Update reset

How to delete pending updates on Windows 10

Use these steps to clear pending updates about to install on your computer.

Removing pending updates from Windows 10

On Windows 10, the process to install cumulative updates can sometimes cause problems. For example, updates could fail to install as a result of file corruption, compatibility, or unknown bugs.

Whatever the reason, if you’re having problems installing an update, or a lot of users are reporting issues with the particular patch, one thing you can do is to delete the pending updates to download the files again or to skip the update.

You can do this by deleting the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder that contains the files that Windows Update uses to apply new updates.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to delete the files for pending updates on Windows 10.

How to clear pending updates on Windows 10

If you’re about to restart away from installing a problematic cumulative update, use these steps to delete the pending files:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Run, click the top result to open the experience.

  3. Type the following path and click the OK button:

    C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  4. Select everything (Ctrl + A) and hit the Delete button.

    SoftwareDistribution folder on Windows 10
    SoftwareDistribution folder on Windows 10

Once you’ve completed the steps, the cumulative update installation files will be deleted from your device.

If you want to skip a particular update, after deleting the files, you can use the “Show or hide updates” tool to block the Windows update from trying to install again.

Although we’re focusing on cumulative updates, these steps should also work to remove a pending feature update. However, if after deleting the files, then you want to skip the upgrade, you need to follow these instructions.