Why does Windows 8 crash when I try to update?

Tyler November 18, 2012

I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, and I am having several stability issues. I believe these issues can be solved through an update (of which there are 14 available in Windows Update) but when I start the updates, my PC always crashes when configuration reaches 13%. It’s been doing this for several weeks now. Is there anyway to update my system without crashing it?

  1. Jamshid Rasulev
    November 21, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I bing for the each update file separately, download and install each one by one

  2. jonas
    November 21, 2012 at 12:25 am

    i tired installing such updates,too and they reverted back. when i installed them manually, it says that those updates are not applicable to my computer.i don't really need them?

  3. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    i liked the offline WSUS tools, thanks

  4. Dave Rimmer
    November 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Do you get any error messages.

  5. jonas
    November 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    here is an example of an update that doesn't work and how to make it work.

  6. Steve
    November 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Back everything up and do a fresh install?

  7. Benjamin Trotter
    November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    the easiest thing to do is google 'windows update' + the update code number to. And download the individual update from each microsoft page.

  8. Timothy Liem
    November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    go back and stick to Windows 7 then

  9. Aswin Kumar Nayakann
    November 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    There may be any one of the below problem.

    Your OS might not be origonal.

    Your system may not support windows 8.

    Any of the files in your updater can be corrupted.

  10. Anonymous
    November 19, 2012 at 9:20 am


  11. Douglas Mutay
    November 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Can you try to download manually each update from Microsoft website and then try to install one by one and see if it will complete for each of them.

  12. Nika Lee
    November 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Check your computer configurations, try to download the update one by one from Microsoft and then install it. If it still does not work, suggest you contacting the tech supporters.

    • Luis Lainez
      November 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      ^^THIS! Nika Lee knows exactly what's going on. I had the same problem recently on my laptop (my 2 desktops install all updates without a hitch).

      Install each update individually!

      Go into Windows Update and also change the settings to "Let me choose which updates to download and install."
      It seems like trying to install too many updates at once causes Update to crash for some reason.

      • Paul Girardin
        November 21, 2012 at 8:51 am


        I had to do the same thing, one update at a time.

        That fixed my problem (laptop)

  13. Dave Rimmer
    November 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    You could try the the Windows 8 Refresh just in case anything got corrupted with your upgrade. -


  14. Nikhil Chandak
    November 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm
  15. susendeep dutta
    November 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Try the tool WSUS Offline Update to update your OS offline -


  16. ha14
    November 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    can you use windows restore point to revert back earlier prior windows update install.
    try to download each update from microsoft and install.

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