Fix Windows 11 Update Error Encountered

How to Fix Error Encountered in Windows 11 Update

It is important to keep your Windows system up-to-date in order to get the best performance and security features. Each new update also includes a slew of bug fixes that boost the overall system performance. What if you cannot update Windows OS because an error occurred throughout the process? You may come across Error Encountered problems in the Windows Update settings, preventing you from installing the latest updates and security patches. If this is the case, this guide will teach you how to fix update error encountered in Windows 11.

How to Fix Error Encountered in Windows 11 Update

How to Fix Update Error Encountered in Windows 11

We have listed the five possible ways to fix this issue. Implement the given methods in the order that they appear as these have been arranged as per effectiveness & user convenience.

Method 1: Run Inbuilt Windows Troubleshooter

Check whether there is a built-in troubleshooter for the errors you run into. In most circumstances, the troubleshooter is more than capable of determining the source of the problem and correcting it. Here’s how to fix update error encountered on Windows 11 using this amazing inbuilt feature:

1. Press Windows + I keys simultaneously to open the Settings app.

2. In the System tab, scroll down and click on Troubleshoot, as shown.

Troubleshoot option in the settings. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

3. Click on Other troubleshooters under Options as depicted below.

Other troubleshooters options in Settings

4. Now, select Run for Windows Update troubleshooter to allow it to identify & fix problems.

click on run in Windows update troubleshooter

Method 2: Update Security Intelligence

This solution will fix error encountered issue while updating Windows. It is a lot less complicated than the other ways discussed later in this article.

1. Click on the Search icon and type Windows Security. Here, click on Open, as shown.

Start menu search results for Windows security

2. Then, click on Virus & threat protection.

select virus and threat protection in Windows security window

3. Click on Protection updates under Virus & threat protection updates.

click on protection updates in Virus and threat protection section

4. Now, select Check for updates.

select check for updates in Protection updates. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

5. If there are any available updates, follow the on-screen prompts to download & install them.

Also Read: Fix Windows 11 Update Error 0x800f0988

Method 3: Automate Windows Update Service

This error occurs frequently when a relevant service is not running or is misbehaving. In this situation, you can use elevated Command Prompt to run a series of commands to automate the update services as follows:

1. Press Windows + X keys together to open the Quick Link menu.

2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.

Select Windows Terminal, Admin from the menu. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

3. Click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

4. Press Ctrl + Shift + 2 keys simultaneously to open Command Prompt in a new tab.

5. Type sc config wuauserv start=auto command and press the Enter key to execute.

type wuauserv autostart command in Command prompt

6. Then, type sc config cryptSvc start=auto and hit Enter.

type cryptsvc autostart command in Command prompt

7. Again, type the given commands, one-by-one, and press the Enter key.

sc config bits start=auto
sc config trustedinstaller start=auto

type trustedinstaller autostart command in Command prompt. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

8. Finally, restart your computer and try the update again. 

Method 4: Reset Windows Update Components

Updates, security patches, and drivers are downloaded and installed by Windows Update Components. If you ever have a problem downloading them and nothing else seems to work, resetting them is a good solution. Here’s how to fix Windows 11 update error encountered by resetting Windows Update Components.

1. Press Windows + X keys together to open the Quick Link menu.

2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.

Select Windows Terminal, Admin from the menu. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

3. Click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

4. Press Ctrl + Shift + 2 keys simultaneously to open Command Prompt in a new tab.

5. Type the command: net stop bits and press the Enter key.

type command to stop net bits in Command prompt

6. Likewise, type & execute the given commands as well:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
Ren %Systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore DataStore.bak

type the given rename command in Command prompt

7. Type Ren %Systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download Download.bak command & hit Enter to rename Software Distribution folder.

type the given command to rename in Command prompt

8. Type Ren %Systemroot%\System32\catroot2 catroot2.bak and press the Enter key to rename Catroot folder.

type the given command to rename in Command prompt

9. Type the following command and press the Enter key.

sc.exe sdset bits D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)

type the given reset command in Command prompt

10. Type the given command and press the Enter key.

sc.exe sdset wuauserv D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)

type the given command to reset in Command prompt. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

11. Type the following commands one after another and press the Enter key after each command.

regsvr32.exe atl.dll
regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
regsvr32.exe wups.dll
regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll

12. Thereafter, execute the following commands to restart Windows network sockets and restart update services:

netsh winsock reset

Command prompt

net start bits
Command prompt
net start wuaserv

Command prompt

net start cryptSvc

Command prompt

Also Read: How to Change DNS Server on Windows 11

Method 5: Reset PC

You can always reset Windows if nothing else works. This, however, should be your final resort. When resetting Windows, you have the option of saving your data but deleting everything else, including apps and settings. Alternately, you can delete everything and reinstall Windows. Here’s how to fix error encountered issue on Windows 11 update by resetting your PC:

1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to bring up Settings.

2. In the System tab, scroll down and click on Recovery, as shown.

 

Recovery option in settings

3. Under Recovery options, click on Reset PC option.

Reset this PC option in Recovery

4. In the Reset this PC window, click on Keep my files option shown highlighted.

Keep my files option

5. Choose either of the given options in the How would you like to reinstall Windows screen:

  • Cloud download
  • Local reinstall

Note: Cloud download requires an active internet connection but is more reliable than Local reinstall as there is a chance of corrupt local files.

Option for reinstalling windows. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

6. In the Additional settings screen, you can click on Change settings to change the previously made choices.

Change setting options. How to Fix Error Encountered Issue in Windows 11 Update

7. Finally, click on Reset as shown.

Finishing configuring PC reset

Note: During the Reset process, your computer may restart several times. This is normal behavior shown during this process and it may take hours to complete this process as it is dependent on the computer and the settings you choose.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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