously uninstalled.
Thanks for reading.