“Windows 10 Update Stuck at 99”- Few Tricks to Solve it

To compete with the other advanced Operating Systems and attract new consumers them, Microsoft launched Windows 10 with lots of grabbing features. So, it’s not a surprise that millions of people tried to upgrade their system to Windows 10 to try the amazing features the moment it released. Due to this huge load on the server, it is common that some kind errors will occur. But the most common problem after Windows 10 update release is Windows 10 update stuck at 99. We found many people are trying to find a way to fix it and frequently asking for help to solve it. That’s why today we are going to provide a few tricks to solve the problem for you.

Reasons behind the Problem

Before learning the methods we will first go through the reasons which can cause this issue. This way you will be able to know which method will be ideal to try at first go. So, the common reasons behind the “Windows 10 update stuck at 99” are

  • Pending updates of Windows 7
  • Hardware issue
  • Errors related to Windows Update
  • Low Space
  • Unwanted Cache
  • Missing Drivers

Methods to Solve the Issue

Now, coming to the main topic, we will teach you the most effective and easy methods which can solve the problem for you.

Delete Software Distribution Folder’s Content

The easiest way to solve the problem is by removing the subfolder Download of the Software Distribution folder. If you don’t know how to do that you have to follow the simple below steps

  • At first, open the Run dialogue box in the device by pressing Windows key+R key combination
  • Then, in the Run dialogue box, you have to Open C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

If you have a different root drive system then choose it instead of C

  • When it has done you will be able to see all the download folder of the Software Distribution. Then delete all the content of the folder.
  • When its done restart your system. After the restart tries to update the device again.

If the problem lies in the Software Distribution folder, then following the above method will definitely solve the problem.

Making a Quick Batch file

Sometimes making a quick batch file also resolve the problem of “Windows 10 update stuck at 99”. So if you want to use the method then follow some simple step below

  • At first, open the Notepad on the system
  • Then, type https://www.mediafire.com/file/4c6jknbr42u6rr8/batchWindows.txt in the Notepad.
  • Once it’s done save the file as .bat. Save it in a place where you can quickly locate it. We will recommend to save it in the Desktop of the system
  • When the above steps are completed, restart your system.

After the restarting try the Windows update again. If the problem is still there, then follow the next method

Deactivate the Windows Update Temporary

It is all reported that this problem is occuring because of minor errors in the Windows Update so temporary deactivating the Windows Update fixed the issue for many users. So, if you want to try the method and/or searching the way to deactivating the Windows Update, then follow the steps below:

  • First, open Control Panel from your PC by using Windows key + X key
  • Then select the System and Security and choose the Windows Update option. Then open the Change Setting option from the Windows Update tab.
  • When the Change settings option open, change the status of the Important updates to Never check for updates (not recommended).
  • Once it’s done Uncheck both Giving me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates and  Giving me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows  option. After complete the following click OK.
  • When it’s done open the Command prompt and run Command Prompt as Admin. Then, type net stop wuauserv command and press Enter.

Once the following steps are done close the Command Prompt and try to update your Windows again to check if the problem is solved or not.

If the problem gets fixed and your system is completely updated to new Windows 10, then type

net start wuauserv on the command prompt to activate Windows Update again.

Checking the Pending Updates

The common mistake by the user is, keep the important device update pending. Which lead to a various problem like “Windows 10 update stuck at 99” later. To solve this problem you have to check for the pending updates and if you find some do the updates immediately. In case if you don’t know how to do that then just follow the steps below.

  • Open your PC Setting by pressing Windows Key + I key
  • Then check for the Windows Update option and click on it
  • Once it opens click on the Check for updates option
  • After that, you will get a list of pending updates. Update all of them.

When it’s done restart your system and then try to update your OS to latest Windows 10. If the problem is causing due to pending updates then this method will rid the problem for you.

Using the Media Creation tool

If the above methods do not work for you to update the system normally then you can use the Media Creation Tool to create a setup file for Windows 10 and assist you in the re-installation process. To fix the error using the Media Creation tool you have to follow some simple steps

  • To use it first, you have to download the Media Creation tool in the system and install it in your system.
  • Once it has done just follow the on-screen instruction to view Windows 10 setup screen.
  • Once you enter the Windows 10 setup screen select Upgrade this PC now option and press Next button.
  • When the download is finished click on the Accept to agree to the terms and conditions option.

Always check if the personal files and application option is selected or not. Even though it is always selected by default but sometimes it doesn’t so do it manually.

  • Once it’s done just press the install button to start the Windows 10 update.

Completing the above process will let you update your system to Windows 10 by Media Creation Tool.

Downloading the Missing Drivers

Another common reason for this problem is missing drivers. So if you want to update your system to Windows 10 first you have to download these missing drivers. If you want to know how to check the missing drivers and want reinstall then you have to follow some simple step below.

  • Open your system and press Windows Key + R key to open the Run Dialogue box. Then type devmgmt.msc and press Ok.
  • When its done a new Device manager tab will open. There you will find DESKTOP categories option, expand it.
  • If you see any exclamation sign in the yellow mark with any device then try to update it.

When you are done updating the driver restart your PC. After a restart, try the Windows update again to check the status of your problem

A Quick Fix

Sometimes fixing some minor stuff also solve the problem. These solutions include freeing up some space, disabling and disconnecting all the external device, temporarily disabling the antivirus also do the work for you  

If you follow this above method, then we are sure that you will be able to fix “Windows 10 update stuck at 99” without any problem. If you get enough help from this article, then please comment down below. You can ask us any question related to the topic we will try to help you as soon as possible. For better guidance, you can also contact our support staff. Thank you for reading this article.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa