Solved: How do I fix Windows Update “Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later”?

Problem: Windows users encounter a Windows Update problem when launches the Windows update in the system’s Settings app. The detailed error message as below:

Windows Update
Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later.

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update "Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later"?
Solved: How do I fix Windows Update “Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later”?
Solved: How do I fix Windows Update "Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later"?
Solved: How do I fix Windows Update “Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later”?

If you faced this issue, follow the below solution steps below to resolve Windows Update “Something Went Wrong. Try to reopen Settings later” issue.

Content Summary

Potential Causes
Solution 1: Verify Windows Update related Services Configured Correctly
Solution 2: Rename Software Distribution Folder using Command Prompt
Solution 3: Set UsoSvc to Start in Registry
Solution 4: Repair Corrupted Windows Files
Reference

Potential Causes

  • Windows update related services are not properly configured or disabled.
  • Corrupted Windows Update installation.

Solution 1: Verify Windows Update related Services Configured Correctly

Step 1: Press the Windows key once.

Step 2: Type services in the search box.

Step 3: Choose Run as administrator.

Services app Run as administrator
Services app Run as administrator

Step 4: Scroll down to find the Update Orchestrator Service.

Scroll down to find the Update Orchestrator Service.
Scroll down to find the Update Orchestrator Service.

Step 5: Right-click on Update Orchestrator Service and select Properties from the context menu.

Step 6: Expand the dropdown box of Startup type and set it to Automatic, click on the Start button.

Expand the dropdown box of Startup type and set it to Automatic, click on the Start button.
Expand the dropdown box of Startup type and set it to Automatic, click on the Start button.

Step 7: Go to Log On tab and make sure that the radio button for the Local System account is selected.

Go to Log On tab and make sure that the radio button for the Local System account is selected.
Go to Log On tab and make sure that the radio button for the Local System account is selected.

Step 8: Click on the Apply and OK button.

Step 9: Perform the same steps for the following Windows Update related services as well:

  • Windows Update
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • Windows Update Medic Services
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Windows Defender Firewall
  • Windows Update
  • Cryptographic Services
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Windows Installer

Step 10: Restart your computer.

Step 11: Go to Windows Update options and click Check for Updates.

Solution 2: Rename Software Distribution Folder using Command Prompt

Step 1: Press the Windows key once.

Step 2: Type cmd in the search box.

Command Prompt Run as administrator
Command Prompt Run as administrator

Step 3: Choose Run as administrator option to open an elevated command prompt. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or select Allow.

Step 4: Type the following command and press Enter for each line:

Net Stop bits
Net Stop wuauserv
Net Stop appidsvc
Net Stop cryptsvc
Ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 catroot2.bak
Net Start bits
Net Start wuauserv
Net Start appidsvc
Net Start cryptsvc

Step 5: Restart your computer.

Step 6: Go to Windows Update options and click Check for Updates.

Solution 3: Set UsoSvc to Start in Registry

Step 1: Press the Windows key once.

Step 2: Type regedit in the search box.

Registry Editor Run as administrator
Registry Editor Run as administrator

Step 3: Choose Run as administrator option to open an elevated command prompt. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or select Allow.

Step 4: Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsoSvc

Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsoSvc
Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsoSvc

Step 5: Double-click on Start in the right pane of the window, change the Value data to 2.

Double-click on Start in the right pane of the window, change the Value data to 2.
Double-click on Start in the right pane of the window, change the Value data to 2.

Note: Service Startup States according to the “Start” DWORD Value:

  • 0 = Boot
  • 1 = System
  • 2 = Automatic
  • 3 = Manual
  • 4 = Disabled

Step 6: Navigate to the following location and set the Value data of Start to 2 as well:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WaaSMedicSvc
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv

Step 7: Click on the OK button and close the registry editor.

Step 8: Restart the PC.

Step 9: Go to Windows Update options and click Check for Updates.

Solution 4: Repair Corrupted Windows Files

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box.

Step 2: Right-click the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator option from the context menu.

Step 3: Type the following commands and press Enter after each command:

chkdsk/f C:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
sfc /scannow

Step 4: Wait for the process to be finished and close the command prompt window.

Step 5: Restart your PC.

Reference

AskWoody > Update Orchestrator Service disabled and greyed out
superuser > Windows 10 update shows something went wrong try reopening settings later
Microsoft Community (Windows 10 Update (Something went wrong. Try to reopen settings later)

Published by Julie Robert

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