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If your updates are stuck in the background while you still have access to Windows, you can restart as normal; if they're stuck before or after the OS loads, you're going to have to hold down the power button and do a hard reset.
This can cause issues itself, so make sure your updates definitely aren't progressing at all.
Read on to learn how to fix common problems with Windows updates.
We're going to cover a lot of ground here for several versions of Windows and a variety of 'stuck' scenarios, so you may have to tweak some of these steps to suit your situation and software.
In recent versions of Windows Microsoft has tried to make the process as pain-free as possible, but with so many hardware and software configurations out there, there's always the chance that some unexpected problem will crop up.
But if it does, don't panic – we've got you covered.
If the steps in these articles don't help you fix the issue, you might be able to find a solution through a search of the Microsoft support website.You might not care for Windows updates, but they keep you protected, squash nasty bugs and generally keep the OS running as smoothly as possible.Speaking of running smoothly, however, these updates don't always do that.In Windows 10 you can find the Windows Update page by launching the Settings app from the Start menu and clicking Update & Security – if there's something wrong and Windows knows what it is then you should find details here.Sometimes you'll just get a message telling you to try the update again at a different time.
That said, if you haven't yet upgraded to Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system then it's probably still worth your while, as it's more than likely to solve your update problems at the same time.