Windows updates are important for your system in order to run smoothly and with the latest features provided by Microsoft. However, if your Windows update keeps offering you the same update again and again, despite the fact that you’ve already installed it, that can turn out to be really annoying. This often occurs when your operating system detects that the update is not installed.
When your Windows update installation is interrupted for some reason, your operating system will sometimes not be able to detect the partially installed Windows update due to which it keeps offering you the same update over and over. This issue can be easily circumvented by applying a few simple solutions, therefore, don’t worry as we are here to sort the issue out for you. Follow the solutions given below in order to isolate the problem.
What causes the Windows update to keep installing the same update over and over on Windows 10?
Well, as we said, there’s only one possible cause of this issue that is —
- Interruption of Windows update. Sometimes, when the Windows update is interrupted, you will encounter this issue as the Windows won’t be able to detect the partially installed update due to which it keeps prompting you with the same update over and over.
You are advised to follow all the solutions in the same order to ensure a quick workaround.
Solution 1: Running Windows Update Troubleshooter
Whenever you are dealing with Window update issues, your first step should be to run the Windows Update troubleshooter. The troubleshooter can, in some cases, sort out your issue without you having to worry about it. Here’s how to run the troubleshooter:
- Press Winkey + I to open up Settings.
- Go to Update and security.
- Navigate to the Troubleshoot panel.
- Click on Windows update and hit ‘Run the troubleshooter’.
- Wait for it to complete.
Solution 2: Removing the Problematic Update
In some cases, removing the update which is being installed again and again can fix the issue. For this, you will have to uninstall the problematic update from the Installed Updates list and then update your system. To do this, follow the given instructions:
- Go to your Start Menu and open up the Control Panel.
- Click on Programs and Features.
- Select the Installed Updates entry.
- Now, uninstall the problematic update by double-clicking it.
- Afterward, press Windows Key + I to open Settings.
- Go to Update and security.
- Click ‘Check for updates’.
- Install the update and then reboot your system.
- See if it fixes your issue.
Solution 3: Removing SoftwareDistribution Folder
When you run an update, the SoftwareDistribution folder is responsible for storing the update files. In some cases, this folder can be the root of certain Windows updates issues. Therefore, you will have to eliminate such a possibility by removing the contents of the folder. Here’s how:
- First of all, you will have to stop the ‘wuauserv’ Windows update service. Open an elevated command prompt by pressing Windows Key + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
- Type net stop wuauserv and then press enter.
- Once the service has been stopped, open the Windows Explorer and navigate to the Windows directory in your system drive (C:).
- Locate SoftwareDistribution folder and delete it.
- Restart your system.
Once you restart your system, run an update. This will create another SoftwareDistribution folder automatically. This will most probably solve your issue.