5 Ways to fix failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes in Windows 10

5 Ways to fix failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes in Windows 10

Microsoft provides frequent updates for Windows and major features come at least two times in a year. Every update includes either one or more changes including features, bug fix, service pack, patches, or driver updates. Windows system downloads and installs them automatically if the automatic update feature is activated. You can download and installed them manually. Some users face the error message “Failure configuring Windows update reverting changes” and windows fail to install updates. I have compiled 5 best ways to fix the issue.

Let’s fix it.

How Can I fix “failure configuring Windows updates, Reverting changes” error in Windows 10?

Fix 1: Run Windows update troubleshooter

Windows troubleshooter can find and fix problems in Windows app, drivers, and files, Windows update. Run Windows update troubleshooter to fix the problem.

Follow these methods:

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings app.


Step 3: Click troubleshooter on the left panel.

Step 4: Now, select Additional troubleshooters.

Additional Troubleshoot

Step 2: Click Update & security.

Step 5: Click Windows update under Get up and Running category.

Step 6; Now click Run the troubleshooter.

Additional Update Trouble shoot

Windows troubleshooter will take sometime to scan if there is any issue.

Step 7: If it finds errors, you will see Apply this fix button, click it.

You can not see these options in Windows 8/7, in such case, download the Windows update troubleshooter from the link and run it.

Step 1: Download the Windows update troubleshooter.

Step 2: Double-click on it to run.

Microsoft update troubleshoot

Step 3: Click Next and click Try troubleshooting as an administrator.

Step 4: Again click Next and Apply this fix.

Some times, you may be asked to connect to the internet. Now reboot your computer and try to install windows update and see if the issue “failure configuring Windows updates, Reverting changes” fixed or not.

Fix 2: Install updates in Clean boot state

Some services or functions may create the issue. So, stop these services and install updates. Follow the steps:

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to launch Run.

Step 2: Type msconfig and hit Enter or click the Ok.


Step 3: A new window will open, go to the General tab and select selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.

Disable load startup item

Step 4; Next go to services tab. Check the box Hide all Microsoft services.

Step 5: Now select all other services and click Disable all.

Hide Microsoft services

Step 6: Hit Apply and Ok.

Now restart your computer and install updates. If updates installation completes, enable all the services that you disabled. To enable them:

Step 1: Again press Windows Key + R and type msconfig.

Step 2: Go to General tab and select Normal startup.

Step 3: Go to Services tab and tick on Hide all Microsoft services and select other services and click Enable all.

Enable services

I hope your problem “failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes” is solved. If still, it continues, then move to fix number 3.

Fix 3: Delete Windows update Cache

Windows update cache can create the error “Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes”. Delete Windows update cache to fix the problem. Follow the steps to perform this task.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to launch the Run app and then type services.msc, hit Enter or click Ok.

Step 2: Find Windows update service and double-click on it.

Windows update service

Step 3: Click the stop to stop the service and then Ok.

Step 4: Remain in the services window, and find Background Intelligent Transfer Service, stop the service by the same method. Double click on it and select Stop and hit Ok.

Background intelligence transfer service

Step 5: Don’t close the window, just minimize it by clicking the Minimize icon on the top right corner.

Step 6: Open Windows Explorer by press Windows Key + E or click Explorer icon on the taskbar.

Step 7: Go to Local Disk C:\Windows>SoftwareDistribution>Download. Press Control Key + A to select all the files in the folder and hit Delete key.

softwaredistribution download file

Step 8: Close Windows Explorer window and open the Services Window, you minimized it.

Step 9: Find Windows update and double-click on it and then click the Start.

Step 10: Similarly find Background Intelligent Transfer and double click on it and start the service.

Now restart your computer to take effect. Check if failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes, error gone, or continues.

Fix 4: Run SFC Scan

SFC command scans if there is any corrupted or damaged system file in your system and fixes them. To run SFC scan follow the steps:

Step 1: Type cmd in the search bar and right-click on Command Prompt app.

Step 2: Select Run as Administrator.

Command prompt run as administrator

Step 3: Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

sfc scan

Step: It will take a couple of minutes to scan and fix corrupted files.

Now restart your computer and try to install updates.

Fix 5: Disable secure boot

Some times secure boot feature creates trouble in update installation.

Step1: Restart your computer. When Windows 10/8 starts up continuously press Esc key (at the top left corner on keyboard).

Step 2: Startup menu will open. Go to the System Configuration tab by pressing the Right arrow key. Select “Boot options” by pressing down arrow key.

Step 3: Hit Enter, move to down by pressing the Down key to select secure boot.

Step 4: Hit Enter again and select disable and hit Enter.

Step 5: Press F10 to save and close the menu. Hit Enter.

Your computer will boot again. Now install Windows updates.

After installing updates enable the secure boot feature again through the same method.

Fix 6: Disable Antivirus Service

If you are using any third-party antivirus service disable the app. Some times antivirus service conflicts with Windows update. Also, disable Windows firewall service.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open settings.

Step 2: Click update & Security and click Windows security on the left panel.

firewall protection

Step 3: Click Firewall and network protection.

Step 4: Next click the Domain network and disable Windows Defender firewall.

domain network protection

Step 5: Similarly disable Firewall in Private network and public network.

Check if your problem is fixed. If Windows update installation completes, enable the firewall services as the above method.


I hope the issue failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes is fixed. Let me know which solution works for you. Comment me if you face another problem

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