Something went wrong. Try to reopen Settings later in Windows 10 / 11 Update Fix

As we all know, keeping Windows up to date is very important for the proper functioning of the system. When you open the Windows Update tab in Settings and click on Check for Updates, many users have reported seeing the below error

Something went wrong. Try to reopen Settings later

This error message is seen because of the following reasons:

  • Windows Update Service is turned Off.
  • Windows Update directory is corrupted.

In case you have encountered this issue with Windows Update, then there is nothing to worry about. In this article, let us discover different ways to fix this issue.

Fix 1 – Reset Updates using StopUpdates10

1 – Download StopUpdates10 free tool.

2 – Extract the tool.

3 – Now, click to install this tool

4 – Click on Stop Windows Updates.

Stop Windows Updates Min


5 – Now, After some time , again, click on Restore Windows updates.


Restore Windows Updates Min


6 – Now, search services in windows taskbar search and click on the search result.

Services Manager Min


7 – Now, locate  Windows update service.

8 – Right click and click on restart.

Windows Update Restart 1 Min

Fix 2: Rename the Software Distribution Folder

Step 1: Open the Run dialog with the shortcut Windows+R

Step 2: In the Run Dialog that opens type cmd and press  Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the User Access Control window that opens asking for permission, just click on Yes

Step 4: Command prompt opens with Admin privilege. Type the below commands. Make sure to hit Enter after every command.

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
ren %systemroot%\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.bakup
ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bakup
net start bits
net start wuauserv


NOTE: If you are facing any errors saying Access denied then do the following

1. Boot the Windows into SafeMode

For details, refer to the link, 3 ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10


2. Take ownership of the folder (Eg: Softwaredistrubution or catroot2)

For details, refer to the link, Take Ownership of a File / Folder through Command Prompt in Windows 10


Step 5: Now, check the Windows Update tab. In case this did not help, try the next fix.


Fix 3: Turn On Certain Services by Modifying Registry

NOTE: You must be logged in as an Administrator to do this change. We will be enabling the below services using the registry

  • Update Orchestrator Service (UsoSvc)
  • Windows Update Medic Service (WaaSMedicSvc)
  • Windows Update Service (wuauserv)

Step 1: Open run window holding Windows+r  keys

Step 2: Enter regedit and press Enter


Regedit In Run



Step 3: If you see the User Account Control window popping up, click on the Yes button

NOTE: Registry editing can have an adverse effect on the system even with the slightest mistake. It is advised to take the backup of the registry before proceeding. To take a backup, In the Registry Editor–> Go to File –> Export –> Save your Backup file.


Step 4: In the top bar, copy-paste the following location and hit Enter as shown below



Step 5: In the right-hand side pane, locate the Start key. Double click on the Start key in order to modify its value



Regedit Window Currentcontrolsetservicesusosvc Min



Step 6: In the Edit DWORD window that opens, enter 2 and click OK


Edit Dword Window



Step 7: Repeat the same steps i.e steps 4,5,6 for the below services as well

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WaaSMedicSvc
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv


Step 8: Restart the system

Navigate to the Windows Update tab, click on Check for Updates and check if the issue has resolved. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 4: Repair the Corrupted Windows Image

Step 1: Open Run Dialog. Use the shortcut Window+r

Step 2: In the Dialog, type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the command prompt window that opens, Enter the following commands. Please don’t forget to hit Enter after each command.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth



Step 4: Restart your system

Check if this helps, if not try the next fix.


Fix 5: Repair the Hard Drive

Step 1: Open the Run dialog with the shortcut Windows+R

Step 2: In the Run Dialog that opens type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the Command Prompt window, type the below command and hit Enter

chkdsk /f C:


Step 4: If you are prompted with the message – Chkdsk can’t run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts, press y, and hit Enter



Chkdsk Command



Step 5: Restart your system and check if the error has resolved. If not try the next fix.

That’s All. We hope this has been informative. Thank you for Reading.

Kindly comment and let us know if you were able to resolve the error using the above fixes.

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