How to reset Windows Update in Windows 11

This guide will show you how to completely reset Windows Update components and policies to default in Windows 11.

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 up to date by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and fixes released by Microsoft.

Sometimes you may experience problems with Windows Update such as unable to download or install updates, error messages, unable to search for new updates, pending update issues , etc. These problems can occur when the Windows Update database or components are corrupted, one or more services related to Windows Update do not run, etc..

Resetting Windows Update components can often resolve these types of problems.

Here’s how to reset Windows Update in Windows 11:

1. Download the .bat file below.


BAT file content for reference:

2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

3. Unblock the .bat file.

4. Run the .bat file.

5. If prompted by UAC, click Yes to approve running with admin rights.

6. When the Windows Update reset is complete, you will be prompted to “Please save and close anything open now, before the computer is restarted.” and press any key to continue when ready.

Note : If a service fails to stop after 3 attempts, the .bat file will automatically end with the message “Failed to reset Windows Update” and prompt to press a key to continue.

When a key is pressed, the .bat file will restart any services it stopped before closing the Command Prompt.

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7. You will now be prompted to press any key to restart the computer now.

Note : This will immediately restart the computer, so save and close anything open before continuing.

It is important to restart the computer immediately after running the .bat file for it to apply without opening anything else.