Windows 10 update 1809 frozen in "dowloading"

I hit "check for updates" in settings this morning as I always do and now I am stuck with the screen saying "windows 10 update 1809" status -  downloading 100%.  I can do all things on my computer, but not check for updates as that screen has been saying that since 7:02 AM.  What can I do?
Hello MaryKaland
please follow these steps
1.Create a backup
While the changes of a successful upgrade are high, it's possible for the installation to go wrong, and even though, the Windows 10 setup includes a rollback feature, you shouldn't count on that it'll work every time. For this reason, it's always recommended to create a full backup that you can use to recover your system quickly.
2.Uninstall non-essential apps
Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the app, and click the Uninstall button.
Click the Uninstall button again.
Once you've completed the steps, you may need to repeat the instructions to remove other apps. If you're trying to uninstall classic desktop applications, you may need to go through some additional steps as directed by the uninstaller.
3 turn off the windows defender
Open Start.
Search for Windows Defender Security Center, and click the top result to open the app.
Click on Virus & threat protection.
Click the Virus & threat protection settings link.
Turn off the Real-time protection toggle switch.
4.Turn of the firewall
Open Start.
Search for Windows Defender Security Center, and click the top result to open the app.
Click on Firewall & network protection.
Click the network connection that's currently set to Active.
Turn off the Windows Firewall toggle switch.
5.Undo feature update blocks
Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click the Advanced options link.
Under "Choose when updates are installed," make sure that settings are configured to Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) and 0 days for both options.
Also, make sure that the Pause Updates toggle switch is turned off.
6. Disable metered connections
Open Settings.
Click on Network & Security.
Click on Status.
Under "Network status," click the Change connection properties option.
Under "Metered connection," turn off the Set as metered connection toggle switch.

Now try to update again
I hope it helps

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Reboot your computer and then try the following:

Windows 10 October 2018 update how to get it now

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You should upgrade to 1809 by manual method. Execute below steps -

1. Right click on Windows Start > Windows Powershell (Admin)
Type following (or copy and paste following) one by one and Enter

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

2. Type following in Windows Start Search box and hit Enter %systemroot%\Logs\CBS > Rename CBS.Log to something else.
If it doesn't allow you to rename - Type services in Windows Start Search box > Click Services > Scroll down to find the Windows Modules Installer service and double-click on it > Set its startup type to Manual > Reboot your computer
Go to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS > Rename CBS.Log > Reboot your computer > Then go back into the Services App and set Windows Modules Installer Service back to Automatic Startup (Note CBS log files contain information about windows update, SFC etc)

(Source - https://partnersupport.microsoft.com/en-us/par_...)

3. Uninstall any third party Antivirus (After update is successful, you can install it again)

4. You can go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-downlo...

You can download the latest Windows 10 package from this link (media creation tool) and follow the instructions there to upgrade. Use the very simple instructions given under Using this tool to upgrade this PC to Windows 10

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Windows, get your **** together. People should not be having to open powershell to do standard updates. I'm SICK of this happening on EVERY FREAKING UPDATE.

It's standard practice to test updates before they're released so that they can work upon release. Users should not be accepting this behavior as normal, because it isn't normal. These are poor software practices. Period. And all software engineers are aware of that reality by now. If i didn't game, I'd be wanting my time and money back for this joke of an OS and completely unprofessional software practices around updates.

I'd rather be on Windows 2000.

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I hit "check for updates" in settings this morning as I always do and now I am stuck with the screen saying "windows 10 update 1809" status -  downloading 100%.  I can do all things on my computer, but not check for updates as that screen has been saying that since 7:02 AM.  What can I do?

If this is a laptop, oddly, the update will only complete installing if you are running on battery only.

Unplug, reboot, Check For Updates, and away you go. It really was that simple for me.

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Thanks a lot,

It worked for my windows 10 laptop/ tablet convertible,

strangely this particular bug could not be reproduced on my gaming MSI,  rather i got into a different problem on it for 1809 while installation.

still,  if its a known bug why its not still fixed?


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Dang, this solution still works.

What a stupid bug!

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OMG, I can't believe this worked! It's going slowly but finally installing.

Weird bug.

Thanks for the post.  

Old Acer laptop.  Reinstalled Win 10 onto an SSD due to other issues and then came across this one.

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still,  if its a known bug why its not still fixed?


Because.........Microsoft.

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