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Windows 11, the latest iteration in the series from Microsoft, is probably the most advanced of all. Subsequently, most of those currently running the previous iteration wanted to upgrade. But, several users have reported that Windows 11 download is stuck.
The download could be stuck at 0%, 99%, or even 100%, or maybe a different value. Though when it’s closer to the last two, users spend hours waiting for it to complete in the hope that it would, but the download doesn’t progress.
Therefore we decided to dedicate this article to help users facing the Windows 11 download stuck problem when upgrading to the latest iteration.
When you are downloading and installing the latest iteration of the OS, it’s imperative that certain background services are running.
Apart from that, you must have a working Internet connection. Most often than not, it’s an issue with the Internet that causes the Windows 11 download to get stuck at 99% or 100%. This is because the download progresses well until the connection is interrupted.
Also, certain peripherals, drivers, and applications are known to conflict with the upgrade process. In the following sections, we have taken each of these issues individually and listed the best solution for it to get your Windows 11 download stuck problem eliminated.
One of the primary reasons, and that often goes unnoticed, are problems with the Internet connection. Say, you put Windows 11 update for download and it progresses for a while, but then the Internet is lost.
In this case, it would appear as if the Windows 11 download is stuck while the actual problem lies with the Internet. So, make sure that the connection is up and running.
If you are facing problems with the network, check this guide to fix it. Or in case it’s the slow Internet speed, here are the ways to boost it in Windows 11.
If you have several peripherals connected to the computer, disconnect the non-critical ones. Many of these are known to conflict with the update, and do not allow it to go through.
Here, all you have to do is remove the printer, speakers, microphones, and other such devices, while only leaving the basic ones, such as the keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
Once done, restart the computer, and check if the Windows 11 download stuck problem is eliminated.
Microsoft offers several built-in troubleshooters to automatically diagnose and fix issues with the system. It’s recommended that you run a relevant troubleshooter whenever a problem is encountered. And you have one in this case too, i.e., Windows Update.
After running the troubleshooter, check if the Windows 11 download stuck problem is fixed.
The BITS service downloads files using an idle network bandwidth in the background, and Windows Update depends on it for downloads. If any of the two services have run into a bug, it’s likely that you will face problems while upgrading to Windows 11.
The Software Distribution folder, on the other hand, is where the files critical for updating or upgrading the OS are kept temporarily until the process is complete. If any of the files here are corrupt, you may encounter issues with the update.
After you have re-enabled the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) and Windows Update service, and cleared the Software Distribution folder, Windows 11 download should not get stuck anymore on the next attempt.
There are a bunch of devices that are known to conflict with the upgrade process and could lead to the Windows 11 download stuck at 99% problem. After going through several forums, we were able to identify the Conexant audio device.
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Check if you have it by following the steps listed above, and uninstall the device along with its driver, software like Revo Uninstaller will get rid of drivers and any leftovers associated with it. Also, if you come across other conflicting devices, uninstall them too.
There are certain programs that are not compatible with Windows 11 and may conflict with the upgrade process, and cause it to get stuck at a certain percentage.
Though most apps that were earlier incompatible have released updates and now work fine on Windows 11, some still show problems. As a result, we can’t list them here, since, by the time you read the article, they could have made changes and might be compatible.
Just check for the apps that are incompatible when you are facing the Windows 11 download stuck at 100%, and uninstall them.
If none of the methods listed above have worked, you can always install Windows 11 using a bootable USB. The process is fairly simple, though it may seem intricate to first-timers.
But, the dedicated guide that we have linked earlier has the step-by-step process that will help those who are not so tech-savvy.
The above fixes should have helped get you past the Windows 11 download stuck stage, and upgraded the system. However, what do you do if the computer isn’t compatible? Check the following sections to find out.
If you have been planning to upgrade to the latest iteration but it isn’t listed when you check for updates in Windows 10, it could be that your computer doesn’t meet the system requirements for Windows 11.
Microsoft has released the Windows PC Health Check app, which runs a scan and identifies whether your system is compatible with Windows 11. And if not, it will tell you which requirements are not met.
In the case above, our PC was found compatible with Windows 11 and we were able to download and install it via Windows Update.
But several users have reported that though their system meets the minimum requirements, they are unable to find the option to install Windows 11 in Windows Update.
In case your PC is not compatible, don’t lose hope! You can still install the latest iteration, though it would require making certain changes to the computer. Read the next section to find out.
There are various critical requirements, TPM, Secure Boot, and Processor, to name a few, and your computer might not meet either one or several of these.
If you see This processor isn’t currently supported for Windows 11, check how to install Windows 11 on unsupported processors. Also, find out how to bypass both Secure Boot or TPM in case your computer doesn’t support either.
But, if your computer does support Secure Boot but the TPM requirement is not met, or the TPM is available but Secure Boot is not, head to the linked article to learn how to install Windows 11 in these cases.
Now, matter what the permutation combination is for the various system requirements, you can always install Windows 11. Also, for those facing the Windows 11 download stuck problem, it would have progressed and you can enjoy the latest iteration in a short while.
Since you are already upgrading, check out our guide that does a comparative study of Windows 11 and Windows 10.
Tell us which fix worked and your first impression of Windows 11 in the comments section below.
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