Fix: Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes

When installing a Windows update, your device is missing important security, and a quality fixes error occurs. Still, while the error prevents you from updating Windows, there are some fixes you can try, as they will fix this error.

Fix: Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes
Fix: Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes

Now let’s talk about some of the potential causes:-

  • Corrupted Software Distribution Folder- The issue usually occurs due to the corrupted data in the software distribution folder as the data may be required by Windows to install the update.
  • Missing Windows Update Service- When the Your device is missing important security and quality fixes error occurs. It is mostly due to the Windows services regarding Windows updates that get deleted from the registry editor.
  • Stopped Windows Update Service- If the Windows update service is stopped, the issue may appear as the Windows service needs to install updates.
  • Corrupt or Broken Windows Update- Corrupt or broken Windows update is one of the main reasons. You need to reinstall the Windows updates if it gets broken.

1. Update Windows Via Update Assistant

The first method that has worked for most users is to update windows via the Update Assistant. A tool used to update Windows OS. Follow the steps:-

  1. Download the Windows Update Assistant
  2. Open the Windows Update Assistant, click Update Now, and wait for the updates to download.
    Upgrading Windows
    Upgrading Windows

2. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter allows fixing issues regarding Windows Updates. If there is any issue with the Windows updates components, then the Windows update troubleshooter will fix them.

  1. Right-click the Start Menu and click Settings
  2. Navigate to Update & Security

    Settings to Update & Security
    Settings to Update & Security
  3. Click Troubleshoot, then click Additional TroubleshooterNavigating to Additional TroubleshootersUpdate & Security Settings to Additional Troubleshooters
  4. Select the Windows Update and click Run the Troubleshooter

    Running Windows Update Troubleshooter
    Running Windows Update Troubleshooter
  5. Once done, check if the issue is fixed.

3. Rename Software Distribution Folder

Another solution to fix this issue is renaming the software distribution folder containing temporary Windows update files. Therefore, renaming the software distribution folder fixes the issues regarding Windows Updates. Below are the steps:-

  1. From Start Menu, type the command prompt
  2. Right-click on it and click Run As Administrator

    Opening Command Prompt As Administrator
    Opening Command Prompt As Administrator
  3. Type the following commands to stop the Windows update services
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop bits
  4. Once you stopped, copy and paste the following command to rename the software distribution folder
    rename c:windowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
  5. Now again, start the Windows update services by following the below command
    net start wuauserv
    net start bits
  6. Once done, try updating Windows to check if the error is resolved.

4. Restart Windows Update Service

If the issue does not fix yet, try restarting the Windows update service, as it can get stopped anytime due to a broken WIndows update installation. Moreover, it is also possible the Windows update service gets removed, and you may not find it in the services Windows. If that’s the case, follow the steps:-

  1. Press the Win + R to open Run Program
  2. Type services.msc and click OK

    Opening Services Window
    Opening Services Window
  3. Right-click the Windows Update service and click Properties
    Opening Windows Update Service Properties
    Opening Windows Update Service Properties
  4. If the startup type is Manual, then change it to Automatic
  5. Click Apply, then click OK

    Restarting Windows Update Service
    Restarting Windows Update Service
  6. Once done, check if the error is resolved.

5. Repair System Files

Another possible reason that can lead you to this issue is corrupted system files. Therefore, to fix it, you will need to repair system files by executing the DISM and SFC commands. These are the commands executed when there is damage in Windows images or in the DLL files. DISM repairs Windows images while SFC repairs the system DLL files. Below are the steps:-

  1. Click Start Menu and type Command Prompt
  2. Right-click on the terminal and click Run As Administrator

    Running Command Prompt as Administrator
    Running Command Prompt as Administrator
  3. Copy and paste the following commands and hit enter after each command
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    Sfc /scannow
    Repairing System Files
    Repairing System Files
  4. Once the verification is done, check if the error persists.

6. Reinstall Windows Updates

As the error can occur due to the corrupted or broken Windows installation, then it can fix by uninstalling the Windows updates. It turns out that KB4100347 and KB4457128 can be the culprit as they may get corrupted during downloading. Hence to fix this, you need to reinstall them if they are installed on your Windows.

  1. Click Start Menu and type Control Panel

    Opening Control Panel
    Opening Control Panel
  2. Open the control panel and go to Programs and Features
  3. Click View Installed Updates from the left
    Programs and Features to View Installed Updates
    Programs and Features to View Installed Updates
  4. Now delete those Windows updates that we told above
  5. Once done, run the Check for Updates to download them again
    Updating Windows OS
    Updating Windows OS
  6. If the error persists, uninstall the Windows updates and download them through Microsoft Catalog. For that, follow the second step of How to Install/Update to Windows 10 Version 21H2.
Kevin Arrows
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