Force Windows 10 update explained

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 29, 2015

Some people have been looking how to force Windows 10 to update when they don’t receive a notification, especially after their OS failed to launch the install process. If Microsoft hasn’t given you the go ahead just yet, then you might want to force the Windows 10 update rather than wait for your turn when a wave arrives.

How to force Windows 10 to update – Rather than watching the “notify you when ready” message from the install app, just force Windows 7/8 to download the files by navigating to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download”, but change this if you use a different drive letter, and then delete all the files you find at that location. Before you do this, remember taking these steps will be at your own risk, so backup everything before you start.

Force Windows 10 update explained

After you are ready, just hit the Windows key and type “Windows Update” then click on the correct icon to start. Once you done this, open the command prompt and type CMD, but run as a administrator by right clicking rather than clicking the enter key.

The magic starts by typing “wuauclt.exe /updatenow”, although don’t click enter, as you want to focus the Windows Update app to find the files and then pop back to the Windows Update window and now click “Check for updates”, then quickly enter the command in the prompt window you opened earlier.

Did this help force Windows 10 to update for you today? We have heard about error 80240020 being experienced by a few people as well, so feel free to let us know if you found a fix for that error, or if you have any other problems during the install process.

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