Check for Windows Update issues detected Windows 11

Check for Windows Update issues detected Windows 11. In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. This article will help you answer questions and fix common problems with your Windows 11 update.

Check for Windows Update issues detected Windows 11
Check for Windows Update issues detected Windows 11

Having trouble installing Windows updates?

Your device may not be able to update to the latest version of Windows 11 for several reasons. Here are tips that can help you identify the problem that’s affecting your device.

Before you begin, make sure your device is plugged into a power source and connected to the Internet. Then try to follow the steps listed below to update your PC.

Some updates require administrator access. If your account doesn’t have administrator access, see Create a Windows administrator or local user account. Or if someone else at home or in your office has an administrator account on your device, try asking them to install updates.


  • Be sure to back up your personal files before trying any of the solutions below. You can use File History to back up files to another drive or insert a USB drive, and then use File Explorer to drag and copy important files to that USB drive. If you sign in to Windows with a Microsoft account, system settings are automatically restored after the update, as soon as you connect to the internet.

  • You can also back up your files with OneDrive. For more information, visit Backup Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders with OneDrive.

Check for Windows Update issues detected Windows 11

Method 1

Rename the software distribution folders as instructed below:
1. Open Start and type cmd, right-click on “Command Prompt”, and select “Run as administrator”.
2. Run the following commands at the Command Prompt one at a time:

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptsvc
ren %systemroot%\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.bak
ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start cryptsvc

3. After all these commands are completed, close the Command Prompt window, restart your computer, and then try to update Windows.

If it persists, download and install the update that is having problems manually.


Method 2

Windows built-in tools and services are the most effective resource for troubleshooting and resolving this issue.

1. Scan the system for malware.

2. Download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Microsoft provides the tool for free. When it’s done, restart your computer and check for updates.

If you get an error code while downloading and installing Windows updates, the Update Troubleshooter can help resolve the problem. 

Select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters. Next, under Get up and running, select Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.

When the troubleshooter is finished running, it’s a good idea to restart your device.

Next, check for new updates. Select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update   > Check for updates, and then install any available updates.

If the problems aren’t all resolved, try running the troubleshooter again to check for additional errors, or see Fix Windows Update errors and follow the troubleshooting steps.

3. Run the built-in Windows troubleshooter.

4. Run the System File Checker scan.

5. Perform a DISM scan: Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) is a command-line tool that can find and repair corrupted system images or files. After running the tool, restart your computer and try the update again.

6. Delete pending files.

7. Restart the Windows Update service.

8. Restore, refresh or reset PC: This action should only be taken as a last resort, if none of the other troubleshooting methods above resolve the error code 0x80073712.

Note: Make sure you are confident and comfortable performing this action before using Reset This PC.

Method 3

If you receive Windows Update error 0x80073712 or 80073712, it means that a file needed by Windows Update is damaged or missing. Windows has troubleshooting tools that can help you address this problem. Follow the steps below to use these tools.

Method 1: Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Open the Windows Update troubleshooter by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Troubleshooting in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, tap or click Fix problems with Windows Update.

  2. Run the troubleshooter, then open Windows Update and try to install the update again.

Method 2: Run the DISM tool

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

  2. Enter command prompt in the search box.

  3. In the list of results, swipe down on or right-click Command Prompt, and then tap or click Run as administrator.

  4. In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type the following commands. Press the Enter key after each command:

    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

  5. To close the Administrator: Command prompt window, type Exit, and then press Enter.

  6. Run Windows Update again.

Method 3: Refresh your PC



Click Start (Press “Windows Key + Q” to open Charms Bar.)

Type: cmd

Right click on cmd in start menu and select ‘Run as Administrator’

Type: net stop wuauserv

Hit Enter

Type: ren c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old

Hit Enter

Type: net start wuauserv

Hit Enter

Type: exit

Hit Enter

Restart once it’s finished running and see if the return code still appears when checking for updates.

Attempt to download updates.



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