It's a little more involved, but it's not difficult to do.First, boot up into Safe Mode (see step 5), then access to the command prompt, the most basic of Windows interfaces: right-click on the Start menu, choose Command Prompt (Admin), and a text box should appear.But if it does, don't panic – we've got you covered.
Safe Mode is like a restart with extras – only the very basic apps and code that Windows needs to run are loaded into memory, so there's even less chance of a rogue, damaged file interfering with the update.
In Windows 10, hold down the Shift key then choose Power and Restart from the Windows sign-in screen.
Operating system updates are a necessary evil, like taxes and car MOTs: they can be a real chore, but they're essential for a happy and peaceful life.
You might not care for Windows updates, but they keep you protected, squash nasty bugs and generally keep the OS running as smoothly as possible.
We're going to cover a lot of ground here for several versions of Windows and a variety of 'stuck' scenarios, so you may have to tweak some of these steps to suit your situation and software.
The first point to make is that interfering with updates that aren't actually stuck can cause a host of problems, so you want to make sure they really are stuck.
The process doesn't affect your personal files or programs, but it may not be available to you depending on how Windows was originally set up.
If Windows' own troubleshooter doesn't work (see step 4) then you can try and carry out the same process yourself manually: stopping the Windows Update service, deleting the temporary files it's created, then starting Windows Update again.
Type "net stop wuauserv" and hit Enter, then follow that with "net stop bits" and hit Enter again.
Back in Windows proper, navigate to the C:\ Windows\ Software Distribution folder, and delete everything you find therein.
Windows 10 has actually streamlined the update process, so you should be seeing fewer errors.