How To Fix Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install Problem

Updating Windows operating system not only fixes bugs but updating also improves features, enhances security and improves the computer’s performance as well. Although the update process is a smooth process there are instances where certain issues can occur such as Windows 10 update 1709 fails to install error. In here, we will talk about the recommended solutions that you can do to fix Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install error.

What to do if Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install occurs

There are several factors that can cause Update 1709 Fails To Install error to occur ranging from a glitch in the system, a corrupt system files, to issues with antivirus program. Listed below are the troubleshooting solutions that you do to fix this problem.

Before performing the recommended troubleshooting solutions below I suggest that you try restarting your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

If updating Windows 10 and you get error Update 1709 fails to install, try the following solutions below to fix it:

Solution 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter checks your computer for problems and then displays recommended solutions to fix it if there are any. This is the very first thing that you need to do if you are experiencing this error and other Windows update related issues as well.

To do this:

  1. Click  Start menu button or Windows logo key located at the lower left.

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  2. Click Settings, an icon that looks like a gear. This will open Windows Settings section

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  3. At windows setting section, click Update and Security tab

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  4. Click Troubleshoot at the left pane

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  5. At right pane, click Additional Troubleshooters.

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  6. Locate and Click Windows Update under the Get up and Running section

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  7. Click Run the Troubleshooter tab. A new window opens and Windows will now search and detect problems.

    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

  8. After Windows Update Troubleshooter process is complete and it could not identify any problem, click on Close and Exit Settings Section

    If a problem is detected, it will display recommended solutions to fix it.
    Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install

After running troubleshooter, check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Failed To Install problem still occurs

Solution 2: RUN DISM and SFC tool

A corrupt and or missing system files for Windows Update can cause issue when updating the operating system. To fix this you may need to run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) and SFC (System File Checker) tool. It will search the computer for corrupt system files and fixes them if there are any.

To run the DISM:

  1. Type Command Prompt at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. Right click on the Command Prompt result and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu. This is required for administrative access. If a prompt User account control (UAC) appears, click OK.
  3. Inside command prompt, type the following commands and then press Enter after each command
  4. Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth and press Enter. Wait for each command to complete as it can take some time.
  5. Type DISM /Online/Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth and press Enter. Wait for each command to complete as it can take some time.

After DISM scan is complete, check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install problem still occurs

If after running DISM tool to update files and Update to Windows 10 1709 Fails To Install problem still occurs. You may need to RUN SFC tool to fix this problem.

To run the SFC scan:

  1. Type Command Prompt at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. Right click on the Command Prompt result and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu. This is required for administrative access. If a prompt User account control (UAC) appears, click OK.
  3. Type the command sfc /scannow and then press Enter. It will now scan for corrupt or missing update files. Wait for it to complete and make sure not to abort the process.

After running SFC and update files complete, check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Failed To Install problem still occurs

Solution 3: Reset Windows Update components

If after DISM and SFC tool is performed and the problem still occurs, you may need to reset Windows Update component. Resetting Windows update components fixes corrupt system files that is the culprit for this problem.

To do this:

  1. Type Command Prompt at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left,
  2. Right click on the first result and select “Run as administrator” for command prompt admin access. If a prompt User account control (UAC) appears, click OK.
  3. Inside command prompt window, type the following commands in order and press the Enter key after each command:
  4. Type net stop bits at the command line followed by pressing the Enter key.
  5. Type net stop wuauserv  and press Enter
  6. Type net stop cryptSvc and press Enter
  7. Type net stop msiserver and press Enter
  8. Type ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and press Enter
  9. Type ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old and press Enter
  10. Type net start bits and press Enter
  11. Type net start wuauserv and press Enter
  12. Type net start cryptSvc and press Enter
  13. Type net start msiserver and press Enter
  14. Exit Command Prompt window
  15. Restart your computer.

After computer completely reboots, check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Failed To Install problem still occurs

Solution 4: Temporarily Disable Antivirus Program

There are instances where antivirus or third party antivirus installed on your computer can cause conflict with Windows update process. To check if this is what’s causing this problem, you should try to temporarily disable the antivirus software or third party antivirus

For Windows Defender

  • Click on the Start menu  – Settings Update & Security – Windows Security – Virus & threat protection > Manage settings
  • Switch Real-time protection to OFF.  

For Avast

  • Search for the Avast icon in your computer’s system tray and double click on it.
  • Click on Avast shields control.
  • Locate the options to disable the program – the options are to disable it for 10 minutes, an hour, until the computer is restarted or permanently (until you yourself turn it back on). Select whatever option suits you best and use it to disable the program.

For AVG

  • Search for the AVG icon in your computer’s system tray and double click on it.
  • Click on Temporarily disable AVG protection.
  • Choose how long you want AVG to be turned off and whether you want AVG to disable its Firewall too.
  • Click on OK to disable the antivirus program.

For McAfee

  • Search for the McAfee Antivirus icon in your computer’s system tray and right click on it.
  • Click on Exit.
  • You should see a dialog box warning you that McAfee‘s protection will be turned off. Click on Yes in this dialog box to disable the antivirus program

After temporarily disabling your anti virus programs, restart your computer.

After computer completely reboots, check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Failed To Install problem still occurs

Solution 5: Restart Windows Update Service

If update files is incomplete and or there are issues with downloading update files it can cause Windows update issues to occur such as 1709 failed to install. To fix this, you can try to restart Windows update service to reinitialized the process of update as well as downloading new contents.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type “services.msc” and press Enter or click OK to open Services section.
  3. At services section, locate Windows Update service. The services are arranged alphabetically.
  4. Right click on it and click Restart. Windows update service will now restart. Wait for it to complete.
  5. After restarting, right click on Windows update and click on Properties from the drop down menu.
  6. At the General tab, make sure start up type is set to Automatic.
  7. Make Sure Service status is Running. If it is stopped, click on the Start button.

Check if Windows 10 Update 1709 Failed To Install problem still occurs

After following the solutions mentioned, you will successfully Fix Windows 10 Update 1709 Fails To Install Problem. Visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel for more troubleshooting videos.

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