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Windows 10 is the latest Windows operating system and many people choose to use it. However, it’s not perfect. We will also encounter many problems when using it, especially when we update the system, such as Windows 10 update stuck on restarting, Windows 10 stuck on the loading screen, Windows update stuck at 100, etc.

Today, we are talking about another issue – Windows 10 setup stuck at 46%. Following are some useful and feasible solutions to fix it.

It’s recommended to remove any external device connected to the PC and disconnect any device connected via USB like mouse or keyboard, portable hard disk, etc. before we try the following solutions.

Besides, since our PC is stuck on the setup screen, we should restart the computer in Safe Mode before doing any operations. 

Solution 1: Turn off Antivirus Software

The antivirus software can cause the “Windows 10 setup getting updates stuck at 46” error. Thus, we need to turn off Windows Defender Firewall and third-party antivirus software. Now, let’s see how to turn off Windows Defender Firewall.

Step 1: Open the Run application on Windows and input firewall.cpl, then click OK to open Windows Defender Firewall.

Step 2: Open Customize Settings by clicking Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.

Step 3: Choose both the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall(not recommended) options and press the OK button.

After that, we need to disable third-party antivirus software, like Avast, Avira, and so on.

Solution 2: Free up Space

Windows updates could use a lot of disk space. Thus, we can fix the “Windows 10 setup stuck at 46” issue by freeing up hard drive space. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings application. Then, click System and Storage.

Step 2: Turn on the Storage Sense option and click the Configure Storage Sense or run it now option.

Step 3: In the next window, check what kind of temporary files to delete. We can also press Clean now to free up disk space in Windows 10 now.

Solution 3: Perform a Clean Boot

Software conflict can also cause the issue. Thus, we can perform a clean boot to get rid of the issue. To perform a clean boot, we need to do:

Step 1: Open the Run box.Type msconfig in the Run box, and click OK.

Step 2: Then go to the Services tab. Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box.

Step 3: Now, click Disable all and click Apply to save the change.

Step 4: Navigate to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.

Step 5: In the Task Manager tab, select the first enabled application and click Disable. Here we need to disable all enabled applications one by one. After disabling all programs, close Task Manager and click OK.

Then, we can restart the computer to update Windows again. If the “Windows 10 setup stuck at 46” error doesn’t occur in a clean boot state, then it indicates that one of the programs was causing the error.

Solution 4: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If the “Windows 10 setup checking for updates stuck at 46” error still appears, we can use the Windows Update Troubleshooter. We can refer to the step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Open the Settings application. Then click the Troubleshoot tab and choose Windows Update.

Step 2: Click Run the troubleshooter. Then the Windows Update Troubleshooter will start detecting problems. It may take some time.

Step 4: Then click Apply this fix.

Then Windows Update Troubleshooter will continue detecting and fixing the problem. We just need to wait patiently.

Solution 5: Repair Corrupted System Files

If the methods above are not working, we can use SFC (System File Checker) to fix our Windows system files to get rid of the “Windows 10 setup getting updates stuck at 46” error.

Here is how to use SFC to fix corrupt system files:

Step 1: Input Command Prompt in the search bar and click Run as administrator from the context menu.

Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter.

sfc /scannow

After the verification is 100% completed, we can check the scan results to see if there are some errors found.

Back up Our System

After getting rid of the “Windows 10 setup stuck at 46” issue, what should we do? It’s recommended to create a system image to restore our system when it crashes. Referring to create a system image, there is a piece of fantastic and professional backup software for us – MiniTool Shadow Maker. It is pretty easy and safe to back up and restore our system.



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