How can I stop Windows Update from trying to install failed updates?

Anthony Hitchman October 22, 2012

I have 13 Windows updates that will not install. I have tried to install them manually, and have also tried fixit with no success. Is there a way to stop these updates from trying to install (and subsequently failing to install every day)?

  1. Muz RC
    November 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

    juz fix the windows update failed problem and update it again...

  2. shaurya gupta
    October 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Control Panel>System and Security>Windows Update>Change settings
    Over there, there will be a drop down under important updates section. choose'let me decide which updates to download and install.'

  3. ha14
    October 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    could you uninstall the failed ones? this can fix the problem.

  4. Douglas Mutay
    October 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

    You have to go into Windows Update and right click on the update you do not want Windows to install. You will be given the option to Hide the update and this will stop it from trying to install again.

  5. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    turn the windows update off. this will not install any updates!

  6. Dino Pearsons
    October 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Windows sometimes breaks the Update mechanism. You could just disable Windows Update completely, as you won't be getting any new updates until the existing ones install properly.

    On the other hand, this is a good resource for fixing Windows Update Problems:

  7. Saurabh Banwaskar
    October 22, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Download A software "windows updates downloader" from This Will Allow You To Download And Save The Updates Manually.

    After that You Can Disable Your automatic updates And Download Updates With windows updates downloader

  8. Alan Wade
    October 22, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Right click on the update you DONT want installed and select 'Hide This Update'. You wont be bothered with it again.

    • Boni Oloff
      October 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I also think this one, but looks like he want to install it, but it is always failed to install..

  9. Drew Butler
    October 22, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Go to windows update, choose the option to pick which updates to install and de-select the updates that are giving you problems.

  10. Joshua Yeung
    October 22, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Windows Vista/7:
    Start -> search for gpedit.msc or search Run, select it, and then type gpedit.msc
    Now drill down as follows: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
    Double click on “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations”
    In the dialogue box that comes up, select “Enabled” and click “OK”

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