How to Fix a Media Creation Tool Stuck on “Checking for Updates”

Dave LeClair 28-06-2016

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The Media Creation Tool is meant to let you create a USB or DVD installation file, so you can install or reinstall Windows 10 Should You Refresh, Reset, Restore, or Reinstall Windows? Ever wanted to reset Windows 7 without losing personal data? Between a factory reset and a reinstall, it was tough. Since Windows 8, we have two new options: Refresh and Reset. Which one is right... Read More . Like anything, sometimes it freezes, sitting at a certain percentage saying “Checking for Updates”. Here’s what you need to know to fix it.


It’s actually quite simple: you just need to restart the Windows Update process on your PC. Type Services into the Windows search box. Find the process called Windows Update and then click Restart. 

This will move the percentage along (possibly keeping it moving). If it doesn’t finish, repeat the above process until it finishes.

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  1. Rafid Hassan
    May 14, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    It really worked. Thanks a lot

  2. Felicia Miles
    February 19, 2020 at 7:34 am

    This did not work for me. It stayed at 24%.

  3. Felicia Miles
    February 19, 2020 at 7:33 am

    This did not work for me. The media creation tool stayed at 24%

  4. Cinzia
    January 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    It worked for me! Thank you