In this post, we are going to elaborate on what can be done to address the Windows 10 October 2018 update (Version 1809) installation getting stuck problem that some users have been complaining about. If you note that the download or install freezing at a certain percentage, such as 30%, 55%, 88%, etc., here is how to fix it.
Finally, after months of pushing new features to Insider Preview users for testing purposes, Microsoft has released the full version of its Windows 10 version 1809 update with a slew of new features. After passing developer and Insider testing in the Preview Build phase, new features are baked into the October 2018 release for public. You can download and enjoy this update on your PC Windows 10 and laptop. If you haven’t received the update notification, wait till it arrives in your region via Windows Update.
It’s been a constant fixture of major software updates, whether on PC or mobile platform, that not all of them install seamlessly on certain devices. Hardware incompatibility, driver issues, existing software glitches, or some other reason might play their part in halting the new update install process. We see people complaining about installation getting stuck randomly after almost every big Windows update release. Things on MAC are relatively less troublesome in this respect because both hardware and software are configured in-house by Apple. While Microsoft doesn’t have this luxury as its operating system is used on millions of disparate devices with distinct hardware assembled by different manufacturers. This lack of standardization poses compatibility issues during the update process, especially on PCs having older hardware not equipped to handle new features that are mainly designed for modern devices.
The prospect of having to wait for a new update as the current one freezes for some reason is dreaded by most Windows 10 PC users, and for good reason. If you forgot to save your data before updating and it gets stuck, you might lose previously saved information. Sometimes update resumes on its own but not before making you go through excruciatingly long wait. In the meantime, you cannot do anything but hope for the update to start on its own, which could take an awful lot of time in some cases.
So if you’re one of those unfortunate users who opted to go with the Windows Update or Update Assistant to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, then its more than likely that the issue is down to the network over-utilization. Microsoft is doing its best to push the Windows 10 version 1809 update out to as many PCs as possible around the globe, and while it should be able to do it without major hiccups – but since these updates emanate from a single data center, for the most part – some problems are bound to surface. One being update getting stuck.
Although Microsoft’s servers are powerful enough to handle the global release of a major update, but millions of users simultaneously downloading the update results in servers being overloaded. Fortunately, there is a manual update method which requires downloading the ISO file from Microsoft. So if you don’t want to wait for the update to arrive via Windows Update, or facing install issues, you can use the ISO file to create the Media Creation Tool (MCT). The MCT is used to make a bootable USB to save Windows 10 update installation file for later use and to install the update on multiple devices.
If the problem remains, you might have to uninstall the Windows 10 October 2018 Update until the problem is fixed in the succeeding updates. Send your questions in the comments section below for further help in this regard.