The final part of the fix is to restart the Windows Update service.
To do this, you should type in the following command and press enter: Once this has restarted, you should now notice that the Software Distribution Folder has been recreated – you should now restart your computer and you should notice that it reboots without any problems.
Either way, the fix is pretty simple if you have a basic understanding of computers.
There is a folder under the Windows directory called “Software Distribution“.
Yes, If you rename or remove C:\Windows\Win Sx S\file, you could postpone update to next reboot. It may require changing the permissions and ownership of the file.
I haven't tested it on running windows image, but I am sure it works when you interrupt windows boot.
Do not turn off your machine or reboot it as you will just get stuck on the “Installing Updates…” message again.
The reason this is happening is because of a corrupt update or a corrupt update database.
So, assuming your Windows is installed on the C: drive, you should then type in this command and press enter: This will rename the folder to in your C:\Windows folder – you can later delete this folder once you are happy everything is working to save you some disk space but it is not critical that you delete this folder if you do not want to.
Boot into recovery mode or from windows installation disc (shift F10) start cmd, remove the file, next reboot will install updates. You either do a hard shut down by killing the power to the device (pull the plug or hold down the power button) and risk corrupting the OS, or you can wait for it to finish, but there is no way to interact with the OS once it's started the process of shutting down and applying updates.
: If you are looking for this fix for Windows 10 you can find it by clicking here.
This means holding down the power button (on your computer not a monitor which we have seen people do! You should notice that you computer will completely shut off. This should now take you straight back into Windows – if you are very unlucky then the update may have screwed up your computer and it may be time for a rebuild.
But lets assume everything is ok and you are now back into Windows.