We could not complete the installation because an update service was stopping
This is an incident that happened to us recently. For example, in one of our Windows 10 Home, only one language with version 2004 and the operating system version is 190.41.388. We have an error on Windows Update, which says “we could not complete the installation because an update service was stopping“.
If you are one of them who gets this error message while upgrading Windows 10 or updating Windows features, this article will surely help you.
After conducting an investigation, we learn that Windows cannot be updated as Windows services are disabled for some reason. The reason could be one, such as software installation, internet interruption while updating system, then Windows update may give up halfway and you will get this error message:
we could not complete the installation because an update service was stopping
How do I resolve the “We could not complete the installation because an update service was stopping” problem?
Note: The steps given are specifically for Windows 10.
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Step 1. Open the Run With dialog box Win + R and type services.msc, then hit Enter or click on Okay
2nd step. A Windows service screen will appear on your screen.
- Scroll down and locate Windows Update
- Check Start type is set to Manual (trigger triggered), which is not an expected behavior.
- It assumes to be set to Automatic
Step 3. Right click on Windows Update and select Properties from the given list
Step 4. The Windows Update Properties screen will appear. After that follow the steps below:
- Click on General Tongue
- To select Start type: automatic in the drop-down list
- Finally, click on Apply in the same way Okay to save the settings and close the screen
In conclusion, by following the steps above, Windows Update Service will be activated and Windows can be updated now.
To check this, go back to the Windows update option by following Windows Settings app -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Click Retry or check for updates
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On the other hand, if you are still having the same problem and get the error message “We could not complete the installation because a the update service was closing“So, as an alternative”Run the Windows troubleshooter“.
Here’s how you can access the Windows 10 troubleshooter and run Windows 10 update troubleshooter:
- hurry Win + I to launch the Windows 10 Settings app
- Click on Update and security
- In the left pane, click Troubleshoot
- Now in the right pane find and select Windows Update and click on “Run the troubleshooter“