Windows Update is turned on by default in Windows 10 and is responsible for security and other important updates to your Windows 10 from Microsoft. It can also automatically download and update device drivers.
When Windows Update is working without any issues, it automatically downloads and installs updates when updates are available.
Windows Update Troubleshooter
At times the Windows update might stop checking for updates or might fail to download available updates. If Windows Update is not working as it is supposed to in Windows 10, you can use the build in Windows Update Troubleshooter to find and resolve the issues that stop Windows 10 from updating.
The Windows Update Troubleshooter will look for the following reasons when you run it on your PC:
# Default Windows Update data location
Windows Update might not work if the location where Windows Update stores data has been changed. If the default location has been changed, the troubleshooter automatically tries to set the default one.
# Potential Windows Update database error
Database errors often stop Windows Update from keeping your Windows 10 update to date. If an error is found, it will be fixed automatically.
# Incorrectly configured Windows Update components
If one or more Windows Update settings are not configured correctly, Windows Update might not work properly. If the troubleshooter finds that one or more incorrectly configured components, it will fix them automatically.
* If the troubleshooter fails to open go to the following link to download it.
Run Windows Update troubleshooter in Windows 10
Step 1: Open Control Panel by typing Control Panel in the start search and pressing enter.
Step 2: Change the Control Panel View by to Small icons (see picture below) and then click Troubleshooting.
Step 3: In the left-pane of Troubleshooting window, click View all link to view all built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10.
Step 4: Click on Windows Update to launch Windows Update troubleshooter.
Step 5: Click Next button to let the troubleshooter to look for problems. If you’re asked to run the troubleshooter as admin, click Try troubleshooting as administrator to run with admin rights.
Step 6: The troubleshooter will attempt to fix above mentioned issues with Windows Update. Once done, you may close the troubleshooter.