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Windows Update - Reset

How to Reset Windows Update in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
16 Jun 2010
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How to Reset Windows Update in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to reset Windows Update view update history, and how to reset and re-register Windows Update Components if you are having a problem updating with Windows Update.






OPTION ONE
To Only Reset Windows Update History

Note   Note
Resetting Windows Update using this option will clear the view update history details list (cache).

This will not actually uninstall any of your currently installed Windows Update. They will just not be listed anymore. Any new Windows Update installed after the reset will show up in the view update history list as normal though.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download this file below.
Reset_Windows_Update_History.bat

download
2. Save the .bat file to your Desktop.

3. Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

4. If prompted by UAC click/tap on Run, then Yes/Continue (if administrator) or type in administrator's password (if standard user).

5. You will now see an elevated command prompt open and run. When it's finished, it will close automatically.

6. If opened, close and reopen Windows Update to verify that it has been reset.
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7. Resetting the Windows Update history will also restore the default language packs being listed in Windows Upate again in the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions after you check for updates next.
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OPTION TWO
To Reset and Re-register Windows Update Components

NOTE: This option is the Windows version of: How do I reset Windows Update components?. It will reset Windows Update Components and re-register the BITS files and the Windows Update files to help fix Windows Update errors. This option will not clear the view update history details list as it does in OPTION ONE above.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download this file below.
Reset_Reregister_Windows_Update_Components.bat

download
2. Save the .bat file to your Desktop.

3. Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

4. If prompted by UAC click on Run, then Yes/Continue (if administrator) or type in administrator's password (if standard user).

5. You will now see an elevated command prompt open and run. When it's finished, it will close automatically.

6. Restart the computer afterwards to apply.

7. If this still does not help, then run the Microsoft Fix it tool here:
How do I reset Windows Update components?

See also: Unable to install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2



OPTION THREE
To Reset and Re-register Windows Update Components AND Reset Update History in One Easy Click


Note   Note
This is simply an amalgamation of the two files mentioned above. Note that this file needs to be run with administrative privileges and that your computer will automatically restart.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download this file below.
Reset_Windows_Update_Full.bat

download

2. Save the .bat file to your Desktop.

3. Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

4. If prompted by UAC click/tap on Run, then Yes/Continue (if administrator) or type in administrator's password (if standard user).

5. You will now see an elevated command prompt open and run. When it's finished, it will close automatically.

6. Restart the computer afterwards to apply.

7. If this still does not help, then run the Microsoft Fix it tool here:
How do I reset Windows Update components?

See also: Unable to install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2



That's it,
Shawn


16 Jun 2010   #1
iseeuu

 
 

Another awesome tutorial. Had no idea this could even be done!

Cheers!
Robert


My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Robert. Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one,Shawn.

Will do all MS update or just win?

Ray.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2010   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Good one !! Thanks Shawn !!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Nice one,Shawn.

Will do all MS update or just win?

Ray.
Hello Ray,

It basically just deletes the "View update history", then re-registers all Windows Update DLL files to usually solve any update failures or errors. Essentially a reset if Windows Update goes out in Windows 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #6
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Nice tutorial, this will be very handy

Thanks Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Nice one, Shawn! Handy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Nice one,Shawn.

Will do all MS update or just win?

Ray.
Hello Ray,

It basically just deletes the "View update history", then re-registers all Windows Update DLL files to usually solve any update failures or errors. Essentially a reset if Windows Update goes out in Windows 7.
Hi Shawn

I am going down my Charlotte's over the weekend, Charlotte has a MS Office update play up.
Tool will be coming with me.
Ray.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Very nice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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