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Published: July 27, 2016 | Applies to:

If Windows 10 is unable to install Windows Updates due to "We can't install some updates because other updates are in progress" error, fix it here.

Microsoft recommends Windows users to install latest updates as soon as they available, so that they have hassle free experience. But sometimes things don’t work as we expect and hence users may not able to install each and every update. This post addresses a Windows Update problem in which system denies to install updates.

Actually if an update is installing, Windows automatically blocks rest updates to install at same time. Installation is done through Windows Installer with its dependency service msiserver. If there is some corruption of files related to msiserver, Windows blocks other updates from installing even when there is no update being installed at the moment. As a consequence of this user is unable to install any updates and receive this message instead:

We can’t install some updates because other updates are in progress. Restarting your computer may help, and we’ll keep trying to update.

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

As suggested, you may try restarting your machine and see if the error resolves by itself. You may also like to run Windows Update troubleshooter and try resetting Windows Updates components manually to fix this. If the issue still persists, you can try these additional suggestions:

FIX : We Can’t Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress For Windows 10

FIX 1 – Re-register Windows Installer Service

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager. Switch to Services tab and scroll down to found msiserver service. You have to right click and select Stop. In our case, service was already stopped.

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

2. Next, right click Start Button and select Command Prompt (Admin). In administrative Command Prompt type these commands one by one followed by Enter key:

MSIEXEC /UNREGISTER
MSIEXEC /REGSERVER

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

3. Then again in Task Manager, right click msiserver service and select Stop.

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

You can now try to install the updates and see how it goes. In case if there are no changes in situation, refer FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using Registry Editor

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of Session Manager key, right click PendingFileRenameOperations registry string (REG_MULTI_SZ) and select Delete. Confirm it with Yes option:

[FIX] We Can't Install Some Updates Because Other Updates Are In Progress In Windows 10

4. Similarly delete InProgess registry string (REG_SZ) from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer. Close Registry Editor.

Reboot the machine once again and you should able to install updates now.

Hope this helps!


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11 Comments

  • I have the same issue. Done all of this. But last step of regedit “inProgress doesnt show up where u say it should.

  • Cant find the inprogress

  • Same here, none of this exists in the reg keys. Installer IS running, what the heck is going on? Hardware failure related. There IS that, you know. Win95 issues were mostly hardware related.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please try FIX 1, see if it helps.

  • doesn’t work….

  • done fix 1 and nothing is different, I looked for step 2 and the files are not in there to fix. And still have the problem of not being able to do updates

  • Check if you have enough memory on your hard drive. I downloaded update from microsoft page that came with an .exe and it told me that i didnt have enough memory.

  • Have tried both these fix’s and the Windows Update Troubleshooter.  and I still cant get it to update and still getting this same error message

  • When trying to update it from the web site I get the error code 0xc1900107 and redid all 3 of the fixes and still not able to do the update

  • Any chance there will be a fix for this sometime in my life time?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ It may be fixed in future updates. As of now, you may try resetting Windows Update components: http://www.kapilarya.com/windows-updates-troubleshooting. If the issue still persists, try reinstalling Windows 10 without affecting your data: http://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

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