As you know Windows keep releasing updates every now and then. Recently, Windows decided to release an Anniversary update namely 1607, for its Windows 10 version. But, as per the reports, many Windows users have been facing this trouble like “Feature update to windows 10 version 1607 failed to install” where they are unable to install the update. 

What happens is that the operating system attempts to update version 1607 but it fails. When users go to the update history, this is what they see, “Feature Update To Windows 10, Version 1607 Failed To Install On”. To get more information on this particular issue called windows 10 update 1607 failed, find out more below!

Easy Methods to Fix Windows Update 10 Version 1607 Failed

If you are facing a feature update to windows 10 version 1607 failed to install error and looking for easy solutions to get it fixed, then follow this section thoroughly to implement the methods:

Use Windows 10 Update Assistant to Install the Update

If you didn’t know, then Windows has released a very specific tool for installation that is named Windows 10 Update Assistant. The key role of this specific installation tool is to assist you in updating the system to its latest version. 

To use Update Assistant as a helping hand in updating, follow these steps:

First, you need to download the Windows 10 Update Assistant and install it on the system. You can get the application from Microsoft Store or the application file from the Microsoft official website. 

When you find the file, click on the “Update Now” option. Once the Update Assistant is downloaded, open the program file and simply choose the option called “Update Now”. 

Now the system will update to the latest version. Once the update is complete, you should not have the same issue appearing again. However, if you do, follow the next method. 

Do a Hard Reset on Windows Update Components

You are likely to get an update error if the update components such as temporary files or services in Windows 10 is damaged. This is why resetting the component files is a viable option. 


 First, open the system and go to the “Start” button at the bottom left corner of the desktop. Then, in the search box type “cmd”. “Command Prompt” will appear on the screen. Right-click on it and choose the option called “Run as Administrator”.

When Command Prompt opens, type in the following statements at the cursor,

  1. First command, “Net stop bits”
  2. Second command, “Net stop wuauserv”
  3. Third command, “Net stop appidsvc”
  4. Fourth command, “Net stop cryptsvc”

The aforementioned statements will put a stop to Windows update services. However, once the services are stopped, write the following commands that are mentioned below:





The above-mentioned commands are to rename the folder called “Software Distribution” and “Catroot2”.  These folders work as a storage space for Windows Update. 

The reason why these commands are added is that the system will recognize that these folders are not there in the system. Hence, it will automatically make new folders for storage. 

After that, again type in the following commands in Command Prompt:

  1. First line, “Net start bits”
  2. The second line, “Net start wuauserv”
  3. Third line,  “Net start appidsvc”
  4. Fourth line,  “Net start cryptsvc”

Now try updating the system and check if you get the same problem or not. 

Run Deployment Image Servicing & Management

For a Windows update to occur successfully, an update component such as the Windows Image needs to be intact or working fine. However, if it is corrupted then you are likely to receive the update error. To fix this try repairing Windows Image using DSIM in the following way:

Go to the “Start” button and write “cmd” in the search box. When Command Prompt appears, as a result, right-click on it to run it as an Administrator. Now, in the Command Prompt box, write the following statement at the cursor:


Now hit the “Enter” button. Now the utility function will run on the system and look out for any trouble and then fix it on its own. 

Check by trying to update the system if you get the problem or not. At last, you can try the last method below.

Disable Anti-Virus Application

Often times, Windows will fail to Update if there is any anti-virus working in the background. The reason why this happens is that anti-virus applications have certain protocols that block updates. To disable it, here are the steps:

Open the “Start” menu from desktop panel and choose the option called “Settings”. Locate the “Update & Security” option on the left side in “Settings”. In “Update &Security” there is another option called “Windows Security”. 

Now, go to the option called “Virus & Threat” and click on “Manage Settings” so that you can view the anti-virus protection protocols. Then, disable the “Real-Time Protection” by toggling the bar. 

Now that the protection is disabled, you should not have any trouble updating the system. Try updating and check if you get the error or not. 

Run SFC Scanner

Often times, if the system files are corrupted or damaged, or even if the installation files are corrupted, then you are likely to get this error as the corrupted files come in conflict with the internal memory.  So, to check and repair corrupted files, run the SFC scanning method in the following way:

Launch the “Run’ box using “Windows” and the “R’ key. Then type “cmd” in the blank field of the box. You can also open it from the “Start” menu. Simply search for “cmd” and open it with Administrative rights. Simply right-click on it and choose the option called “Run As Administrator”. 

Now, when Command Prompt opens, type “sfc/scannow” at the cursor and hit the “Enter” button. Now the system will scan for any corrupted file in the system. Once, it detects any damaged file, it will repair it on its own.  

Once the scanning procedure is done, reboot the Windows system and check if you can update the Windows system to its latest version or not.