Fix: Windows 10 says “Waiting to Download”

Many Windows 10 users have reported their computers informing them that quite a few Windows Updates are available for their computers, but they cannot be downloaded or installed because they are connected to a limited data internet connection. If a user affected by this issue opens up the Start Menu, and does into Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, they see that there are a few updates available for their computer, with each of them marked as “Waiting to download” and no way whatsoever to manually download the available Windows Updates.

What happens in such cases is that affected computers are simply unable to download any available Windows Updates because the network they are connected to has a limited data internet connection which, in the eyes of Windows 10, is unfit to download Windows Updates using. Windows may be recognizing the network it is connected to as a limited data internet connection because the internet connection is really not at its best (because, for example, of ongoing maintenance) or a temporary Windows 10 glitch.

In any case, users affected by this issue have two choices – they can either wait it out and wait for their internet connection to once again start functioning at its level best (or for the Windows 10 glitch to pass), at which point Windows will automatically start downloading all queued Windows Updates, or connect either wirelessly or via hardwire to a network that has a fully functioning internet connection and not a limited data internet connection which Windows can use to download Windows Updates. In any case, this is not a Windows 10 issue that a user can absolutely not go on without solving as most Windows Updates are non-critical and delaying downloading and installing them won’t have any major adverse effects. If you can’t connect your Windows 10 computer to a different network with a fully functioning internet connection, waiting the storm out wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.

Kevin Arrows


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Fix: Windows 10 says “Waiting to Download”

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