Windows Update has stalled

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I've been trying to run Windows Update for the past day but it keeps stalling / hanging. Should I start over? Or continue to wait?

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Sometimes ending an update before it finishes will leave partial files and possibly keep your system from booting up again. Try booting up to an old restore point and see if that gets you back. I have had some Win10 updates take a few hours to complete with multiple restarts (on it’s own).

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  • ToddN2000
    You said keeps stalling, does that mean you have cancelled/ended it before? Usually if on a laptop there will be a message saying it should be plugged into a power source. The reason if the battery dies during the update you will be facing similar issues. It will also show messages not to turn off your computer during this process. What version of Windows are you running?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    When it was stalled? Do you have a good anti-virus installed there? Before doing or resuming update process, run the anti-virus and scan/clean, if possible.
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  • bhannah
    I have seen this happen in both Win 7 and Win 8 when there is a failed patch. The first time that I saw it in Win 7 is Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials failed to properly patch causing the Windows Update fail. Check the update history and look for a failed update or updates. Follow the instructions to remove these failed updates and then try and rerun the patching processes.
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