How to Reset Windows Update Components [Guide]

Microsoft Pushes Updates for Windows now and then. The Process is simple, and you have to Update your PC and restart it for it to take effect Next time you Boot.

But, It is not as simple as it seems. Windows 10 users majorly face problems downloading the latest available updates on their system. They are frequently presented with error codes with very minium information regarding the error.


How to Reset Windows Update Components


We at discuss these Popular Error codes and provide solutions that may work. One solution that works to solve Windows Update errors is to Reset Windows Update Components.


Do I have to go through all the hassle and Reset Windows Update components? You may ask.

The majority of the time, some services are running on your system, which prevents you from updating.

While windows can download the updates but can’t install it because of problems with the folder where the downloaded files are stored temporarily.

Sometimes, Your PC cannot connect to Microsoft’s server because Windows Update components are required to download the updates from Microsoft’s servers smoothly.

While Resetting Windows update components is not a sure-shot for fixing problems related to the update, we have found this solution to be working for many Windows users.


How to Reset Windows Update Components?

Resetting Windows Update Components can be divided into 3 parts.

  1. Stopping Update Services
  2. Renaming the Folders.
  3. Starting Update services.

Above mentioned 3 steps can be further explained.

Four services are running on your system, which we will be Restarting. And they are Msi Installer, BITS, Cryptographic, and Windows update services.

We will be then Renaming 2 Folders which are Software Distribution and Catroot2. Windows Stores Temporary Update files in these folders.

So, we will rename them to Software Distribution.old and Catroot2.old.

Now, what will happen is Next time you try to update your windows, Your system will not find Software Distribution and Catroot2 folders; So, it will create them and store updated downloads files in them.

Now, you will start those 4 services which we stopped earlier.


Windows Powershell

It may get a bit technical, but all these steps can be performed via Command prompt or Windows Powershell.

We will provide you with a step-by-step guide and the Commands that you can execute to perform these tasks on your own efficiently.

Open Command Prompt or Windows Powershell By Right-clicking on Start Button, you can Press Windows + X key to open that option.

Once Windows Powershell opens, Type Below mentioned Commands one by one. Do not forget to press enter after each command to execute them.

You can Copy the below command and just right-click in Command prompt or Windows PowerShell to Paste them. Now, all you have to do is press ENTER to Execute.


net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver


  • The First four lines of command will stop the services.
  • Next, Two lines of commands will rename the folders we talked about earlier.
  • The last four lines of commands will Start the Services Again.

That is it; You have successfully learned how to Reset Windows Update Components by now.

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